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4:15 PM ET, April 24, 2014

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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
A Defiant Rancher Savors the Audience That Rallied to His Side  —  BUNKERVILLE, Nev. — Cliven Bundy stood by the Virgin River up the road from the armed checkpoint at the driveway of his ranch, signing autographs and posing for pictures.  For 55 minutes, Mr. Bundy held forth to a clutch …
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Bundy Explains ‘Negro’ Remarks: 'I'm Wondering' If They're ‘Better Off Being Slaves’  —  Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher currently under fire for remarks he made about “the Negro,” explained himself on The Peter Schiff Show today, saying that he's just “wondering” whether black people …
Danaradio / The Dana Show:
On Cliven Bundy's Remark *UPDATED: Video Link  —  I was alerted to this story this evening in the NYT on rancher Cliven Bundy which featured a quote I was told was racist, and therefor I should apologize for ever criticizing the Bureau of Land Management's handling of this and other situations:
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Bundy Has A Surprisingly Nice Take On Undocumented Immigrants  —  More video has emerged of Cliven Bundy's slavery remarks, and they now include a bit about “the Spanish people” — by whom Bundy appears to mean undocumented Hispanic immigrants.  But there's a twist: The Nevada rancher actually seems quite fond of them.
Arturo Garcia / The Raw Story:
Conservatives begin backing away after Cliven Bundy's remarks disparaging ‘the Negro’  —  Republican politicians began backtracking on their support of Nevada anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy after the New York Times caught Bundy making racially-inflammatory remarks blaming African-Americans …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
National Review Writer On Bundy: Heroes Of The Alamo Probably Had ‘Repugnant’ Views, Too  —  National Review correspondent Kevin Williamson, who recently compared Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to Mahatma Gandhi, told TPM in an email on Thursday that he thought Bundy's racially charged comments were …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
How will Hannity respond to Bundy?  —  By now you've probably seen Jon Stewart's masterful/brutal/devastating takedown of Sean Hannity, the latest in the two media personalities' ongoing feud over Hannity's sympathetic coverage of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.
Discussion: Mediaite and FishbowlDC
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
What Cliven Bundy Knows About “The Negro”  —  Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is still a cause célèbre for the right-wing, drawing praise from Tea Party activists, Republican politicians, and conservative media outlets.  Kevin Williamson of National Review called him a “dissident” …
Brian Resnick / NationalJournal.com:
Cliven Bundy Just Ruined His Cause  —  After Bundy's overtly racist remarks, let's see how far politicians run away from him.  —  The New York Times has overheard Cliven Bundy—the Nevada rancher who, instead of paying decades of overdue grazing fees, met the Bureau of Land management with guns and a small militia—saying this:
CNN:
Politicians denounce Bundy's racist remarks  —  (CNN) - What started out as a standoff over land rights may be turning into a controversy over race.  —  Racist comments from Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy - who earlier this month appeared to win a highly publicized standoff against federal authorities …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Bundy Tries To Clarify His Slavery Remarks: 'I'm Not Racist'
Discussion: BobCesca.com
Los Angeles Times:
The U.S. can't let Cliven Bundy win his range war
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Harry Reid condemns ‘hateful racist’ Cliven Bundy
Discussion: Mediaite and The Right Scoop
Rep. Pat Garofalo / The Atlantic Online:
Cliven Bundy Wants to Tell You All About ‘the Negro’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and The Raw Story
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Cliven Bundy Wonders If Blacks Are ‘Better Off As Slaves’ Than On Gov't Assistance
Timothy Cama / The Hill:   Republicans slam Bundy's ‘appalling and racist’ remarks
CNN:
A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital's secret list  —  (CNN) — At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list.  —  The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed …
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Dennis Wagner / Arizona Republic:
McCain, Flake call for Senate probe of Phoenix VA
Discussion: Fox News
Norm Clarke:
Wynn, Clooney exchange barbs over heated dinner conversation  —  George Clooney, right, shown last year at Wynn Las Vegas promoting his Casamigos tequila with Steve and Andrea Wynn, reportedly took issue with Steve Wynn's comments about President Barack Obama.  (Courtesy)  —  George Clooney.
CNN:
Obama: Japanese robots a little scary'  —  Tokyo (CNN) - President Barack Obama has some new high tech friends  —  The President played soccer Thursday with a Japanese robot during a stop at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, or Mirikan.
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Colleen McCain Nelson / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Plays Soccer With Robot
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Southern Whites' Loyalty to G.O.P. Nearing That of Blacks to Democrats  —  President Obama's landslide victory in 2008 was supposed to herald the beginning of a new Democratic era.  And yet, six years later, there is not even a clear Democratic majority in the country, let alone one poised for 30 years of dominance.
Chris Christie / TIME:
THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE  —  Scott Walker
Discussion: Watchdog.org, JSOnline and Althouse
Kboi Web / KBOI 2:
Gay veteran: 'Ashes of a couple old lesbians isn't going to hurt'  —  BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) — Madelynn Taylor wants to spend eternity next to the love of her life.  —  The 74-year-old U.S. Navy veteran from Boise instantly fell in love with her partner back in 1995.  They were inseparable and married soon after.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Defending ObamaCare, Sen. Shaheen gets defensive.  —  Jeanne Shaheen, the senior senator from New Hampshire, won her seat by defeating a Republican incumbent in 2008.  She was thought to have a safe seat this year, and most polls and observers still give her an edge, if a tenuous one, over likely GOP challenger Scott Brown.
Discussion: Althouse, Instapundit and VodkaPundit
 
 
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