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2:05 PM ET, April 25, 2014


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Cliven Bundy Says If People Thought His Comments Were Racist, It's MLK's Fault  —  Cliven Bundy, the embattled rancher who revealed himself this week to be not just a critic of the government, but also a blatant racist, dug himself further into a hole Friday morning by saying that Martin Luther King …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Bundy's Black Bodyguard: ‘I Would Take A Bullet For That Man’ (VIDEO)  —  One of the supporters serving as a bodyguard for Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy during his standoff with federal authorities — and who also happens to be black — said he would still “take a bullet for” Bundy after the rancher made racially inflammatory comments.
Discussion: Mediaite
John Boel / WAVE-TV:
EXCLUSIVE: Politicians at cockfighting rally caught on video  —  LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's part of Kentucky's landscape, even when it's not readily visible.  This part is hidden in a Henry County valley behind the trees by Lake Jericho.  —  It features sprawling farms that raise chickens, but not the kind you eat.
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Mitch McConnell: Matt Bevin lied on cockfighting  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accused his primary challenger Friday of lying about his participation at a cockfighting rally, citing a local news report that shows Bevin being asked directly about cockfighting.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Piketty Panic  —  “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” the new book by the French economist Thomas Piketty, is a bona fide phenomenon.  Other books on economics have been best sellers, but Mr. Piketty's contribution is serious, discourse-changing scholarship in a way most best sellers aren't.
Eric Alterman / The Nation:   A brilliant book has named the problem of our time. But will anything change?
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Boehner mocks colleagues on Congress over immigration reform  —  House Speaker John Boehner theatrically mocked his fellow Republican Congressmen for being afraid to reform immigration policy when he spoke Thursday before the Middletown Rotary Club.  —  CONNECT
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Al Gore is not giving up  —  A rare, frank conversation with the former vice president and climate-change activist.  —  Al Gore is richer and skinnier than ever, 14 years out of the White House, a tech titan with elder statesman clout, whose disdain for politics in the capital where he lived …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why Elizabeth Warren should run for president  —  BARACK OBAMA JOE BIDEN HILLARY CLINTON 2016 ELECTIONS CAMPAIGNS ELIZABETH WARREN  —  Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren is starting a publicity tour for her new campaign-style book, A Fighting Chance.  As she talks to the press …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
The Hill:
Issa questions role of Holder's DOJ in targeting of Tea Party groups  —  House Republicans on Thursday broadened their investigation into the IRS's improper targeting of conservative groups, questioning whether the Justice Department might have played a role.
Republican monsters duke it out: The coming “Plutocrats vs. Tea Party” cage match
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Mike Hayes / BuzzFeed:
Bloomberg Group Foots Bill To Send Hundreds Of Gun Reform Activists To NRA Convention  —  When Michael Bloomberg announced he would spend $50 million on gun control this year, he said he hoped to make the National Rifle Association “afraid.”  This weekend, the Bloomberg-backed group Everytown …
Discussion: USA Today and National Review
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
What We Talk About When We Talk About Talking About Race  —  Deep inside the Supreme Court's affirmative action decision lies a fight about how we speak about race in America.  —  Is it OK if we talk about race for a minute?  —  The U.S. Supreme Court's decision this week in Schuette v. Coalition …
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Rand Paul and Wealthy Libertarians Connect as He Weighs Running  —  Frayda Levin, a New Jersey libertarian activist and former small-business owner, is a woman of many passions: promoting liberty, ending marijuana prohibition and opposing her state's recent minimum-wage increase.
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Attorney Issues Subpoena to Committee Probing George Washington Bridge Scandal  —  New Jersey U.S. attorney Paul Fishman has issued a subpoena to a legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge closures for its documents pertaining to the matter, a sign that prosecutors are continuing to delve into the issue.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Ukraine Says It Will ‘Blockade’ Pro-Russian Militants  —  KIEV, Ukraine — Defying warnings from Moscow not to confront pro-Russian militants entrenched in towns across eastern Ukraine, the interim central government in Kiev on Friday threatened to “blockade” the Kremlin's allies in the eastern town …
2016: A Bush-Clinton rematch?  —  Washington (CNN) — Two families, two political parties — one family business.  —  It's hard to understate the depth of the Bush-Clinton impact on American politics.  Think of it this way: For 32 years, there was either a Bush or a Clinton in the White House or the Cabinet.
Discussion: OnPolitics
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Son: George H.W. Bush wants Jeb to run
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Associated Press:
FLOTUS gets résumé from girl with jobless dad  —  Michelle Obama's annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees took a serious turn Thursday when a 10-year-old girl in the front row told the first lady that her dad had been out of work for three years.
Discussion: Mediaite
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Michelle Obama scraps graduation speech
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Fox News:
Clinton calls Benghazi terror attack ‘biggest regret’ on her watch
Discussion: American Spectator
Ben Strauss / New York Times:
At Northwestern, a Blitz to Defeat an Effort to Unionize
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Wretched Reid  —  It seems to me that in Senate Majority Leader …
Discussion: Fox News and Weekly Standard
Robert Nolin / Sun-Sentinel:
Dumb bank robber leaves note with his name
Washington Post:
Low-level federal judges balking at law enforcement requests for electronic evidence
Manu Raju / Politico:
Lindsey Graham foe: Children-loving women cause divorces
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Jerusalem Post:
Report: Netanyahu agreed to talk borders, settlement freeze prior to Hamas-Fatah deal
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Israpundit
Kelly Riddell / Washington Times:
Holder cancels appearance in OKC amid angry protests