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6:30 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 …
Paul Begala / CNN:
Conservative hero is racist rancher?  Didn't see that one coming  —  Editor's note: Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist and CNN political commentator, was a political consultant for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in 1992 and was counselor to Clinton in the White House.
Discussion: New Day, and Politico
Crystal Wright / CNN:
Why we conservatives are still getting it wrong with Bundy  —  Editor's note: Crystal Wright is a conservative writer who runs the blog  She also is a principal at the Baker Wright Group, a communications and public relations firm.  You can follow her on Twitter @GOPBlackChick.
Discussion: The Dish
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
Kevin Williamson / National Review:
Bundy's Racial Rhetoric
Feds close to filing charges against Rep. Michael Grimm, officials say  —  (CNN) — Federal prosecutors are preparing criminal charges against Rep. Michael Grimm, capping a two-year FBI investigation that ranges from his business dealings to his first campaign for Congress in 2010, U.S. officials briefed on the matter said.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael Grimm expected to be indicted  —  Rep. Michael Grimm is expected to be indicted by the U.S. attorney in New York, according to the New York Republican's lawyer.  —  Grimm has been under investigation by federal authorities for alleged campaign finance violations.
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Putin Halts All Talks With White House  —  As new U.S. sanctions against Russia loom, the Kremlin has shut down—at least for now—intensive high level communications between top U.S. and Russian officials.  —  Since the invasion of Crimea, President Vladimir Putin …
‘Propaganda bullhorn’: John Kerry attacks RT during Ukraine address
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: Gov. Tom Ridge Resigns From Bloomberg's New Gun Control Group  —  Former Republican Gov. Tom Ridge is stepping down from his position with Michael Bloomberg's new anti-gun organization, The Daily Caller has learned.  —  “When I signed on as an advisor to Everytown …
Mike Hayes / BuzzFeed:
Bloomberg Group Sends Hundreds Of Gun Reform Activists To NRA Convention
Discussion: USA Today, ABC News and National Review
NRA cites eroding freedoms, warns of Hillary candidacy
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Republicans Are Racists?  No, It's Just All a Big Coincidence  —  The revolting comments.  The emails.  The jokes.  The posters.  The T-shirts.  The ghostwriters.  It's not like it's a pattern or something.  —  Come on, fellow liberals.  Calm down.  I guess maybe it's fair to call Cliven Bundy a racist.
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.
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.
Bill Ruthhart / Chicago Tribune:
Emails show Emanuel aides, producers coordinated CNN ‘Chicagoland’ scenes  —  If it seemed as though some scenes of CNN's documentary series “Chicagoland” were coordinated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's City Hall and the show's producers, that's because they were.
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 …
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
How a Kids Program Hillary Brought to Arkansas Could Unite Democrats
Discussion: Yahoo! News
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Piketty Phenomenon  —  Many people join the political left driven by a concern for the poor.  But, over the past several years, the Democratic Party has talked much more about the middle class than the poor.  Meanwhile, progressive political movements like Occupy Wall Street directed their fervor at the top 1 percent.
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Christie's Chances & the 2016 Nomination  —  Once upon a time, not so long ago, the consensus among pundits was that Chris Christie was the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016 — and a relatively solid one at that.  That, of course, was before news broke that his administration …
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Attorney Issues Subpoena to Committee Probing George Washington Bridge Scandal
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Weekly Standard:
The Obamacare Opportunity  —  An opening for a genuine alternative.  —  Widget tooltip  —  Obamacare's defenders are doing their best to sustain a triumphant mood these days.  In the wake of the late-March surge in exchange enrollment, many proponents of the law have insisted it can no longer be rolled back.
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Oligarchy in the Twenty-First Century  —  “To see what is in front of one's nose,” George Orwell famously wrote, “needs a constant struggle.”  In front of my nose as I write this is a copy of last Sunday's New York Times.  I have opened it to the business section.
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Tim Cavanaugh / National Review:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller and RedState
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Tea party eats its own in Oklahoma
Discussion: Washington Post
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Michael Crowley / TIME:
Obama's Foreign Policy Failures Are Proving His Critics Right
Discussion: New York Times
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
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Discussion: Business Insider
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Wretched Reid  —  It seems to me that in Senate Majority Leader …
Discussion: Fox News and Weekly Standard
Washington Post:
Low-level federal judges balking at law enforcement requests for electronic evidence
Discussion: Techdirt
Manu Raju / Politico:
Lindsey Graham foe: Children-loving women cause divorces
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
What We Talk About When We Talk About Talking About Race