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4:55 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: Politico, New Day and
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Spokesman Is Furious The GOP Has Been Lumped With Bundy (VIDEO)  —  A top spokesman for the Republican National Committee got heated during an interview Friday on CNN, saying Republicans have been unfairly linked to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his racist remarks.
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
Crystal Wright / CNN:
Why we conservatives are still getting it wrong with Bundy
Discussion: The Dish
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:
Matt Bevin sorry for cockfighting event speech  —  Kentucky GOP Senate hopeful Matt Bevin has apologized for giving a speech at a cockfighting rally after receiving backlash from his primary opponent Mitch McConnell and others.  —  Bevin issued a statement on Friday apologizing for his appearance …
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.
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.
Boehner Acknowledges That Repealing Obamacare 'Isn't The Answer'  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) admitted on Thursday that repealing President Obama's signature health reform law “isn't the answer” because it's too late to roll back all of the changes it's had on the insurance industry over the past several years.
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Boehner public mocking of colleagues on immigration similar to what he's done in private
Discussion: protein wisdom and PoliticusUSA
Sheila McLaughlin /
Boehner mocks colleagues on Congress over immigration reform
Mike Hayes / BuzzFeed:
Bloomberg Group Sends 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 for Gun Safety …
Discussion: USA Today and National Review
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: Gov. Tom Ridge Resigns From Bloomberg's New Gun Control Group
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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
John Kerry / US Department of State:
Remarks on Ukraine  —  Remarks  —  Secretary of State  —  State Department Press Briefing Room  —  Washington, DC  —  It has now been a week since the United States, the European Union, Russia, and Ukraine met in Geneva.  We did so after a phone call between President Putin and President Obama …
New York Times:
Ukraine Says It Will ‘Blockade’ Pro-Russian Militants
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
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Christie's Chances & the 2016 Nomination
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Hot Air
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 …
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.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obamacare Love And Trepidation As Told On The Websites Of Congressional Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — Want to know how Democrats really feel about campaigning on Obamacare?  Go to their websites.  —  The pages touting lawmakers' reelection, or advertising the work they do in the House or Senate …
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Democratic Candidates Grow More Vocal in Supporting Health Law
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.
Robert Nolin / Sun-Sentinel:
Dumb bank robber leaves note with his name  —  FBI agents say Felipe Cruz tried ¿ but failed ¿ to rob the Chase Bank in Pompano Beach on April 10.  —  As bank robbers go, this guy was no pro.  —  Felipe Cruz was doubly doomed, FBI agents said, when he tried — but failed …
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Michael Crowley / TIME:
Obama's Foreign Policy Failures Are Proving His Critics Right
Discussion: New York Times
Dina Temple-Raston / NPR:
The Jewish Kid From New Jersey Who Became A Radical Islamist
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Charles S. Johnson / Montana Standard:
Turiano says he's his own man in House race
Associated Press:
Rand Paul seeks new allies among Romney team
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Carla Marinucci /
Neel Kashkari trails registered sex offender in new governor poll
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
Mikal Gilmore / Rolling Stone:
George R.R. Martin: The Rolling Stone Interview
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Samsung confirms fatal camera flaw on ‘limited number’ of Galaxy S5 smartphones
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Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Wretched Reid  —  It seems to me that in Senate Majority Leader …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Fox News
The Hill:
Issa questions role of Holder's DOJ in targeting of Tea Party groups
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: The Raw Story
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
What We Talk About When We Talk About Talking About Race