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9:55 AM ET, April 27, 2014


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Clippers Owner Donald Sterling to GF — Don't Bring Black People to My Games ... Including Magic Johnson … PREZ OBAMA  —  STERLING ‘IGNORANT’ ...  ‘Incredibly Offensive’
New York Times:
N.B.A. Probing Racial Remarks Tied to Clippers Owner  —  MEMPHIS — The N.B.A. has promised a swift investigation into remarks attributed to the Los Angeles Clippers' owner, Donald Sterling, after the release Friday night of an audio recording on the gossip website in which a person TMZ identified …
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Tea party PACs reap money for midterms, but spend little on candidates  —  When the Tea Party Patriots threw its support last month behind Matt Bevin, the underdog conservative challenger trying to unseat top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell, President Jenny Beth Martin vowed the group would be “putting our money where our mouth is.”
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
What if the tea party decides to walk away from the GOP in 2016?  It could happen.  —  The relationship (or lack thereof) between the mainstream of the Republican party and the tea party has long been pooh-poohed by GOP strategists as standard operating procedure for a party out of the White House.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rand Paul on being ‘libertarian-ish’
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Slaves to Prejudice  —  WASHINGTON — WHEN a cranky anarchist in a cowboy hat starts a sentence saying “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” you can be dang sure it's going downhill from there.  —  The unsettling thing about Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's ugly rant …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
A Rancher's Romantic Revisionism  —  It appears that Cliven Bundy, the 68-year-old rancher and freeloader, doesn't reject only the federal government; he rejects history.  —  Bundy decided this week to tell us all what he knows “about the Negro.”  —  Mr. Bundy was quoted by The New York Times as saying:
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Daily Meme: Embrace the Discomfort
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Obama backs Malaysia's handling of MH370 search  —  President Obama on Sunday defended the Malaysian government's handling of its fruitless search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying officials are working hard to find the aircraft that is believed to be deep at the bottom of the Indian Ocean.
Living with Inequality  —  Has Thomas Piketty really found “the central contradiction of capitalism”?  —  Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty, Belknap/Harvard, 685 pages, $39.95.  —  In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the French economist Thomas Piketty claims to have uncovered …
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Texas Republican Spent Over $30,000 In Campaign Cash On Chocolates And Ham  —  Hams!  —  Ham.  —  Tom Wallace/Minneapolis Star Tribune / MCT  —  WASHINGTON — Texas Rep. Ralph Hall, the oldest serving member of Congress, spent more than $33,000 in campaign funds on orders from Honey Baked Foods …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Obama Subverts the Law in the Name of Clemency  —  So now it's the pardon power.  —  To this point, in making a mockery of his core constitutional duty to execute the laws faithfully, the broad law-enforcement discretion the Constitution vests in the executive branch has been President Obama's preferred sleight of hand.
Discussion: Power Line
Charlie LeDuff / New York Times:
A Beating in Detroit  —  DETROIT — AS Detroit burned to the ground on a hot summer night in July 1967, my grandparents stood on their front lawn listening to the sounds of our civic suicide.  —  “Pa,” my grandmother is said to have said.  “We've got to get out of this neighborhood.”
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Avril Lavigne picked a bad week to go all racist.  —  She's in big trouble for this:  —  Do you not see what's so cliven about it?  Well, then, you might want to submit to Vox, the website that explains everything to the point needed by an adequately intelligent but generally pretty busy person:
Discussion: The Other McCain, RedState and Vox
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Aldine ISD police: Middle school teacher gives student lap dance, says ‘I love you baby’
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Strip private banks of their power to create money
Discussion: House of Debt and New York Times
Rasmussen Reports:
55% Favor Government Oversight of Political Ads and Candidates' Comments
Jason Morris / CNN:
Texas family plagued with ailments gets $3M in 1st-of-its-kind fracking judgment
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Google+ Is Walking Dead
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Ukraine: pro-Russian separatists hold European military observers captive