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1:10 PM 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  —  L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling told his GF he does NOT want her bringing black people to his games ... including Magic Johnson ... and it's ALL on tape.
Adam Sneed / Politico:
Lorraine Miller: Sterling won't receive NAACP award  —  NAACP Interim President Lorraine Miller said Sunday the NAACP will not go forward with plans to give a lifetime achievement award to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.  —  Appearing on NBC's “Meet the Press,” …
New York Times:
N.B.A. Investigating 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 …
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.”
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 …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Daily Meme: Embrace the Discomfort
New York Times:
The Koch Attack on Solar Energy  —  At long last, the Koch brothers and their conservative allies in state government have found a new tax they can support.  Naturally it's a tax on something the country needs: solar energy panels.  —  For the last few months, the Kochs and other big polluters …
Washington Post:
‘Happy Days’ no more: Middle-class families squeezed as expenses soar, wages stall  —  On a routine drive to the beauty salon, Robin Johnson had one of those life-happens moments: Her 13-year-old Durango, with 200,000 miles on the odometer, overheated and started sputtering.
Ian Morris / Washington Post:
In the long run, wars make us safer and richer  —  Ian Morris, a professor of classics at Stanford University, is the author of “War!  What is it Good For?  Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots.”  —  Norman Angell, the Paris editor of Britain's Daily Mail, was a man who expected to be listened to.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CANNONFIRE
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
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Netanyahu: Abbas can't have it both ways  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas “cannot speak out of both sides of his mouth” in response to Abbas's comments condemning the Holocaust.  —  In a statement that came on the eve …
Discussion: CNN, The Week and Guardian
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.
Aldine ISD police: Middle school teacher gives student lap dance, says ‘I love you baby’  —  HOUSTON - A middle school teacher has sashayed her way into a lot of trouble after she allegedly gave one of her students a birthday lap dance in front of the entire class.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
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Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Obama backs Malaysia's handling of MH370 search
Rasmussen Reports:
55% Favor Government Oversight of Political Ads and Candidates' Comments
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Avril Lavigne picked a bad week to go all racist.
Discussion: The Other McCain, RedState and Vox
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Charlie LeDuff / New York Times:
A Beating in Detroit  —  DETROIT — AS Detroit burned to the ground …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jason Morris / CNN:
Texas family plagued with ailments gets $3M in 1st-of-its-kind fracking judgment
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Ukraine: pro-Russian separatists hold European military observers captive