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11:05 AM ET, April 28, 2014


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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
No, Sarah Palin, Baptism Isn't A Good Punchline For A Terrorist Joke  —  Sarah Palin gave a speech to members of the National Rifle Association, gathered in Indianapolis this weekend.  She said something that struck me as sacrilegious.  I've long defended Palin against the offensive treatment she's received …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin soldiers on as a diminished figure in the Republican Party
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Taylor Marsh
Washington Post:
Rep. Michael Grimm, facing federal charges, surrenders to FBI  —  NEW YORK — Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R-N.Y.) surrendered Monday morning to federal authorities in New York as he faces multiple charges connected to a restaurant business he operated before entering Congress in 2011 …
Discussion: New York Times, Hot Air, WNYC News and NPR
New York Rep. Grimm arrested, facing federal charges
Jonathan Dienst /
Rep. Michael Grimm Expected to Surrender to FBI on Monday: Sources
Sheriff's office fires deputy in Ft. Sanders party incident  —  KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Sheriff's Office says they have fired the deputy involved in Saturday night's block party in Fort Sanders.  —  Frank Phillips, 47, has been with the Knox County Sheriff's Office since 1992.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Alex Greig / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Shocking moment a Tennessee police officer choked an unresisting college student until he fell UNCONSCIOUS  — Deputies were called to a University of Tennessee student party that spilled out onto a residential street  — A photographer on the scene took a series of photos …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Donald Sterling and the Neverending Fantasy of ‘Democrat’ Racism  —  Oh, how eager the conservative press is to call Donald Sterling a Democrat!  It's all part of their larger fantasy narrative about conservatism and race.  —  My Twitter feed yesterday was full of clucking conservatives challenging …
Kyle Wagner / Deadspin:
Exclusive: The Extended Donald Sterling Tape
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Kerry Warns Israel Could Become ‘An Apartheid State’  —  The secretary of state said that if Israel doesn't make peace soon, it could become ‘an apartheid state,’ like the old South Africa.  Jewish leaders are fuming over the comparison.  —  If there's no two-state solution …
Suzi Parker / Reuters:
At least 16 killed by tornadoes in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa  —  (Reuters) - Rescue workers searched for survivors on Monday in the rubble left by a wave of tornadoes that ripped through the south-central United States a day earlier, killing at least 16 people in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa.
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos, Mediaite and Mashable
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
High Plains Moochers  —  It is, in a way, too bad that Cliven Bundy — the rancher who became a right-wing hero after refusing to pay fees for grazing his animals on federal land, and bringing in armed men to support his defiance — has turned out to be a crude racist.  Why?
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Heartland Institute Edits George Carlin's Words For Cheap Facebook Hits  —  The billionaire funded think tank's stunt proves it's less interested in scholarship than it is in scoring points.  —  [Caution: It's George Carlin, and NSFW]  —  Did the idiots running social media …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The GOP has a demographic problem, and it looks like it could get even worse  —  It's no secret that Republicans have a demographic problem when it comes to national elections.  But what many people don't realize is that the GOP's issues will be worse in 2020 than in 2016 — unless things change dramatically.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Los Angeles Times:
Toyota to move jobs and marketing headquarters from Torrance to Texas  —  Toyota's move to suburban Dallas would put management of Toyota's U.S. business close to where it builds most cars for the American market.  —  About 5,300 people work at Toyota's North American sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance.
Fox News:
Straight talk about gay Republican Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio  —  FILE — August 19, 2013: Carl DeMaio, an ex-city councilman who lost the San Diego mayoral race to Bob Filner in 2012, speaks in support of the recall effort against the embattled mayor at City Hall in San Diego, California.Reuters
Women-only self-defense classes are challenged as discriminatory against men  —  Five government-sponsored self-defense classes to be held in the San Fernando Valley next month are being challenged as discriminatory to men and boys.  —  The women-only classes are advertised as free …
Majority in Colorado say legal marijuana good  —  (CNN) - Most voters in the first state to legalize recreational marijuana say the move was good for their state, according to a new poll.  —  But a Quinnipiac survey of Colorado voters also indicates there's wide partisan and generational divides over the issue.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Politico and
Robert D. Popper / Wall Street Journal:
Political Fraud About Voter Fraud  —  The president's selective statistics are red meat to supporters, but still bogus.  —  The Obama administration has been ramping up its rhetoric about the evil of voter identification as part of the run-up to the midterm elections.
Wall Street Republicans' dark secret: Hillary Clinton 2016  —  NEW YORK — The biggest parlor game on Wall Street and in corporate boardrooms these days is guessing whether former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will run for president and save the GOP's old establishment base from its rising populist wing.
Discussion: Liberaland and Capitol Report
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Paul Ryan's Inner City Education  —  The men begin filing into the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis around 5:30 a.m. They are ex-convicts and reformed drug dealers, recovering addicts and at-risk youth: a proud brotherhood of the city's undesirables.
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Ronald Brownstein /
Poll Shows Problems for Obama, Peril for Senate Democrats  —  President Obama's approval rating remains ominously weak among the constituencies that could tip the battle for control of the Senate in November, the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll has found.
Discussion: Hot Air and Real Clear Politics
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
John Paul Stevens to testify on ‘dark money’
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Recovery Has Created Far More Low-Wage Jobs Than Better-Paid Ones
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Week
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obamacare's Poll Numbers Improve In Republican Districts
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Post
After the midterms: Democrats fear President Obama could give in
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Bill Clinton to head CAP fundraiser
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
Kindergarten show canceled so kids can keep studying to become ‘college and career ready.’ Really.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Hit & Run
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
Warner Bros. Plans ‘Justice League’ Movie Directed by Zack Snyder (Exclusive)
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why the Democrats' Turnout Problem Is Worst in North Carolina
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg View:
Obama's Receding Foreign-Policy Dreams
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Taylor Marsh
New York Times:
U.S. Announces More Sanctions Against Russia
Tim Carpenter / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Sources: FBI examines lobbying by Brownback loyalists
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Establishment Has Upper Hand in May Primaries
Cole Moreton / Telegraph:
Rowan Williams: I didn't really want to be Archbishop
Discussion: The Raw Story
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Taking Up Police Searches of Data Troves Known as Cellphones
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Warren blasts financial services industry
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Politico