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12:40 PM ET, April 28, 2014


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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin soldiers on as a diminished figure in the Republican Party  —  Republican Sarah Palin isn't running for office, but the former Alaska governor is running around the country campaigning for the midterms.  How powerful are her political endorsements?  PostTV takes a look.
Discussion: The Week, PoliticusUSA and Taylor Marsh
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 …
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Donald Trump on Donald Sterling comments: ‘The girlfriend from hell’  —  Donald Trump on Monday called the racist remarks allegedly made by the L.A. Clippers owner “despicable,” but added the woman also recorded in the conversation is the “girlfriend from hell.”
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 …
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 …
Michael Grimm indicted on 20 counts
Discussion: Business Insider
Jonathan Dienst /
Rep. Michael Grimm Expected to Surrender to FBI on Monday: Sources
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.
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 …
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
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Judd Gregg / The Hill:
The real gap isn't about wealth  —  We often hear these days, from President Obama and his chorus on the left, that there is massive income inequality in America and that he and his minions are committed to correcting this situation.  —  It is an interesting observation.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
U.S. sanctions more Russians over Ukraine  —  (Reuters) - The United States froze assets and imposed visa bans on seven powerful Russians close to President Vladimir Putin on Monday and also sanctioned 17 Russian companies in reprisal for Moscow's actions in Ukraine.
Discussion: VodkaPundit, Forbes and The Dish
New York Times:
U.S. Announces More Sanctions Against Russia
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.
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Announcement Of Additional Treasury Sanctions On Russian Government Officials And Entities  —  Sanctions Target Seven Russian Government Officials, Including Members of the Russian Leadership's Inner Circle, and 17 Entities  —  WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated …
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.
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
Most Of The Jobs Added Since The Recession Pay Low Wages  —  Six years after the Great Recession began, job growth has returned to is original peak level.  But the kinds of jobs that have been added don't pay well.  Low-wage jobs have accounted for most of the employment growth even though …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Recovery Has Created Far More Low-Wage Jobs Than Better-Paid Ones
Discussion: Fox News and The Week
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?
Joshua Fisher /
Paul Simon, Edie Brickell charged with domestic violence  —  11:29 AM — New Canaan Police responded to Paul Simon and Edie Brickell's house after a 911-hangup call.  —  A brief press release from New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski states: “On Saturday, April 26, 2014, at approximately 8:20 pm …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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.
Sasha Issenberg / The New Republic:
How the Democrats Can Avoid Going Down This November  —  The new science of Democratic survival  —  Voter data by TargetSmart Communications.  —  In late February, Barack Obama stood before a room of his party's governors at a Washington fund-raiser and offered a new explanation …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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
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Mitch Smith / Chicago Tribune:
Mom charged with murder of newborn son left outside in plastic bag
Discussion: and The Raw Story
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Rand Paul proposal to halt aid to Palestine
Discussion: CNN
Burgess Everett / Politico:
John Paul Stevens to testify on ‘dark money’
Robert D. Popper / Wall Street Journal:
Political Fraud About Voter Fraud
Majority in Colorado say legal marijuana good
Discussion: Firedoglake, Politico and MPP Blog
Women-only self-defense classes are challenged as discriminatory against men
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obamacare's Poll Numbers Improve In Republican Districts
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Ronald Brownstein /
Poll Shows Problems for Obama, Peril for Senate Democrats
Discussion: Hot Air and Real Clear Politics
After the midterms: Democrats fear President Obama could give in
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
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Heartland Institute Edits George Carlin's Words For Cheap Facebook Hits
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