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9:40 AM ET, April 29, 2014


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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
John Kerry backpedals on Israel ‘apartheid state’ comment  —  Secretary of State John Kerry, under fire for warning that Israel risks becoming “an apartheid state” in the absence of a peace deal, released a statement Monday evening pushing back hard.  —  “I will not allow my commitment …
John Kerry / US Department of State:
On Support for Israel  —  Press Statement Secretary of State Washington, DC  —  For more than thirty years in the United States Senate, I didn't just speak words in support of Israel, I walked the walk when it came time to vote and when it came time to fight.
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Kerry Apologizes for Remark That Israel Risks Apartheid
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Cruz Calls on Kerry to Resign After ‘Apartheid’ Remark
Brad Townsend / Dallas Mavericks Blog:
Mark Cuban calls Donald Sterling's comments “abhorrent,” endorses maximum league punishment  —  Apr 26, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban reacts during the game against the San Antonio Spurs in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center.
Mother Jones:
Donald Sterling Is a Registered Republican
Jonathan Feigen / Ultimate Rockets:
Calling Sterling comments disgusting, Leslie Alexander seeks to drive him from NBA
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Places Blame On Sterling's Girlfriend For ‘Cajoling’ Him Into Racist Comments
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
Post-ABC News poll shows Democrats at risk in November as Obama's approval rating falls  —  Democrats face serious obstacles as they look to the November elections, with President Obama's approval rating at a new low and a majority of voters saying they prefer a Congress in Republican hands …
Kennesaw FedEx shooting suspect dead  —  Six people were hurt after a gunman opened fire at a FedEx facility in Kennesaw.  The shooter has not yet been caught.  —  CONNECT  —  KENNESAW, Ga. — Police say the suspect in a shooting at a Kennesaw FedEx facility has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Cobb Co. police say suspect in Kennesaw FedEx shooting is dead  —  KENNESAW, Ga. —  Cobb County police say the person suspected of a shooting at a Kennesaw FedEx facility is dead.  The body is on FedEx property, police said.  —  Police said the suspected gunman died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Discussion: Mashable, Business Insider and Mediaite
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Candidates won't commit to McConnell  —  A slew of Republican candidates running for the upper chamber won't say whether they would back Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky.) if he bids for another term as GOP leader.  —  While Tea Party candidates often run against GOP leaders in Washington during primary contests …
Reid Wilson / Washington Post:
Boehner rival loses job over campaign ad
Discussion: Doug Ross and Talking Points Memo
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Boehner Tea Party Challenger Fired Over Anti-Boehner Ad
Discussion: Hot Air and The Right Scoop
Charlie Cook /
Why Democrats Should Avoid the ‘R’ Word  —  From time to time, we all read something where suddenly words jump out from the page, grabbing our attention.  This happened to me the other day while reading a memo from Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg and strategist James Carville …
Discussion: Power Line
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Dems' hopes rise to keep Senate  —  The gossipy, amusing political narrative in the fight for majority control of the Senate is now all about the feuding between Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and the Koch brothers.  —  Last week Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
White House Steps Up Effort to Confirm Federal Judges  —  WASHINGTON — With the possibility that Republicans could take the Senate in November, the White House and Senate Democrats are working swiftly to confirm judges to the federal courts in an effort to allow President Obama to leave a lasting liberal imprint on the judiciary.
Erica Pearson / NY Daily News:
Charles Schumer promises immigration reform: ‘We are going to pass that bill and sign it into law this year’  —  Even Republicans will have to give on immigration reform if they want to be re-elected, the New York Democrat says Monday at the 12th annual Daily News/CUNY Citizenship NOW! call-in.
Discussion: Washington Post
David Brooks / New York Times:
Saving the System  —  All around, the fabric of peace and order is fraying.  The leaders of Russia and Ukraine escalate their apocalyptic rhetoric.  The Sunni-Shiite split worsens as Syria and Iraq slide into chaos.  China pushes its weight around in the Pacific.
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Balloon Juice
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Sorry Democrats, Obamacare is still electoral kryptonite  —  Has the debate about Obamacare finally turned a political corner for Democrats?  Two recent events have caused much excitement on the left that perhaps it finally has.  —  First, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Tries And Fails To Get Any Details About The GOP's Obamacare Replacement
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Ratings Slip at MSNBC as Jet Coverage Lifts CNN  —  April proved a cruel month for MSNBC, with the news channel hitting some of its lowest ratings in seven years, and its prominent morning show, “Morning Joe,” falling to third place in the cable news competition.
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How North Carolina's Voter ID Law Could Actually Help Democrats This Year
 Earlier Items: 
Balazs Jarabik / Politico:
It's not all Russia's fault
Discussion: OSCE
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
How A Public Corruption Scandal Became A Fight Over Free Speech
Discussion: Firedoglake and Bloomberg View
Manu Raju / Politico:
Police investigating Cliven Bundy-related threats to Harry Reid
Discussion: Mediaite, Talking Points Memo and CNN