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2:43 AM ET, April 29, 2014


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Mother Jones:
Donald Sterling Is a Registered Republican  —  Does it really matter whether racist LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling is a registered Democrat?  Or a Republican?  Or a member of the Pirate Party of Russia?  —  Well, according to multiple conservative media outlets, yes, it does matter.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar / TIME:
Welcome to the Finger-Wagging Olympics  —  It's time to look at ourselves — and our collective moral outrage — in the mirror, says former NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  —  Moral outrage is exhausting.  And dangerous.  The whole country has gotten a severe case of carpal tunnel syndrome …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Places Blame On Sterling's Girlfriend For ‘Cajoling’ Him Into Racist Comments  —  Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar suggested on Monday that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist rant is at least partially his girlfriend's fault.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Donald Trump on Donald Sterling comments: ‘The girlfriend from hell’
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Mediaite
Dylan Byers / Politico:
John Kerry's private remarks allegedly taped by Daily Beast reporter  —  Secretary of State John Kerry's private remarks to a meeting of influential world leaders last week were allegedly taped by a reporter from The Daily Beast, a fact that led to a personal apology from Trilateral Commission chairman Joseph S. Nye on Monday.
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.
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 …
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Barbara Boxer: John Kerry apartheid critique ‘ridiculous’  —  Sen. Barbara Boxer took an apparent swipe at Secretary of State John Kerry, saying on Twitter that any statement comparing Israel to apartheid “is nonsensical and ridiculous.”  —  While Boxer didn't mention Kerry by name …
Michael Wilner / Jerusalem Post:
US State Department does not deny Kerry's Israel ‘apartheid’ warning
Discussion: Mediaite, Politico and Israel Matzav
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Tries And Fails To Get Any Details About The GOP's Obamacare Replacement  —  Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) struggled to articulate a credible GOP alternative to the Affordable Care Act during an appearance on Fox News Monday morning, promising only to replace President Obama's health care reform with …
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Sorry Democrats, Obamacare is still electoral kryptonite
Rod Dreher / The American Conservative:
The Sacrilegious Sarah Palin  —  Man, the 12 minute speech Sarah Palin gave to the NRA convention is awful.  It's just witless, red-meat blathering, delivered in that nasal whine of hers that makes it sound like she's chewing wads of tinfoil.  For people who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they like.
Patrick Brennan / National Review:
Sarah Palin's Barbarism
Discussion: The Dish and Washington Post
Manu Raju / Politico:
Police investigating Cliven Bundy-related threats to Harry Reid  —  Federal law enforcement officials are investigating threats made against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the aftermath of his sharp-edged attacks against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, sources said Monday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Mediaite and CNN
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Howie Kurtz Turns On His Network Fox News For Its Silence On Bundy's Racist Comments (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Politics don't belong in science fiction: Column  —  A writer shouldn't be punished for his political beliefs.  —  There was a time when science fiction was a place to explore new ideas, free of the conventional wisdom of staid, “mundane” society, a place where speculation replaced group think …
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.
Balazs Jarabik / Politico:
It's not all Russia's fault  —  Eastern Ukraine is a mess.  But Kremlin meddling is hardly the whole story.  —  The crisis in eastern Ukraine is far from over.  —  On Monday, the moderate mayor of Kharkiv, the country's second-largest city, was shot while riding his bicycle.
Discussion: OSCE
White Blog:
Heartbleed: Understanding When We Disclose Cyber Vulnerabilities  —  When President Truman created the National Security Agency in 1952, its very existence was not publicly disclosed.  Earlier this month, the NSA sent out a Tweet making clear that it did not know about the recently discovered vulnerability …
Discussion: New York Times and Lawfare
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
How North Carolina's Voter ID Law Could Actually Help Democrats This Year  —  The race is on to register voters.  —  The Rev. William Barber, head of the North Carolina NAACP.  —  AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chris Seward  —  WASHINGTON — When North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed …
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Google removes “deceptive” pregnancy center ads  —  Google is removing Web search ads for some “crisis pregnancy centers,” after an investigation by NARAL Pro-Choice America found evidence that the ads violate Google's policy against deceptive advertising.  —  “We have no problem …
Kabita Maharana / International Business Times:
Edible Water Bottles to Tackle Plastic Menace?  —  A new breakthrough by a team of London scientists could mean we are soon eating our water bottles instead of throwing them away.  —  Design students from Imperial College London have developed the Ooho water container, an edible water bottle …
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.
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Boehner Tea Party Challenger Fired Over Anti-Boehner Ad  —  House Speaker John Boehner's tea party primary challenger J.D. Winteregg has been fired from his position as adjunct professor at Cedarville University in Ohio due to his recent viral web ad accusing Boehner of “Electile Dysfunction,” The Daily Caller has learned exclusively.
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Debbie Elliott / NPR:
Mississippi's Lone Abortion Clinic Fights To Remain Open
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Shakesville and ACS Blog
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
How A Public Corruption Scandal Became A Fight Over Free Speech
Discussion: Firedoglake and Bloomberg View
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Theme Music Greets Obama in Manila
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Climate Inquisitor  —  'Everyone is in favor of free speech …
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Chris Lehane / Politico:
Yeah, I Wrote the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy Memo
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Althouse
Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
FBI Arrests and Rips Rep. Michael Grimm, an Ex-FBI Agent
Discussion: Politico
Charles Lane / City Journal:
Baltimore Behind Bars
Joshua Fisher /
Paul Simon, Edie Brickell charged with domestic violence
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
Sasha Issenberg / The New Republic:
How the Democrats Can Avoid Going Down This November
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin soldiers on as a diminished figure in the Republican Party
Discussion: The Week, PoliticusUSA and Taylor Marsh