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10:55 AM ET, April 30, 2014


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Marcus Thompson II:
Warriors Had the Blueprint For a Dramatic Boycott Ready to Go  —  The plan was set, the product of a 30-minute players meeting.  The Warriors were going to go through pre-game warm-ups and take part in the national anthem and starting line-up introductions.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Is Barry Whiffing?  —  WASHINGTON — Stop whining, Mr. President.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
Donald Sterling's Personal Foul, Ctd
Donald Sterling receives lifetime ban
Los Angeles Times:
Oklahoma halts double execution after one is botched  —  Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner.  (Associated Press)  —  A controversial double execution in Oklahoma was scrubbed Tuesday night after the first inmate to receive an experimental three-drug cocktail writhed and grimaced on the gurney …
Associated Press:
Oklahoma Botches Clayton Lockett's Execution  —  McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma death row inmate writhed, clenched his teeth and appeared to struggle against the restraints holding him to a gurney before prison officials halted an execution in which the state was using a new drug combination for the first time.
Oren Dorell / USA Today:
Senator: E-mails show how Benghazi story shaped  —  Republicans say e-mails released Tuesday on the attack in Benghazi, Libya, include “the smoking gun” that shows a White House official urged that the assault on the U.S. consulate be blamed on a protest that never happened.
Fox News:
Benghazi emails suggest White House aide involved in prepping Rice for ‘video’ explanation  —  Newly released emails on the Benghazi terror attack suggest a senior White House aide played a central role in preparing former U.N. ambassador Susan Rice for her controversial Sunday show appearances …
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: Benghazi Documents Point to White House on Misleading Talking Points
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The “apartheid” slur has a long history.  —  “I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone,” John Kerry pronounced in a press statement yesterday.  Far be it from us to defy an order from the secretary of state.  It is clear to us, however, that there is something to which Kerry's commitment is far deeper.
Anthony Man / Sun-Sentinel:
Looking for complaints, Rick Scott instead finds praise for Obamacare  —  Scott meet with seniors looking for Obamacare horror stories, but found little complaints.  —  Sun Sentinel  —  BOCA RATON— Gov. Rick Scott visited a senior center Tuesday to warn about cuts he said Obamacare …
Tampa Bay Times:
Alan Grayson seeks annulment, saying his wife was wed to another man  —  Orlando Sentinel:  —  When U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson married his wife, she was already wed to another man, according to a new court filing by the congressman's lawyers, seeking an annulment on the basis of bigamy.
Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
Alan Grayson asks for annulment, accuses wife of bigamy in new court documents
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin's voter ID law  —  By Patrick Marley, Jason Stein and Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel  —  In a decision that could have implications nationally and in Wisconsin's November elections, a federal judge on Tuesday struck down the state's voter ID law …
Discussion: Washington Post and Alas, a Blog
New York Times:   Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Law Requiring Photo ID at Polls
Dinesh Ramde / Associated Press:   Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Law
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Congressman: Bundy Militia Has Set Up Road ‘Checkpoints’ In Nevada  —  A Democratic congressman from Nevada said in a letter this week that his constituents have reported the armed militia supporting rancher Cliven Bundy have set up checkpoints to verify the residency of anybody passing through.
Manu Raju / Politico:
Dean Heller: I never called Cliven Bundy ‘patriot’
Discussion: Hullabaloo and CNN
Congressman Steven Horsford:
Horsford Urges Sheriff Gillespie To Investigate Armed Militia Presence In Bunkerville
Discussion: The Mahablog
New York Times:
Two Giant Banks, Seen as Immune, Become Targets  —  Federal prosecutors are nearing criminal charges against some of the world's biggest banks, according to lawyers briefed on the matter, a development that could produce the first guilty plea from a major bank in more than two decades.
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Justices Back Rule Limiting Coal Pollution  —  WASHINGTON — In a major victory for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the smog from coal plants that drifts across state lines from 27 Midwestern and Appalachian states to the East Coast.
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Court upholds cross-state air pollution rule
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Tim Pawlenty: Republican Party must back wage hike  —  Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Wednesday that Republicans should support a “reasonable” increase in the minimum wage.  —  “If you're going to talk the talk about being for the middle class and the working person …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Richard N. Haass / Wall Street Journal:
A Foreign Policy Flirting With Chaos  —  The most egregious case of fecklessness has been on Syria.  Doubts about American dependability were raised far and wide.  —  American foreign policy is in troubling disarray.  The result is unwelcome news for the world, which largely depends upon …
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Koch Brothers Still Unknown to Many Americans - WSJ/NBC Poll  —  Most Americans don't know who the Koch brothers are, and yet they continue to be the focus of Democrats' attacks.  —  Wednesday's Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found a full half of Americans didn't recognize the names of Charles and David Koch.
Jonathan Rauch / Washington Monthly:
It's All in the Implementation  —  Why cannabis legalization is less like marriage equality and more like health care reform.  —  Is marijuana legalization on the gay marriage track toward decisive and irrevocable public acceptance?  The liberals and libertarians who support it …
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Cliff Schecter / The Daily Beast:
Preparing for War in Indianapolis: Inside the NRA Plot to Terrify America
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
Developer Scales Back Plans for Muslim Center Near Ground Zero
Discussion: ABC News and American Power
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
How Barack Obama Sold Out The Kale Crowd
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
A Marxist Analysis of Hillary
China's Income Inequality Surpasses U.S., Posing Risk for Xi
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Juan Williams / Wall Street Journal:
Getting Past Name-Calling to Talk About Poverty
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Polls show Tillis poised to avoid N.C. GOP primary runoff
Exclusive: Microsoft Will Start Selling Xbox One in China in September
Discussion: Business Insider and The Verge
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Louisiana About To Make It Illegal For Homeless People To Beg For Money
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
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