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6:50 AM ET, April 30, 2014


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Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
Donald Sterling's Personal Foul, Ctd … Many readers are asking along these lines: … To respond to each question in turn: yes, of course, if an owner of a business makes baldly racist remarks urging public dissociation from an entire racial group, private sector sanctions - from the NBA or fans or sponsors - are “permissible.”
Houston Mitchell / Los Angeles Times:
NBA bans Donald Sterling for life, fines Clippers owner $2.5 million
Discussion: ABC News, KTLA 5 and The PJ Tatler
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Conservative Pundit: ‘Race-Baiters’ Struck Gold With Sterling
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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’  —  Nevada Sen. Dean Heller wants to be clear: Cliven Bundy is no patriot.  —  As criticism has mounted over the controversial Nevada rancher's comments and tactics, the GOP senator is distancing himself from Bundy and his supporters …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Congressman Steven Horsford:
Horsford Urges Sheriff Gillespie To Investigate Armed Militia Presence In Bunkerville
Discussion: The Mahablog
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Court upholds cross-state air pollution rule  —  The Supreme Court in a 6-2 decision Tuesday upheld a rule that allows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate air pollution from power plants that crosses state lines, handing a major victory to President Obama.
Discussion: Politico
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Justices Back Rule Limiting Coal Pollution
Orin Kerr / Washington Post:
Initial impressions from the oral argument in the Supreme Court cell phone search cases
Discussion: Mashable and ABC News
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  —  A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Wisconsin's law requiring voters to produce state-approved photo identification cards at polling places, advancing a new legal basis — the Voting Rights Act — for similar challenges playing out around the nation.
Dinesh Ramde / Associated Press:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Law
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Benghazi Emails Show White House Effort to Protect Obama
Star Wars:
STAR WARS: EPISODE VII CAST ANNOUNCED  —  The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.  —  Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford …
Associated Press:
Oklahoma Inmate Dies After Botched Execution, Second Execution Delayed  —  McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma inmate whose execution was halted Tuesday because the delivery of a new drug combination was botched died of a heart attack, the head of the state Department of Corrections said.
Discussion: Liberaland and Talking Points Memo
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 …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Congressman Makes Shocking Racial Comments About Republicans, Clarence Thomas, Mitch McConnell  —  He calls Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas an “Uncle Tom” and Mitch McConnell a “racist.”  —  —  A Mississippi Democratic Congressman says Clarence Thomas is an …
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.
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Polls show Tillis poised to avoid N.C. GOP primary runoff  —  North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis is holding a steady and substantial lead over his nearest challengers in two new surveys of the Republican Senate primary race there, and finally clears the 40-percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff in one survey.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Eric Cantor to Vance McAllister: ‘Resign’  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told troubled GOP Rep. Vance McAllister (La.) that he should resign from office immediately.  —  McAllister, who only took office in November but has since become known as the “kissing congressman,” …
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Boehner admits immigration comments went too far  —  Washington (CNN) - After mocking his fellow GOP members last week for complaining immigration reform was “too hard,” House Speaker John Boehner reminded House Republicans at a closed-door meeting “you tease the ones you love” but admitted he shouldn't have made fun of them publicly.
Discussion: Washington Post
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Conservative lawmaker predicts Boehner won't run for Speaker again
Discussion: Politico
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Henry G. Manne / Wall Street Journal:
Busting Insider Trading: As Pointless as Prohibition
Exclusive: Microsoft Will Start Selling Xbox One in China in September
Discussion: Business Insider and The Verge
Harry Reid debating Keystone vote
Discussion: CNN
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Chris Christie taps John Degnan for Port Authority chief
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg View:
Is Israel an Apartheid State?
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Louisiana About To Make It Illegal For Homeless People To Beg For Money
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The Republican replacement for Obamacare is Fauxbamacare
Meet The Woman Who Did Everything In Her Power To Hide Her Pregnancy From Google