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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Top Romney adviser: Mitt will erase his conservative positions once he's the nominee  —  Think Progress flags an amazing exchange on CNN, in which Eric Fehrnstrom, a top adviser to Mitt Romney, seems to confirm that the conservative positions Romney has been forced to take during the primary …
Alfredo Rocha / ABCNEWS:
Jeb Bush Endorses Mitt Romney in GOP Primary  —  Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush endorsed Mitt Romney after Romney's lopsided win in Illinois Tuesday night.  The former Florida Governor - a Republican heavyweight - called on members of the party to coalesce behind Romney.
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
The Nominee  —  It is a mathematical improbability that Rick Santorum will get to the magic number of 1,144 — the number of delegates needed to be the Republican Presidential nominee.  It is a political improbability that Rick Santorum will stop Mitt Romney from getting to 1,144.
Discussion: GOP 12
New York Times:
Romney Wins by Wide Margin in Illinois Contest  —  CHICAGO — Mitt Romney swept to victory in the Illinois Republican primary on Tuesday, using the full force of his campaign and an argument that he has the best chance of defeating President Obama to overcome doubts among the more conservative voters at the heart of his party.
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Romney adviser says campaign can start fresh for general election, ‘like an Etch A Sketch’  —  Mitt Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom on Wednesday dismissed concern that the nastiness of the GOP primary race could negatively affect the fight to replace President Obama.
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney holds small lead nationally
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Finally, Romney gets tea party support
Jeb Bush / CNN:
Jeb Bush endorses Romney, calls on party to unite
Discussion: Washington Post, Wonkette and Daily Kos
Soledad O'Brien / CNN:
Romney advisor: ‘Big win in a big state;’ ‘you hit a reset button for the fall campaign’
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:   Morning Jay: How Romney Won Illinois, and What it Means
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Beatdown  —  It wasn't particularly surprising, but Mitt …
BBC:
Raid on Toulouse shooting suspect  —  French police surrounded Mohammed Merah in Toulouse  —  Mohammed Merah, the man believed to be the gunman on a scooter who killed seven people in south-western France, is a 23-year-old French citizen of Algerian extraction.
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Scott Sayare / New York Times:
French Police Say They Have Cornered Suspect in School Shooting
H. HooVer / Distriction:
Sign of the Times  —  Stephon stood just a few feet away from Barack Obama.  The president, busy shaking hands, looked right at him.  “It was like he was waiting for me to say something,” he said later.  —  So the 26-year-old Prince George's Community College student took his cue and spoke …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Romney-Ryan?  —  Mitt Romney is close to finishing off his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, talk of a brokered GOP convention in August, and the prospect of a new candidate suddenly entering the contest.  —  This would be a political hat trick once it happens …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan, helping the poor by hurting them
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Why the Republican budgets make the poor pay
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Feelin' Blue  —  Looking back at the day's news, I must admit I'm having trouble maintaining my customary good cheer.  —  Watching Mitt Romney's victory speech in Illinois didn't reassure me about his chances against President Obama.  (Watch it yourself to see if I'm being unfair.)
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama will avoid healthcare defense during court review  —  President Obama will not mark the two-year anniversary of his signing of the healthcare law — which takes place days before the Supreme Court offers a decision on the constitutionality of his signature legislative achievement.
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Supreme Court faces an unprecedented frenzy during health reform arguments
Discussion: Reuters
Mj Lee / Politico:
Ron Paul: Secret Service is welfare  —  Ron Paul said Tuesday he doesn't want any Secret Service protection because it's “a form a welfare.”  —  “It's a form of welfare,” the presidential candidate told comedian Jay Leno Tuesday.  “You know, you're having the taxpayers pay to take care …
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Steve Doughty / Daily Mail:
Gay marriage is not a ‘human right’: European ruling torpedoes Coalition stance  —  Same-sex marriages are not a human right, European judges have ruled.  —  Their decision shreds the claim by ministers that gay marriage is a universal human right and that same-sex couples have a right …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
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Donna Bowater / Telegraph:
Gay marriage is not a human right, according to European ruling
Discussion: Guardian and Gay Politics
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Andrew Sullivan Is Frightened by Complexity  —  Somehow, in the midst of grappling with Andrew Sullivan's attack on me (in which he lied about what I have written, what I think, what I believe, and what I've reported, and shows no understanding, by the way, of reporting itself — but, hey, what are friends for?)
Jeff Glor / CBS News:
Calls grow to arrest gunman in Fla. teen slaying  —  (CBS News) SANFORD, Fla. - Pressure is building for authorities in Florida to arrest George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last month.  —  The incident is now a federal case, and it's slated to go before a grand jury.
Discussion: Boston Herald and The Reaction
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Mytheos Holt / TheBlaze.com:
UPDATED (STORY PULLED): U2 SINGER BONO GRILLED ON CAMERA OVER BAND'S MOVE TO AVOID TAXES  —  Editor's note: The original Breitbart.com story has been removed and the Jason Mattera videos have now been moved to “private” on YouTube.  There is widespread discussion on Twitter …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
IRONY ALERT: Anti-Gay Group Complains About Out-Of-Staters ‘Buying’ Marriage Equality In New Hampshire  —  As lawmakers in New Hampshire prepare to repeal that state's same-sex marriage law, the National Organization for Marriage's (NOM) Brian Brown appeared on MSNBC with Thomas Roberts …
Peter V. Milo / CBS DC:
Controversial Painter Depicts Obama With Burning Constitution  —  Provo, Utah (CBS DC) - Jon McNaughton, a controversial artist who often mixes religion and politics in his work has released a new painting.  —  In ‘One Nation Under Socialism’ President Obama holds the U.S. Constitution as it burns.
Daniela Hernandez / Wired:
Man Successfully Flies With Custom-Built Bird Wings  —  Using videogame controllers, an Android phone and custom-built wings, a Dutch engineer named Jarno Smeets has achieved birdlike flight.  —  Smeets flew like an albatross, the bird that inspired his winged-man invention, on March 18 at a park in The Hague.
 
 
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