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The Caucus:
Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign  —  Updated Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign on Tuesday, bowing to the inevitability of Mitt Romney's nomination and ending his improbable, come-from-behind quest to become the party's conservative standard-bearer in the fall.
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum exits presidential race  —  Rick Santorum will drop out of the presidential race Tuesday afternoon, a campaign consultant told The Hill, essentially guaranteeing Mitt Romney the GOP nomination.  —  Santorum will announce that he is suspending his campaign at an event in his home state …
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Rick Santorum ends presidential campaign after conceding to Mitt Romney in phone call  —  After calling Mitt Romney to say he is ending his presidential campaign, Rick Santorum announced the end of his presidential campaign Tuesday during a press conference in Pennsylvania, his home state.
Politico:
Foster Friess, Santorum's millionaire backer, swings to Romney
Discussion: Mother Jones
Politico:
Rick Santorum drops 2012 campaign for president
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   Santorum quits the race
Washington Post:
Rick Santorum to drop out of the presidential race
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Paul pledges to stay in, praises Santorum
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Michael O'Brien / msnbc.com:
Rick Santorum suspends his 2012 presidential campaign at an event in Gettysburg, Pa.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
The Fox Mole / Gawker:
Announcing Our Newest Hire: A Current Fox News Channel Employee  —  What follows is the inaugural column of a person we are calling The Fox Mole—a long-standing, current employee of Fox News Channel who will be providing Gawker with regular dispatches from inside the organization.
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Christian Heinze / The Hill:
Gingrich: I should tattoo my forehead ‘All the way to Tampa’
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Darius Dixon / Politico:
George W. Bush: Wish tax cuts not in my name  —  George W. Bush said Tuesday that he wishes the tax cuts originally approved under his watch didn't carry the burden of his family name.  —  “I wish they weren't called the Bush tax cuts,” the former president said as he kicked off …
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Megan DeMarco / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie: Nation turning into ‘people sitting on a couch waiting for their next government check’  —  NEW YORK — Gov. Chris Christie said the country is becoming a “paternalistic entitlement society” this morning in a speech at a conservative conference headed by former President George W. Bush.
Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
Trayvon Martin: Attorneys say Zimmerman contacted prosecutor, Sean Hannity  —  The two men who have been George Zimmerman's most outspoken defenders, attorneys Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner, said today that they're off the case.  —  “On Sunday, we lost track of George, in that he would not return our calls,” attorney Uhrig said.
Discussion: Althouse
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads Romney by 13 in Colorado  —  Barack Obama's opened up a 13 point lead on Mitt Romney in Colorado at 53-40.  He's gained 11 points in the state since December when he led just 47-45.  —  The formula for Obama's gains is the same in Colorado as it is everywhere.
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Washington Post:
Obama holds key leads on Romney, as economy malaise looms over reelection bid
Texts from Hillary:
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Discussion: Mashable! and Feministing
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Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
Madame Secretary Meme Goes From Gay-Bar Banter to State Department Invite  —  [Photo: Stacy Lambe, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Adam Smith, texting and loling, on April 10, 2012.  (Photos from Texts From Hillary.)]  —  Two gays walk into a bar ...
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Bogus Obamacare-Deficit Study  —  Little did Obama know there is no Medicare crisis.  —  The Washington Post has an apparent blockbuster story today.  It reports that a new study finds that Obamacare will increase the budget deficit, not decrease it, as the Congressional Budget Office has found:
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Exclusive: McDonald's Says It Has Dumped ALEC  —  Add another name to the list of corporations who've ditched the American Legislative Exchange Council: McDonald's.  —  The fast food giant tells Mother Jones that it recently decided to cut ties with ALEC, the corporate-backed group …
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The Huffington Post:
McDonald's Says It Left ALEC In March 2012 [UPDATE]
BuzzFeed:
Paul Ryan Claims Secret Democratic Support  —  They'd come out for his budget but fear they'd “get killed.  Ryan on Romney: An “earnest ... throwback to the '50s.  Ryan with Romney on April 3.  —  (Getty Images / Scott Olson)  —  House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan told reporters in New York today …
Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
Huckabee Show Opens With Staged Caller  —  Wow.  —  As we often say here: you just can't make it up.  —  Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee took his first phone call of his new talk radio call-in show yesterday.  From “Mike in San Francisco.”  Remember: the show is being positioned …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama makes case for ‘Buffett Rule,’ higher taxes on wealthy  —  BOCA RATON, Fla. — President Obama intensified his populist pitch Tuesday, aggressively making the case that the wealthiest Americans should pay more in taxes and taking Republicans to task for opposing the “Buffett Rule.”
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Weasel Zippers
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Josh Boak / Politico:
Buffett rule not solution to debt, W.H. says
Maureen O'Connor / Gawker:
‘I May Give Up Writing and Work as a Butler’: Interview with John Derbyshire  —  After publishing an article advising his children to avoid black people, writer John Derbyshire lost his column at uber-conservative magazine The National Review and weathered a firestorm of outrage this weekend.
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama: I won't question my opponent's patriotism  —  President Obama said Tuesday that he was not prepared to question the patriotism or love of country of any of his political rivals — but that the 2012 contest was a contrast in visions of government.  —  “I'm a firm believer that whether you're …
John Cook / Gawker:
New York Times Reporter Blasts Boss In Email to 150 of His Best Friends  —  A few weeks ago, New York Times science and health reporter Don McNeil sent out a scathing email to colleagues attacking Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. for piloting a “ghost ship” and running off to the Himalayas …
Paul Rolly / Salt Lake Tribune:
Newt Gingrich stiffs Utah  —  Five Republicans have filed the necessary papers and $500 fee to qualify for the June 26 Utah presidential primary election, but with Rick Santorum dropping out of the race Tuesday, only four will be on the ballot.  —  Or, make that possibly three.
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Report Disputes Christie's Basis for Halting Tunnel  —  Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey exaggerated when he declared that unforeseen costs to the state were forcing him to cancel the new train tunnel planned to relieve congested routes across the Hudson River, according to a long-awaited report …
Matt Stoller / Republic Report:
Corruption Responsible for 80% of Your Cell Phone Bill  —  Last year, a new company called Lightsquared promised an innovative business model that would dramatically lower cell phone costs and improve the quality of service, threatening the incumbent phone operators like AT&T and Verizon.
Jordan Michael Smith / Salon:
Bush aide blasts torture  —  Philip Zelikow tried to warn Bush on interrogations.  Now he's penned an authoritative article on how he was ignored  —  The Bush administration hasn't heard the last from Philip Zelikow.  After the rediscovery last week of his long lost 2006 anti-torture memo …
 
 
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Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Hansen and Schmidt of NASA GISS under fire for climate stance: Engineers, scientists …
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Laura Cox / Daily Mail:
Woman gets drunk, breaks into a house and tries to breast feed stranger's baby
Discussion: The Raw Story
John Hayward / Human Events:
President Obama tries to get one guy a job, and fails
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How No One Broke The Santorum Dropout Story
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Crossroads $1.7M ad buy slams Obama energy policies
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Cynthia Sewell / Idaho Statesman:
KKK mailing renews resolve of Idaho legislator
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Raw Story
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Newt: I'm The Last Conservative Standing
Andrew Feinberg / The Hill:
Maryland bans employers from asking for Facebook passwords
Discussion: US Politics
Dallas Voice:
TX minister: Gays will destroy Democratic Party
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Byron Tau / Politico:
GSA administrator: Conference spending was ‘indefensible’
Discussion: CNN and Michelle Malkin
Jerry Hirsch / Los Angeles Times:
Many hybrid-car owners buy once — but not again, Polk study says
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