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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
Politico:
Rick Santorum drops 2012 campaign for president
Washington Post:
Rick Santorum to drop out of the presidential race
Politico:
Foster Friess, Santorum's millionaire backer, swings to Romney
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   Santorum quits the race
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.
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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newsfeed.time.com:
Exclusive: Trayvon Martin's Family's Attorney Responds as Zimmerman's Lawyers Withdraw Counsel  —  Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig, attorneys for George Zimmerman, at a press conference on April 10, 2012  —  Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig, the lawyers who have been speaking for and providing legal representation …
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.
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:
A submission from Secretary Hillary Clinton. … - fiercefabulousflawless reblogged this from textsfromhillaryclinton  — aliquis-latet-error reblogged this from textsfromhillaryclinton  — insaneisanunderstatement reblogged this from textsfromhillaryclinton
Discussion: Mashable! and Feministing
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Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
Madam 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 ...
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]
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: CNN
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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama: Buffett rule about fairness, future
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CNN
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Hansen and Schmidt of NASA GISS under fire for climate stance: Engineers, scientists, astronauts ask NASA administration to look at empirical evidence rather than climate models  —  Looks like another GISS miss, more than a few people are getting fed up with Jim Hansen and Gavin Schmidt and their climate shenanigans.
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
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:
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 …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Clooney Gave So Much To Obama, The Campaign Had To Return Some Of It He accidentally gave $5000 more than the legal limit.  —  Actor George Clooney arrives for the State Dinner in honor of British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House on March 14, 2012.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Lisa Hirsch / ETonline.com:
Exclusive: George Clooney to Host Obama Fundraiser
Centers for Disease Control:
NCHS Data Brief  —  Number 89, April 2012  —  Birth Rates for U.S. Teenagers Reach Historic Lows for All Age and Ethnic Groups  —  Brady E. Hamilton, Ph.D., and Stephanie J. Ventura, M.A.  —  Key findings  —  Data from the Natality Data File, National Vital Statistics System
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 …
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.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
America's Debt Bomb: Worse Than Europe's  —  It has been said many times in recent months that we aren't Greece.  Now it will start to be said that we aren't Spain.  Both propositions are certainly true.  (For one thing, Spain elected its socialist government in 2004, thus getting a head start on us.)
Discussion: National Review
 
 
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How No One Broke The Santorum Dropout Story
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