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2:30 AM ET, April 25, 2012


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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
If You Don't Look Like Obama's Son, No One Cares  —  The news story is horrifying: after a trivial encounter with a group of youths who were playing basketball, a man in Mobile, Alabama, was set upon by a gang of twenty men armed with brass knuckles, chairs, pipes and paint cans.
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
And now it's time to play: How Deep Did They Bury the Lede?  —  WKRG reports: … Here's Owens:  —  Hey, that's what he gets for having a similar skin color to someone we've all been instructed to hate.  —  Well done, Spike Lee.  Nice job, NBC.  Keep up the good work, ABC.
Delmar Attack Over Possible Racial Slurs  —  (MOBILE, Ala.) - A man is in critical condition after being attacked by several people.  —  A witness who wants to remain anonymous describes what he says he heard at his front door Saturday night, on Delmar Drive.
Man Beaten By Mob, In Critical Condition
Romney Set To Make 97th Pivot To General Election  —  This one may stick.  —  A campaign worker prepares for Mitt Romney's speech tonight at the Raddisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire.  —  (Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla)  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Mitt Romney's big speech …
Discussion: Associated Press
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
Mitt Romney Delivers Remarks in Manchester, NH  —  Location  —  Mitt Romney tonight delivered remarks in Manchester, New Hampshire.  The following remarks were prepared for delivery:  —  Thank you Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York!  And tonight I can say thank you, America.
Romney's Big Speech: “It's Still About The Economy ... And We're Not Stupid”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Holly Bailey / ABCNEWS:
Romney to shift to Obama and target economy in New Hampshire primary night speech
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Texas is Romney country  —  If Newt Gingrich was going to win a big victory anywhere between now and the Republican convention Texas would be a logical candidate...but it doesn't look like that's going to happen.  Mitt Romney leads the state with 45% to 35% for Newt Gingrich and 14% for Ron Paul.
Discussion: Hot Air and American Spectator
Alexander Burns / Politico:   Primary results 2012: Mitt Romney 's 5-state sweep
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Sunny skies but light turnout for five Northeastern primaries
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:   Gingrich won't drop out Tuesday, no matter what happens in Delaware, spokesman says
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Romney wins Delaware primary
Discussion: Politico and Guardian
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Ann Romney speaks out about staying home
Discussion: CNN and Indecision Forever
Romney and Santorum aiming to meet May 4th
Discussion: Politico
Ezra Klein:
Why Romney could be a transformational president  —  One thing my presidential election model can't tell you is what sort of Congress the next president is likely to end up with.  But we can speculate.  —  If Obama wins the election, the odds are that he's facing a Republican House, and perhaps even a Republican Senate.
Discussion: Liberal Values
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Woman Spills Yogurt on President in Boulder  —  The president is in Boulder, Colorado giving a campaign-style speech at the University of Colorado.  Reportedly, on his way to the speech, he decided to stop for a bite at “The Sink ... a divey kind of place that seems more about the beer than the food,” according to the the pool report.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Caucus
Christopher Baxter / New Jersey Online:
Second N.J. trooper suspended amid high-speed caravan investigation  —  TRENTON — The State Police today suspended two troopers without pay and reassigned a station commander as the investigation into an unauthorized, high-speed escort of sports cars to Atlantic City last month kicked into high gear.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Senate Votes to Abandon Budget Control Act  —  Last summer, Republicans in Congress agreed to increase the federal debt limit in exchange for the Democrats' pledge to cap future spending at agreed-upon levels.  The compromise was embodied in the Budget Control Act; discretionary spending …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Michelle Obama: ‘Stay away from the haters’  —  First lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday urged a group of young girls to “stay away from the haters.”  —  “There's always going to be haters out there.  Don't focus on that,” she said.  “Put the negative things aside, because that's always going to be there.”
Michelle Obama / CNN:
Michelle Obama talks husband's upbringing on campaign swing
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Stephen Lacey / ThinkProgress:
ALEC Says It Plans To Craft Legislation To Take Down State Renewable Energy Targets  —  Two leading conservative political organizations say they are stepping up coordinated efforts to repeal state-level renewable energy targets.  —  The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — a …
Jim Snyder / Bloomberg:
Clean-Energy Requirements Targeted by ALEC, Norquist
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Saturday Night Live’ Alum Recorded in Anti-Obama Rant (Video)  —  In a profane interview hosted by actor-director Kevin Smith, Jon Lovitz complains about the president's class-warfare rhetoric.  —  Saturday Night Live alum Jon Lovitz, a practicing Democrat, excoriated President Barack Obama … Frontpage Partial:
Tor/Forge E-book Titles to Go DRM-Free  —  Tom Doherty Associates, publishers of Tor, Forge, Orb, Starscape, and Tor Teen, today announced that by early July 2012, their entire list of e-books will be available DRM-free.  —  “Our authors and readers have been asking for this for a long time,” said president and publisher Tom Doherty.
Jessica Silver-Greenberg / New York Times:
Debt Collector Is Faulted for Tough Tactics in Hospitals  —  Hospital patients waiting in the emergency room or convalescing after surgery could find themselves confronted by an unexpected visitor: a debt collector at bedside.  —  One of the nation's largest medical debt-collection companies …
Discussion: The Consumerist and Yahoo! Finance
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Grassley: Colombian prostitutes may have been Russian spies  —  Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said the Colombia prostitutes at the center of the Secret Service scandal may have been spies planted by the Russian government.  —  In an interview with Iowa reporters, Grassley argued the actions …
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS, Daily Kos and CNN
Matt Kelley / Radio Iowa:
Grassley talks about Secret Service sex scandal & national security (audio)
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Noel Sheppard /
CNN's Don Lemon Gets Trashed on Twitter for Challenging Obama and Agreeing With Palin  —  CNN's Don Lemon committed heresy on Sunday night.  —  In his “No Talking Points” segment on CNN Newsroom, he had the unmitigated audacity to challenge Barack Obama while agreeing with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin …
Discussion: Twitchy and Hot Air
Julian Gavaghan / Daily Mail:
Is there a drone in your neighbourhood?  Rise of spy planes exposed after FAA is forced to reveal 63 launch sites across U.S.  — Unmanned spy planes are being launched from locations in 20 states and owners include the military and universities  —  There are at least 63 active drone sites around …
Discussion: Business Insider and
Alan Bjerga / Bloomberg:
Mad-Cow Case Confirmed in Central California, USDA Says  —  Mad Cow Case Confirmed in Central California  —  The first U.S. case of mad cow disease in six years was found in a dairy cow in central California before its meat entered the human food chain and posed any health threat to consumers, officials said.
Discussion: and L.A. NOW
The White House:
Remarks by the President on College Affordability — University of North Carolina  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you!  (Applause.)  Hello, North Carolina!  (Applause.)  What's up, Tar Heels?  (Applause.)  —  Now, first of all, I want to thank Domonique for that unbelievable introduction.
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Eli Yokley / PoliticMo:
Brunner former company Vi-Jon's credit rating downgraded
Discussion: Ballot Box and Hotline On Call
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Cooper Union Will Charge Tuition for Graduate Students
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Scott Brown to release six years of tax returns; Elizabeth Warren says she'll release four years
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Mitt Romney's Gay Spokesman: A Milestone in Republican Politics
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Allen Frances / New York Post:
America's false autism epidemic
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and Betsy's Page
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
CBS piece on Christians' plight in Middle East — in Israel?
Discussion: Israpundit and Power Line
Kenneth Rogoff / Financial Times:
A euro parable: the couple with a joint account
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Ezra Klein
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Discussion: and Poynter
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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