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11:55 AM ET, April 25, 2012

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CNN:
BREAKING: Gingrich to end White House bid  —  Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich will officially end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination and formally express his support for Mitt Romney next week, two sources close to Gingrich tell CNN.  —  While details are still being worked out …
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Carl Cameron / Fox News:
Gingrich to leave presidential race next Tuesday, sources say  —  Newt Gingrich plans to formally leave the Republican presidential race next Tuesday, senior campaign aides told Fox News.  —  The former House speaker will “more than likely” endorse Mitt Romney when he makes his announcement …
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: Booman Tribune and Liberal Values
Lindsey Boerma / NationalJournal.com:
Gingrich Unofficially Concedes GOP Nomination Race to Romney  —  CRAMERTON, N.C. - Newt Gingrich on Wednesday unofficially conceded the Republican presidential race to Mitt Romney, calling on conservatives to unite behind the presumptive nominee.  —  Following Romney's clean sweep …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Primary results 2012: Mitt Romney 's 5-state sweep
Discussion: CNN, Outside the Beltway and ABCNEWS
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Religiousness a Key Factor for Romney and Obama Support  —  Romney does best among the very religious and among Protestants  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mitt Romney leads Barack Obama by 17 percentage points, 54% to 37%, among very religious voters in Gallup's latest five-day presidential election tracking average.
Discussion: CNN, Religion Dispatches and Politico
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Toby Harnden / Mail Online:
The pivot: Mitt Romney throws Bill Clinton's ‘economy stupid’ dictum back in Barack Obama's face
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney and RNC move to synchronize efforts
Discussion: Hot Air and ABCNEWS
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
Mitt Romney Delivers Remarks in Manchester, NH
BuzzFeed:
Document: Marco Rubio's First Communion  —  The Senator seeks to establish that he left the Mormon faith, and returned to Catholicism, as a 13-year-old in Las Vegas.  —  Senator Marco Rubio's staff is disputing a section of a new biography that suggests that Rubio, as a boy, was a Mormon until the family returned to Miami.
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Joe. My. God.
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Mike Allen / Politico:
Marco Rubio biography says grandfather was ordered deported  —  A forthcoming biography of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who is described by author Manuel Roig-Franzia as a “politician who built a political identity on his family story,” reveals an immigration hell for Rubio's Cuban-born maternal grandfather …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Scott Wongand Manu Raju / Politico:
Rob Portman: Vice President Vanilla?
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Patrick Richardson / The Daily Caller:
Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores  —  A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district member of Congress.  But now it's attracting barbs from farm kids themselves.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
What's Wrong with the Ross Douthat Creed  —  Ross Douthat is a very sincere young man who writes a column for the New York Times, and someone who, alas, usually makes David Brooks read like Richard Brautigan, albeit with one memorable exception.  Like many people who were born too late …
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Obama Campaign Asks Unions to Help Cover Convention Costs  —  President Barack Obama's political advisers are pressing labor unions to contribute to the Democratic convention in September to cover a fundraising shortfall resulting from their self-imposed ban on corporate donations, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Bo Guagua / The Harvard Crimson:
An Exclusive Statement from Bo Guagua to The Harvard Crimson  —  Harvard Kennedy School student Bo Guagua corresponded with Crimson staff writers Hana N. Rouse and Justin C. Worland on Tuesday via his Kennedy School and Google email accounts and sent The Crimson a statement, which is published verbatim below.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
House Republican blames Secret Service for ‘knucklehead’ culture  —  Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) said Wednesday that the prostitution scandal involving the Secret Service is a “much bigger problem” than a case of “a couple of knuckleheads.”  —  “Think about the culture that would hire this many knuckleheads.
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Student takes blame for spilling yogurt on Obama
Discussion: Politico
Paul Krugman:
Cameron's Remarkable Achievement  —  From Britain's Office of National Statistics (pdf):  —  When David Cameron became PM, and announced his austerity plans — buying completely into both the confidence fairy and the invisible bond vigilantes — many were the hosannas, from both sides of the Atlantic.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: 90 Percent of the Electorate Is Probably Locked In  —  An emerging genre in popular commentary on politics is the use of statistical models to predict election results.  Once the domain of academics writing for the scholarly journal P.S., it has become very widespread in recent years.
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Romney Sets Unwanted Record in Sweep of Northeastern Primaries  —  Prior to Romney, no presumptive GOP nominee has failed to win 60 percent of the vote playing out the primary string after his last major challenger exited the race  —  While there was no doubt Mitt Romney would rack …
Felix Salmon:
The problem with Netflix  —  Nick Thompson today asks whether Netflix is doomed, and gives a fantastic potted history of how the company managed to pivot from being a wonderful DVD-by-mail company to being a clumsy digital-platform play.  —  While I agree with Nick's conclusion, however …
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.
Rolling Stone:
Ready for the Fight: Rolling Stone Interview with Barack Obama  —  The president discusses his job, the opposition and the coming campaign  —  We arrived at the White House on Easter Monday, the South Lawn overrun by children and their parents enjoying the annual Easter Egg Roll.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
Obama emphasizes new aspects of life story  —  His talk of his humble beginnings now focuses on the stresses of debt and his grandmother hitting the glass ceiling.  Aides to Republican Mitt Romney say the president is trying to sow division.  —  President Obama at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
That's the new Twitter hashtag that the White House's social-media brainiacs just dreamed up.  They're encouraging people to use it to convince lawmakers to keep their student loan rates where they are.  And hey, if taxpayers don't like being stuck with the bill, too bad.  —  Hashtags are fun.
Discussion: Don Surber
Holly Bailey / ABCNEWS:
Romney kicks off fundraising push a day after big primary wins  —  MANCHESTER, N.H.—A day after effectively claiming his party's nomination, Mitt Romney is turning his focus to raising campaign cash in hopes of erasing President Obama's massive fundraising advantage.
Discussion: CNN
Denis Dison / Gay Politics:
Pennsylvania to get first openly gay state legislator  —  Brian Sims tonight has won a decisive Democratic primary in his Philadelphia district and will become Pennsylvania's first openly gay state representative.  Sims defeated a longtime incumbent to capture the Democratic nomination …
Discussion: Advocate and Towleroad News #gay
Steve Herman / Voice of America:
North Korea Boasts of Ability to Destroy US Military in ‘Single Blow’  —  North Korea's army marked its 80th anniversary Wednesday with a vow to retaliate against what its chief of staff terms the traitors in the South.  The remarks are the latest in a series of harsh threats directed at Seoul in recent weeks.
Discussion: The Agonist
 
 
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In this economy, U.S. needs border fence — to keep Mexicans in
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Reuters:
Britain in recession, intensifying government woes
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Dick Lugar Won't Say Whether Tea Party Is Good For GOP
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IDF chief to Haaretz: I do not believe Iran will decide to develop nuclear weapons
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Senate Votes to Abandon Budget Control Act
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Woman Spills Yogurt on President in Boulder
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Michelle Obama: ‘Stay away from the haters’
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