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12:15 AM ET, April 26, 2012

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CNN:
Republicans request investigation of Obama travel  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama isn't just playing politics - he may be committing fraud on the taxpayer's dime, the Republican National Committee charged on Wednesday.  —  In a letter to the Government Accountability Office …
Discussion: Politico
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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Mitt Romney's Debt to Newt Gingrich  —  Given the way Gingrich wore out his welcome, Romney could easily leave him out in the cold.  But he owes his rival for one big favor.  —  Newt Gingrich is preparing to drop out of the presidential race, and not a moment too soon.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Campaign 2012
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Perry endorses Romney after Gingrich signals an exit  —  Texas governor Rick Perry announced Wednesday night that he would endorse Mitt Romney's presidential bid, hours the campaign of Newt Gingrich — Perry's previous choice — announced that the former Speaker would be ending his bid for the White House.
CNN:
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 …
CNN:
Poll: Dead heat in Arizona
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:   RNC calls for investigation into Obama's travel costs for ambiguously political trips
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Texas governor switches endorsement from Gingrich to Romney
Jason Zengerle / GQ:
Mitt Romney's Dark Knight
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House GOP to back lower student loan rates
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: A choice between radical and reasonable?  —  Analysis  —  With Justice Antonin Scalia pushing the radical idea that the Constitution gives states clear authority to close their borders entirely to immigrants without a legal right to be in the U.S., seven other Justices …
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Bad Day In Court for the Obama Administration  —  Some years ago, I worked on a big case in Alaska and spent a lot of time there.  At that time, the local bar was buzzing about a lawyer who had a really bad day in court: he was kicked to death by a moose in the parking lot of the federal courthouse in Anchorage.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Arizona Immigration Law Argued at Supreme Court
Chris Francescani / Reuters:
George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting  —  (Reuters) - A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009.  —  The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain.
Washington Free Beacon:
Liberal Media Mock Obama for Faux Campaign  —  Members of the media are questioning the Obama administration's numerous “official business” trips to swing states, during which he has been giving stump speeches and raising campaign funds.  —  High-profile Washington reporters engaged in a line …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
OVERNIGHT TECH: House weighs changes to cybersecurity bill after veto threat
Discussion: Politico
Mary Milliken / Reuters:
Kimmel to “feast on stupid comments” at White House dinner
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.
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Barack Obama is cool. Mitt Romney is not. What does it mean for 2012?
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
OBAMA'S FALLON APPEARANCE VIOLATED CAMPAIGN LAW  —  Last night, President Obama appeared on Jimmy Fallon's unwatchable show to “slow-jam the news.”  By this, Fallon meant that Obama would read a campaign speech about student loans, Fallon would utter a few lines to back him up every so often …
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Noreen O'Donnell / The Daily:
Family misses flight after TSA screeners target disabled 7-year-old  —  Dina Frank, who is developmentally disabled, wound up on the TSA's radar at John F. Kennedy Airport  —  Dr. Joshua Frank, a pediatrician, and his 7-year-old daughter Dina, who has cerebral palsy.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Robert Draper Book: GOP's Anti-Obama Campaign Started Night Of Inauguration … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Republican Party, Barack Obama , Obama's Inauguration, Republican Party, Video, Obama Election, Obama Congressional Republicans, Robert Draper, Robert Draper Obama, Politics News
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Exclusive: Senior U.S. General Orders Top-to-Bottom Review of Military's Islam Training  —  The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday ordered the entire U.S. military to scour its training material to ensure it doesn't contain anti-Islamic content, Danger Room has learned.
Discussion: New York Times and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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Charles Riley / CNNMoney.com:
Romney campaign spent $18.50 per vote
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Jimmah: Obama Will Win Re-election, But I'd Be “Comfortable” With Romney … How many other Dems will be “comfortable” with Romney?  —  Sign-Up to receive Updates from TH  —  Sign Up  —  Breaking on TOWNHALL  —  It's probably about time Greg Hengler started getting “comfortable” with Romney too.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
John M. Becker / Truth Wins Out:
EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Robert Spitzer Apologizes to Gay Community for Infamous ‘Ex-Gay’ Study  —  Today, in a letter to Dr. Ken Zucker obtained exclusively by Truth Wins Out, Dr. Robert Spitzer made an unprecedented apology to the gay community — and victims of reparative therapy in particular …
Lisa Derrick / Lisa Derrick's myFDL diary:
Fred Karger Campaign Ad Flagged, Pulled by YouTube  —  Citing their Terms of Service, YouTube yanked GOP presidential candidate's Fred Karger's “Sexy Frisbee” California campaign video after it was flagged by YouTube viewers.  The video is now on Vimeo.  —  Karger, who is openly gay …
Discussion: Advocate
Jamie Burch / www2.wkrg.com:
Career Criminal Arrested In Matthew Owens Beating … Terry Rawls did not say a word to News 5 and other media outlets as police took him from police headquarters to a patrol car.  —  Rawls has an extensive criminal history in Mobile and Baldwin counties including assault, burglary, theft and cocaine possession.
Glenn Hubbard / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Budget Means a Tax Increase on Everyone  —  Maintaining the president's higher spending levels will require raising taxes for all Americans, including an 11% increase on those earning less than $200,000.  —  The defeat in the Senate of the so-called “Buffett Rule” …
Wyatt Buchanan / San Francisco Chronicle:
State bill would let non-doctors perform abortions  —  Sacramento —  As states across the country are passing laws to restrict access to abortion, California lawmakers are considering a significant expansion of who would be able to perform the procedure in the state.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Shakesville
 
 
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I-TEAM : Congressman Canseco says he was assaulted during TSA pat-down
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Pat Robertson: Homosexuality Is An Abomination, But Anti-Gay Bullying Is Wrong
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