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9:25 AM ET, April 11, 2012


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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.
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Romney on Dems' ‘war on women’
Foster Friess, Santorum's millionaire backer, swings to Romney
Discussion: Reuters, Mother Jones and CNN
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads Romney by 13 in Colorado
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Rick Santorum ends presidential campaign after conceding to Mitt Romney in phone call
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Romney Solidifies GOP Position but Obama Gets Boost From Women
Michael O'Brien /
Rick Santorum suspends his 2012 presidential campaign at an event in Gettysburg, Pa.
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.
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.
Sean Higgins / Capital Hill:
Poll: Half Of Democrats Want To Get Rid of Individual Mandate  —  A key talking point of Democrats and liberal pundits regarding the Supreme Court's ObamaCare case is that if the justices overturn the law — or even just the individual mandate portion — it will damage the “legitimacy” of the court.
Washington Post:
Poll: More Americans expect Supreme Court's health-care decision to be political
Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:
New Low in Support for Health Law; Half Expect Justices to Go Political
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
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.
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 ...
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
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 …
The Huffington Post:
McDonald's Says It Left ALEC In March 2012 [UPDATE]
Reza Munawir / Reuters:
Huge quakes strike off Indonesia; tsunami warning issued  —  (Reuters) - A powerful 8.6 magnitude earthquake and strong aftershocks struck off Indonesia on Wednesday, sending people as far away as southern India scurrying from buildings and raising fears of a disastrous tsunami as in 2004.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
NOM Blog:
We vow to turn things around for the better  —  In the last couple of weeks you've heard some pretty bad things about this organization.  I must admit that we were angered when our in house documents were released but we've since had time to reflect on the strategies we've employed …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
G-A-Y / Good As You:
HOLY CRAP: NOM admits it used racial wedge strategies, has unfairly stifled free speech!  (*Or was hacked)  —  From the org's official Facebook wall: … Were they hacked?  Has another NOMmer flipped?  Or has this whole scandal simply driven the NOM set so cray cray that they are seriously …
Discussion: Washington Blade
Alexander Burns / Politico:
National Organization for Marriage to back Romney  —  The National Organization for Marriage plans to throw its support to Mitt Romney today, giving the former Massachusetts governor a stamp of approval from the high-profile conservative group helping lead the fight over same-sex unions, POLITICO has learned
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Hayley Rose Horzepa / The Huffington Post:
Painter of Light, Dead at 54  —  On Friday April 6, famous “painter of light” Thomas Kinkade died.  Kinkade is known not only for his beautifully cheerful paintings but his strong faith and belief in Christianity.  Within many of his paintings, he hid the names of his family members …
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.
New York Times:
Lenders Returning to the Lucrative Subprime Market  —  Annette Alejandro just emerged from bankruptcy and doesn't have a job, and her car was repossessed last year.  Still, after spending her days job hunting, she returns to her apartment in Brooklyn where, in disbelief …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama: Buffett rule about fairness, future  —  President Barack Obama laid out a case for the Buffett rule Tuesday that what's at stake isn't just fairness — it's the future.  —  The president made the pitch in a campaign-style speech to students at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CNN
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama makes case for ‘Buffett Rule,’ higher taxes on wealthy
Discussion: CNN
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John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
Testimony Suggests Former GSA Administrator Skipped Vegas Conference For Meetings at Solyndra
Larry Gordon / L.A. NOW:
UCLA sends mistaken congrats to 894 applicants and then apologizes
Wall Street Journal:
For Feds, ‘Lying’ Is a Handy Charge
Discussion: Doug Ross, Hit & Run and Law Blog
Norway's mass killer Breivik declared sane
Collin Roth / Media Trackers:
EXCLUSIVE: 43 Current Milwaukee County DA Employees Sign Walker Recall
Laura Cox / Daily Mail:
Woman gets drunk, breaks into a house and tries to breast feed stranger's baby
Discussion: Don Surber and The Raw Story
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama: I won't question my opponent's patriotism
John Hayward / Human Events:
President Obama tries to get one guy a job, and fails
 Earlier Items: 
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
How No One Broke The Santorum Dropout Story
Jordan Michael Smith / Salon:
Bush aide blasts torture
Cynthia Sewell / Idaho Statesman:
KKK mailing renews resolve of Idaho legislator
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Raw Story
Paul Ryan Claims Secret Democratic Support