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8:55 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’
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads Romney by 13 in Colorado
Foster Friess, Santorum's millionaire backer, swings to Romney
Discussion: Mother Jones
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Rick Santorum ends presidential campaign after conceding to Mitt Romney in phone call
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum exits presidential race
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.
Gene Demby / The Huffington Post:
Trayvon Martin Case: George Zimmerman's Attorneys Quit, Say Client ‘Disappeared’  —  Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy … FOLLOW:  —  Video, Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, George Zimmerman Lawyers, George Zimmerman Lawyers Quit, Trayvon Martin Case …
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.
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:
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Discussion: Mashable! and Feministing
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.
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
Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:
New Low in Support for Health Law; Half Expect Justices to Go Political  —  Last month's hearings on the constitutionality of health care reform didn't help its popularity: Public support for Barack Obama's signature domestic legislation has hit a new low in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Romney Solidifies GOP Position but Obama Gets Boost From Women
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.
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 …
Off the Charts Blog:
“Double-Counting” Canard Quacks Again  —  Former Bush Administration official Charles Blahous has garnered some media attention by gussying up old, discredited arguments about the budgetary effects of health reform.  But his paper adds nothing new to the debate.
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
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama: Buffett rule about fairness, future
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CNN
Larry Gordon / L.A. NOW:
UCLA sends mistaken congrats to 894 applicants and then apologizes  —  Congratulations, you're in!  Oops, nevermind.  That was a mistake.  —  In an email about financial aid awards, UCLA told 894 high school seniors last weekend that they were admitted to the highly competitive campus.
John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
Testimony Suggests Former GSA Administrator Skipped Vegas Conference For Meetings at Solyndra  —  Former General Services Administration administrator Martha Johnson missed a lavish Las Vegas conference for government employees because she was already committed to meetings in California at Solyndra …
Steven Ertelt /
Catholic Cardinal: A Sin to Cooperate With Obama Mandate  —  A leading Catholic cardinal at the Vatican has essentially said that complying the with Obama birth control mandate would have Catholics and Catholic organizations participating in sin.  —  The mandate compels religious employers …
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For Feds, ‘Lying’ Is a Handy Charge
Discussion: Hit & Run, Doug Ross 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
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
How No One Broke The Santorum Dropout Story
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Crossroads $1.7M ad buy slams Obama energy policies
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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