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7:05 AM ET, April 21, 2012

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New York Times:
Obama Campaign Faces Dropoff in Big Donations  —  President Obama's re-election campaign is straining to raise the huge sums it is counting on to run against Mitt Romney, with sharp dropoffs in donations from nearly every major industry forcing it to rely more than ever on small contributions and a relative handful of major donors.
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CNN:
Romney asks GOP delegates to sign pledge, but some refuse  —  Scottsdale, Arizona (CNN) - Members of the Republican National Committee gathering in Arizona were invited to meet with Mitt Romney in private Friday and have their pictures taken with the presumptive GOP nominee, but there was a price of admission: loyalty.
Abby Phillipand Dave Levinthal / Politico:
Obama raised $46M in March  —  President Barack Obama's re-election campaign in March raised $46.4 million and spent $37.7 million — not including money raised with the Democratic National Committee, new federal campaign finance filings indicate.  —  That easily exceeded …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Jon Corzine Still Bundling for Obama
Politico:
RNC at a Crossroads
Discussion: Daily Kos and CNN
Holly Bailey / ABCNEWS:
Romney: I'll build Keystone pipeline even ‘if I have to do it myself’
Discussion: Yahoo! News and CNN
Mitch Daniels / CNN:
Daniels offers tough love for Romney
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Mediaite, Hot Air and Politico
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Obama raises $35M in March, has more than $100M stored away
Discussion: CNN
Holly Bailey / Yahoo! News:
Mitt Romney raised nearly $12.6 million in March
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Zimmerman Bond Hearing - Media Reaction  —  Let's follow up our highlights and lowlights of the Zimmerman bond hearing with some media reaction.  Here is the local paper, the Orlando Sentinel, which leads with the weak prosecution case:  —  George Zimmerman granted $150K bond, apologizes to Trayvon Martin's family
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CNN:
CNN NEWSROOM  —  George Zimmerman Bond Hearing  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  GLADYS ZIMMERMAN, GEORGE ZIMMERMAN'S MOTHER (via telephone): This program started like three years ago and when the problem started …
New York Times:
Zimmerman Apologizes as Bail is Set in Martin Case
Discussion: Guardian and The Week
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
Prosecutor: Zimmerman Allegedly Slapped His Ex-Girlfriend And ‘Asked Her How It Felt’
Discussion: Jezebel and Colorlines
First Read / msnbc.com:
Gingrich's future hinges on Delaware  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — The future of Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign seems to hinge on the Delaware primary early next week.  —  “Tuesday is a big day,” a source close to the Gingrich campaign told NBC News.  “Newt is just waiting to see what happens on Tuesday.”
Discussion: The Caucus and HotAirPundit
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Gerald Herbert / ABCNEWS:   Gingrich North Carolina Stops Called Off, Then On Again
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Coroner: Breitbart died of heart failure, no foul play  —  Conservative firebrand journalist Andrew Breitbart died of heart failure, according to a report released by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner on Friday.  —  Breitbart, who ran the news aggregation website Breitbart.com …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Associated Press
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BREITBART.COM:
CORONER: BREITBART DIED OF HEART FAILURE  —  The office of the Los Angeles County coroner has completed its investigation into the death of Andrew Breitbart on March 1, and has confirmed that he died of natural causes, namely heart failure.  —  Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey told Breitbart News …
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Olbermann at loose ends  —  Unemployed, perennially confrontational talking head Keith Olbermann aimlessly wandered around Central Park South earlier this week, seemingly looking for a friend or a purpose.  —  Our spies snapped unflattering pictures of Olbermann decked out in a giant red pullover …
Discussion: his vorpal sword
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
New Romney Spokesman Used Twitter For Sexist Attacks  —  Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney's new foreign policy spokesperson Richard Grenell has an odd penchant for targeting the wives of male politicians and women in general on Twitter.  —  Grenell, who served as George W. Bush's spokesperson …
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
New Romney flack's old pastime: ridiculing the Gingriches  —  Mitt Romney's campaign put out word Thursday that Richard Grenell, the former Bush administration spokesman at the United Nations, was joining his team as a spokesman on foreign policy issues.  —  In between his gigs at the UN …
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
President Obama's Video Message Booed At Boston's Fenway Park  —  During Friday's Red Sox game, President Obama delivered a video message recognizing the 100th of Fenway Park, in Boston.  Several people are reporting that his message was met with booing.  —  The crowd's reaction, via Eric Fehrnstrom, an adviser to Mitt Romney:
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Erick Stakelbeck / CBN.com:
Media Matters' Anti-Christian Agenda Exposed  —  WASHINGTON — An influential organization with ties to the White House came under fire recently for attacking Christian news outlets.  —  Now, CBN News has obtained a document showing that the very foundation of the group known as Media Matters …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Heather Wilson Mocks Al Franken's Anti-Bullying Bill, Says It Would Criminalize Teasing … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Al Franken , Elections 2012, Video, Heather Wilson, New Mexico Senate Election, SB 555, Al Franken Bullying, Anti-Bullying, Election 2012, Gay Bullying, Heather Wilson Al Franken …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
BREAKING: White House Endorses Safe Schools Bill and Student Non-Discrimination Act
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
 
 
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Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Feminist group renews campaign to silence Limbaugh
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Ry Rivard / Charleston Daily Mail:
Raese blasted for Hitler comment
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Wall Street Journal:
The Democratic War on One Woman
Discussion: The Hill and protein wisdom
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Guard at the Met Wounded When Gun Goes Off
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
Daily Kos Announces: ‘The Fetus Is a Parasite’
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Jobless rate falls in Ohio, Florida, where Obama is opening lead in polls
J. Lester Feder / Politico:
HHS hires former Planned Parenthood spokesman
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Religious Belief Declining Very Slowly Around the World
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
LEGOs for girls has feminist group in a twist