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3:30 PM 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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Abby Phillipand Dave Levinthal / Politico:
Obama raised $46M in March
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Poly Wanna Cracker?  —  Another attack on Romney predictably backfires.  —  (Best of the tube tonight: Watch us on “Hannity,” Fox News Channel, 9 p.m. ET, with a repeat showing at midnight ET.  The “Great American Panel” starts around the half-hour mark.)
Allysia Finley / Wall Street Journal:
Joel Kotkin: The Great California Exodus  —  A leading U.S. demographer and ‘Truman Democrat’ talks about what is driving the middle class out of the Golden State.  —  'California is God's best moment," says Joel Kotkin. “  It's the best place in the world to live.  ” Or at least it used to be.
Discussion: 24Ahead and Left Coast Rebel
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 …
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Coroner: Breitbart died of heart failure, no foul play
Discussion: Associated Press
Investor's Business Daily:
Democrats Are Jumping Ship  —  Politics: Perhaps Democrats know something the rest of us don't about Barack Obama's political fortunes.  What else explains the increasing numbers who are openly defying the president on two key election issues?  —  The notoriously thin-skinned Obama …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Under sunny skies, Obama hits the links  —  President Obama took advantage of gorgeous weather around Washington Saturday morning to hit the golf course, his third round this year.  —  The president and his entourage - Vice President Joe Biden, White House staffer Mike Brush and Marvin Nicholson …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
West Virginia GOP accuses Manchin of ‘cowardice’ for presidential fence sitting  —  West Virginia's Republican Party is hammering Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) this week for fence sitting on the presidential contest.  —  Manchin said Friday he remains unsure if he'll vote for President Obama …
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Concern in G.O.P. Over State Focus on Social Issues  —  Fiscal issues and union rights were front and center in many Republican-controlled legislatures last year.  But this year, with the nation heading into the heart of a presidential race and voters consumed by the country's economic woes …
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama: GOP needs to prevent doubling of student loan rates  —  President Obama is urging Congress to extend low interest rates on federal student loans.  —  “In America, higher education cannot be a luxury; it's an economic imperative that every family must be able to afford,” Obama said in his weekly address.
Discussion: Politico and The Maddow Blog
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.”
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Gerald Herbert / ABCNEWS:   Gingrich North Carolina Stops Called Off, Then On Again
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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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:
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 …
 
 
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Louis Jacobson / PolitiFact:
In context: Obama's comments on eating dog in Indonesia
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
John Frank / Raleigh News & Observer:
Democratic chairman disputes claims, refuses to resign
Ry Rivard / Charleston Daily Mail:
Raese blasted for Hitler comment
Discussion: Politico
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CNN:
Romney asks GOP delegates to sign pledge, but some refuse
Discussion: Hullabaloo, BuzzFeed, Wonkette and Politico
Erick Stakelbeck / CBN.com:
Media Matters' Anti-Christian Agenda Exposed
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and The PJ Tatler