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4:30 PM ET, April 21, 2012

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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Orrin Hatch pushed into primary in Utah Senate race  —  Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch will face off against conservative former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist in a June primary after the six-term incumbent failed to win 60 percent of the vote at the state Republican convention on Saturday.
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Matt Canham / Salt Lake Tribune:
Hatch will go to first primary in decades, faces Liljenquist  —  Sen. Orrin Hatch came a handful of votes short of claiming his party's nomination at Saturday's state GOP convention and will now face a June 26 primary election against former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist.
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 …
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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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
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.)
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Coroner: Breitbart died of heart failure, no foul play
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
Louis Jacobson / PolitiFact:
In context: Obama's comments on eating dog in Indonesia  —  Supporters of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have been sparring about dogs.  Obama supporters have noted that Romney drove the family car with his dog Seamus attached to the top in a crate.  Romney supporters have been saying lately …
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
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
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
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 …
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
 
 
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John Frank / Raleigh News & Observer:
Democratic chairman disputes claims, refuses to resign
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Romney asks GOP delegates to sign pledge, but some refuse
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