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1:40 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
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  —  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: 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 …
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: Left Coast Rebel
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
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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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
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 …
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:
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.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Wonkette, Politico and ABCNEWS
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Holly Bailey / ABCNEWS:
Romney: I'll build Keystone pipeline even ‘if I have to do it myself’
Discussion: Yahoo! News and CNN
Politico:   RNC at a Crossroads
BBC:
Bahrain Grand Prix should not go ahead, says Ed Miliband  —  Labour leader Ed Miliband: “Given the violence we've seen... I don't think the Grand Prix should go ahead”  —  Labour leader Ed Miliband has said the Grand Prix in Bahrain should not go ahead, amid continuing protests against the government.
 
 
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