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9:20 AM ET, April 25, 2012

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Ezra Klein:
Why Romney could be a transformational president  —  One thing my presidential election model can't tell you is what sort of Congress the next president is likely to end up with.  But we can speculate.  —  If Obama wins the election, the odds are that he's facing a Republican House, and perhaps even a Republican Senate.
Discussion: Liberal Values
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Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
Mitt Romney Delivers Remarks in Manchester, NH  —  Location  —  Mitt Romney tonight delivered remarks in Manchester, New Hampshire.  The following remarks were prepared for delivery:  —  Thank you Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York!  And tonight I can say thank you, America.
New York Times:
Romney Focuses on November as Primaries Resume  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Mitt Romney effectively assumed the helm of the Republican Party on Tuesday after five primary victories across the Northeast solidified his stature as the presidential nominee-in-waiting who is trying to unite conservatives …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Primary results 2012: Mitt Romney 's 5-state sweep
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS and Outside the Beltway
Toby Harnden / Mail Online:
The pivot: Mitt Romney throws Bill Clinton's ‘economy stupid’ dictum back in Barack Obama's face
Discussion: americanthinker.com
BuzzFeed:
Romney's Big Speech: “It's Still About The Economy ... And We're Not Stupid”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
BuzzFeed:
Romney Set To Make 97th Pivot To General Election
Holly Bailey / ABCNEWS:
Romney to shift to Obama and target economy in New Hampshire primary night speech
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Newt Gingrich to look ‘realistically’ at campaign  —  Following his five-state shutout Tuesday night, Newt Gingrich sent the strongest signal yet that he's nearing the end of his tottering campaign.  —  “We're going to look realistically at where we're at,” Gingrich said at an election -night rally in North Carolina.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Texas is Romney country
Discussion: American Spectator and Hot Air
Business Week:
Newt Gingrich, Welfare Queen
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Romney wins Delaware primary
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and CNN
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
If You Don't Look Like Obama's Son, No One Cares  —  The news story is horrifying: after a trivial encounter with a group of youths who were playing basketball, a man in Mobile, Alabama, was set upon by a gang of twenty men armed with brass knuckles, chairs, pipes and paint cans.
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Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
And now it's time to play: How Deep Did They Bury the Lede?  —  WKRG reports: … Here's Owens:  —  Hey, that's what he gets for having a similar skin color to someone we've all been instructed to hate.  —  Well done, Spike Lee.  Nice job, NBC.  Keep up the good work, ABC.
Mike Allen / Politico:
Marco Rubio biography says grandfather was ordered deported  —  A forthcoming biography of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who is described by author Manuel Roig-Franzia as a “politician who built a political identity on his family story,” reveals an immigration hell for Rubio's Cuban-born maternal grandfather …
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Scott Wongand Manu Raju / Politico:
Rob Portman: Vice President Vanilla?  —  The last legislation Ohio Republican Rob Portman introduced in the Senate was a bill aimed at keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.  —  The measure didn't excite the tea party, cause liberal activists to wax indignant or make cable-TV bookers work overtime.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Woman Spills Yogurt on President in Boulder  —  The president is in Boulder, Colorado giving a campaign-style speech at the University of Colorado.  Reportedly, on his way to the speech, he decided to stop for a bite at “The Sink ... a divey kind of place that seems more about the beer than the food,” according to the the pool report.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Caucus
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Senate Votes to Abandon Budget Control Act  —  Last summer, Republicans in Congress agreed to increase the federal debt limit in exchange for the Democrats' pledge to cap future spending at agreed-upon levels.  The compromise was embodied in the Budget Control Act; discretionary spending …
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Michelle Obama: ‘Stay away from the haters’  —  First lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday urged a group of young girls to “stay away from the haters.”  —  “There's always going to be haters out there.  Don't focus on that,” she said.  “Put the negative things aside, because that's always going to be there.”
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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Michelle Obama / CNN:
Michelle Obama talks husband's upbringing on campaign swing
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: 90 Percent of the Electorate Is Probably Locked In  —  An emerging genre in popular commentary on politics is the use of statistical models to predict election results.  Once the domain of academics writing for the scholarly journal P.S., it has become very widespread in recent years.
Bo Guagua / The Harvard Crimson:
An Exclusive Statement from Bo Guagua to The Harvard Crimson  —  Harvard Kennedy School student Bo Guagua corresponded with Crimson staff writers Hana N. Rouse and Justin C. Worland on Tuesday via his Kennedy School and Google email accounts and sent The Crimson a statement, which is published verbatim below.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Guardian and Global Spin
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Religiousness a Key Factor for Romney and Obama Support  —  Romney does best among the very religious and among Protestants  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mitt Romney leads Barack Obama by 17 percentage points, 54% to 37%, among very religious voters in Gallup's latest five-day presidential election tracking average.
Discussion: Religion Dispatches and Politico
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Romney Sets Unwanted Record in Sweep of Northeastern Primaries  —  Prior to Romney, no presumptive GOP nominee has failed to win 60 percent of the vote playing out the primary string after his last major challenger exited the race  —  While there was no doubt Mitt Romney would rack …
Discussion: RedState
Christopher Baxter / New Jersey Online:
Second N.J. trooper suspended amid high-speed caravan investigation  —  TRENTON — The State Police today suspended two troopers without pay and reassigned a station commander as the investigation into an unauthorized, high-speed escort of sports cars to Atlantic City last month kicked into high gear.
Patrick Richardson / The Daily Caller:
Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores  —  A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district member of Congress.  But now it's attracting barbs from farm kids themselves.
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Obama Campaign Asks Unions to Help Cover Convention Costs  —  President Barack Obama's political advisers are pressing labor unions to contribute to the Democratic convention in September to cover a fundraising shortfall resulting from their self-imposed ban on corporate donations, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Ann Romney: 'I Love The Fact That There Are Women Out There Who Don't Have A Choice' And ‘Must Go To Work’  —  In an emotional speech about the difficulty of motherhood and life on the campaign trail, Ann Romney used an odd choice of words to discuss mothers who are forced to work while raising their children.
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Ann Romney speaks out about staying home
Discussion: CNN and Indecision Forever
 
 
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
CNN's Don Lemon Gets Trashed on Twitter for Challenging Obama and Agreeing With Palin
Stephen Lacey / ThinkProgress:
ALEC Says It Plans To Craft Legislation To Take Down State Renewable Energy Targets
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Alan Bjerga / Bloomberg:
Mad-Cow Case Confirmed in Central California, USDA Says
Discussion: nation.foxnews.com and L.A. NOW
Jessica Silver-Greenberg / New York Times:
Debt Collector Is Faulted for Tough Tactics in Hospitals
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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Mitt Romney's Gay Spokesman: A Milestone in Republican Politics
Discussion: Gay Politics
Julian Gavaghan / Daily Mail:
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