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10:45 AM ET, April 24, 2012

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NBC's Alex Moe / msnbc.com:
Gingrich hints he may drop from race this week  —  WILMINGTON, Del. - Newt Gingrich hinted he may withdraw from the presidential race if he has a poor showing in the Delaware primary Tuesday - a state where he has been actively campaigning for several weeks.  —  David Duprey / AP
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Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Could Newt pull off a Delaware upset?  —  Newt Gingrich has got a new hope: the tiny but dangerous state of Delaware.  —  With Mitt Romney and the national press corps now focused on the general election, Gingrich is hoping to become the Christine O'Donnell of the 2012 race …
Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
For first time since Depression, more Mexicans leave U.S. than enter  —  Each year, thousands of migrants cross southern border on their way to the U.S. (AP)  —  A four-decade tidal wave of Mexican immigration to the United States has receded, causing a historic shift in migration patterns …
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Pew Hispanic Center:
Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero—and Perhaps Less
www2.wkrg.com:
Man Beaten By Mob, In Critical Condition  —  Mobile police need your help to catch a mob that beat Matthew Owens so badly that he's in critical condition.  —  According to police, Owens fussed at some kids playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive about 8:30 Saturday night.
CNN:
Ad uses Solyndra and GSA to bring it to Obama  —  (CNN) - A non-profit Republican organization is poised to run $2 million worth of ads in battleground states attacking President Barack Obama for controversies involving tax payer dollars, according to the group.
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CNN:
Montana governor defends ‘polygamy’ remarks regarding Romney's heritage
Discussion: Politico and Campaign 2012
Glenn Thrushand Donovan Slack / Politico:
For President Obama, Carolina no longer so sweet  —  North Carolina represented the high water mark for the great Obama wave in 2008 — but he's swimming against the tide there in 2012.  —  No state better illustrates the challenge Obama faces in trying to consolidate the historic gains …
Discussion: CNN
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
New Fashion Wrinkle: Stylishly Hiding the Gun  —  Woolrich, a 182-year-old clothing company, describes its new chino pants as an elegant and sturdy fashion statement, with a clean profile and fabric that provides comfort and flexibility.  —  And they are great for hiding a handgun.
Ian Johnston / msnbc.com:
‘Gaia’ scientist James Lovelock: I was ‘alarmist’ about climate change  —  British environmental guru James Lovelock, seen on March 17, 2009 in Paris, admits he was “alarmist” about climate change in the past.  —  By Ian Johnston, msnbc.com  —  James Lovelock, the maverick scientist …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Democrats plan to force vote on Arizona immigration law if it's upheld by court  —  Senate Democrats are making plans to force a floor vote on legislation that would invalidate Arizona's controversial immigration statute if the Supreme Court upholds the law this summer.
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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Supreme Court case tests Romney on immigration, Hispanic outreach effort
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
Sally Goldenberg / New York Post:
McCain courts Mike  —  John McCain is trying to convince Mayor Bloomberg to support Mitt Romney's bid for president.  —  McCain — the GOP Arizona senator who lost to President Obama in 2008 — visited the mayor at City Hall yesterday to talk up the likely Republican nominee.
Wall Street Journal:
Diamond and Saez: High Tax Rates Won't Slow Growth  —  We're not close to the top of the Laffer Curve.  Raising tax rates is part of a sensible deficit reduction strategy.  —  The share of pre-tax income accruing to the top 1% of earners in the U.S. has more than doubled to about 20% in 2010 from less than 10% in the 1970s.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Economist's View
Metro Weekly:
Transgender Breakthrough: EEOC ruling that gender-identity discrimination is covered by Title VII is a “sea change” that opens the doors to employment protection for transgender Americans  —  News:  —  An employer who discriminates against an employee or applicant on the basis …
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
Insurers Alter Cost Formula, and Patients Pay More  —  Despite a landmark settlement that was expected to increase coverage for out-of-network care, the nation's largest health insurers have been switching to a new payment method that in most cases significantly increases the cost to the patient.
Discussion: The Reaction
Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA:
COMPARED WITH RESULTS OF MOST RECENT WINTHROP POLL (FEB. 2012), ALMOST 25% MORE RESPONDENTS SAY S.C. IS ON RIGHT TRACK  —  ALMOST ONE-THIRD FEWER PEOPLE IDENTIFIED JOBS/UNEMPLOYMENT AS #1 PROBLEM FACING U.S. AND S.C. AND NEARLY 20% MORE FEELTHE ECONOMY IN S.C. IS GETTING BETTER
Discussion: GOP 12 and CNN
Mike Flynn / BREITBART.COM:
NPR FAILS TO DISCLOSE REPORTER'S TIES TO ACTIVIST GROUP  —  This weekend, NPR aimed its taxpayer-subsidized guns at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a relatively unknown membership association of state legislators.  ALEC, a non-profit 501 (c)3 founded in the 1970s …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
WMUR:
Obama Maintains Lead Over Romney In NH Poll  —  Pollster Says Democrats Mobilizing To Support President  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — A new poll shows President Barack Obama is maintaining his lead over presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in New Hampshire.
Discussion: msnbc.com and GOP 12
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama lead nears double digits in New Hampshire
Discussion: Politico, The Moderate Voice and CNN
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
How the Pennsylvania Senate Primary Explains Democrats' Chances to Keep the Senate  —  In swing states like this one across the country, Republican candidates are squabbling while Democratic senators rejoice over the lack of strong challengers.  —  PHILADELPHIA - On Tuesday …
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
On the fourth Armenian Remembrance Day of his presidency, President Obama has for the fourth time in a row broken his promise to the Armenian community to use the word “genocide” in describing what happened at the hands of the Turks roughly a century ago.  —  As a senator, and then as a …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Boehner: ‘One in three chance’ House Republicans could lose majority  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Monday that his party faces a “real challenge” in holding on to its majority in the House.  —  In an interview with Fox News that is scheduled to air Tuesday, Boehner predicted the GOP …
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John Boehner / CNN:
TRENDING: Boehner says one-in-three chance GOP could lose the House
Josh Richman / Mercury News:
Anti-death penalty measure qualifies for November ballot  —  California voters will decide in November whether to abolish the nation's largest death row by replacing capital punishment with life in prison without possibility of parole.  —  Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office announced Monday …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and msnbc.com
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Democrats Set to Break Spending Cap Agreement  —  Last summer, as part of the agreement that resulted in raising the federal government's debt limit, Congress passed the Budget Control Act, which set spending caps for future years.  These spending caps represented “cuts” in the Washington sense …
Melanie Hunter / CNSNews:
Biden Jokes about Secret Service Threatening to Shoot Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissioner  —  (CNSNews.com) - Vice President Joe Biden visited the Florida Everglades on Monday to promote the Everglades Restoration Project and joked about his Secret Service detail threatening …
Discussion: CNN, Right Wing News and Weasel Zippers
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Protest by Catholic activists may hamper Obama reelection bid  —  President Obama has seen his standing among Catholic voters, a crucial segment of the electorate, slip in recent weeks, and a looming confrontation with Catholic activists could make it worse.
 
 
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Inga Sarda-Sorensen / National Gay …:
New study finds genderqueer people face unique patterns of abuse and discrimination
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Nicholas Kulish / New York Times:
Call for Growth Rises to Counter German Push for Austerity
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
President Obama tries to recapture youth vote
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Wall Street Journal
David Weigel / Slate:
Ron Paul Wins Minnesota Delegates by a Landslide
Washington Post:
Wal-Mart faces federal criminal probe tied to allegations of bribery in Mexico
BBC:
Dutch government falls in budget crisis
 Earlier Items: 
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Rubio Joins Romney on the Trail, Fueling Speculation
Discussion: The Caucus and Taylor Marsh
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Planned Parenthood Worried It's The Target Of New Undercover Sting
Discussion: LifeNews.com, Daily Kos and Shakesville
Orlando Sentinel:
Sanford commissioners reject chief of police resignation over Trayvon Martin case
Steven Salzberg / Fighting Pseudoscience:
University of Florida Eliminates Computer Science Department, Increases Athletic Budgets. Hmm.