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11:05 PM ET, April 24, 2012

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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.
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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.
WPMI:   Delmar Attack Over Possible Racial Slurs
BuzzFeed:
Romney Set To Make 97th Pivot To General Election  —  This one may stick.  —  A campaign worker prepares for Mitt Romney's speech tonight at the Raddisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire.  —  (Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla)  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Mitt Romney's big speech …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Holly Bailey / ABCNEWS:
Romney to shift to Obama and target economy in New Hampshire primary night speech  —  Mitt Romney is not expected to call himself the Republican presidential nominee tonight after polls close in five more state primary contests.  But according to excerpts of the remarks he'll give in Manchester …
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.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Guardian
BuzzFeed:
Romney's Big Speech: “It's Still About The Economy ... And We're Not Stupid”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Discussion: The Impolitic and The Agonist
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Primary results 2012: Mitt Romney 's 5-state sweep  —  Mitt Romney swept all five Republican primary elections Tuesday night, putting an end once and for all to any hopes for a comeback by his beleaguered GOP primary opponents.  —  The last state to be called was New York, where voting ended at 9 p.m.; …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Romney wins Delaware primary
Discussion: Politico
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Sunny skies but light turnout for five Northeastern primaries
Discussion: Indecision Forever
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: New York Times and Liberal Values
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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Republicans Note Then-Senator Obama Didn't Show Up for Vote on Student Loan Bill in 2007
Discussion: Daily Kos and National Review
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.”
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Michelle Obama / CNN:
Michelle Obama talks husband's upbringing on campaign swing  —  (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama, making campaign stops in Nebraska and Iowa on Tuesday, boosted her husband's credentials while appearing to make small contrasts with his likely rival Mitt Romney, lauding President Barack Obama's core set …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Saturday Night Live’ Alum Recorded in Anti-Obama Rant (Video)  —  In a profane interview hosted by actor-director Kevin Smith, Jon Lovitz complains about the president's class-warfare rhetoric.  —  Saturday Night Live alum Jon Lovitz, a practicing Democrat, excoriated President Barack Obama …
Stephen Lacey / ThinkProgress:
ALEC Says It Plans To Craft Legislation To Take Down State Renewable Energy Targets  —  Two leading conservative political organizations say they are stepping up coordinated efforts to repeal state-level renewable energy targets.  —  The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — a …
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Jim Snyder / Bloomberg:
Clean-Energy Requirements Targeted by ALEC, Norquist
Tor.com Frontpage Partial:
Tor/Forge E-book Titles to Go DRM-Free  —  Tom Doherty Associates, publishers of Tor, Forge, Orb, Starscape, and Tor Teen, today announced that by early July 2012, their entire list of e-books will be available DRM-free.  —  “Our authors and readers have been asking for this for a long time,” said president and publisher Tom Doherty.
Alan Bjerga / Bloomberg:
Mad-Cow Case Confirmed in Central California, USDA Says  —  Mad Cow Case Confirmed in Central California  —  The first U.S. case of mad cow disease in six years was found in a dairy cow in central California before its meat entered the human food chain and posed any health threat to consumers, officials said.
Discussion: nation.foxnews.com and L.A. NOW
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Grassley: Colombian prostitutes may have been Russian spies  —  Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said the Colombia prostitutes at the center of the Secret Service scandal may have been spies planted by the Russian government.  —  In an interview with Iowa reporters, Grassley argued the actions …
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and Daily Kos
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Matt Kelley / Radio Iowa:
Grassley talks about Secret Service sex scandal & national security (audio)
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Jessica Silver-Greenberg / New York Times:
Debt Collector Is Faulted for Tough Tactics in Hospitals  —  Hospital patients waiting in the emergency room or convalescing after surgery could find themselves confronted by an unexpected visitor: a debt collector at bedside.  —  One of the nation's largest medical debt-collection companies …
Discussion: The Consumerist and Yahoo! Finance
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Mitt Romney's Gay Spokesman: A Milestone in Republican Politics  —  The hiring of Richard Grenell by Romney signals a shift in the GOP's openness to gays and gives the party its first out presidential campaign spokesman.  —  The recent hiring of Richard Grenell, Mitt Romney's openly gay …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — April 2012  —  The April poll gauged Americans' opinions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the wake of the Supreme Court oral arguments in the legal challenges to the health reform law in March.  —  The increased public attention to the Affordable Care Act generated …
Julian Gavaghan / Daily Mail:
Is there a drone in your neighbourhood?  Rise of spy planes exposed after FAA is forced to reveal 63 launch sites across U.S.  — Unmanned spy planes are being launched from locations in 20 states and owners include the military and universities  —  There are at least 63 active drone sites around …
Discussion: Business Insider and msnbc.com
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.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Bryan Fischer Stumped: Unable To Explain How John Bolton ‘Did A Great Job’ With ‘Gay Activist’ By His Side  —  The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer took his crusade against Richard Grenell — an openly gay man who is now Mitt Romney's chief spokesperson for foreign policy …
Kenneth Rogoff / Financial Times:
A euro parable: the couple with a joint account  —  Perhaps the following parable is not entirely fair to the euro, but nevertheless the parallels seem striking.  —  Consider a young couple who is contemplating marriage, but unsure whether to take the big step.
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Ezra Klein
 
 
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Alex Leary / Tampa Bay Times:
At Florida International University, GOP rising star Sen. Marco Rubio is professor Rubio
Discussion: GOP 12
Open Channel / msnbc.com:
US officials: N. Korea has up to ‘few dozen’ nukes
Eli Yokley / PoliticMo:
Brunner former company Vi-Jon's credit rating downgraded
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CNN:
Romney and Santorum aiming to meet May 4th
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Cooper Union Will Charge Tuition for Graduate Students
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Scott Brown to release six years of tax returns; Elizabeth Warren says she'll release four years
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Allen Frances / New York Post:
America's false autism epidemic
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
CBS piece on Christians' plight in Middle East — in Israel?
Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
Planned palace upsets some neighbors in tony D.C. suburb
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Poynter
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Earth to Ben Bernanke
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
‘Scandals’ don't predict election results. But this formula might.