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3:00 AM ET, April 26, 2012


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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Bad Day In Court for the Obama Administration  —  Some years ago, I worked on a big case in Alaska and spent a lot of time there.  At that time, the local bar was buzzing about a lawyer who had a really bad day in court: he was kicked to death by a moose in the parking lot of the federal courthouse in Anchorage.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: A choice between radical and reasonable?  —  Analysis  —  With Justice Antonin Scalia pushing the radical idea that the Constitution gives states clear authority to close their borders entirely to immigrants without a legal right to be in the U.S., seven other Justices …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Supreme Court seems favorable to Arizona illegal immigration law  —  Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared highly doubtful of the Obama administration's objections to a controversial immigration law in Arizona.  —  The ideologically diverse group of justices pummeled Solicitor General Donald Verrilli …
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Mitt Romney's Debt to Newt Gingrich  —  Given the way Gingrich wore out his welcome, Romney could easily leave him out in the cold.  But he owes his rival for one big favor.  —  Newt Gingrich is preparing to drop out of the presidential race, and not a moment too soon.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Politico and Campaign 2012
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Perry endorses Romney after Gingrich signals an exit  —  Texas governor Rick Perry announced Wednesday night that he would endorse Mitt Romney's presidential bid, hours the campaign of Newt Gingrich — Perry's previous choice — announced that the former Speaker would be ending his bid for the White House.
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Texas governor switches endorsement from Gingrich to Romney
Jason Zengerle / GQ:
Mitt Romney's Dark Knight
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
Charles Riley /
Romney campaign spent $18.50 per vote
Chris Francescani / Reuters:
George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting  —  (Reuters) - A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009.  —  The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain.
Republicans request investigation of Obama travel  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama isn't just playing politics - he may be committing fraud on the taxpayer's dime, the Republican National Committee charged on Wednesday.  —  In a letter to the Government Accountability Office …
Discussion: Politico
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:   RNC calls for investigation into Obama's travel costs for ambiguously political trips
Poll: Dead heat in Arizona
Republican National Committee Files Complaint Over Obama Travel
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Mediaite and Washington Post
Washington Free Beacon:
Liberal Media Mock Obama for Faux Campaign  —  Members of the media are questioning the Obama administration's numerous “official business” trips to swing states, during which he has been giving stump speeches and raising campaign funds.  —  High-profile Washington reporters engaged in a line …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
OVERNIGHT TECH: House weighs changes to cybersecurity bill after veto threat  —  THE LEAD: The House Rules Committee is expected to decide Wednesday night which amendments the full House will vote on when it takes up the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) later this week.
Discussion: Politico
Mary Milliken / Reuters:
Kimmel to “feast on stupid comments” at White House dinner
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
OBAMA'S FALLON APPEARANCE VIOLATED CAMPAIGN LAW  —  Last night, President Obama appeared on Jimmy Fallon's unwatchable show to “slow-jam the news.”  By this, Fallon meant that Obama would read a campaign speech about student loans, Fallon would utter a few lines to back him up every so often …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Obama and Romney tied, but majority of voters say neither has plan to fix the economy  —  The race between Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney is dead even in a new Fox News poll that also shows majorities of American voters say neither candidate has a plan for fixing the economy.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Barack Obama is cool. Mitt Romney is not. What does it mean for 2012?
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Hot Air and ABCNEWS
Noreen O'Donnell / The Daily:
Family misses flight after TSA screeners target disabled 7-year-old  —  Dina Frank, who is developmentally disabled, wound up on the TSA's radar at John F. Kennedy Airport  —  Dr. Joshua Frank, a pediatrician, and his 7-year-old daughter Dina, who has cerebral palsy.
Behind Obama's Definition of Wealth and Paying Off Student Loans  —  President Obama told students at the University of North Carolina Tuesday that he knows what it is like to struggle with student loan debt because he and his wife didn't pay off their student loans until eight years ago.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House GOP to back lower student loan rates
Gingrich to end White House bid
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Exclusive: Senior U.S. General Orders Top-to-Bottom Review of Military's Islam Training  —  The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday ordered the entire U.S. military to scour its training material to ensure it doesn't contain anti-Islamic content, Danger Room has learned.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Robert Draper Book: GOP's Anti-Obama Campaign Started Night Of Inauguration … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Republican Party, Barack Obama , Obama's Inauguration, Republican Party, Video, Obama Election, Obama Congressional Republicans, Robert Draper, Robert Draper Obama, Politics News
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Jamie Burch /
Career Criminal Arrested In Matthew Owens Beating … Terry Rawls did not say a word to News 5 and other media outlets as police took him from police headquarters to a patrol car.  —  Rawls has an extensive criminal history in Mobile and Baldwin counties including assault, burglary, theft and cocaine possession.
Lisa Derrick / Lisa Derrick's myFDL diary:
Fred Karger Campaign Ad Flagged, Pulled by YouTube  —  Citing their Terms of Service, YouTube yanked GOP presidential candidate's Fred Karger's “Sexy Frisbee” California campaign video after it was flagged by YouTube viewers.  The video is now on Vimeo.  —  Karger, who is openly gay …
Discussion: Advocate
John M. Becker / Truth Wins Out:
EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Robert Spitzer Apologizes to Gay Community for Infamous ‘Ex-Gay’ Study  —  Today, in a letter to Dr. Ken Zucker obtained exclusively by Truth Wins Out, Dr. Robert Spitzer made an unprecedented apology to the gay community — and victims of reparative therapy in particular …
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Brian New / KENS:
I-TEAM : Congressman Canseco says he was assaulted during TSA pat-down
Discussion: The Hill, and The Raw Story
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Pat Robertson: Homosexuality Is An Abomination, But Anti-Gay Bullying Is Wrong
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Young Guns Network spends $100k to help Lugar (Updated)
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Senate passes postal reform bill
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and Daily Kos
Wyatt Buchanan / San Francisco Chronicle:
State bill would let non-doctors perform abortions
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Shakesville
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Roger L Simon / Roger L. Simon:
Pulitzer Prize, Meet the WALTER DURANTY PRIZE
TNDP News:
Child Suicide Victims Lacked Proper Principles
Discussion: In Session, Advocate and ThinkProgress
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
The first small glimmerings of a conscience?  A half-hearted …
Greg Hengler /
Jimmah: Obama Will Win Re-election, But I'd Be “Comfortable” With Romney
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit