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10:45 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: Booman Tribune and Liberal Values
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Reid draws line against Keystone
Toby Harnden / Mail Online:
The pivot: Mitt Romney throws Bill Clinton's ‘economy stupid’ dictum back in Barack Obama's face
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney and RNC move to synchronize efforts
Discussion: Guardian, Hot Air and ABCNEWS
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
CNN:
BREAKING: Gingrich to end White House bid  —  Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich will officially end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination and formally express his support for Mitt Romney next week, two sources close to Gingrich tell CNN.  —  While details are still being worked out …
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Primary results 2012: Mitt Romney 's 5-state sweep
Discussion: CNN, Outside the Beltway and ABCNEWS
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Texas is Romney country
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.
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 …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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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
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.
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?
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.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
What's Wrong with the Ross Douthat Creed  —  Ross Douthat is a very sincere young man who writes a column for the New York Times, and someone who, alas, usually makes David Brooks read like Richard Brautigan, albeit with one memorable exception.  Like many people who were born too late …
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 …
Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
Obama emphasizes new aspects of life story  —  His talk of his humble beginnings now focuses on the stresses of debt and his grandmother hitting the glass ceiling.  Aides to Republican Mitt Romney say the president is trying to sow division.  —  President Obama at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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.
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
Steve Herman / Voice of America:
North Korea Boasts of Ability to Destroy US Military in ‘Single Blow’  —  North Korea's army marked its 80th anniversary Wednesday with a vow to retaliate against what its chief of staff terms the traitors in the South.  The remarks are the latest in a series of harsh threats directed at Seoul in recent weeks.
Discussion: The Agonist
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Dick Lugar Won't Say Whether Tea Party Is Good For GOP … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Video, Election 2012, Richard Lugar, Senator Dick Lugar, Dick Lugar, Dick Lugar 2012, Indiana Senate 2012, Richard Lugar Richard Mourdock, Richard Mourdock, Politics News
Denis Dison / Gay Politics:
Pennsylvania to get first openly gay state legislator  —  Brian Sims tonight has won a decisive Democratic primary in his Philadelphia district and will become Pennsylvania's first openly gay state representative.  Sims defeated a longtime incumbent to capture the Democratic nomination …
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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
Reuters:
Britain in recession, intensifying government woes  —  (Reuters) - Britain's economy has fallen into its second recession since the financial crisis after an shock contraction at the start of 2012, heaping pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron's government as it reels from a series of political missteps.
Amos Harel / Haaretz:
IDF chief to Haaretz: I do not believe Iran will decide to develop nuclear weapons  —  Gantz says the international pressure on Iran, in the form of diplomatic and economic sanctions, is beginning to bear fruit.  —  By Amos Harel Tags: Iran IDF Benny Gantz Gaza Hezbollah  —  Get Haaretz on iPhone
 
 
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Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
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Felix Salmon:
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The Moscow Times:
Moscow Wants to Make Anti-Sex Law Federal
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Senate Votes to Abandon Budget Control Act
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
CNN's Don Lemon Gets Trashed on Twitter for Challenging Obama and Agreeing With Palin
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Michelle Obama: ‘Stay away from the haters’
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Weasel Zippers and CNN
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Stephen Lacey / ThinkProgress:
ALEC Says It Plans To Craft Legislation To Take Down State Renewable Energy Targets
Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Scott Brown to release six years of tax returns; Elizabeth Warren says she'll release four years
Alan Bjerga / Bloomberg:
Mad-Cow Case Confirmed in Central California, USDA Says
Discussion: nation.foxnews.com and L.A. NOW
Allen Frances / New York Post:
America's false autism epidemic
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