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12:35 PM ET, April 25, 2012

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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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Carl Cameron / Fox News:
Gingrich to leave presidential race next Tuesday, sources say  —  Newt Gingrich plans to formally leave the Republican presidential race next Tuesday, senior campaign aides told Fox News.  —  The former House speaker will “more than likely” endorse Mitt Romney when he makes his announcement …
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
Lindsey Boerma / NationalJournal.com:
Gingrich Unofficially Concedes GOP Nomination Race to Romney
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 …
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Susan Page / USA Today:
Romney sweeps five Northeast primaries
Toby Harnden / Mail Online:
The pivot: Mitt Romney throws Bill Clinton's ‘economy stupid’ dictum back in Barack Obama's face
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
Mitt Romney Delivers Remarks in Manchester, NH
BuzzFeed:
Document: Marco Rubio's First Communion  —  The Senator seeks to establish that he left the Mormon faith, and returned to Catholicism, as a 13-year-old in Las Vegas.  —  Senator Marco Rubio's staff is disputing a section of a new biography that suggests that Rubio, as a boy, was a Mormon until the family returned to Miami.
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Joe. My. God.
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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 …
Scott Wongand Manu Raju / Politico:
Rob Portman: Vice President Vanilla?
Discussion: Althouse and Pirate's Cove
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.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Student takes blame for spilling yogurt on Obama  —  President Obama got yogurt on his pants when he stopped for a pizza and talked to students from the University of Colorado on Tuesday night.  —  Obama and reports blamed a student for the spill, which involved the president's pants and several members of the Secret Service.
Discussion: Politico
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:   House Republican blames Secret Service for ‘knucklehead’ culture
Washington Post:
Confidants: Secret Service agents contend misbehavior on trips not unprecedented
Discussion: Business Insider and Power Line
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 …
Washington Wire:
Supreme Court Live Blog: The Immigration Case … Supreme Court justices seemed inclined to allow at least one provision of Arizona's tough anti-immigration law to stand but asked few questions about other provisions at arguments Wednesday that went about 20 minutes over the scheduled time.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Considering Arizona Law, Justices Again in Political Storm
Rolling Stone:
Ready for the Fight: Rolling Stone Interview with Barack Obama  —  The president discusses his job, the opposition and the coming campaign  —  We arrived at the White House on Easter Monday, the South Lawn overrun by children and their parents enjoying the annual Easter Egg Roll.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Attacks Rush Limbaugh, Grover Norquist
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.
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.
Paul Krugman:
Cameron's Remarkable Achievement  —  From Britain's Office of National Statistics (pdf):  —  When David Cameron became PM, and announced his austerity plans — buying completely into both the confidence fairy and the invisible bond vigilantes — many were the hosannas, from both sides of the Atlantic.
PR Newswire:
Girl Gone Wild Goes to Washington  —  Girls Gone Wild Founder Joe Francis is NOT throwing his hat into the political ring with the likes of Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian.  However, Francis announced today that he has added an additional prize for the winner of the wildly popular, #1 rated …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Reid draws line against Keystone  —  Senate Democrats will hold firm and reject House Republican demands to include approval of the Keystone oil pipeline in transportation funding legislation, their leader said Tuesday.  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday …
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Dan Friedman / NationalJournal.com:
Senate Dems, White House Agree on Freezing Student Loan Interest Rates
Discussion: Conservative Commune and Hot Air
Holly Bailey / ABCNEWS:
Romney kicks off fundraising push a day after big primary wins  —  MANCHESTER, N.H.—A day after effectively claiming his party's nomination, Mitt Romney is turning his focus to raising campaign cash in hopes of erasing President Obama's massive fundraising advantage.
Discussion: CNN
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney and RNC move to synchronize efforts
Discussion: The Caucus, ABCNEWS and Hot Air
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.
Felix Salmon:
The problem with Netflix  —  Nick Thompson today asks whether Netflix is doomed, and gives a fantastic potted history of how the company managed to pivot from being a wonderful DVD-by-mail company to being a clumsy digital-platform play.  —  While I agree with Nick's conclusion, however …
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
 
 
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