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1:50 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 …
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.
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich to suspend campaign
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: Pirate's Cove and Althouse
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.
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Peter Grier / Christian Science Monitor:
Obama slow jams the news with Jimmy Fallon.  How does that work? (+video)  —  Start with a late-night funnyman.  Add a president.  Then, talk about something serious - Obama chose student loans - while Jimmy Fallon's house band, The Roots, lays down an R&B rhythm.  Punch it up.  Laugh.
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:
House Republican blames Secret Service for ‘knucklehead’ culture  —  Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) said Wednesday that the prostitution scandal involving the Secret Service is a “much bigger problem” than a case of “a couple of knuckleheads.”  —  “Think about the culture that would hire this many knuckleheads.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Student takes blame for spilling yogurt on Obama
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Confidants: Secret Service agents contend misbehavior on trips not unprecedented
Discussion: Business Insider and Power Line
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.
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CNN:
Obama fundraiser to pull in $900K
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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.
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Reid draws line against Keystone
Washington Wire:
Recap: Supreme Court Live Blog: The Immigration Case … Several Supreme Court justices said they couldn't see legal problems in a central part of Arizona's tough anti-immigration law, but some other provisions of the law received more skepticism at arguments Wednesday.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Considering Arizona Law, Justices Again in Political Storm
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 …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in March suggests that the economy has been expanding moderately.  Labor market conditions have improved in recent months; the unemployment rate has declined but remains elevated.
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 …
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.
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Mark Critz defeats Jason Altmire, Matt Cartwright beats Tim Holden  —  Two conservative Democrats lost their seats in Pennsylvania tonight thanks to the state's new congressional map.  —  Rep. Mark Critz beat Rep. Jason Altmire in a highly competitive member-vs-member Democratic primary …
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Associated Press:
Holden, longtime Pa. incumbent, ousted in primary
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.
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Toby Harnden / Mail Online:
The pivot: Mitt Romney throws Bill Clinton's ‘economy stupid’ dictum back in Barack Obama's face
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Ken Cuccinelli / CNN:
TRENDING: Tareq Salahi mulls bid for governor  —  (CNN) - Famed White House party crasher Tareq Salahi has his sights set on crashing the governor's mansion in Virginia.  —  This time he plans to gain legitimate entrance as he is considering a candidacy for governor of the Old Dominion.
Discussion: Politico and Towleroad News #gay
 
 
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