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5:30 PM ET, April 25, 2012


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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 …
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.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Barack Obama is cool.  Mitt Romney is not.  What does it mean for 2012?  —  Here's a fundamental fact of the 2012 presidential race: President Obama is cool.  Mitt Romney isn't.  —  Obama slow jams the news with Jimmy Fallon.  He makes three pointers.  He sings Al Green in tune.
Carl Cameron / Fox News:
Gingrich to leave presidential race next Tuesday, sources say
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House GOP to back lower student loan rates
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Attacks Rush Limbaugh, Grover Norquist
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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Considering Arizona Law, Justices Again in Political Storm  —  WASHINGTON — Less than a month after the Supreme Court heard three days of arguments over President Obama's health care law, the justices on Wednesday will consider another major politically charged case about the scope of federal power …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Supreme Court casts doubt on Obama's immigration law claim  —  Supreme Court justices took a dim view of the Obama administration's claim that it can stop Arizona from enforcing immigration laws, telling government lawyers during oral argument Wednesday that the state appears to want to push federal officials, not conflict with them.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Mike Allen / Politico:
Marco Rubio biography says grandfather was ordered deported
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
Sen. Marco Rubio / Human Events:
Sen. Marco Rubio's address on U.S. foreign policy
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 …
Charles Riley /
Romney campaign spent $18.50 per vote
Discussion: The Daily Caller and ThinkProgress
The Caucus:
Gingrich Tells Romney He Will Quit Race  —  Newt Gingrich conceded that Mitt Romney would be the party's nominee at an event on Wednesday in Cramerton, N.C.  —  12:58 p.m. |  Updated Newt Gingrich told Mitt Romney on Wednesday morning that he will suspend his presidential campaign next week …
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich to suspend campaign
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 …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Pennsylvania Primary: Blue Dog Democrats Lose Seats … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Elections 2012, Video, Blue Dog Democrats, Blue Dogs, Jason Altmire, Mark Critz, Pennsylvania Primary, Tim Holden, Matt Cartwright, Pennsylvania Primary Results, Politics News
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Mark Critz defeats Jason Altmire, Matt Cartwright beats Tim Holden
Garry Wills / New York Review of Books:
Bullying the Nuns  —  The Vatican has issued a harsh statement claiming that American nuns do not follow their bishops' thinking.  That statement is profoundly true.  Thank God, they don't.  Nuns have always had a different set of priorities from that of bishops.  The bishops are interested in power.
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 …
Glenn Hubbard / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Budget Means a Tax Increase on Everyone  —  Maintaining the president's higher spending levels will require raising taxes for all Americans, including an 11% increase on those earning less than $200,000.  —  The defeat in the Senate of the so-called “Buffett Rule” …
Poll: Dead heat in Arizona  —  (CNN) - Is Arizona truly a battleground state?  —  The jury's still out, but a second straight survey this week does indicate that it's all knotted up between President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Arizona.
Rep. Allen West / The Hill:
Critical time for ideological debate  —  Much has been made of my recent response to a question from a constituent and assertion regarding so-called “communists” in the Congressional Progressive Caucus.  I am pleased it has inspired so much passionate debate, for that was precisely the point.
TNDP News:
Child Suicide Victims Lacked Proper Principles  —  The Tennessee House of Representatives just finished a marathon 6.5 hour session in which a whole host of bad bills were debated and passed, along with a small handful of good pieces of legislation, such as Rep. Curtiss' bill to clean …
Discussion: In Session, Advocate and ThinkProgress
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Book: ‘Many Times, the President Seemed to Be Giving Up on the Public.’  —  There have probably been times in the past three and a half years that you have felt ready to “give up” on President Obama.  But fair is fair, and it appears President Obama has felt the desire to give up on you, too.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Ed Driscoll
Greg Hengler /
Jimmah: Obama Will Win Re-election, But I'd Be “Comfortable” With Romney … How many other Dems will be “comfortable” with Romney?  —  Sign-Up to receive Updates from TH  —  Sign Up  —  Breaking on TOWNHALL  —  It's probably about time Greg Hengler started getting “comfortable” with Romney too.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
The first small glimmerings of a conscience?  A half-hearted concession to the fact that they don't control the flow of information anymore?  I suppose it could be a little of both.  —  Via Matthew Sheffield at Newsbusters, here's NBC News President Steve Capus being taken to task by the NYT's David Carr …
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.
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.
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Sarah Goodyear / The Atlantic Cities:
The Invention of Jaywalking  —  It happened again the other night.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
 Earlier Items: 
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Student takes blame for spilling yogurt on Obama
Discussion: Politico
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
House Republican blames Secret Service for ‘knucklehead’ culture
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Politico and CNN
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Panetta: Marines punished for prostitute attack
Discussion: New York Magazine, Reuters and The Hill
Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
Obama emphasizes new aspects of life story
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Obama Campaign Asks Unions to Help Cover Convention Costs