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6:25 PM ET, April 25, 2012


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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.
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 …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House GOP to back lower student loan rates  —  House Republicans will announce by the end of this week their own bill to keep student loan rates from doubling, several Republican leadership sources said.  —  The GOP will offset its cost with money from what they dub a “slush fund” in the Democrats 2010 health care law.
Carl Cameron / Fox News:
Gingrich to leave presidential race next Tuesday, sources say
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
Republican National Committee Files Complaint Over Obama Travel
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Post
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
UK economy in double-dip recession  —  'Everything is going up in the shops and wages aren't'  —  The UK economy has returned to recession, after shrinking by 0.2% in the first three months of 2012.  —  A sharp fall in construction output was behind the surprise contraction, the Office for National Statistics said.
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
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
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 …
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.
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” …
Wyatt Buchanan / San Francisco Chronicle:
State bill would let non-doctors perform abortions  —  Sacramento —  As states across the country are passing laws to restrict access to abortion, California lawmakers are considering a significant expansion of who would be able to perform the procedure in the state.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Shakesville
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Senate passes postal reform bill  —  The Senate passed a United States Postal Service reform bill on Wednesday.  —  The chamber voted 62 to 37 on the bill, which aims to restructure the mail service and protect it from bankruptcy.  It needed 60 votes or more to pass.
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
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
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Mary Milliken / Reuters:
Kimmel to “feast on stupid comments” at White House dinner
Associated Press:
Marines discharge sergeant for anti-Obama Facebook posts
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Book: ‘Many Times, the President Seemed to Be Giving Up on the Public.’
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
The first small glimmerings of a conscience?  A half-hearted …
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Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich to suspend campaign
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Ken Cuccinelli / CNN:
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