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9:25 PM ET, April 25, 2012

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CNN:
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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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Mitt Romney's Debt to Newt Gingrich  —  Given the way Gingrich wore out his welcome, Romney could easily leave him out in the cold.  But he owes his rival for one big favor.  —  Newt Gingrich is preparing to drop out of the presidential race, and not a moment too soon.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Campaign 2012
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House GOP to back lower student loan rates
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 …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Arizona Immigration Law Argued at Supreme Court  —  WASHINGTON — Justices across the ideological spectrum appeared inclined on Wednesday to uphold a controversial part of Arizona's aggressive 2010 immigration law, based on their questions at a Supreme Court argument.
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.
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.
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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.
CNN:
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.
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BuzzFeed:
Republican National Committee Files Complaint Over Obama Travel
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Mediaite and Washington Post
Noreen O'Donnell / The Daily:
Family misses flight after TSA screeners target disabled 7-year-old  —  Dina Frank, who is developmentally disabled, wound up on the TSA's radar at John F. Kennedy Airport  —  Dr. Joshua Frank, a pediatrician, and his 7-year-old daughter Dina, who has cerebral palsy.
Mary Milliken / Reuters:
Kimmel to “feast on stupid comments” at White House dinner  —  (Reuters) - Late-night TV comedian Jimmy Kimmel admits he is anxious about headlining his first White House Correspondents Dinner this coming Saturday, and his self-confessed lack of insight into Washington doesn't help calm his nerves.
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Washington Free Beacon:
Liberal Media Mock Obama for Faux Campaign
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
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
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
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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Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
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
ABCNEWS:
Behind Obama's Definition of Wealth and Paying Off Student Loans  —  President Obama told students at the University of North Carolina Tuesday that he knows what it is like to struggle with student loan debt because he and his wife didn't pay off their student loans until eight years ago.
Jamie Burch / www2.wkrg.com:
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.
Jason Zengerle / GQ:
Mitt Romney's Dark Knight  —  If you think Mitt Romney is too mild, too “golly gee,” too Mormon, to survive the shark tank of a modern presidential campaign, his answer is Eric Fehrnstrom.  He's Mitt's most trusted adviser and the guy whom Romney turns to when someone's leg needs breaking.
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
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” …
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Pat Robertson: Homosexuality Is An Abomination, But Anti-Gay Bullying Is Wrong  —  Evangelist Pat Robertson never seems to run out of questions to answer on The 700 Club, and today he took on the topic of anti-gay bullying.  Surprisingly, he criticized Christians for bullying LGBT students and suggested that …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Young Guns Network spends $100k to help Lugar (Updated)  —  The Young Guns Network, a group affiliated with two former aides to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, paid more than $100,000 in mail costs to help embattled Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, federal filings show.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Lisa Derrick / Lisa Derrick's myFDL diary:
Fred Karger Campaign Ad Flagged, Pulled by YouTube  —  Citing their Terms of Service, YouTube yanked GOP presidential candidate's Fred Karger's “Sexy Frisbee” California campaign video after it was flagged by YouTube viewers.  The video is now on Vimeo.  —  Karger, who is openly gay …
Discussion: Advocate
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 …
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
 
 
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Senate passes postal reform bill
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Charles Riley / CNNMoney.com:
Romney campaign spent $18.50 per vote
Associated Press:
Marines discharge sergeant for anti-Obama Facebook posts
Discussion: Business Insider
Roger L Simon / Roger L. Simon:
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TNDP News:
Child Suicide Victims Lacked Proper Principles
Discussion: In Session, ThinkProgress and Advocate
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Book: ‘Many Times, the President Seemed to Be Giving Up on the Public.’
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
The first small glimmerings of a conscience?  A half-hearted …
Sarah Goodyear / The Atlantic Cities:
The Invention of Jaywalking  —  It happened again the other night.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money