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5:00 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.
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 …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House GOP to back lower student loan rates
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich to suspend campaign
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
House Republican blames Secret Service for ‘knucklehead’ culture
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
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
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama vows to fight for climate action, make global warming a key 2012 issue  —  President Obama is vowing to make the case for action on global warming during the 2012 campaign.  —  “I suspect that over the next six months, this is going to be a debate that will become part of the campaign …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Attacks Rush Limbaugh, Grover Norquist
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 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Vote for Romney.  He loves America.  —  You know what, wonks?  This campaign is going to be a bummer.  —  On Tuesday, Mitt Romney gave a speech billed as his big general-election pitch.  It was a perfectly serviceable piece of work: competently written and competently delivered.
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.
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.
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Marines discharge sergeant for anti-Obama Facebook posts
Discussion: Business Insider
Glenn Hubbard / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Budget Means a Tax Increase on Everyone
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Barack Obama is cool. Mitt Romney is not. What does it mean for 2012?
School of Engineering Vanderbilt University:
EPA awards $90,000 to senior design team to further develop spinach powered solar cell
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Campaign 2012
Sen. Marco Rubio / Human Events:
Sen. Marco Rubio's address on U.S. foreign policy
 Earlier Items: 
Lydia Polgreen / New York Times:
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
Rather's suit against CBS was worth it, he writes
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Sarah Goodyear / The Atlantic Cities:
The Invention of Jaywalking  —  It happened again the other night.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Panetta: Marines punished for prostitute attack
Discussion: New York Magazine, Reuters and The Hill
Felix Salmon:
The problem with Netflix  —  Nick Thompson today asks whether Netflix …
Discussion: Eschaton