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9:25 AM ET, April 26, 2012


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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.
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Perry endorses Romney after Gingrich signals an exit  —  Texas governor Rick Perry announced Wednesday night that he would endorse Mitt Romney's presidential bid, hours the campaign of Newt Gingrich — Perry's previous choice — announced that the former Speaker would be ending his bid for the White House.
Discussion: Daily Kos
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Romney's principled, radical view for America  —  It turns out that there is at least one question on which Mitt Romney is not a flip-flopper: He has a utopian view of what an unfettered, lightly taxed market economy can achieve.  —  He would never put it this way, of course …
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Texas governor switches endorsement from Gingrich to Romney
Jason Zengerle / GQ:
Mitt Romney's Dark Knight
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Bad Day In Court for the Obama Administration  —  Some years ago, I worked on a big case in Alaska and spent a lot of time there.  At that time, the local bar was buzzing about a lawyer who had a really bad day in court: he was kicked to death by a moose in the parking lot of the federal courthouse in Anchorage.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: A choice between radical and reasonable?
TRENDING: Republicans request investigation of Obama travel  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama isn't just playing politics - he may be committing fraud on the taxpayer's dime, the Republican National Committee charged on Wednesday.  —  In a letter to the Government Accountability Office …
Discussion: Politico and his vorpal sword
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:   RNC calls for investigation into Obama's travel costs for ambiguously political trips
Poll: Dead heat in Arizona
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.
Washington Free Beacon:
Liberal Media Mock Obama for Faux Campaign  —  Members of the media are questioning the Obama administration's numerous “official business” trips to swing states, during which he has been giving stump speeches and raising campaign funds.  —  High-profile Washington reporters engaged in a line …
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
OVERNIGHT TECH: House weighs changes to cybersecurity bill after veto threat
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Politico
Mary Milliken / Reuters:
Kimmel to “feast on stupid comments” at White House dinner
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.
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
OBAMA'S FALLON APPEARANCE VIOLATED CAMPAIGN LAW  —  Last night, President Obama appeared on Jimmy Fallon's unwatchable show to “slow-jam the news.”  By this, Fallon meant that Obama would read a campaign speech about student loans, Fallon would utter a few lines to back him up every so often …
Lachlan Markay / The Heritage Foundation:
VIDEO: EPA Official Compares Agency Enforcement to Roman Crucifixions  —  A video surfaced on Wednesday showing a regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency comparing his agency's philosophy with respect to regulation of oil and gas companies to brutal tactics employed …
Craig Bannister / CNSNews:   EPA Official's ‘Philosophy’ On Oil Companies: ‘Crucify Them’ - Just As Romans Crucified Conquered Citizens
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama camp targets Romney's ‘back to the future’ foreign policy  —  The Obama campaign is winding up for an attack on Mitt Romney over foreign policy, with a speech by the vice president accusing Romney of a “back to the future” approach and a new web video criticizing Romney statements on world affairs.
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Stephen Hilger / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney's Appointment of Gay Aide Richard Grenell Signals New Attitude  —  Last week, Mitt Romney hired Richard Grenell as his new foreign policy spokesman.  Grenell was President Bush's communications director at the United Nations for eight years, and has been a spokesman for a handful …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Senate approves changes to the U.S. Postal Service  —  Congress moved one step closer Wednesday to overhauling the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service by approving sweeping reforms to rebalance the mail agency's finances and help cut the size of its delivery network.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Senate passes postal reform bill
Discussion: Politico
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
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Exclusive: Senior U.S. General Orders Top-to-Bottom Review of Military's Islam Training  —  The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday ordered the entire U.S. military to scour its training material to ensure it doesn't contain anti-Islamic content, Danger Room has learned.
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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Pat Robertson: Homosexuality Is An Abomination, But Anti-Gay Bullying Is Wrong
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Young Guns Network spends $100k to help Lugar (Updated)
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Wyatt Buchanan / San Francisco Chronicle:
State bill would let non-doctors perform abortions
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Shakesville
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Barack Obama is cool. Mitt Romney is not. What does it mean for 2012?
TNDP News:
Child Suicide Victims Lacked Proper Principles
Discussion: In Session, Advocate and ThinkProgress
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Jimmah: Obama Will Win Re-election, But I'd Be “Comfortable” With Romney
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit