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9:50 AM ET, April 26, 2012


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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 …
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
Discussion: Daily Kos
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney fundraiser: Donors ‘coming out of the woodwork’
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:   RNC calls for investigation into Obama's travel costs for ambiguously political trips
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Arizona Immigration Law Argued at Supreme Court
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: Politico and CANNONFIRE
Mary Milliken / Reuters:
Kimmel to “feast on stupid comments” at White House dinner
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Centrist lawmakers find themselves on losing end of 2012 races  —  Next year's Congress might be the most polarized yet thanks to the loss of centrist lawmakers — a trend emphasized in Tuesday's Pennsylvania primaries.  —  “The middle is getting squeezed,” ex-Rep. Tom Davis (Va.) …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
EXCLUSIVE: New Secret Service scandal centers on strippers, prostitutes in El Salvador  —  U.S. Secret Service agents brag they routinely use third-world prostitutes while conducting out-of-country security detail for Presidential visits  —  Sponsored Links  —  SEATTLE —
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.
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Will Log Cabin endorse Romney?  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (Blade file photo by Michael Key)  —  Mitt Romney swept a series of GOP presidential primaries this week as news surfaced that Newt Gingrich will suspend his campaign on Tuesday.
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
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
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 …
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 Earlier Items: 
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Pat Robertson: Homosexuality Is An Abomination, But Anti-Gay Bullying Is Wrong
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Young Guns Network spends $100k to help Lugar (Updated)
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Robert Draper Book: GOP's Anti-Obama Campaign Started Night Of Inauguration
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?