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6:50 PM ET, April 10, 2012

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Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign  —  Updated Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign on Tuesday, bowing to the inevitability of Mitt Romney's nomination and ending his improbable, come-from-behind quest to become the party's conservative standard-bearer in the fall.
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum exits presidential race  —  Rick Santorum will drop out of the presidential race Tuesday afternoon, a campaign consultant told The Hill, essentially guaranteeing Mitt Romney the GOP nomination.  —  Santorum will announce that he is suspending his campaign at an event in his home state …
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Rick Santorum ends presidential campaign after conceding to Mitt Romney in phone call  —  After calling Mitt Romney to say he is ending his presidential campaign, Rick Santorum announced the end of his presidential campaign Tuesday during a press conference in Pennsylvania, his home state.
Washington Post:
Obama holds key leads on Romney, as economy malaise looms over reelection bid  —  With the general-election campaign beginning to take shape, President Obama holds clear advantages over Mitt Romney on personal attributes and a number of key issues, but remains vulnerable to discontent …
Washington Post:
Rick Santorum to drop out of the presidential race  —  Rick Santorum will announce Tuesday that he is suspending his presidential campaign, all but bringing to a close the 2012 GOP presidential contest and formally handing the nomination to Mitt Romney, according to an official close to the campaign.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads Romney by 13 in Colorado  —  Barack Obama's opened up a 13 point lead on Mitt Romney in Colorado at 53-40.  He's gained 11 points in the state since December when he led just 47-45.  —  The formula for Obama's gains is the same in Colorado as it is everywhere.
Politico:
Rick Santorum drops 2012 campaign for president
Michael O'Brien / msnbc.com:
Rick Santorum suspends his 2012 presidential campaign at an event in Gettysburg, Pa.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   Santorum quits the race
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Paul pledges to stay in, praises Santorum
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Santorum Folds
Tim Pawlenty / CNN:
Debt-free Pawlenty: ‘Honor’ to run
Discussion: Politico
The Fox Mole / Gawker:
Announcing Our Newest Hire: A Current Fox News Channel Employee  —  What follows is the inaugural column of a person we are calling The Fox Mole—a long-standing, current employee of Fox News Channel who will be providing Gawker with regular dispatches from inside the organization.
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Christian Heinze / The Hill:
Gingrich: I should tattoo my forehead ‘All the way to Tampa’
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Darius Dixon / Politico:
George W. Bush: Wish tax cuts not in my name  —  George W. Bush said Tuesday that he wishes the tax cuts originally approved under his watch didn't carry the burden of his family name.  —  “I wish they weren't called the Bush tax cuts,” the former president said as he kicked off …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Bogus Obamacare-Deficit Study  —  Little did Obama know there is no Medicare crisis.  —  The Washington Post has an apparent blockbuster story today.  It reports that a new study finds that Obamacare will increase the budget deficit, not decrease it, as the Congressional Budget Office has found:
BuzzFeed:
Paul Ryan Claims Secret Democratic Support  —  They'd come out for his budget but fear they'd “get killed.  Ryan on Romney: An “earnest ... throwback to the '50s.  Ryan with Romney on April 3.  —  (Getty Images / Scott Olson)  —  House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan told reporters in New York today …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama makes case for ‘Buffett Rule,’ higher taxes on wealthy  —  BOCA RATON, Fla. — President Obama intensified his populist pitch Tuesday, aggressively making the case that the wealthiest Americans should pay more in taxes and taking Republicans to task for opposing the “Buffett Rule.”
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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Josh Boak / Politico:
Buffett rule not solution to debt, W.H. says
Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
Huckabee Show Opens With Staged Caller  —  Wow.  —  As we often say here: you just can't make it up.  —  Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee took his first phone call of his new talk radio call-in show yesterday.  From “Mike in San Francisco.”  Remember: the show is being positioned …
John Cook / Gawker:
New York Times Reporter Blasts Boss In Email to 150 of His Best Friends  —  A few weeks ago, New York Times science and health reporter Don McNeil sent out a scathing email to colleagues attacking Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. for piloting a “ghost ship” and running off to the Himalayas …
Maureen O'Connor / Gawker:
‘I May Give Up Writing and Work as a Butler’: Interview with John Derbyshire  —  After publishing an article advising his children to avoid black people, writer John Derbyshire lost his column at uber-conservative magazine The National Review and weathered a firestorm of outrage this weekend.
Matt Stoller / Republic Report:
Corruption Responsible for 80% of Your Cell Phone Bill  —  Last year, a new company called Lightsquared promised an innovative business model that would dramatically lower cell phone costs and improve the quality of service, threatening the incumbent phone operators like AT&T and Verizon.
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Report Disputes Christie's Basis for Halting Tunnel  —  Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey exaggerated when he declared that unforeseen costs to the state were forcing him to cancel the new train tunnel planned to relieve congested routes across the Hudson River, according to a long-awaited report …
Paul Rolly / Salt Lake Tribune:
Newt Gingrich stiffs Utah  —  Five Republicans have filed the necessary papers and $500 fee to qualify for the June 26 Utah presidential primary election, but with Rick Santorum dropping out of the race Tuesday, only four will be on the ballot.  —  Or, make that possibly three.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jordan Michael Smith / Salon:
Bush aide blasts torture  —  Philip Zelikow tried to warn Bush on interrogations.  Now he's penned an authoritative article on how he was ignored  —  The Bush administration hasn't heard the last from Philip Zelikow.  After the rediscovery last week of his long lost 2006 anti-torture memo …
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
Study suggests students grow less interested in promoting racial understanding  —  By  —  One stereotype about college is that the experience encourages students to be more interested in diversity and promoting racial understanding.  To some this is a great virtue of higher education …
Cynthia Sewell / Idaho Statesman:
KKK mailing renews resolve of Idaho legislator  —  Cherie Buckner-Webb, right, talking with fellow Democratic Rep. Elaine Smith during a committee meeting, said of the KKK: “I can't hate them.  Harboring hatred against anyone is not OK for me.”  —  When Rep. Cherie Buckner-Webb travels around …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Raw Story
Centers for Disease Control:
NCHS Data Brief  —  Number 89, April 2012  —  Birth Rates for U.S. Teenagers Reach Historic Lows for All Age and Ethnic Groups  —  Brady E. Hamilton, Ph.D., and Stephanie J. Ventura, M.A.  —  Key findings  —  Data from the Natality Data File, National Vital Statistics System
Nick R. Martin / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMMuckraker  —  Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Legal Bulldog Faces Disbarment  —  If things went differently, Andrew Thomas might have had a bright career in Arizona politics.  —  In six years as the top prosecutor in Maricopa County, he stood side-by-side with Sheriff Joe Arpaio and earned …
 
 
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