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5:05 PM ET, April 10, 2012

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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 …
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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.
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 …
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:
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.
Politico:
Rick Santorum drops 2012 campaign for president  —  Rick Santorum announced Tuesday afternoon that he is ending his campaign for the presidency, effectively closing out the GOP primary season and cementing Mitt Romney's status as his party's presumptive nominee.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
How Romney can solve his woman problem  —  Mitt Romney's electoral trouble with women — more precisely with college-educated women — is real enough.  Recent polling has Romney trailing President Obama by 18 points among this group in Ohio, with similar gaps in other battleground states.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads Romney by 13 in Colorado
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Santorum Folds
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Rick Santorum Finally Calls It Quits
Steve Benen / Associated Press:
Santorum stands down  —  A week ago today, Rick Santorum …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Rick Santorum Suspends Campaign
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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Rick Santorum ending bid for GOP nomination
Discussion: The Barrometer
Tim Pawlenty / CNN:
Debt-free Pawlenty: ‘Honor’ to run
Discussion: Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign
Discussion: Washington Wire
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
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Steve Schaefer / Exile On Wall Street:
George W. Bush: I Wish They Weren't Called The Bush Tax Cuts  —  Former U.S. President George W. Bush called for pro-growth tax policies to create a more robust private sector Tuesday morning in a rare public appearance.  —  Growing the public sector is easy, Bush said, “just raise taxes.”
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:
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Health-care law will add $340 billion to deficit, new study finds
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Dallas Voice:
TX minister: Gays will destroy Democratic Party  —  Denis Dison at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund alerts us to this letter from a Houston minister attacking Lane Lewis, the openly gay former president of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus who's running for Harris County Democratic Party chair.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Obama faces pressure over same-sex marriage
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.
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 …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Clooney Gave So Much To Obama, The Campaign Had To Return Some Of It He accidentally gave $5000 more than the legal limit.  —  Actor George Clooney arrives for the State Dinner in honor of British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House on March 14, 2012.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Lisa Hirsch / ETonline.com:
Exclusive: George Clooney to Host Obama Fundraiser
Discussion: msnbc.com and Weasel Zippers
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 …
Andrew Feinberg / The Hill:
Maryland bans employers from asking for Facebook passwords  —  Maryland on Monday became the first state in the nation to ban employers from requesting access to the social media accounts of employees and job applicants.  —  The state's General Assembly passed legislation that would prohibit employers …
Discussion: US Politics
 
 
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