Stories You Should Know (4/16/10)

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
President Obama late Thursday ordered most hospitals in the country to grant the same visitation rights to gay and lesbian partners that they do to married heterosexual couples.

Miami Herald (Miami, FL)
Gov. Charlie Crist on Thursday killed the teacher’s bill that prompted sickouts, sit-ins, street protests and a flood of opposition throughout the state as Republican lawmakers vowed to try again next year — if not sooner. The bill would have linked teacher pay to student test scores and eliminate tenure for all new hires.

New York Times (New York, NY)
Democrats for years have vowed to let the Bush administration’s tax cuts for the wealthiest taxpayers expire as scheduled after this year, but election-year politics and the economy’s fragility could complicate matters in Congress.

CBS News (USA)
Former Governor Tommy Thompson announced at a Tea Party rally today that he will not run for Senate in Wisconsin.

Politico (Washington, DC)
The Democratic National Committee will contribute more than $50 million in cash and services for November’s midterm elections, a top Democratic official tells POLITICO.

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