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April 3rd, 2012
11:44 PM ET

Who was shooter's intended target?

Police say the suspected gunman in the shooting rampage at Oikos University was on the hunt for a female administrator at the school.  When One L. Goh, 43, couldn't locate his target, he went after others at the small college.

Oakland, California Police Chief Howard Jordan said, "This was a calculated, cold-blooded execution in the classroom." After shooting a receptionist in front of students, Goh demanded they lineup so he could kill them. The attack left seven dead and three wounded.

Goh allegedly fled the scene in a victim's car as police searched the school. He surrendered to authorities at a supermarket after telling the security guard he needed to speak with police. Police Chief Jordan told CNN's Dan Simon that Goh does not appear remorseful about the killings.

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April 3rd, 2012
11:42 PM ET

Mother, sons hide in tub during tornado

Standing in front of the debris and single remaining wall that used to be her family's home,  Nicole Lawrence tells CNN's Ed Lavandera, "It's only by God's grace that I'm here." The one section of the house that didn't lose its ceiling is the bathroom where Lawrence and her two sons sought safety as the tornado passed through Lancaster, Texas.

Minutes after the three climbed into the bathtub, the storm hit. "It was like a freight train. It was very, very loud," said Lawrence. The two teens protectively covered their mom during the worst of it.

The other houses in the neighborhood were damaged, but none demolished as severely as hers. A neighbor helped locate a pair of shoes amid the wreckage and carried Lawrence outside. When her husband arrived, they smelled gas and immediately left the area, heading for North Arlington.

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April 3rd, 2012
11:35 PM ET

Romney wins three to widen Santorum gap

After winning all three primaries on Tuesday night, Mitt Romney looks to Pennsylvania for what could be a decisive blow.

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April 3rd, 2012
11:10 PM ET

Pawlenty: Santorum 'lashing out'

After Mitt Romney won all three primary contests on Tuesday, former Minnesota governor and Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said, "This race for the nomination, as a practical matter, is over."

He told CNN's Wolf Blitzer he hopes Rick Santorum leaves the race now to help unify the party. "You can clearly see that Mitt Romney's on the trajectory to be the Republican nominee. There's no question about that," said Pawlenty when asked what he thought about Santorum's plan to continue campaigning.

When Blitzer questioned him about the possibility of being Romney's running mate, Pawlenty responded, "I've taken my name off the list. I've been down that road before."

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April 3rd, 2012
09:55 PM ET

Why Maryland chose Mitt Romney

CNN's Tom Foreman takes to the magic wall to break down the top issues for Maryland voters in Tuesday's primary.

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April 3rd, 2012
09:53 PM ET

Obama looking ahead to Romney face-off?

After criticizing Mitt Romney by name in a speech for the first time, is President Obama preparing for a one-on-one race? Wolf Blitzer speaks with Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter.

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April 3rd, 2012
09:50 PM ET

Dallas mayor: 'We dodged a big bullet'

Mayor Mike Rawlings says the damage is extensive, but they're lucky that no one in the area died during the tornadoes.

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April 3rd, 2012
09:50 PM ET

Santorum looking ahead to PA primary

Rick Santorum's spokeswoman says regardless of losing Tuesday's primaries, they're planning ahead for Pennsylvania.

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April 3rd, 2012
09:49 PM ET

Texas resident records twister from roof

As a tornado touches down in Lancaster, Texas, Vincent Tang films it from his roof.

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April 3rd, 2012
09:01 PM ET

Letters to the President #1170: 'Darwin strikes'

Reporter's Note: President Obama is increasingly going after Republicans as the presidential race heats up. I, on the other hand, continue sending letters to the White House at my same pace.

Dear Mr. President,

I have been reading a bit about your latest attack on the Republican budget as “social Darwinism.” Well, I can tell you a thing or two about that based on my dating days. Yes, considering how much trouble I had getting dates, I can only plead that I must have been a victim of natural selection. Ha!

Still, it is an interesting way to couch your opposition to someone else’s budget plan. It creates an image of a mad political scientist creating a Frankenstein-budget to unleash upon the land. Mind you, I’m not saying that is necessarily true or fair as criticisms go, but that is the impression.

Demonizing one’s opponents is not only a time honored political tradition in this country, it is also one that seems to be growing in popularity. Hardly an idea can be dropped into the hopper without someone from the opposing side playing “Tubular Bells” on a concertina and declaring that Beelzebub is among us. (Sorry for that old Exorcist reference, but it seems appropriate.)

Accordingly, it is hard to blame anyone for going that route these days. After all, almost everyone who launches an attack can say to critics, “Hey, the other guys started it!”

Still, I kind of miss times when lawmakers…and presidents…were at least a little more inclined to make their critiques less dire. You know, when they used to say things like, “I have great respect for the opposing parties and certainly for the authors of this idea, but I disagree with their ideas. I fear they will lead our country in a direction that will not best serve the interests of all, but instead may serve too much the desires of the few.”

But that’s me. I’ve been wrong about plenty of things before and I certainly could be wrong about this as well.

Anyway, I’m busy covering the primary voting in DC, Maryland, and Wisconsin, so I can’t write much. Delegate Darwinism as at work, and I have to keep an eye on it. Ha!

Regards,
Tom

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