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5:20 PM ET, April 25, 2011

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Governor Haley Barbour:
STATEMENT OF GOV. BARBOUR  —  “I will not be a candidate for president next year.  This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided.  —  “Hundreds of people have encouraged me to run …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Haley Barbour bows out of 2012  —  Haley Barbour said Monday that he won't run for president in 2012, removing a fundraising powerhouse with establishment clout from the Republican primary field.  —  “This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family …
Charles Ommanney / Newsweek:
‘Fat Redneck’ for President
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Barbour will not seek GOP nomination
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Clement firm drops DOMA case  —  In a real victory for supporters of same-sex marriage — and marking what seems like real marginalization for its foes — a major law firm has reversed course and will refuse to represent the House of Representatives in defending the Defense of Marriage Act.
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Law Firm Backs Out Of Agreement To Defend DOMA: Vetting Process Was ‘Inadequate’ [UPDATE] … Eric Holder Attorney General , Gay Marriage , Defense Of Marriage Act , Boehner Defense Of Marriage Act , Doma , King And Spalding , King And Spalding Defense Of Marriage Act , Marriage Equality , Politics News
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Clement quits firm over Defense of Marriage Act flap  —  Former Solicitor General Paul Clement resigned Monday from his law firm, King & Spalding, over the firm's abrupt and belated decision to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act on behalf of the House of Representatives.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Paul Clement resigns from law firm over DOMA decision
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
WikiLeaks discloses new details on whereabouts of al-Qaeda leaders on 9/11  —  On Sept. 11, 2001, the core of al-Qaeda was concentrated in a single city: Karachi, Pakistan.  —  At a hospital, the accused mastermind of the bombing of the USS Cole was recovering from a tonsillectomy.
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New York Times:
Classified Files Offer New Insights Into Detainees
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems seek leverage by forcing GOP split on Ryan's budget plan  —  Senate Democratic aides expect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to force Senate Republicans to vote on the Paul Ryan budget plan.  —  Reid hasn't made a formal decision yet, and won't until he returns from an overseas trip.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Let's Take a Hike  —  When I listen to current discussions of the federal budget, the message I hear sounds like this: We're in crisis!  We must take drastic action immediately!  And we must keep taxes low, if not actually cut them further!  —  You have to wonder: If things are that serious …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   THE PLAN TO PUT THE SENATE GOP ON THE SPOT.... When congressional …
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
High court rejects quick review of health care law  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court rejected a call Monday from Virginia's attorney general to depart from its usual practice and put review of the health care law on a fast track.  Instead, judicial review of President Barack Obama's signature legislation …
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Appeals court set to hear Obama ‘birther’ case May 2  —  A federal appeals court will hear arguments next week about whether Barack Obama was born in the United States and is ineligible to serve as president.  —  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California will hear arguments on May 2 in the case of Wiley Drake v. Barack Obama.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Justice Kagan Does Not Recuse Herself From Court's Decision To Dismiss Health Care Petition
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Post
Bcook / Fox Nation:
WH Fails to Release Easter Proclamation  —  President Obama failed to release a statement or a proclamation recognizing the national observance of Easter Sunday, Christianity's most sacred holiday.  —  By comparison, the White House has released statements recognizing the observance …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House smacks Rev. Franklin Graham for ‘birther’ talk  —  The White House slammed influential evangelical leader the Rev. Franklin Graham on Monday for questioning President Obama's birthplace.  —  Graham, a son of the Rev. Billy Graham who has served as a spiritual adviser …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Norquist: Coburn ‘lied his way’ into office  —  Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, just emailed a response to Oklahoma GOP Sen. Tom Coburn's claim that his group is a narrow “special interest” that doesn't represent American conservatives.  And it's memorable.
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Publius / Big Government:
How-to College Course on Violent Union Tactics, Part II: Case Studies Edition  —  Earlier today, Big Government brought you video footage of a disturbing college course from University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) and University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Sensible Conservative Alternative To The Affordable Care Act Is The Affordable Care Act  —  Ramesh Ponnuru and Yuval Levin have a thoughtful New York Times op-ed about the desperate need for conservatives to come up with a substantial alternative on health insurance reform.
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James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
BITTER PILLS  —  Multitrillion-dollar piles of debt …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gov. Haley's advice to GOP presidential hopefuls: Change your message  —  South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) said Monday she is not satisfied with the message that the crop of GOP presidential hopefuls has brought to her state.  —  Haley — a rising star in the party and governor …
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Robert Costa / National Review:
Haley Pressures Obama, '12 Field on NLRB
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DEFINE ‘PEACETIME’.... Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R), back on the presidential campaign trail, isn't sitting down for a lot of media interviews — but he loves writing op-eds.  Romney's latest ran in New Hampshire's largest paper this morning. … The nonsense-per-sentence ratio is awfully high here …
New York Post:
Heaven can wait  —  Don't call him Father Jim just yet.  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey — who shocked the nation in 2004 when he announced he was a “gay American” and stepped down from office — has been denied his bid to join the priesthood of the Episcopal Church, The Post has learned.
Brett Arends / MarketWatch:
IMF bombshell: Age of America nears end  —  Commentary: China's economy will surpass the U.S. in 2016  — Front Page - News Viewer - Commentary - Markets - Investing - Personal Finance - Community - Games  —  BOSTON (MarketWatch) — The International Monetary Fund has just dropped a bombshell, and nobody noticed.
 
 
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Dan Friedman / Hotline On Call:
Whipping The Debt Ceiling Vote
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Wendy Kaminer / The Atlantic Online:
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
With gas prices rising, Pawlenty jabs at Obama on energy
Discussion: The Hill and FrumForum
Steve Peoples / Roll Call:
Barbour's Drawl Gets New Hampshire Debut
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and msnbc.com
Washington Post:
Mass graves in Mexico reveal new levels of savagery
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Many still fighting the Civil War...
Discussion: Weigel
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
WikiLeaks: Leaked files accuse BBC of being part of a ‘possible propaganda media network’
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Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
NBC Allows Trump To Begin Campaigning On ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’
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Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Los Angeles Times Editorial Refers To Sarah Palin As A ‘Special-Needs Case’
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Second computer worm ‘hits Iran’
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