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3:25 PM ET, April 25, 2011

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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.
Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
King & Spalding to withdraw from defending DOMA; Clement resigns
Discussion: protein wisdom
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Paul Clement resigns from law firm over DOMA decision
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Hot Air
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 …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   How The Deal Led Us To Norquist's Victory On The Deficit
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  —  WASHINGTON — A trove of more than 700 classified military documents provides new and detailed accounts of the men who have done time at the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba, and offers new insight into the evidence against the 172 men still locked up there.
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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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court takes a pass on health care
First Read / msnbc.com:
Supreme Court won't fast track Va. challenge to health law
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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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Coburn takes on Norquist
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
COBURN, NORQUIST, AND THE GANG OF SIX.... We don't know what they've come …
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
Discussion: FrumForum
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: msnbc.com
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UnionLeader.com:
John Clayton's In the City: Plenty to do this vacation week
Discussion: Washington Wire, Fox News and GOP 12
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
BITTER PILLS  —  Multitrillion-dollar piles of debt have a way of making people nervous, so it's not really surprising that Washington is now in the throes of budget-cutting hysteria.  Republicans risked a government shutdown over a few billion dollars in spending cuts …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A Case for Hell  —  Here's a revealing snapshot of religion in America.  On Easter Sunday, two of the top three books on Amazon.com's Religion and Spirituality best-seller list mapped the geography of the afterlife.  One was “Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
The anti-Palin crusaders  —  She is a promiscuous, petty and unintelligent, yet deviously conniving warmonger intent on capturing the Oval Office and, from there, the world.  —  Those are just some of the opinions about Sarah Palin held by members of a small, but extremely active network of gadflies …
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
NBC Allows Trump To Begin Campaigning On ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’  —  While bathing in the media limelight, real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump is still playing coy over whether he fully intends to run for president.  Any announcement will necessarily come after the completion of his show …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
What Does Your Phone Know About You?  More Than You Think  —  Figuring that I've got nothing to hide or steal, I'd always privileged convenience over any privacy and security protocols.  Not anymore.  —  I plugged my phone into my computer and opened an application called Lantern …
Discussion: Law Librarian Blog and Gizmodo
 
 
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Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
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