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1:30 AM ET, April 26, 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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The Politico:
Why Haley Barbour pulled the plug  —  Haley Barbour had his presidential announcement plan lined up: A May 2 launch, followed by a fly-around to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada and Florida, before winding up in in Jackson on Saturday the 7th for a big home-state fundraising bash.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gov. Haley's advice to GOP presidential hopefuls: Change your message
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Trump claims Obama birth certificate ‘missing’  —  Washington (CNN) - Real estate mogul Donald Trump's latest claim about President Obama's birth certificate is that it's missing.  —  “Well I've been told very recently, Anderson, that the birth certificate is missing,” Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper Monday.
Discussion: The Politico and Hot Air
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Bcook / Fox Nation:
WH Fails to Release Easter Proclamation
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Obama spokesman fires back at Franklin Graham
John / Power Line:
The Left Politicizes the Practice of Law  —  One of the saddest stories in the news today is King & Spalding's withdrawal, after only a week, from its representation of the U.S. House of Representatives in connection with the Defense of Marriage Act.  —  In February, Barack Obama's Department …
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Law Firm Backs Out Of Agreement To Defend DOMA: Vetting Process Was ‘Inadequate’ [UPDATE]
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
DOMA defense in turmoil
Discussion: Lawfare
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Firm defending Defense of Marriage Act withdraws from case
Cameron Joseph / NationalJournal.com:
Ron Paul Launches Presidential Campaign  —  Rep. Ron Paul's long-held advocacy of smaller government and less taxes has made him a tea party hero.  —  Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, whose outspoken libertarian views and folksy style made him a cult hero during two previous presidential campaigns …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Ron Paul says he'll announce 2012 presidential exploratory committee
Discussion: The Politico, Hot Air, CNN, FrumForum and GOP 12
Hadley Freeman / Guardian:
Rachel Maddow: 'I'm definitely not an autocutie'  —  The top US news anchor on why she prefers jokes to anger and why she is proud to be gay  —  It's 10.05pm on a rainy Tuesday night in the MSNBC studio in the now famous New York address, 30 Rock, and Rachel Maddow - one of the highest profile news anchors …
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Boehner: Oil Companies Share Blame for Gas Prices, Open to Cutting Subsidies  —  At a time of skyrocketing gas prices and near-record profits for oil companies, House Speaker John Boehner made a major concession today: Congress should consider cutting multi-billion dollar subsidies to oil companies.
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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
House Speaker John Boehner to President Obama: ‘Come on! Time to Grow Up’ About Deficit and Taxes
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
High court rejects quick review of health care law
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Justice Kagan Does Not Recuse Herself From Court's Decision To Dismiss Health Care Petition
Discussion: Firedoglake
Publius / Big Government:
Union Official, Professor Teach How-to College Course in Violent Union Tactics  —  If you are wondering why some folks are starting to question whether a college education is worth the cost, the video below goes a long way towards explaining it.  Recently, the University of Missouri-St. Louis …
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Publius / Big Government:
How-to College Course on Violent Union Tactics, Part II: Case Studies Edition
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 …
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UnionLeader.com:
John Clayton's In the City: Plenty to do this vacation week
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Allen West: Liberal Women Are ‘Neutering American Men’  —  Last week, Tea Party favorite Rep. Allen West (R-FL) addressed his base at a Women Impacting Nation (WIN) meeting in Boca Raton, FL.  WIN's mission is to “educate and equip women with knowledge of God's truth” and …
Brian / Right Wing Watch:
Robertson: Left Backs Abortion Rights To Make Straight Women More Like Lesbians  —  Pat Robertson has figured out why President Obama supports the funding of Planned Parenthood and believes in a woman's right to choose: because progressives want women to have abortions as a way to achieve equality for lesbians.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Libya hurting Obama...even though many don't know where it is  —  Barack Obama's approval numbers have been hitting record lows in our polls and others of late and one of the things that's really hurting him right now is Libya- even though barely half of voters in the country actually know where it is.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama campaign manager: 2008 model won't be enough to win second term  —  President Obama's campaign manager stressed Monday that Democrats couldn't rely on their 2008 game plan to win a second term for Obama in 2012.  —  Jim Messina, Obama's former deputy chief of staff-turned-campaign manager …
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Bad Education  —  Image: Plans for a new athletic center at Ithaca College.  From msidesign.com.  —  The Project On Student Debt estimates that the average college senior in 2009 graduated with $24,000 in outstanding loans.  Last August, student loans surpassed credit cards …
 
 
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Susan Delacourt / Toronto Star:
Voters filled with dashed hopes, Angus Reid-Star poll suggests
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Spiegel Online:
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