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9:25 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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Mike Huckabee leads in South Carolina polls
Discussion: Cubachi, The Hill, The Page and CNN
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.
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Donald Trump: How did Barack Obama get into Ivies?  —  ‘How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?’  Trump asked.  AP Photo  —  Donald Trump is upping the ante against President Barack Obama's legitimacy, raising questions on Monday night about how the president was admitted to two Ivy League schools.
Discussion: The Page
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: What kind of president would Donald Trump make?
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
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 to announce 2012 committee
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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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Law Firm Won't Defend Marriage Act  —  WASHINGTON — The law firm hired by Republicans in the House of Representatives to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act withdrew Monday amid pressure from gay-rights groups.  The decision prompted the resignation of a prominent partner …
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Firm defending Defense of Marriage Act withdraws from case
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 …
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 …
David Corn / Mother Jones:
White House to Franklin Graham: You're “Preposterous”  —  After the evangelist (and son of legendary Billy Graham) played the birther card on ABC, Jay Carney curtly notes that he abused Easter Sunday.  —  Post Comment  —  The day after Easter, the Obama White House took a shot …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Obama spokesman fires back at Franklin Graham
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
House Republicans question Google, Apple on consumer privacy  —  House Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee raised concerns about consumer privacy policies at major technology companies in the aftermath of reports that smart phones collect, store, and sometimes even transmit data about users' whereabouts.
New York Times:
Public Pensions, Once Off Limits, Face Budget Cuts  —  When an arbitrator ruled this month that Detroit could reduce the pensions being earned by its police sergeants and lieutenants, it put the struggling city at the forefront of a growing national debate over whether the pensions of current public workers can or should be reduced.
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Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:   The Death of the ‘Defined Benefit’
Telegraph:
WikiLeaks: Guantánamo Bay terrorists radicalised in London to attack Western targets  —  At least 35 terrorists incarcerated at Guantánamo Bay were sent to fight against the West after being indoctrinated by extremist preachers in Britain, secret files obtained by The Daily Telegraph disclose.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
DCCC chairman: Targeting Republicans on Ryan plan will win back seniors and independents  —  House Democrats' campaign chief said the targeting of Republicans who voted for the Paul Ryan budget plan will help his party win back two key constituencies it lost in 2010: seniors and independents.
Discussion: Ballot Box and JammieWearingFool
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Messina: Obama 2012 will be run as ‘an insurgent campaign’ — Barbour feared race about race that GOP couldn't win - Boehner to Obama: ‘Grow up’ — Marc Short joins Team Koch - Rob Collins free agent  —  Good Tuesday morning.  Mississippi Gov. HALEY BARBOUR's decision not to seek …
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.
Holly Watt / Telegraph:
Wikileaks: British aid budget funded key aide to al-Qaeda  —  An Afghan politician identified as a key aide to al-Qaeda terrorists was funded by the British aid budget, according to documents released by WikiLeaks.  —  Mullan Haji Rohullah, who was subsequently transported to Guantánamo …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney: Unemployment will get Obama ‘tossed from ofice’  —  If voters toss President Obama from office in 2012, it will be due to high unemployment, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) said Monday night.  —  Romney, one of the top contenders for the Republican presidential nomination …
Discussion: CNN and Fox News
Wall Street Journal:
Financiers Switch to GOP  —  Hedge-Fund Titans Who Backed Democrats Open Their Wallets for Republicans  —  Hedge-fund managers made a big bet on Barack Obama and other Democrats in 2008.  Now, with the 2012 contest gearing up, some prominent fund managers have turned their backs on the party and are actively supporting Republicans.
Cristina Rendon / KRGV-TV:
Improvised Explosive Device Discovered On An Overpass In Brownsville  —  BROWNSVILLE - Police say a passerby on the southbound side of Highway 77 noticed what looked like a grenade near the FM 1732 overpass and alerted authorities around 5 p.m. Sunday.  —  The improvised explosive device …
 
 
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Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Joint Chiefs Staffers Issue Paper Saying America Has Overreacted To Islamic Extremism
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Levi Johnston Tell-All To Have ‘Good Stuff’ About Sarah Palin
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Susan Delacourt / Toronto Star:
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Rise of Populist Parties Pushes Europe to the Right
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama campaign manager: 2008 model won't be enough to win second term