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9:15 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  —  Iowa likes Haley Barbour, who's set to announce his 2012 plans.  In the huge GOP field, don't bet against him.  —  Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour in Jackson, Mississippi on August 27, 2009.  —  Haley Barbour lugs more than his share of baggage into the Republican presidential arena.
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:
Rep. Ron Paul to announce 2012 presidential exploratory committee  —  Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R) will announce he is forming a presidential exploratory committee on Tuesday in Iowa, according to a source close to the congressman.  —  The two-time presidential candidate is scheduled …
Discussion: CNN, The Politico, Hot Air and GOP 12
David Weigel / Slate:
Ron Paul Will Launch Presidential Exploratory Committee Tomorrow
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gov. Haley's advice to GOP presidential hopefuls: Change your message
The Politico:   Why Haley Barbour pulled the plug
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
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Firm defending Defense of Marriage Act withdraws from case
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 …
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Obama spokesman fires back at Franklin Graham
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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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Justice Kagan Does Not Recuse Herself From Court's Decision To Dismiss Health Care Petition
Discussion: Washington Post and Firedoglake
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
BITTER PILLS  —  Multitrillion-dollar piles of debt …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Let's Take a Hike  —  When I listen to current discussions …
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
Discussion: Fox News, Washington Wire and Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Donald Trump Responds to Robert De Niro's Criticisms: 'He's Not the Brightest Bulb'  —  Donald Trump slammed Robert De Niro Monday, following the Oscar-winner's criticisms of him this weekend, telling Fox News that the actor is “not the brightest bulb on the planet.”
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Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
NBC Allows Trump To Begin Campaigning On ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Trump claims Obama birth certificate ‘missing’
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
WikiLeaks: Leaked files accuse BBC of being part of a ‘possible propaganda media network’  —  The BBC is accused of being part of a “possible propaganda media network” for Al Qaeda, according to the leaked US files on the Guantanamo detainees.  —  Analysis by The Daily Telegraph suggests …
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.
Illinois Review:
Trump donated $50,000 to Rahm Emanuel's mayoral bid  —  CHICAGO — Real estate billionaire Donald Trump gave Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel $50,000 in December 2010, just months before hinting to the media he is seriously contemplating a bid to be the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee.
Discussion: Salon and Swampland
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.
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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John Aloysius Farrell / iWatch News:
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Brian Bailey / Pew Global Attitudes Project:
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Whipping The Debt Ceiling Vote
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Appeals court set to hear Obama ‘birther’ case May 2
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