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7:30 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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Barbour will not seek GOP nomination
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.
Reuters:
Clement breaks with King & Spalding over Marriage Act
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Paul Clement resigns from law firm over DOMA decision
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
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
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
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   THE PLAN TO PUT THE SENATE GOP ON THE SPOT.... When congressional …
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
With gas prices rising, Pawlenty jabs at Obama on energy
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
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Paul to make announcement Tuesday
Discussion: Hot Air, The Politico and GOP 12
Robert Costa / National Review:
Haley Pressures Obama, '12 Field on NLRB
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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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