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4:20 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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Paul Clement resigns from law firm over DOMA decision
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Hot Air
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Law firm backs out of defending federal Defense of Marriage Act
Discussion: The Politico and Washington Post
Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
King & Spalding to withdraw from defending DOMA; Clement resigns
Discussion: protein wisdom
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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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
BREAKING: Barbour not running for prez  —  (CNN) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Monday he will not run for president in 2012.  —  “I will not be a candidate for president next year,” Barbour, a Republican, said in a statement.  “This has been a difficult, personal decision …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Haley Barbour bows out of 2012
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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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.
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
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
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court takes a pass on health care
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  —  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 …
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.
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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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 …
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Many still fighting the Civil War...  The Civil War may have come to a close almost 150 years ago but Republicans in three Southern states still aren't sure its outcome was a good thing.  Less than half of GOP voters in Georgia, North Carolina, and Mississippi are glad that the North won the Civil War:
Discussion: Weigel
 
 
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Steve Peoples / Roll Call:
Barbour's Drawl Gets New Hampshire Debut
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Washington Post:
Mass graves in Mexico reveal new levels of savagery
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
WikiLeaks: Leaked files accuse BBC of being part of a ‘possible propaganda media network’
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
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Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
What Does Your Phone Know About You? More Than You Think
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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Los Angeles Times Editorial Refers To Sarah Palin As A ‘Special-Needs Case’
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