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8:30 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.
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
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
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gov. Haley's advice to GOP presidential hopefuls: Change your message
The Politico:   Why Haley Barbour pulled the plug
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
With gas prices rising, Pawlenty jabs at Obama on energy
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
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
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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