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8:55 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.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Mike Huckabee leads in South Carolina polls
Discussion: 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?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Hill
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
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
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 and Pajamas Media
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
John Boehner: No promises on debt limit vote
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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Bcook / Fox Nation:
WH Fails to Release Easter Proclamation
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Obama spokesman fires back at Franklin Graham
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House smacks Rev. Franklin Graham for ‘birther’ talk
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama campaign manager: 2008 model won't be enough to win second term  —  President Obama's campaign manager stressed Monday that Democrats couldn't rely on their 2008 game plan to win a second term for Obama in 2012.  —  Jim Messina, Obama's former deputy chief of staff-turned-campaign manager …
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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Bad Education  —  Image: Plans for a new athletic center at Ithaca College.  From msidesign.com.  —  The Project On Student Debt estimates that the average college senior in 2009 graduated with $24,000 in outstanding loans.  Last August, student loans surpassed credit cards …
 
 
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Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
What's Left of the Left  —  Paul Krugman's lonely crusade.
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The Death of the ‘Defined Benefit’
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Gas Pump Activism
Discussion: Wizbang
Susan Delacourt / Toronto Star:
Voters filled with dashed hopes, Angus Reid-Star poll suggests
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Spiegel Online:
Rise of Populist Parties Pushes Europe to the Right
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Palestinians in Shooting Spree U.S.-Trained
Discussion: YID With LID
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Justice Kagan Does Not Recuse Herself From Court's Decision To Dismiss Health Care Petition
Discussion: American Spectator and Firedoglake
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Appeals court set to hear Obama ‘birther’ case May 2
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’