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No doubt, President Barack Obama's use of signing statements -- most recently to disregard a provision of the 2011 spending bill which defunded four of his so-called "czars" -- goes against statements he made during the 2008 campaign.

But when Bush administration alumni start faulting Obama for using signing statements, it gets a bit tough to let that criticism fly by.

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The White House is disputing any notion that President Obama broke a campaign promise by using a signing statement to ignore Congress' attempt to defund the positions of four so-called administration czars.

The President in the early evening on Friday -- a time notorious for news dumps -- raised reporters' and his critics hackles by adding a signing statement to the resolution that funds the federal government through September and avoids a government shutdown. The signing statement suggests Obama would ignore some parts of the deal, including language defunding the czars overseeing healthcare, climate change, the auto industry and urban affairs. Republicans have long lambasted Obama's use of czars, senior presidential advisers on major issues who do not require Senate confirmation.

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Former Bush-era Solicitor General Paul Clement will defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on behalf of Congress, House Speaker John Boehner announced Monday.

Boehner's appointment followed Attorney General Eric Holder's decision that the Obama Justice Department would not defend DOMA, a 1996 law which defines marriage as a legal union only between one man and one woman.

The Republican's appointment quickly drew praise from the anti-gay marriage camp and ire from marriage equality supporters. In dueling press releases, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) praised Clement as a "legal eagle on this case who actually wants to win in court," while the Human Rights Campaign called Clement "a high priced attorney" who Boehner hired "to deny federal recognition to loving, married couples."

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1||To coincide with tax day, Tea Party supporters from around the country held rallies over the weekend that featured some big name GOPers -- including a few presidential aspirants.



At a rally in Boca Raton, Florida, Donald Trump delivered his catch phrase to President Obama, saying "You're fired." ||p77/p77/ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

2||In Boston, Tim Pawlenty told the crowd that they needed to tell the government, "Don't tread on me." || Jon Terbush/TPM&&

3||Several attendees at the Boston rally dressed in Revolutionary era outfits. ||Jon Terbush/ TPM&&

4||A sign held at the tax day rally in Boston. ||Jon Terbush/ TPM&&

5||Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum addressed a rally in Concord, New Hampshire on Friday. ||BRIAN SNYDER/RTR/Newscom&&

6||In Boston, a woman wore a fat suit to illustrate her belief that the government is too big. ||Jon Terbush/TPM&&

7||The rally in Boston got off to a rocky start when counter demonstrators gathered in front of the podium, chanting slogans critical of the Tea Party and drowning out the event's speakers. ||Jon Terbush/TPM&&

8||Tea Party supporters and critics exchanged heated words in Boston, though the altercations stopped short of any physical violence. ||Jon Terbush/TPM&&

9|| Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the controversial Arizona lawman known for his tough rhetoric about illegal immigration, addressed a rally in Phoenix, Arizona. ||k94/k94/ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

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13||Rep Allen West (R-FL), who was elected to his first term last year thanks to strong Tea Party support, addressed the rally in Boca Raton, Florida. ||p77/p77/ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

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16||In addition to keynoting a rally in Boston on Friday, Tim Pawlenty also spoke at a rally in Concord, New Hampshire the same day. ||Christopher Fitzgerald/Chris Fitzgerald / Candidate Photos / New/Newscom&&

17||A man in Boca Raton wore a creative piece of headgear showing his support for Donald Trump, who spoke at the Tea Party rally there. ||p77/p77/ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser held a press conference at the state Capitol on Monday, in which he declared victory in his reelection race -- and at which his campaign advisers said they would object to any recount that might be requested by Prosser's opponent, Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg.

During the press conference, Prosser touted his narrow win -- by a margin of 7,316 votes, or 0.488% out of almost 1.5 million -- as a vote of a confidence in him by the voters, against a late campaign by opponents of Gov. Scott Walker to turn the election into a referendum on Walker's policies.

"Voters want candidates for the Supreme Court to make an honest case for themselves, a positive case, based on experience, performance, judicial philosophy and independence," said Prosser. "This was a decisive election about judicial independence. The people realized that judges should be much more than partisan politicians who wear black robes. Judges should be impartial in theory and in fact. They should faithfully apply the law without fear, and without favor."

Also during his remarks, Prosser thanked all his supporters, and all the voters he met who are committed to improving the state, "and to the advancement of conservative values as the way to address and ameliorate our many problems."

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President Obama's team of economic advisers is downplaying Standard & Poor's negative outlook release Monday on the U.S. AAA credit rating, arguing that it's more pessimistic about Washington's ability to reduce the nation's $14 trillion debt than it should be.

White House spokesman Jay Carney pointed out in a briefing with reporters that Moody's, one of S&P's competitors -- gives the U.S. a "credit positive" rating

"We think the prospects are better -- that the political process will outperform S&P's expectations," Carney told reporters Monday.

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The president famous for his BlackBerry adoration is apparently not impressed with the Oval Office's landlines. In an unscripted moment caught on tape by CBS, President Barack Obama last week asked of his White House: where are the "cool phones"?

"You know the Oval Office always thought I was going to have like real cool phones and stuff," Obama said at a fundraiser in Chicago last week. "You know, we can't get our phones to work!  I'm like 'come on guys, I'm the President of the United States.'  Where's the fancy buttons and stuff, and the big screen comes up? It doesn't happen."

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Sharia-haters, take heart! In case the state bills outlawing Sharia law popping up around the country don't prove enough to prevent the Islamic takeover of America, Chuck Norris stands ready to defend the country, promising to deliver a roundhouse kick to "radical Islamists" who would "use the freedoms in our Constitution to expand the influence of Shariah law."

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