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Stevens To Retire From SCOTUS While Obama Is President Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has declared that he will retire during President Obama's time in office. "I will surely do it while he's still president," said Stevens. He also said: "I can tell you that I love the job, and deciding whether to leave it is a very difficult decision. But I want to make it in a way that's best for the court."

Specter: Stevens Should Wait Until Next Year To Retire Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) hoped that Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens would wait until next year to retire, when Specter thinks there could be a less toxic political environment. "I think the gridlock in the Senate might well produce a filibuster, which would tie up the Senate on a Supreme Court nominee," Specter said. "I think if a year passes there's a much better chance we can come to a consensus."

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Obama Recognizes Passover And Easter In this weekend's YouTube address, President Obama recognized the Passover and Easter season, with a call for all people to recognize what they have in common.

"And while we worship in different ways, we also remember the shared spirit of humanity that inhabits us all - Jews and Christians, Muslims and Hindus, believers and nonbelievers alike," said Obama. "Amid the storm of public debate, with our 24/7 media cycle, in a town like Washington that's consumed with the day-to-day, it can sometimes be easy to lose sight of the eternal. So, on this Easter weekend, let us hold fast to those aspirations we hold in common as brothers and sisters, as members of the same family - the family of man."

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Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) does not support a push to fully legalize marijuana in California, an initiative she will share the ballot with this fall. As we reported earlier, California voters will decide whether to legalize -- and tax -- marijuana. The state already allows for medicinal marijuana use.

I asked Boxer's campaign her position. Campaign manager Rose Kapolczynski issued a statement detailing the senator's stance on the measure, which qualified for the ballot last week.

Senator Boxer does not support this initiative because she shares the concerns of police chiefs, sheriffs and other law enforcement officials that this measure could lead to an increase in crime, vehicle accidents and higher costs for local law enforcement agencies," Kapolczynski said. "She supports current law in California, which allows for the use of medicinal marijuana with a doctor's prescription."

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Marco Rubio's campaign has announced that he'll be welcoming a special guest to Florida to campaign with him: Ex-New York City Mayor and former presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, who will join Rubio in Miami on Monday.

This race has some interesting history that might possibly appeal to Rudy, involving Rubio's opponent in the Republican primary for Senate, Gov. Charlie Crist. According to the Mark Halperin/John Heilemann book Game Change, Giuliani ended up banking his whole campaign on winning Crist's endorsement in the Florida primary, and the two camps had engaged in very close negotiations.

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President Obama spoke today in Charlotte, N.C., about jobs and the economy. The White House Press Office released the following transcript of his remarks:

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, guys. Hello, everybody! Hello! Good to see you. Everybody, please have a seat. Have a seat.

Well, thank you so much for the warm welcome. To Bob, thank you very much for the terrific introduction. I want to thank Bryan Moorehead for the great tour, and Mitchell Pulwer for trying to explain to me what was going on here. (Laughter.)

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Here are the line-ups for the Sunday talk shows this weekend:

• ABC, This Week: National Economic Council Director Larry Summers, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.

• CBS, Face The Nation: CBS News Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes, CBS News Chief Legal Correspondent Jan Crawford, Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson, CBS News Justice Correspondent Bob Orr, New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger.

• CNN, State Of The Union: National Economic Council Director Larry Summers, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren.

• Fox News Sunday: Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-AZ).

• NBC, Meet The Press: White House Council of Economic Advisers Chair Christina Romer, former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT).

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