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John McCain — the man who made Sarah Palin a household name in 2008 — responded to the news Palin’s not running for president via Twitter Wednesday.

“Sarah announces she’s not running for president,” he wrote. “I am confident she’ll continue to play an important role in our Party and for our nation.”

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has joined a Nashville law firm’s government relations, government investigations and white collar defense teams. Gonzales was named the Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law at Belmont University College of Law earlier this week

Sarah Palin has told conservative radio host Mark Levin that she will not run for president in 2012, Levin tweets.

ABC News has obtained a letter from Palin, announcing she won’t run. Here is the letter:

“After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order.

My decision is based upon a review of what common sense Conservatives and Independents have accomplished, especially over the last year. I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office – from the nation’s governors to Congressional seats and the Presidency. We need to continue to actively and aggressively help those who will stop the “fundamental transformation” of our nation and instead seek the restoration of our greatness, our goodness and our constitutional republic based on the rule of law. From the bottom of my heart I thank those who have supported me and defended my record throughout the years, and encouraged me to run for President. Know that by working together we can bring this country back – and as I’ve always said, one doesn’t need a title to help do it.

I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets, including in the race for President where our candidates must embrace immediate action toward energy independence through domestic resource developments of conventional energy sources, along with renewables. We must reduce tax burdens and onerous regulations that kill American industry, and our candidates must always push to minimize government to strengthen the economy and allow the private sector to create jobs.

Those will be our priorities so Americans can be confident that a smaller, smarter government that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people can better serve this most exceptional nation. In the coming weeks I will help coordinate strategies to assist in replacing the President, re-taking the Senate, and maintaining the House. Thank you again for all your support. Let’s unite to restore this country! God bless America.

– Sarah Palin"

President Obama has made ending the Bush tax on incomes above $250,000 a year a top goal of his presidency. Republicans have predictably fought him at every turn, and used misleading statistics to characterize the plan as one that would cripple small businesses -- when in fact only sliver of the impact would fall on truly small businesses.

Wednesday, those Republicans got a big rhetorical assist from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) -- a member of Democratic leadership, who has been a leading advocate for setting the threshold at $1 million in income.

"There are people making 250, 300 [thousand dollars] in many of our states who are not rich; there are small businesses struggling," Schumer told reporters at a Capitol press conference about Obama's jobs bill. "So we prefer the million dollars."

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The acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has announced some major personnel changes in the wake of the “Fast and Furious” controversy.

The chairman of the House subcommittee investigating a federal loan guarantee to the bankrupt solar panel company Solyndra admitted on Wednesday that the White House had delivered documents to committee Republicans in a timely fashion.

On Tuesday Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) had accused the White House of providing the documents the panel was seeking to Democrats on the committee first, and of delaying providing the documents to committee Republicans.

Not so, Stearns now admits.

"It appears that the White House delivered the latest documents to both offices after hours ar nearly 7:00 pm on Friday evening, which caused the confusion," Stearns said in a statement to Politico.

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At a Wednesday Capitol press conference, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) again couldn't confidently predict that President Obama's jobs bill has the support of the entire Democratic caucus -- even after leadership tweaked some of its controversial measures to broaden party support for the plan.

"I don't know what 'unanimity' means," Reid told reporters. "We'll get most all the Democrats."

Unanimity, of course, means all Democrats -- which will be important. If one or two Democrats defect from the bill, Republicans can (and will) say that the opposition to the plan is bipartisan.

There's a chance that he could unite the party, particularly after replacing Obama's proposed tax measures with a simpler five percent surtax on millionaires to pay for the jobs programs.

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The Kindle Fire may be setting the tablet sales charts on, yeah...ok, you get it.

Amazon's new, $199, full-color touchscreen tablet (actually just a RIM PlayBook running an old, heavily-forked version of Google's Android operating system, coupled with Amazon's suite of content and its new, cloud-based Silk browser), has reportedly earned 254,074 Kindle Fire pre-orders in its first week of availability, according to the tech blog Cult of Android.

The blog has screenshots to prove it, reportedly leaked by an Amazon employee who had access to the company's internal inventory management system Alaska (Availability Lookup and SKU Aggregator.)

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In a wide-ranging study surveying US veterans, the Pew Research Center documented the attitudes of service members who were involved in the conflicts associated with the War On Terror over the last ten years and those who served before it.

The study unpacked data on veterans' perception of their missions abroad and their effectiveness, as well as their lives since returning to the US. The overarching perception seems to contain a disconnect between service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and those who served in previous wars: those from the post-9/11 era are more likely to report difficulty in re-entry to civilian life.

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Though the official GOP push to repeal the health care law has slowed since Republicans took power in January, the right flank of the House and Senate haven't quieted down at all. And on Wednesday, several of them gathered outside the Capitol with the anti-reform group "Repeal It Now" in front of a stack of boxes which they claim contained 1,600,000 signed petitions demanding the entire law be repealed.

But though the members are pursuing complete -- not partial -- repeal of the law as soon as possible, they acknowledged they may have to wait until next Congress to make any headway. That's when they might have enough power to use some of the same procedural tools Democrats used to pass the bill.

"Turnabout's fair play," said Rep. Steve King (R-IA).

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