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It's been a busy few weeks for Sharia-fearing Americans. Tennessee recently introduced a bill that would ban the practice of Sharia - and perhaps by extension, the practice of Islam itself. Elsewhere, anti-Sharia groups battled for supremacy outside the White House, and Missouri filed legislation to outlaw the use of Sharia law in its courts. Now, it appears Alabama is getting into the game.

State Sen. Gerald Allen (R ) has introduced a constitutional amendment, SB 62, that would forbid the use of Islamic law in the state's courts.

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In an amusing footnote to the Wisconsin protests, a Walker administration official is now backing away from another official's dire warning that millions and millions of dollars in damage had been done to the Capitol over weeks of protests. Furthermore, it appears that no professional estimate has actually been done.

On Thursday, as part of the litigation over the state's attempts to restrict public access to the Capitol, the Department of Administration's legal counsel claimed that repairing the damage done to the building -- mainly from adhesive tape used to affix posters to the marble walls -- would add up to $7.5 million. However, it was not clear how these estimates were made.

On Thursday night, Dane County Judge John Albert ruled that the daytime restrictions on Capitol access must be lifted, while also ordering protesters to leave when the building closes at night. And now, the state's facilities administrator -- a former moderate Dem state senator who joined the Walker administration -- is backing away from those high cost estimates.

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It's often been said that Mitt Romney has a talent for remaking himself in the image of whatever electorate he's hoping to impress. When the goal was the governor's office in Massachusetts in 2002, Romney was pro-choice. When the goal became the Republican presidential nomination, Romney was pro-life.

Romney's ability to change his political stripes to suit the situation has been a key to his success. There's little doubt that he got as close to the nomination in 2008 as he did because he was able to convince a broad swath of conservative voters he was one of them. But according to one of the men who helped him make his case back then -- asked by National Journal to muse on Romney's next presidential bid -- Romney lost something important when he shifted to meet the conservative base head on: his credibility.

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Wisconsin state Representative Nick Milroy (D), the lawmaker who was tackled last night while trying to enter the Capitol building in Madison, said in a statement Friday that both he and the law enforcement officers involved in the incident had acted aggressively, but that "no harm was done." He did, however, have some harsh words for what he calls the "armed-palace environment created by Gov. Walker."

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to strip public employee unions of most of their collective bargaining rights appears to be so unpopular, that a Rasmussen poll now finds that almost 60% of likely Wisconsin voters disapprove of his job performance.

That finding shows just how quickly Walker -- who was elected to his first term last November with 52% of the vote -- has sunk just in his first two months in office. And it comes one day after Rasmussen released results from the same poll, all of which showed public opinion firmly on the side of the unions in the labor rights battle that has deadlocked the state capitol for the past few weeks.

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Continuing in the great tradition begun by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor several weeks ago, House Speaker John Boehner claimed credit today for Friday's positive employment news...with a twist!

"The improvement seen in this report is a credit to the hard work of the American people and their success in stopping the tax hikes that were due to hit our economy on January 1," Boehner says in a statement. "Removing the uncertainty caused by those looming tax hikes provided much-needed relief for private-sector job creators in America."

This is a safer play for a couple reasons. Last time around Republicans took some heat for claiming all the credit for the positive numbers. And then things got a little bit uncomfortable a couple weeks later, when last months jobs numbers weren't very strong.

Giving voters all the credit for good news, and Democrats all the blame for bad news means there's no Republican fingerprints if the numbers turn around again.

Jon Huntsman for President? Don't make former New Hampshire governor, and recent state Republican party chair John Sununu laugh.

"Huntsman won't play well here. Huntsman won't play well anywhere, because Huntsman's only barely a Republican," Sununu told Real Clear Politics' Erin McPike this week.

Sununu piled on the former governor of Utah, who's expected to ramp up a presidential bid after he resigns as President Obama's ambassador to China this spring.

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The standoff over public access to the Wisconsin state Capitol appears to have come to a resolution, after a judge ruled Thursday night that the building could not be locked down during the day as the government had attempted to do -- but that protesters also have to clear out in the off-hours.

As the Wisconsin State Journal reports, Judge John Albert ruled Thursday night that the government "closed the Capitol impermissibly" when it restricted access to the building. He ordered that the limits be lifted by no later than 8 a.m. Monday. The judge, however, did order the removal of protesters when the building is closed: "If the building is closed, there's no one to listen to a demonstration."

In addition, Albert dismissed the state's contention that protesters were disrupting the Capitol and necessitating the restrictions. "Demonstrator is not a word that should be used in a vein of disrespect," said Albert, also adding: "These people were exercising an important right."

It appears that the judge has attempted to restore the status quo that existed up until two weeks ago -- before Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal and its anti-public employee union proposals triggered massive protests and a political crisis in the state.

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After being shot down earlier this week, the Arizona State Senate revived and successfully passed a bill that would create a mechanism for the state to nullify federal laws.

As TPM has reported, Senate Bill 1433 would create a 12-person "Joint Legislative Committee on Nullification of Federal Laws," which would "recommend, propose and call for a vote by simple majority to nullify in its entirety a specific federal law or regulation that is outside the scope of the powers delegated by the People to the federal government in the United States Constitution."

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Stephen Colbert was stunned on Thursday night to see that, somehow, Fox News beat him to the news that Fox was suspending two contributors who had signaled their intent to run for president next year.

Once the shock wore off and realization set in, Colbert then worried how the loss of Fox contributors Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum would impact the network's coverage going forward.

"With these two off the air, how will I ever know how conservatives feel about taxes?"

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