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Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL) won’t seek reelection.

A Costello spokesman tells The Hill the congressman will release a statement later on Tuesday.

According to a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Management Foundation, constituents are sending Congress more mail than ever; between 200 and 1,000 percent more letters than ten years ago. One Senate office even reported an increase of 1,422%.

The influx of correspondence has caused offices to spend more time on crafting and sending responses. A majority of staff said they spend more time on constituent communications than they did two years ago.

CMF found that the sheer amount of correspondence is overwhelming offices, who haven’t increased in size since 1979. “While responding to constituent communications is a high priority for congressional offices, a sizable number of offices are unable to respond to constituent emails with pre-existing responses in less than a week.” For uncanned responses, it can take more than three weeks for a congressional office to respond.

Hank Williams Jr. — who on Monday compared President Obama to Hitler — says his comments were just “misunderstood.” After the singer was suspended from his Monday Night Football slot at ESPN, he issued the following statement:

“Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme—but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me—how ludicrous that pairing was. They’re polar opposites and it made no sense. They don’t see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the president.”

Last Wednesday evening, Hispanic immigrants began an exodus from Alabama following a judge’s decision to uphold most provisions of the state’s far-reaching immigration law.

The law allows state and local police to ask for immigration papers during routine traffic stops and requires schools to ascertain the immigration status of children at registration time.

The New York Times reports that thousands have left the state; 5% of Hispanic students were absent last Friday. “In certain neighborhoods the streets are uncommonly quiet, like the aftermath of some sort of rapture,” Campbell Robertson wrote.

Herman Cain is dismissing Sarah Palin’s criticism calling him the “flavor of the week.” First on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Cain called his staying power “Black Walnut,” and he did again on Fox and Friends Tuesday morning. Watch the Fox clip via Politico below:



RedState’s Erick Erickson has the following to say about all the Christie hoopla:



This is like rain and snow in New York. Whenever it rains or snows in New York the national media fixates on the rain and snow in New York as if it is an unheralded event of apocalyptic proportions never seen before or to be seen again.
But it happens every year. And every year the media covers the New York to DC weather more than the weather in all the rest of the states combined.
It’s because the national media lives there and is most attuned to that area and all the reporters’ friends are there and OMG all the people who work on Wall Street and hang out with the NYC-NJ types think the New Jersey Republican they are most familiar with can beat Barack Obama.
Like the rain and snow, Chris Christie gets all this news because Chris Christie is the Governor of New Jersey where so many of the media types live. Oh, and just as they are so familiar with him, he is so familiar with them and played them very well.

Back in 1993, The New Yorker famously ran a cartoon with the caption: "On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog."

These days, many dogs have their own Facebook pages with their owners filling in their information for them. It wouldn't be surprising to learn of special apps created both for them and the owners of common breeds -- as there will probably soon be an app that can log and integrate every aspect of your life into the mammoth 21st century collective public journal that is Facebook.

And therein lies the problem, says Jon Callas, an internet engineer, long-time privacy advocate and chief technology officer of Entrust, the privacy, identity and security company based in Dallas, Texas.

"I find Facebook incredibly useful, and incredibly creepy at the same time," he says in an interview with TPM's Idea Lab. "I go through certain fits of: 'Oh My God, I'm never going to post on Facebook again, and then I go through a day, and then I want to know how my old friends are doing, and check in with my old co-workers, my nieces, and other people who are on Facebook."

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Speaking before Congress on Tuesday morning, Fed Chair Ben Bernanke said that the economic recovery is close to faltering, and that the economy is likely to experience “sluggish job growth in the period ahead.

Pretty much every reputable news source is now reporting that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won’t run for president. The latest GOP darling scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m. ET in Trenton, New Jersey, where he is expected to officially declare one way or another.

ABC’s Jon Karl reports that Chris Christie is not running for president. National Review reports Christie isn’t running. CNN’s John King and MSNBC also report that Christie won’t run. And if there was any doubt, the paper of record, the New York Times, reports that Christie won’t run.

Speaking on Fox Business' Follow the Money on Monday night, Anne Coulter discussed her fear of the danger of “mob uprisings” such as the Occupy Wall Street protests currently occuring.

To Coulter, the protestors grievances “could have been said in 1789 France before the Revolution…this is always the beginning of totalitarianism,” she warned.

The conservative commentator also noted that such revolts were favorable to Democrats. “The Democratic party love mob uprisings, it’s their rise to power.”

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