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David Taintor

David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at taintor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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The White House has released the text of President Obama's address on Libya, as prepared for delivery. Here's the full text:

Good evening. Tonight, I'd like to update the American people on the international effort that we have led in Libya - what we have done, what we plan to do, and why this matters to us.

I want to begin by paying tribute to our men and women in uniform who, once again, have acted with courage, professionalism and patriotism. They have moved with incredible speed and strength. Because of them and our dedicated diplomats, a coalition has been forged and countless lives have been saved. Meanwhile, as we speak, our troops are supporting our ally Japan, leaving Iraq to its people, stopping the Taliban's momentum in Afghanistan, and going after al Qaeda around the globe. As Commander-in-Chief, I am grateful to our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and their families, as are all Americans.

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@MayorEmanuel -- the profanity-laced Twitter account that lampooned Rahm Emanuel's Chicago mayoral campaign -- is going long-form: In an interview with The Huffington Post, Chicago's Columbia College professor Dan Sinker revealed his tweets will be published in a book this summer.

"It's kind of overwhelming but exciting," Sinker told HuffPo.

The book will include the entire Twitter stream, with added context where necessary, Sinker said, to explain the "minutiae" of Chicago politics.

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As TPM reported in December, the group behind Kentucky's Creation Museum is looking to expand into the theme park business. But the company's president is now in some hot water over what his critics are calling "ungodly and mean-spirited remarks."

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, has now been banned from a homeschooling convention in Cincinnati.

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1||Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour hasn't formally declared he's running for president. But he has made a number of high-profile hires, including former Mitt Romney adviser Sally Bradshaw, and is floating an anti-Afghan War platform as of late.

March 5, 1996: Barbour addresses an event honoring Dewitt L. Fortenberry as the 200th person to switch to the Republican Party after President Bill Clinton took office. ||newscom/Ken Cedeno&&

2||January 29, 1993: Barbour after being elected chairman of the Republican National Committee||C-SPAN&&

3||February 22, 1993: Barbour discusses Clinton's first month as president.||C-SPAN&&

4||Barbour in 2005 surveys Hurricane Katrina damage in Gulfport, Miss. ||newscom/Suzi Altman/ZUMA Press&&

5||Sept. 2, 2005: President George W. Bush in Biloxi, Miss., with Mayor A.J. Holloway, left, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Barbour.||newscom/Tim Isbell/KRT&&

6||Nov. 1, 2003: President Bush stumps for Barbour as a gubernatorial candidate in Washington, Miss.||newscom/w85/ZUMA Press&&

7||January 9, 1988: Barbour at the closing session of the Southern Republican Exchange.||C-SPAN&&

8||Barbour in 2005 testifies in Washington before a bipartisan committee investigating the preparedness for and response to Hurricane Katrina.||newscom/Tom Williams/Roll Call Photos&&

9||June 23, 2009: Then-House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), Barbour and Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) before a news conference in Washington discussing health care reform.||newscom/Bill Clark/Roll Call Photos&&

10||February 23, 2009: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Barbour before President Barack Obama addresses the National Governors Association in the White House's State Dining Room.||newscom/Dennis Brack/CNP&&

11||June 14, 2010: Obama joins a roundtable discussion at Combs Pier in Gulfport, Miss., to assess the BP oil spill's damage to the Gulf of Mexico. Adm. Thad Allen, Barbour, Gulfport Mayor George Schloegel and local business owners were among those in attendance.||newscom/z03/ZUMA Press&&

12||June 2, 2010: Haley and Marsha Barbour examine a tarball found on the beach at Petit Pois Island off the Mississippi coast.||newscom/Drew Tarter/MCT&&

13||||newscom/Tim Isbell/MCT&&

14||Barbour in 2006 in Seattle at the 96th annual National Governors Association meeting.||newscom/Daren Fentiman/ZUMA Press&&

15||November 4, 2003: Barbour thanks a friend after voting in Yazoo City, Miss.||newscom/w85/ZUMA Press&&

16||Nov. 4, 2003: Barbour and his wife, Marsha, celebrate his election as governor of Mississippi.||newscom/w85/ZUMA Press&&

17||||newscom/w85/ZUMA Press&&

18||March 18, 2005: Barbour in Jackson, Miss., during a St. Patrick's Day parade.||newscom/a17/ZUMA Press&&

19||Barbour in 2006 testifies in Washington on "Hurricane Katrina: The Role of the Governors in Managing the Catastrophe."||newscom/Tom Williams/Roll Call Photos&&





Since the Japan earthquake hit, it seems like the story surrounding the Fukushima Nuclear Power plant has changed every 10 minutes, making it tough to keep up on the latest developments. Luckily there's no shortage of informed individuals and organizations keeping track of what's going on.

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CNBC host Larry Kudlow apologized Friday for a startling remark made after the devastating earthquake in Japan.

"The human toll here looks to be much worse than the economic toll, and we can be grateful for that," Kudlow said.

Kudlow tweeted his apology later on Friday:

I did not mean to say human toll in Japan less important than economic toll. Talking about markets. I flubbed the line. Sincere apology.

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New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley on Friday tried to calm people's nerves about rising food prices by reminding them that other products -- like iPads -- are getting cheaper.

"Today you can buy an iPad 2 that costs the same as an iPad 1 that is twice as powerful," Dudley said in Queens, Reuters reports. "You have to look at the price of all things."

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If at first you don't secede ... rally at the Texas Capitol and try again.

That's how the Texas Nationalist Movement on Saturday celebrated Texas Independence Day, the AP reports:

"Texas can take better care of itself than Washington," said Lauren Savage, vice president of the movement. "We are here to raise interest in the Legislature of the possibility of secession to cure the ills of America."

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