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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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Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's (R) wife isn't crazy about her husband's potential 2012 plans.

In fact, Marsha Barbour says the idea of him running for president "horrifies me."

"It's been a lot to be first lady of the state of Mississippi and this would be 50 times bigger," she said. "It's a huge sacrifice for a family to make."

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A Frontline investigation reveals that alleged Wikileaks source Pfc. Bradley Manning threatened his stepmother with a knife in 2006.

Manning's father, Brian Manning, in an interview with Frontline said the incident spawned from a discussion of Bradley Manning needing to follow house rules. Then things reached a boiling point, he said.

"My husband's 18-year-old son is out of control and just threatened me with a knife," Manning's stepmother told the 911 dispatcher. "And his father has just had surgery and he is down on the floor... Get away from him! You, get away from him! Get away from him!"

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1||February 18, 2011: Barack Obama talks on the phone with National Security Advisor Tom Donilon about developments in the Middle East, while backstage at Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

2||January 28, 2011: Obama watches a televised speech by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the Outer Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

3||February 10, 2011: Obama boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

4||February 23, 2011: Obama walks along the Colonnade of the White House with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after making a statement on the situation in Libya.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

5||February 11, 2011: Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates have lunch in the Oval Office Private Dining Room.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

6||February 8, 2011: Obama greets members of the National Policy Alliance before a meeting in the White House's Roosevelt Room.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

7||February 11, 2011: Obama reviews his prepared remarks on the situation in Egypt in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

8||March 20, 2011: Obama is briefed on the situation in Libya during a secure conference call in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

9||February 3, 2011: Obama and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper during the President's daily briefing in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

10||February 5, 2011: Puneet Talwar -- National Security Council senior director for Iraq, Iran and the Gulf States -- briefs Obama in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

11||March 19, 2011: Obama in Brasilia, Brazil, works on his statement on Libya with (from left) chief of staff Bill Daley, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, and Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor for strategic communication.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

12||February 4, 2011: Obama prepares for a press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

13||February 6, 2011: Obama with (from left) speechwriter Jon Favreau, senior advisor David Plouffe and speechwriter Jonathan Lovett in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

14||February 10, 2011: Obama boards Marine One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, following a trip to Marquette, Mich.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

15||February 10, 2011: Obama greets patrons and employees during a stop at Donckers in Marquette, Mich.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

16||February 16, 2011: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney before his first press briefing.||Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy&&

17||February 15, 2011: Obama and former President George H.W. Bush in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

18||March 16, 2011: Obama talks with Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan from the Treaty Room office in the White House Residence.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

19||February 10, 2011: Obama at Donckers in Marquette, Mich.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

20||February 1, 2011: Obama talks on the phone with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

21||February 15, 2011: Obama and guests listen as Yo-Yo Ma plays with the Marine Band String Quartet in the Grand Foyer of the White House.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

22||February 18, 2011: Obama waves to workers during a tour of the microprocessor manufacturing facility at Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

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&&

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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&&

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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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