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1NewsIcon The New York Times' Charles M. Blow on the GOP's plans to discard the winner-take-all system that has been favoring Democrats: "One day I will have to visit the evil lair where they come up with these schemes.They pump them out like a factory. Voter suppression didn’t work in November, and it may even have backfired in some states, so they just devised another devilish plan."

BalkanizeAmerica1NewsIcon Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, an anti-gay Republican, also opposes the measure: "I think winner-take-all is part of how a state matters. Our side would have gotten more votes this go-around but you know I want people to want to fight to win the whole state. It makes the state as a state matter more... We need to build them up and not to Balkanize America. It's the states that created the federal government and not the other way around."

1NewsIcon And neither does Haley Barbour, the former governor of Mississippi.

1NewsIcon Good news: "Emmanuel Lutheran Church will vote Sunday to openly confirm its acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parishioners… The vote would confirm Emmanuel as a Reconciling in Christ congregation and make it the first Rockford church listed with Reconciling Works, which advocates for the full inclusion of LGBT Lutherans in all aspects of church life. Reconciling Works lists 5,893 open Lutheran congregations across the United States."

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1NewsIcon Headline of the day: "There's Absolutely No Logical Argument Against Gay Marriage".

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1NewsIcon No amount of crunches can save your tummy from the norovirus: "It's here. A variant of norovirus first spotted in Australia is now sweeping the U.S. The wily virus causes stomach upset, vomiting and diarrhea. The sickness is sometimes referred to as the stomach flu, though influenza has nothing to do with it."

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1NewsIcon New satellite technology lets us finally see what clouds are up to at night.

1NewsIcon Thousands turn out for pro-gun control rally in D.C.

1NewsIcon On her 55th birthday, 55 reasons to love Ellen DeGeneres.

1NewsIcon Troy Stevenson, the new executive director for Garden State Equality, vows to keep fighting for marriage equality there.

Daysoffuture1NewsIcon  Bryan Singer confirmed that Ellen Page and Anna Paquin have signed on to the next X-movie, "Days of Future Past," based on the classic X-Men story arc of the same name.

1NewsIcon Downton Abbey as a 16-bit Super Nintendo video game.

1NewsIcon Here's part of what President Obama said a video pre-recorded for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force annual conference: "Today you are helping lead the way to a future where everyone is treated with dignity and respect... The work will be hard, the road will be long, but I'm more confident than ever that we will reach a better future as long as Americans like you keep reaching for justice and all of us keep marching together."

Haley Barbour: Out-Of-Touch GOP Needs Proctology Exam

Haley-BarbourRepublican leaders from coast-to-coast are scrambling as they try to figure out how the GOP, comprised mostly of older white men, can adapt to the nation's rapidly changing demographics. The simple answer is to stop alienating growing populations, like black, Latino and LGBT Americans.

But Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, however, is suggesting something a bit more complicated: a proctology exam.

Trying to make light of what could be a devastating scenario for his ideological peers, Barbour, speaking before the Republican Governors Association in Las Vegas, said, "The ground game is really important, and we have to be, I mean we've got to give our political organizational activity a very serious.... Proctology exam. We need to look everywhere."

Yes, perhaps a political reality that has been staring you in the face for at least 8 years is where the sun don't shine, rather than on Main Street America.

Barbour went on, according to CNN, "We can catch up in four years doing this. This isn't rocket science, but it is hard work that we can't wait and start in 2016."

The first step, as Barbour recently pointed out on MSNBC, is don't have "sh***y" candidates.

GOP 2012 Slate: Haley Barbour Out, Ron Paul In

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour announced yesterday he would not be seeking the Republican nomination for President:

Barbour “I will not be a candidate for president next year,” Mr. Barbour said in a statement. “This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided.”

For months, Mr. Barbour has been traveling to the early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, testing his support among Republican activists. He was widely expected to enter the race this week, particularly among contributors and the party establishment, but he said that he was unsure about the long-term commitment.

Barbour's decision sent the field scrambling, and upped at least one potential candidate's chances, Politico notes:

If Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels enters the race, Republicans say, his friendship with Barbour and his own long D.C. track record would make him the favorite to win over the class of political professionals who have proved so influential in past GOP presidential primaries.

Ronpaul And Ron Paul is expected to announce his entrance into the race at a presser today:

Liberty PAC, Paul's political action committee, sent out a news release Monday that teases the 3:45 p.m. news conference at the Holiday Inn, 6111 Fleur Drive. The release states that Paul will "make an important announcement about his political organization."

That would precede the May 5 Fox News debate in South Carolina for prospective Republican presidential candidates. Paul has already accepted an invitation to the debate, but debate guidelines require each participant file as an exploratory candidate or a formal candidate by April 29.


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