- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 6, 2008

Barr to explore presidential bid

Former Republican Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia said yesterday he has formed a presidential exploratory committee and may seek the Libertarian Party nomination.

“America today faces a grave moral and leadership crisis, and those of us who care about our country’s future can no longer sit on the sidelines and remain neutral,” Mr. Barr told an audience at the Heartland Libertarian Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

The former Georgia congressman left the Republican Party in 2006 over its record under President Bush on spending and civil liberties.

In a video message posted to YouTube, Mr. Barr, 59, said, “America … needs a real choice in 2008, and right now we don’t have it.”

He called Sen. John McCain “part of the problem, part of the status quo” and “more of the same.” He dismissed Sen. Barack Obama as “an empty suit,” and he said Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is “no leader.”

Mr. Barr became a darling of conservatives in the 1990s for his persistent criticism of President Clinton. He was among the first to press for impeaching Mr. Clinton and helped manage House Republicans’ impeachment case before the Senate.

Polygamists block search for girl

ELDORADO, Texas — Sect leaders at a polygamist compound in West Texas refused yesterday to let authorities search a temple for a teenage girl whose report of abuse led to the raid, and authorities said they were preparing “for the worst.”

If no agreement is reached with sect leaders, authorities will forcibly remove the sect’s followers “as peaceably as possible,” Allison Palmer, a prosecutor in Tom Green County, told the San Angelo Standard-Times.

Medical workers are being sent “in case this were to go in a way that no one wants,” Ms. Palmer said. Law enforcers are “preparing for the worst,” she said.

A search warrant authorized troopers to enter the retreat, run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They are looking for evidence of a marriage between the girl and a 50-year-old man.

Microsoft sets deadline for Yahoo

SEATTLE — Microsoft set the clock ticking for Yahoo to accept its $41 billion buyout offer in a letter to the Internet pioneer’s board yesterday, warning that if a deal wasn’t reached by April 26, the software maker would launch a hostile takeover at a less attractive price.

“If we have not concluded an agreement within the next three weeks, we will be compelled to take our case directly to your shareholders, including the initiation of a proxy contest to elect an alternative slate of directors for the Yahoo board,” wrote Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer. “That action will have an undesirable impact on the value of your company from our perspective, which will be reflected in the terms of our proposal.”

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