- - Tuesday, April 12, 2011

PRESIDENCY

Pawlenty: ‘I’m running’ was out of context

MINNEAPOLIS | Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty may be running for president, but he’s not ready to be official about it.

Mr. Pawlenty moved quickly Tuesday to knock down a CNN story that appeared to show him officially entering the race.


During a taping of “Piers Morgan Tonight” set to air Tuesday night, the talk-show host remarked on Mr. Pawlenty’s low standing in early polls. He asked if Mr. Pawlenty would consider being real estate tycoon Donald Trump’s No. 2 on a ticket. The former governor laughed and responded, “I’m running for president.”

Spokesman Alex Conant says the quote was taken out of context. He says a formal announcement by Mr. Pawlenty about running for president would come later this spring.

COURTS

Gay dads lose birth certificate case

NEW ORLEANS | A gay couple who wanted both their names to appear on the birth certificate of the Louisiana child they adopted in New York have lost their latest round in federal court.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that a Louisiana registrar’s insistence that only one father’s name can go on the certificate does not violate the child’s right to equal protection under the law, nor does it deny legal recognition of the New York adoption by both men.

In Louisiana, adopted children get new birth certificates with their new parents’ names on them. However, the state does not allow adoptions by unmarried couples. The state contends that putting both men’s names on the birth certificate would violate state law.

SENATE

Vermont’s Sanders opposes budget deal

Sen. Bernard Sanders, one of the Senate’s most liberal members, announced Tuesday that he will vote against the fiscal 2011 spending deal struck last week, saying it would cut more than $38 billion from programs that help working families without calling for shared sacrifice by the wealthiest Americans.

“Today, in order to reduce deficits that Republicans helped create, they now are slashing programs of enormous importance to working families, the elderly, the sick and children,” said Mr. Sanders, Vermont independent.

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