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April 20th, 2011
08:14 PM ET

Whitman "doubts" she will run for public office again


(CNN) – While former eBay CEO Meg Whitman indicated Wednesday afternoon that she’s out of politics, she is not giving the impression of sour grapes after her failed race for California governor.

When asked on Fox Business Network if she planned to run for public office again, she said, “I doubt it. I doubt it. I’m back in business working on some not-for-profit initiatives. I’ve joined the board of Teach for America and our local charter school here. So, that’s where I’m going to put my efforts.”

However, she encouraged patience when it comes to sitting Gov. Jerry Brown, who beat her last fall by a 13-point spread.

On Brown’s handling of the California budget crisis, Whitman said, “He’s still putting together his plan. He’s trying to make progress here, but I think it’s well known, I would have obviously taken quite a different tack in terms of reducing spending, without raising taxes.”

She continued, “I was clear about that in campaign, but let’s see what Gov. Brown can get done. He deserves a chance to be successful. It’s a different tack than I would have taken… But let’s see what happens.”

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April 20th, 2011
06:21 PM ET

Remembering Tim Hetherington


In 2009 Tim Hetherington worked with CNN to produce an audio slideshow with photos he shot during his coverage of the the war in Afghanistan. Click here to view more of Tim Hetherington’s 2009 trip to Helmand, Afghanistan.

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April 20th, 2011
12:12 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– If we can't make cuts to green jobs, high speed rail, Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare or anything else, what will Mr. Obama cut from the budget?

–'t there a war going on in Libya? How much money are we spending there?

– Syrian forces continue to gun down civilians and more and more evidence is that Iran is helping. Will Barack Obama go there? If not, are Syrians less worthwhile than Libyans? Is anybody even paying attention anymore? Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

Durbin Declares Obama Deficit Proposal Left Edge of Debate.

PJ Crowley: If US Mistreats Its Own, “Will My Words Be Credible?”

Paul Ryan Says He’s Not Playing Games with the Debt Ceiling, Which Means…

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