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2012: Ex-Palin aide tells all

BARBOUR: In Iowa, the AP's Glover interviewed Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. Glover's lead: "Though he's faced some criticism on such matters, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he carries no political baggage because of his positions on racial issues."

After meeting with Iowa’s governor and other state leaders, Haley Barbour told reporters that he would decide whether to run for president in April, the New York Times adds. “‘There’s a lot that enters into it,’ Mr. Barbour told reporters at Iowa’s Statehouse. ‘I have been political director of the White House under Ronald Reagan, and I understand what I’m getting into. I’m 63 years old and this is a 10-year commitment if you run and get elected, you’re committing yourself for re-election and so you’ve got to be prepared for a 10-year commitment and that’s the majority of the rest of my productive life.’”

HUCKABEE: "An impending book tour could help Mike Huckabee decide whether to seek the GOP nomination for president in 2012, the former Arkansas governor said Monday," The Hill writes. "Quite frankly, part of the process is to be able to gauge reaction to the message," Huckabee said.

“Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) doesn't like the idea of Republicans calling a ‘truce’ on social issues to focus on fixing the economy -- but that doesn't mean he's eager to take on the man pushing that message, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R),” National Journal writes. “‘I'm a fan of Mitch Daniels,’ Huckabee said on a conference call with reporters Monday, adding that Daniels has ‘an extraordinary skill set not only to be governor but to be president.’”

PALIN: “A new memoir from an embittered former aide to Sarah Palin includes a trove of emails that vividly illustrate her intense focus on image and depiction in the media,” Politico writes. “The still-unpublished manuscript, obtained by POLITICO, reveals Palin, as a candidate for governor, penning letters-to-the-editor in praise of herself, to be sent under other names. It blames the candidate for inflaming, rather than ignoring, scurrilous rumors. And it quotes her pledging to avoid appearing on any network other than Fox News, referring to the rest as “the bad guys.”

PAWLENTY: The Concord Monitor runs a photo of a guest holding Tim Pawlenty’s book at an event yesterday for the Merrimack County Republican Committee.

THUNE: “This Presidents Day marks a week until Sen. John Thune's self-imposed deadline on whether or not to run for the highest office in the land. Even as the day draws nearer, Thune isn't dropping many hints about his intentions,” writes KDLT