Discuss as:

2012: Newt's shutdown legacy

BACHMANN: Michele Bachmann will join South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley at a Tea Party rally on April 18 in Columbia, SC, The Hill reports.

Bachmann will join Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum and Herman Cain at the Americans For Prosperity presidential summit in New Hampshire on April 29, New Hampshire Union-Leader’s DiStaso says.

BARBOUR: Per the AP, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will be in Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C., on Saturday, speaking at both cities’ Republican conventions.

GINGRICH: This time around, the possibility of a government shutdown “highlights an ongoing challenge for [Newt] Gingrich: To run as the battle-tested candidate of experience, he must embrace his legacy, warts and all,” the AP writes.

President Obama highlighted Gingrich’s bipartisan work with the Rev. Al Sharpton at a conference in New York for Sharpton’s National Action Network, The Hill recalls, which underscored his “history of giving his possible Republican opponents a kind of ‘kiss of death,’ praising them effusively with the intention of hurting their brand with conservative primary voters.”

HUNTSMAN: Politico: “Ahead of his anticipated run for president, outgoing U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman is leaving his post in China with a sharp rebuke to Beijing on human rights.” More: “‘The United States will never stop supporting human rights because we believe in the fundamental struggle for human dignity and justice wherever it may occur,’ Huntsman told a prestigious audience gathered for the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations's Barnett-Oksenberg Lecture in Shanghai on Wednesday, according to a transcript of his remarks.”

PAUL: Ron Paul told radio host Alex Jones that his participation in the May 5th debate in Greenville, S.C. will not necessarily mean he’ll have made a decision on running for president by then, Politico reports.

PAWLENTY: In Iowa, “police charged a staffer for Republican Tim Pawlenty’s political action committee with public intoxication and trespassing early this morning after he banged on a stranger’s door and tried to enter what he thought was his home, records show. Ben Foster, 24, was actually about 10 miles from the home of a Republican state lawmaker who has been housing him – and scared the family enough that the father of the house got out his gun,” the Des Moines Register reports. The worker was suspended for two weeks by Pawlenty.