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Posted at 4:12 PM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Afternoon Fix: Chris Dodd going to MPAA, Mike Huckabee says Obama grew up in Kenya

By Chris Cillizza

Haley Barbour took a shot at Mitt Romney's health-care plan, Mike Huckabee seems to think President Obama grew up in Kenya, and Chris Dodd is headed to the MPAA.

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* In an interview with The Steve Malzberg Show on Monday, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee repeatedly suggested that President Obama grew up in Kenya. "One thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example, very different than the average American," Huckabee said. "[G]rowing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather ... he probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists." Obama split his childhood between Indonesia and Hawaii; his father is from Kenya, but the president has only visited the country a few times. Part of Indonesia was colonized by the British, but not for very long.

* Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) took a swipe at Mitt Romney's health-care law this morning. At a meeting of governors, Barbour said the health-care system Romney signed into law in Massachusetts was fine for that state but is "not good for us." South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) made a similar comment on Monday.

* It's official: Chris Dodd is headed to Hollywood. Or at least, he'll be representing it in D.C. The former Connecticut senator has broken his "no lobbying" pledge to become head of the Motion Picture Association of America. The MPAA has been struggling to find a new leader for over a year.

* House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is now stuck investigating his own office. The congressman fired deputy communications director Kurt Bardella today after the staffer shared journalists' emails with a New York Times reporter. Bardella was one of Issa's most trusted aides, overseeing an aggressive strategy to get his boss prominent play in the national press.

* Florida State Senate President Mike Haridopolos is brushing off an AP report on the $152,000 in taxpayer money he was paid for a never-published book. Asked whether the book was worth that much, Haridopolos replied: "I don't know, how much are you worth?" Haridopolos is planning to challenge Sen. Bill Nelson (D) next year.


* Two Democrats have come forward to say they might run against Sen. Scott Brown (D-Mass.): Newton Mayor Setti Warren (D) and Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll (D). Gov. Deval Patrick (D) has talked to both of them, along with City Year co-founder Alan Khazei, Democratic activist Bob Massie.

* The libertarian Club for Growth is starting work on its 2012 "White Papers" analyzing the potential Republican presidential candidates' economic records. Each candidate will get a paper after he or she officially announces a bid. Positive reports will likely get mentioned many times on the campaign trail. Of course, Club for Growth opposition did not stop Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) from winning the nomination in 2008.

* Hopefully the last incremental detail you'll ever read on the launch of Newt Gingrich's presidential exploratory committee: Gingrich will announce his plans in Atlanta on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. outside Georgia Statehouse, according to Fox News. Gingrich is also meeting with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to discuss how to "reassert the importance of the 10th Amendment."

* On Thursday, Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn will hold a pen-and-pad briefing on the 2012 field at the Republican National Committee. Iowa officials have declared that if Florida refuses to change its primary date, they will move theirs earlier to retain "first in the nation" status.


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By Chris Cillizza  | March 1, 2011; 4:12 PM ET
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