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Paul D. Ryan / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Path to Prosperity  —  Our budget cuts $6.2 trillion in spending from the president's budget over the next 10 years and puts the nation on track to pay off our national debt.  —  Congress is currently embroiled in a funding fight over how much to spend on less than one-fifth of the federal budget for the next six months.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Moment of Truth  —  It was a season of fiscal perestroika.  Last fall, the Simpson-Bowles deficit commission released a bold report on how to avoid an economic catastrophe.  For a few weeks, the think tanks and government offices were alive with proposals to reduce debt and reform entitlements …
Tim Fernholz / NationalJournal.com:
The Ryan Budget: Big Cuts, Bigger Questions  —  House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's 2012 budget is estimated to cost $6.2 trillion less over 10 years than President Obama's plan, with an initial deficit of $950 billion next year that decreases, along with government debt, over time.
Discussion: Yglesias and Eschaton
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Truly Pathetic  —  Why on earth did the Democrat speaking for the Democrats just now on Hardball say it was “courageous” but “politically stupid” for Paul Ryan to put up a plan to abolish Medicare and other federal social programs?  That's the best he can do?  “Courageous”?  That's simply amazing.
The Note:
Ryan Budget Cuts Spending by $6.2 Trillion
Discussion: CNN
Brian Faler / Bloomberg:
Republicans to Unveil Budget Calling for Sweeping Changes in Tax, Spending
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Ex-NPR chief: House Republicans have thrust NPR into ‘turmoil’  —  The change of power in the House has thrust NPR into “turmoil,” according to the former chief executive of the organization.  —  Vivian Schiller said NPR has been through a “very difficult” time in the past several months.
Discussion: Fox Nation and Weasel Zippers
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
House GOP to distribute shutdown plan  —  Republican leaders are preparing the House for a government shutdown, as they plan to distribute a pamphlet about the mechanics of a partial congressional work-stoppage to all lawmakers' offices Tuesday morning, according to several senior House aides.
The Huffington Post:
Budget Deal Would Give Pentagon Extra Funds In Exchange For Social Program Cuts … WASHINGTON — While media attention focuses on the cuts to government spending demanded by House Republicans and broadly accepted by Democrats, the Pentagon is poised to reap billions more in federal funds, according to sources close to the discussions.
Discussion: Daily Kos and AMERICAblog News
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
G.O.P. Budget Proposal Cuts $5.8 Trillion in Spending  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a far-reaching budget proposal that cuts $5.8 trillion from anticipated spending levels over the next decade and is likely to provide the framework for both the fiscal and political fights of the next two years.
Discussion: Althouse
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Santorum to make first stop in Nevada
Discussion: The Page
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Maine Mural Controversy: U.S. Labor Department Says Put It Back Up Or Repay The Money … Department Of Labor , Department Of Labor Maine , Labor Mural , Labor Protests , Maine Mural , Paul Lepage , Paul Lepage Maine , Paul Lepage Maine Governor , Paul Lepage Mural , Politics News
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Department Of Labor steps into battle over Maine mural  —  The U.S. Department of Labor wants its money back if Maine Gov. Paul LePage won't return the mural it funded to the state's labor department headquarters.  —  The federal government provided part of a $60,000 grant to pay for the creation …
Portland Press-Herald:
Maine Voices: LePage rhetoric interferes with goals, say GOP senators
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Warning Signs Among the GOP  —  It's not inconceivable that Republicans might start seeing things go against them in the court of public opinion, starting with the current spending debate.  —  Until recently, Republicans were taking solace in a number of things as they looked forward to 2012.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney leads in NH, Trump makes things interesting  —  Mitt Romney's still the clear early front runner to take the Republican primary in New Hampshire next year but for the first time in our polling of the race PPP finds someone within single digits of him...Donald Trump.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP keeps its powder dry as Obama runs unopposed
Discussion: Moe Lane and The Hoosierpundit
Hannah Hess / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Racial slur led to fight with Illinois trooper, student says  —  CARLINVILLE  • The politically connected head of Gov. Pat Quinn's Southern Illinois security detail used a racial slur against a black college student in a Carlinville bar, starting a fight that preceded the officer's resignation, the student says.
Discussion: Moe Lane and That Mr. G Guy's Blog
Telegraph:
Toby Harnden  —  Toby Harnden is the Daily Telegraph's US Editor, based in Washington DC.  Click here for Toby's website.  His email is toby.harnden@telegraph-usa.com.  Follow him on Twitter here @tobyharnden and on Facebook here.  His second book, Dead Men Risen, is available through Telegraph Books.
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Tom Bowman / NPR:
Gen. Petraeus Being ‘Seriously Considered’ For CIA Director, NPR Reports
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Bloody pig's foot sent to Rep. Peter King  —  Authorities intercepted a parcel this morning addressed to Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) containing a bloody pig's foot and a derogatory message, a source has confirmed to CBS News.  —  The parcel was intercepted at the Congressional mail facility in Landover …
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Ynetnews:
ElBaradei: We'll fight back if Israel attacks Gaza  —  In interview with Arab newspaper, former IAEA chief says if elected as Egypt's next president he will open Rafah crossing in case of an Israeli attack  —  Former International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei …
Washington Post:
Supreme Court tosses private-school tax-credit challenge  —  The Supreme Court on Monday made it harder for taxpayers to bring court challenges of government programs that aid religious organizations, throwing out a lawsuit against an Arizona tax-credit program that helps private schools.
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Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Supreme Court dismisses case challenging school choice groups
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
CNN:
Radiation in water rushing into sea tests millions of times over limit  —  Tokyo (CNN) — Japanese utility and government authorities suffered fresh setbacks Tuesday with the detection of radiation in a fish and news that water gushing from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the Pacific …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and The Jawa Report
Ballot Box:
Bachmann begins to overshadow Palin as more-likely White House contender  —  The vacuum created by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) absence from the 2012 campaign trail presents a major opportunity for the woman she once hinted might share a presidential ticket with her: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).
Robert Costa / National Review:
Graham Responds to Steyn, Stuttaford  —  In response to the criticism by Mark Steyn and Andrew Stuttaford about his weekend comments on free speech and Koran burning, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) called me this afternoon to flesh out his thoughts on the matter.  —  Here is the transcript:
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Unrest in Yemen Seen as Opening to Qaeda Branch  —  WASHINGTON — Counterterrorism operations in Yemen have ground to a halt, allowing Al Qaeda's deadliest branch outside of Pakistan to operate more freely inside the country and to increase plotting for possible attacks against Europe and the United States …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Mitch Daniels to give education speech in Washington  —  Mitch Daniels has been mostly tethered to Indianapolis during a contentious legislative session, but he's planning a trip to Washington next month to deliver what's sure to be a high-profile speech on education.
 
 
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Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
A Cigarette for 75 Cents, 2 for $1: The Brisk, Shady Sale of ‘Loosies’
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Rachelle Younglai / Reuters:
Geithner warns U.S. to hit debt ceiling by May 16
Boston Globe:
Targets set high for Obama reelection
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Bloomberg:
Google Said to Be Possible Target of U.S. FTC Antitrust Probe
Amelia Hill / Guardian:
News of the World arrests in phone-hacking case
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Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
Singer Elected Haiti's President
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Associated Press:
John Adler, Former New Jersey Congressman, Dies at 51
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Kenneth Rogoff / Financial Times:
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