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11:10 AM ET, April 7, 2011

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New York Times:
Obama Meeting Fails to End Stalemate Over Federal Budget  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama and Congressional leaders said Wednesday that a late-night White House bargaining session produced no budget breakthrough that would avert a government shutdown this weekend but agreed the two sides …
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David Jackson / USA Today:
Trump keeps beating ‘birther’ drum against Obama  —  Donald Trump just won't let go of the President Obama citizenship issue.  —  The potential maverick Republican presidential candidate continued to question Obama's American citizenship during an appearance on NBC's Today show, saying …
Minna Sugimoto / Hawaii News Now:
President Obama's close friend arrested during prostitution sting  —  HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - One of President Obama's closest friends is scheduled to appear at Honolulu District Court next month, after he allegedly solicited sex from an undercover officer.
Discussion: The Raw Story and msnbc.com
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Rifts Within Both Parties Test Leaders in Budget Fight  —  WASHINGTON — On one level, the budget showdown that continued to play out here on Wednesday is all about the balance of power between the two parties, a question of whether President Obama has regained his footing and can still control …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Boehner: I'm with the tea party  —  There is “no daylight” between the tea party and John Boehner, the House speaker said in an interview released Thursday morning as negotiations to avert a government shutdown come down to the wire.  —  “Listen, there's no daylight between the tea party and me …
Lauraklairmont / CNN:   Obama friend arrested in Hawaii
The Hill:
Leaders see progress in budget talks
Discussion: CNN, AMERICAblog News, Politics and The Hill
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Costs of federal shutdown would be felt far and wide
Discussion: American Spectator
The Note:
John Boehner Cries Amid Government Shutdown Standoff
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Presses for Budget
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Washington Post:
Donald Trump.  Seriously?  —  Donald Trump finished second in the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll testing the 2012 Republican presidential field.  AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel DunandIn the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, businessman and reality television star Donald Trump finished second behind …
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: A Donald Trump Surprise  —  By Jonathan Weisman and Scott Greenberg  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears to be the early front-runner in the largely unformed race for the Republican nomination for president, but real estate magnate Donald Trump may be a surprise contender …
Dan Fastenberg / The Page:
Trump's Hawaii Investigation
JSOnline:
Kloppenburg declares victory  —  By Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel  —  Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg declared victory Wednesday, based on results reported by the Associated Press.  —  The Associated Press shows Kloppenburg received 740,090 votes and incumbent David Prosser received 739,886 votes.
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Election fraud allegations fly in close Wisconsin Supreme Court race  —  Wisconsin citizens and election experts are questioning the veracity of the state's Supreme Court race, which the Associated Press reports left-wing legal activist JoAnne Kloppenburg won by 204 votes over Justice David Prosser …
Thomas Ferdousi / Pundit Press:
Wisconsin City Caught Destroying Ballots
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Walker Blames Madison For Supreme Court Election
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
OBAMA: Get Used To High Gas Prices.  “Obama needled one questioner who asked about gas prices, now averaging close to $3.70 a gallon nationwide, and suggested that the gentleman consider getting rid of his gas-guzzling vehicle.”  —  High gas prices aren't a bug, they're a feature.
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's support among blacks slips unexpectedly, Hispanics too  —  Barack Obama rode to a comfortable presidential election win in 2008 on the electoral wings of a coalition based on liberal whites, independents and blacks, especially blacks.  —  Obama lost much of his independent support during …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval Slips Among Blacks, Hispanics in March
Discussion: Moe Lane
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
NBC's Brokaw: Saudis ‘So Unhappy’ With Obama They Sent Emissaries to China, Russia Seeking Enhanced Ties  —  (CNSNews.com) - Reporting from Baghdad, Iraq yesterday, NBC's Tom Brokaw said the Saudi Arabian monarchy is “so unhappy with the Obama administration for the way it pushed out President Mubarak …
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Senate rejects block to EPA climate regs  —  The Senate rejected a GOP-backed amendment Wednesday that would have permanently blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.  —  The amendment did not reach the 60 votes necessary for passage.  The final vote count was 50-50.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
EVEN THE THREAT OF A SHUTDOWN IS EXPENSIVE.... If congressional Republicans go through with their threat and shut down the government tomorrow night, the costs will be considerable.  It's ironic that those hoping to cut the budget will force a shutdown that's needlessly expensive.
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
Judge gives ‘Juror No. 799’ indefinite jury duty after she makes racist remarks on questionnaire  —  An incensed federal judge sentenced a racist Brooklyn woman to indefinite jury duty on Tuesday after she trashed the NYPD and minorities.  —  “This is an outrage, and so are you!”
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Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Judge Punishing Juror for Making Racist Comments on Questionnaire?
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Leigh Remizowski / CNN:
Maryland man glued to Wal-Mart toilet seat  —  (CNN) — Police in Maryland are on the hunt for the perpetrator of what appears to be an April Fools' prank that left a man glued to a toilet at a Wal-Mart store.  —  If caught, the jokester who doused the seat with glue at the Elkton Wal-Mart …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Runnin' Scared
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Manchin: I'll donate my salary to charity if there's a shutdown  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has joined the growing ranks of lawmakers calling on President Obama, Vice President Biden and members of Congress to forfeit their salaries in the case of a government shutdown.
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and The Caucus
Laurence Kotlikoff / Bloomberg:
U.S. Fiscal Meltdown in Spitting Distance: Laurence Kotlikoff  —  The two parties are having a heated debate over the Republican plan to slice $61 billion off Uncle Sam's projected $3.6 trillion budget.  If the Republicans get their way, the deficit will fall from 9.5 percent of gross domestic product to 9.1 percent.
Discussion: Democracy in America
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
GOP lawyer drafts Obama impeachment  —  A prominent libertarian constitutional lawyer and civil libertarian has drafted an article of impeachment against President Obama over his attack on Libya, throwing down a legal gauntlet that could be picked up by some Congressional Republicans
 
 
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