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11:35 PM ET, April 11, 2011

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Juli Weiner / Vanity Fair:
“Best Wishes, Donald Trump”: A Future President's Letter to Vanity Fair  —  The Donald has inveighed (in Sharpie!) against our intrepid blogger.  We found his comments so delightful, we had to share.  —  It was with great delight and a sense of kinship that we at Vanity Fair read Donald Trump's letter …
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Lukas I. Alpert / NY Daily News:
Donald Trump fires back after White House aide declares that he has ‘zero chance’ to be President  —  The White House stopped just short of dismissing Donald Trump as a clown Sunday - calling him a “sideshow” act with “zero chance” of becoming president.  —  Chief Obama adviser David Plouffe unleashed …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Mitt Romney forms exploratory committee
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JSOnline:
Democrat on Waukesha County vote panel speaks out  —  By Laurel Walker of the Journal Sentinel  —  Waukesha - The Democrat on the Waukesha County Board of Canvassers who was widely quoted as endorsing Waukesha County's official ballot count that flipped the Supreme Court winner last week has more to say.
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
CNN Poll: Majority support deal to avert government shutdown  —  Washington (CNN) - Who won last week's showdown over the federal budget and the government shutdown-that-wasn't?  —  It looks like the public gives the Democrats more credit for the deal than the Republicans …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Boehner: Relationship with Obama improved after budget battle
Chicago Tribune:
Chicago school bans some lunches brought from home  —  To encourage healthful eating, Chicago school doesn't allow kids to bring lunches or certain snacks from home — and some parents, and many students, aren't fans of the policy  —  A Little Village Academy student cringes at an enchilada dish served at his school.
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Liz Goodwin / Yahoo! News:
Chicago school bans homemade lunches, the latest in national food fight
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann stares down heckler in Iowa  —  IOWA CITY, Iowa — Michele Bachmann said again Monday that the American intervention in Libya was a mistake — but this time she had to talk over a heckler who shouted vulgarities at her.  —  Jenny Watkins, 22, shouted at Bachmann …
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Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Bachmann: A one-term president
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
In Iowa, Bachmann blasts GOP on budget deal
Discussion: Radio Iowa, The Politico and CNN
CBS Chicago:
Gas Prices Climbing Toward $5 Per Gallon  —  CHICAGO (CBS) - At one time, $5 per gallon gas seemed like a farfetched idea, but that is no longer the case.  —  As CBS 2's Roseanne Tellez reports, as of Monday, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the Chicago area is $4.11 …
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Margo D. Beller / CNBC:
Trump: Obama Is to Blame For High Oil Prices
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT PAUL RYAN'S CONSTITUENTS THINK, AND WHY IT MATTERS.... Rep. Paul Ryan's (R) Wisconsin district isn't competitive.  Over the last decade, his most competitive race was the one he won by “only” 26 points.  Last year, the margin was 38 points.  —  But when the Associated Press checked …
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Chris Matthews: Paul Ryan's Medicare Plan Will ‘Kill Half the People Who Watch My Show’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
CNN:
New earthquake jolts Japan coast  —  Are you there?  Send your images, video via iReport.  —  Tokyo (CNN) — At least six people were killed when a magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck Japan Tuesday morning, a local fire department said.  —  The six were killed when a landslide triggered …
Discussion: The Foundry
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Greg Scoblete / RealClearWorld:
U.S. Military Spending vs. the World  —  The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has a new report out highlighting global military expenditures.  As the above chart indicates, the U.S. retains a healthy lead.  Regionally, defense spending in Europe has fallen 2.8 percent …
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Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Capitol Police arrest DC mayor at rally against budget deal
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WE'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO OFFER THE LOW-WAGE WORKFORCE FOR FOREIGN COMPANIES.... Ikea's labor dispute in Southern Virginia should be a bigger story. … It's quite an ordeal.  Workers are forced to work overtime, often with little notice, and those who don't go along face disciplinary action.
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Jonathan Welsh / Driver's Seat:
Chevy Recalls Cruze After A Steering Wheel Falls Off … Imagine turning your car's steering wheel, or giving it a gentle tug, and having it break away from the steering column.  Now you're speeding along holding the suddenly useless wheel.  —  It sounds like a vision from a cartoon, or every driver's nightmare.
Washington Post:
Appeals court upholds Justice challenge on Ariz. immigration law  —  A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a lower court decision that blocked the most contested provisions of Arizona's immigration law from taking effect.  —  A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals …
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New York Times:
Democrat in Missouri to Oppose Health Care Law  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri's Democratic attorney general broke with his party on Monday and urged a federal judge to invalidate the central provision of the new health care law.  —  The filing of the court brief by Attorney General Chris Koster …
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Jonathan Alter out at Newsweek  —  The final member of the “Newsweek Six” has left the building.  —  Jonathan Alter, the only remaining member of the gang of television-loving newsweekly scribes so dubbed by Slate's Jack Shafer, is no longer with the publication.
New York Times:
Pakistan Tells U.S. It Must Sharply Cut C.I.A. Activities  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan has demanded that the United States steeply reduce the number of Central Intelligence Agency operatives and Special Operations forces working in Pakistan, and that it put on hold C.I.A. drone strikes aimed …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Where Hippie Punching Gets You  —  Jonathan Cohn makes the good point that Obama's speech on Wednesday is unfortunately going to be seen as the left most position in the debate which makes a compromise between his plan and Ryan's the “juuust right” sweet spot.
 
 
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Adam Rawnsley / Danger Room:
American Terrorist Proves He Still Can't Rap
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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Alan Simpson On GOP: ‘We Have Homophobes In Our Party’
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William Rhodes / Foreign Policy:
There's no time to lose on Korea
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Rasmussen Reports:
Confidence That U.S. Is Winning War on Terror Down to Lowest Level Since 2006
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