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2:05 PM ET, April 1, 2011

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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
More Americans Back Unions Than Governors in State Disputes  —  Nearly 8 in 10 adults in union households are following the issue closely  —  PRINCETON, NJ — With political battles over state budgets and collective bargaining still playing out to varying degrees in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana …
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Chris Hubbuch / La Crosse Tribune:
Democrats: We have the signatures in Kapanke recall effort  —  La Crosse area Democrats say they will file petitions today with enough signatures to trigger a recall election of Sen. Dan Kapanke, one of eight Senate Republicans targeted over votes to curtail collective bargaining rights for public workers.
Jim Leckrone / Reuters:
Ohio governor signs anti-union bill
Discussion: Cubachi
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
A Word About Digital Subscriptions to The Huffington Post  —  Today marks a significant transition for The Huffington Post Media Group, as we introduce digital subscriptions for employees of The New York Times.  It's an important step that we hope you will see as an investment in The Huffington Post …
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New York Times:
Arianna Huffington's Next Move
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP senators are itching to move on from spat over 2011 spending cuts  —  Senate Republicans are growing impatient with the stalemate over 2011 funding levels and want to save their political capital for a debate on the debt limit and entitlement reform.  —  But they must contend with a bloc …
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Wall Street Journal:
The Spending Fight  —  Republicans should realize they are winning the debate.
Discussion: Hot Air
The Hill:
Boehner to GOP freshmen: ‘No number’ yet in budget talks
Discussion: The Politico and Hit & Run
JSOnline:
Woman charged with email threats  —  By Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - A 26-year-old woman was charged Thursday with two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts for allegedly making email threats against Wisconsin lawmakers during the height of the battle over Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill.
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The Underground Conservative:
Early Childhood Teacher Charged In Death Threats
Bloomberg:
Foreign Banks Tapped Fed's Lifeline Most as Bernanke Kept Borrowers Secret  —  U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke's two-year fight to shield crisis-squeezed banks from the stigma of revealing their public loans protected a lender to local governments in Belgium …
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Bloomberg:
Libya-Owned Bank Got 73 Loans From Fed Window After Lehman Fell  —  Arab Banking Corp., the lender part- owned by the Central Bank of Libya, used a New York branch to get 73 loans from the U.S. Federal Reserve in the 18 months after Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. collapsed.
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
We've Become a Nation of Takers, Not Makers  —  More Americans work for the government than in manufacturing, farming, fishing, forestry, mining and utilities combined.  —  If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering on the brink …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Don Surber
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Afghan Mob Kills 10 United Nations Workers  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Protesters angered by the burning of a Koran by a fringe American pastor in Florida mobbed offices of the United Nations in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing ten foreign staff members and beheading two of the victims, according to an Afghan police spokesman.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP launches mock ‘Obama 2012’ ad  —  The mock ad, which features Obama riding a unicorn over a rainbow, declares: “Four more years: America needs more changing.”  —  Republicans are taking aim at President Obama's impending reelection effort with a mock campaign ad outlining his first two years in office.
Associated Press:
Unemployment rate falls to 2-year low of 8.8 pct.; employers add 216K jobs in March  —  WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate fell to a two-year low of 8.8 percent in March, capping the strongest two months of hiring since before the recession began.  —  The economy added 216,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said Friday.
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Gallup:
Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment Rate at 10.0% in March
Joseph E. Stiglitz / Vanity Fair:
Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%  —  Americans have been watching protests against oppressive regimes that concentrate massive wealth in the hands of an elite few.  Yet in our own democracy, 1 percent of the people take nearly a quarter of the nation's income—an inequality even the wealthy will come to regret.
Meghan McCain / The Daily Beast:
The Problem With HBO's Game Change  —  HBO is adapting a miniseries based on Game Change, the book about the 2008 election.  But as Hollywood casts liberal actors to play all the parts, Meghan McCain doubts that it will be an accurate portrayal of what actually happened.
Discussion: CNN, USA Today and Gawker
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Defection Track  —  Everybody has questions and anxieties about our policy in Libya.  My own position is this: I oppose the policy the Obama administration has described in various public statements.  I support the policy the administration is actually executing.
Patrick Smith / Salon:
The art of getting the hell out of an airport  —  The best thing about Hong Kong's huge new terminal: Rail transport to the city.  American airports don't come close  —  Suvarnabhumi Airport, in Bangkok  —  TAIPEI, Taiwan — Gotta love these big Asian airports.  —  Let's start with Hong Kong.
Discussion: Yglesias and Paul Krugman
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Exclusive: Rand Paul makes Iowa move  —  As both he and his father weigh presidential runs, Rand Paul is meeting with top Iowa Republican officials this weekend, POLITICO has learned.  —  Paul will sit down with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and GOP Chairman Matt Strawn ahead of a speech Saturday night …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Uncovered: New $2 billion bailout in Obamacare  — TAGS: - center for consumer information and insurance oversight - early retiree reinsurance program - obamacare  —  Chief Political Correspondent Follow Him @ByronYork  —  Investigators for the House Energy …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Trump's shadow  —  First Read crystallizes the problem:  —  Donald Trump is going to be an amazing distraction.... On the one hand, if you're Mitt Romney, you probably like this.  Trump — at least from now until June — takes oxygen away from Tim Pawlenty and Haley Barbour.
Discussion: FrumForum
Bloomberg:
Libyan Rebels Seek Cease-Fire as U.S. Vows to Withdraw Jets  —  (Updates with fighting in fourth paragraph, oil accord with Qatar in seventh, and Misrata hospital crisis in 14th.  See EXTRA and MET for more on Middle East unrest.)  —  Libyan rebels called for a cease- fire as forces loyal …
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Arizona Proposes Medicaid Fat Fee  —  Arizona's governor on Thursday proposed levying a $50 fee on some enrollees in the state's cash-starved Medicaid program, including obese people who don't follow a doctor-supervised slimming regimen and smokers.  —  The plan, if approved …
Rasmussen Reports:
57% Okay With Government Shutdown If It Leads to Deeper Budget Cuts  —  A majority of voters are fine with a partial shutdown of the federal government if that's what it takes to get deeper cuts in federal government spending.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Mellon Doctrine  —  “Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmers, liquidate real estate.”  That, according to Herbert Hoover, was the advice he received from Andrew Mellon, the Treasury secretary, as America plunged into depression.  To be fair, there's some question …
Paul Bedard / US News:
Pentagon Art: $600,000 Gurgling Toad Sculpture  —  A $600,000 frog sculpture that lights up, gurgles “sounds of nature” and carries a 10-foot fairy girl on its back could soon be greeting Defense Department employees who plan to start working at the $700 million Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. this fall.
 
 
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USA Today:
CEO pay soars while workers' pay stalls
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Wonk Room
Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
House Violates 72 Hour Pledge Again
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
The Next America  —  Minorities are increasing in number faster …
Lynn Sweet:
Obama's 2012 fund raising goal per Messina: “north of $750 million”
Discussion: The Hill and Ben Smith's Blog
Steven F. Hayward / Wall Street Journal:
The Secret to Brazil's Energy Success
Discussion: National Review
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Gregory Simmons / ABCNEWS:
Tea Party Sen. Pat Toomey Won't Support Moderate Republican Olympia Snowe
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Unions deploy money and muscle in Battle of Wisconsin
Los Angeles Times:
Radioactivity surges again at Japan nuclear plant
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Fox News