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10:05 AM ET, April 4, 2011


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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Clinton: Shutdown would hurt GOP but might not be ‘traumatic’ for economy  —  A government shutdown might not have a “traumatic” effect on the economy, former President Bill Clinton said Monday.  —  Clinton, who faced a shutdown during his 1995 budget negotiations with congressional Republicans …
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
The Hill Poll: GOP seen as more reasonable in spending-cut debate  —  A plurality of likely voters believes Republicans have been more reasonable than Democrats in the negotiations over spending cuts.  —  A new poll conducted for The Hill showed 41 percent polled said the GOP had been …
Discussion: National Review
Suzan Clarke / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Bill Clinton Calls ‘Birther’ Doubts About Obama's Citizenship ‘Ludicrous’  —  Former President Believes U.S. Should Arm Libya's Rebels  —  Continuing outcry by “birthers” — a small but vocal movement which questions whether President Barack Obama was actually born on U.S. soil …
Discussion: Ballot Box
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
A Tea Party Star Stirs Iowans, and She Isn't Palin  —  WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Sarah Palin, the reigning heroine of many social conservatives, has given few signals that she will make a presidential bid.  Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 on the strength of his appeal …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
GOP freshmen face big shutdown decision: fight or fall in line
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Roll Call
The Note:
The Note: Race Is On: Obama Re-Election Announcement Offers First Glimpse At Democrats' 2012 Campaign
Discussion: The Politico and Political Punch
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Aim: Cut $4 Trillion  —  Budget Plan Would Transform Medicare, Reset Budget Debate; Democrats Balk  —  Republicans will present this week a 2012 budget proposal that would cut more than $4 trillion from federal spending projected over the next decade and transform the Medicare health program …
Fox News:
GOP Budget Plan to Cut More Than $4 Trillion Over Decade, Rep. Paul Ryan Says
Marc Ambinder /
Obama Announces Reelection Bid  —  President Obama opens his reelection campaign on Monday with a familiar cast of consultants; an economy that's improving, sluggishly; wars that he is struggling to extract himself from; and an implacable partisan fight in Congress that might shut down the government by week's end.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Obama launches reelection campaign with video  —  President Barack Obama launched his reelection campaign Monday morning with a web video posted on his website.  —  “It Begins With Us” features a series of supporters from around the country explaining why they support the president …
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
With short video, Obama launches bid for re-election
Discussion: In The Agora
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
It Doesn't Get Any Clearer Than That: “Free speech is a great idea, but we're in a war”  —  Here's what Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said today about Florida pastor Terry Jones' burning of a Koran, which has been used an excuse by Afghanis to murder 22 people, including seven United Nations workers:
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Reid: 'We'll look into' Quran burning
Cathy Hayes / IrishCentral:
Samantha Power to be the next Secretary of State?  —  Irish-born adviser now key to Obama foreign policy  —  A flattering New York Times profile has increased speculation that Samantha Power, the Dublin-born aide to President Obama, could be his next Secretary of State or National Security Adviser.
‘NYT refused to publish Goldstone retraction’
Michael Muskal / Los Angeles Times:
Obama launches reelection campaign with e-mail, web video  —  The president pledges to focus on his job, but will pick up the tempo of campaigning this month with several fundraisers.  The campaign is hoping to raise a record $1 billion.  —  President Obama speaking in March (Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images))
The Politico:
Jon Huntsman, the rock ‘n’ roll years  —  Jonny Huntsman didn't quite make it through his senior year of high school, and the cause was pretty plain to his classmates.  One recalled the long-haired, diffident Salt Lake City high schooler sitting next to him in history class “hitting his desk as if it were a piano.”
Discussion: GOP 12
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
10 things to watch during the shutdown battle  —  The forecast on Capitol Hill this week calls for brinksmanship, heated rhetoric and a climactic ending that could have a major impact on the 2012 elections.  —  With less than a week to go before the April 8 government shutdown deadline …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A SUCKER'S BET.... The effort to pass a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year will be the principal challenge for policymakers over the next few days, but while that work continues, congressional Republicans will also start a massive fight over the next budget.
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Politico's Roger Simon: 'Obama's The Greatest Orator Of Modern Times'  —  Politico's Roger Simon said Sunday Barack Obama is the greatest orator of modern times.  —  Chatting with Howard Kurtz on CNN's “Reliable Sources,” Simon also said journalists are just now looking beyond …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and
Palm Beach Post:
Foreclosure crisis: Fed-up judges crack down disorder in the courts  —  Angry and exasperated by faulty foreclosure documents, judges throughout Florida are hitting back by increasingly dismissing cases and boldly accusing lawyers of “fraud upon the court.”  —  A Palm Beach Post review …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama Begins Re-Election Facing New Political Challenges  —  President Obama confirmed Monday morning that he will seek another four years in the White House, launching a re-election campaign that will ask Americans to endorse the status quo over the increasingly vocal calls from Republicans for a fresh start in Washington.
Mike Mulcahy / Minnesota Public Radio:
Bachmann hires former top Huckabee staffer  —  From Mark Zdechlik:  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann's political action committee has hired Wes Enos, the Iowa political director for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee when he ran for president in 2008.  —  Bachmann chief of staff Andy Parrish confirmed Enos …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and GOP 12
David Bauder / Associated Press:
AP source: Couric leaving news anchor post  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Katie Couric is leaving her anchor post at “CBS Evening News” less than five years after becoming the first woman to solely helm a network TV evening newscast.  —  A network executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity …
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Now Libya steps on President Obama's message
Discussion: Right Wing News
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court shields prosecutors in wrongful convictions
Nick Pryer / Daily Mail:
Is this the first ever portrait of Jesus? …
Discussion: Maggie's Notebook and theblogprof
Wall Street Journal:
Jimmy Carter Lobbies for Cuban Spies
Nick Hopkins / Guardian:
RAF stretched to limit, air chief warns
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Biden to Discuss New Guidelines About Campus Sex Crimes
Discussion: Washington Post
Ben Quinn / Guardian:
Air France 447 search yields hope
Discussion: CNN and The Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Proposes Massive Tax Cuts For The Rich, Big Tax Hikes for Middle Class
Paul Krugman:
Diminished Individualism Watch
Discussion: Grist
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
2012ers balk at RNC debate plan
Discussion: FrumForum
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Romney campaign shuns the limelight
John / Power Line:
Is It Time to Get Out of Afghanistan?