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7:30 PM ET, April 4, 2011


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Myglesias / Yglesias:
Will Paul Ryan Propose a Giant Tax Hike To Make Tax Cuts For the Rich Affordable?  —  Based on Carl Hulse's reporting from yesterday it's clear that Rep Paul Ryan (R-WI) intends to go through with his plan to replace Medicare with vouchers to buy private health insurance, and then cut spending on the vouchers.
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 …
Paul Krugman:
Privatizing Medicare  —  So they're really going to propose it.  —  More when we have some details.  But two key points:  —  1. Privatizing and voucherizing Medicare does nothing whatsoever to control costs.  We've seen that from the sorry history of Medicare Advantage.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Truly Pathetic  —  Why on earth did the Democrat speaking …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
House GOP's ‘Radical’ Plan For Medicare, Medicaid
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicaid gamble
Discussion: Hit & Run and Opinion L.A.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems ‘likely’ to offer budget alternative to Rep. Ryan's plan
Discussion: FrumForum
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Bring on the Bamboozlement  —  As House Republicans cue …
Discussion: MyDD
Fox News:
(CROSSTALK)  —  WALLACE: Are we talking 20 percent?
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
KSM to be tried by military commission at Gitmo; Holder set to make announcement today  —  Attorney General Eric Holder today will announce that self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad will be tried in a military commission, CBS News has learned.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
In Reversal, 9/11 Plotter to Be Tried by Military Panel  —  WASHINGTON — In a major reversal, the Obama administration has decided to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed for his role in the attacks of Sept. 11 before a military commission at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and not in a civilian courtroom.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed / Fox News:
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Accused 9/11 Co-Conspirators to Face Military Trial
Michelle Malkin:
Obama administration retreats (again) on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed civilian trial; Holder blames Congress
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
A Hamstrung Eric Holder Blasts Critics of Civilian Trials
Discussion: Hot Air
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner digs in on spending cuts, saying $33B is ‘not enough’  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Monday that a spending accord with the Senate and White House must contain more than the $33 billion in immediate cuts Democrats have said the two sides already agreed upon.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Public Would Blame Both Sides if Government Shuts Down  —  Tea Party Reps Say Stand on Principle Even If It Means a Shutdown  —  With an April 8 deadline approaching for a possible shutdown of the federal government, the public remains divided over whether congressional Republicans …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Top Republicans: There Is No Budget Deal
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama invites leaders to budget talks
Discussion: The Politico and FrumForum
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
The Hill Poll: Likely voters are wary of Libyan mission cost
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Allows Tax Credit for Religious Tuition  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday effectively upheld an Arizona program that aids religious schools, saying in a 5-to-4 decision that the plaintiffs had no standing to challenge it.  —  The program itself is novel and complicated …
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
MONEY TALKS  —  Eight of the current Supreme Court Justices are known for their zeal in questioning lawyers.  That tendency was on display last week during the oral argument over the constitutionality of an Arizona law known as the Citizens Clean Elections Act, a law that attempts …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Law Blog
No degree, little experience pay off big  —  Just in his mid-20s, Brian Deschane has no college degree, very little management experience and two drunken-driving convictions.  —  Yet he has landed an $81,500-per-year job in Gov. Scott Walker's administration overseeing environmental …
Margot Roosevelt / Los Angeles Times:
Critics' review unexpectedly supports scientific consensus on global warming  —  A UC Berkeley team's preliminary findings in a review of temperature data confirm global warming studies.  —  A team of UC Berkeley physicists and statisticians that set out to challenge the scientific consensus …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Truth, Still Inconvenient
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Campaign to recall Wirch says it has enough signatures  —  The head of the campaign to recall Sen. Robert Wirch (D-Pleasant Prairie) says the group has gathered enough signatures to force a recall election.  —  Dan Hunt, chairman of Taxpayers to Recall Robert Wirch, says his organization has …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
John Phillips: Why Hillary Clinton must run in 2012  —  If Hillary Clinton's primary voters and President Obama had their relationship status listed on their Facebook pages, it would change from “Married” to “It's complicated.”  —  To be fair, Hillary voters never fell in love with Obama, they just fell in line.
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))
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Four Hidden Messages In Obama's 2012 Reelection Launch  —  If you haven't yet seen it, here is the video that President Obama is using to launch his 2012 campaign.  —  Notice anything?  Here's what I saw:  —  1. The new slogan—"It begins with us"—is not a statement of fact.
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Re: Lindsey Graham and the First Amendment  —  Andrew, ever since I ran into a spot of bother in Canada, I've found myself giving speeches in defense of freedom of expression in Toronto, London, Copenhagen, etc.  I did not think it would be necessary quite so soon to take the same stand …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
41 senators vow to oppose Planned Parenthood rider  —  Forty-one senators have pledged to filibuster any bipartisan spending bill that includes an amendment to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood, threatening an impasse with House conservatives.  —  The group, led by Sen. Barbara Boxer …
The truth about GE's tax bill  —  Did GE pay U.S. income taxes in 2010?  The company known for minimizing its tax bill made a muddled situation worse responding to a New York Times report suggesting it might get a refund.  GE now says it has a small tax liability for 2010.
Kathleen Lucadamo / NY Daily News:
No fried food: Health Dept. workers cringe at new rules restricting foods, fragrances, decorations  —  No overbearing perfume.  No obscene pictures.  And definitely no French fries for work lunches.  —  That's the new edict for employees of the same city Health Department that brought …
Andrew Goldman / New York Times:
Katie Couric Has a Few Regrets  —  When you started hosting the “CBS Evening News” in 2006, there was a lot of talk about mold-breaking.  Now the show looks very much like the other network broadcasts.  —  In retrospect I would have given people what they were used to, a traditional newscast.
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Erika Gudmundson / U.S. Department of the Treasury:
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
Fee Ratio  —  Completely apart from TARP, the financial crisis …
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
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