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10:45 AM ET, April 5, 2011


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Paul D. Ryan / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Path to Prosperity  —  Our budget cuts $6.2 trillion in spending from the president's budget over the next 10 years and puts the nation on track to pay off our national debt.  —  Congress is currently embroiled in a funding fight over how much to spend on less than one-fifth of the federal budget for the next six months.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Moment of Truth  —  It was a season of fiscal perestroika.  Last fall, the Simpson-Bowles deficit commission released a bold report on how to avoid an economic catastrophe.  For a few weeks, the think tanks and government offices were alive with proposals to reduce debt and reform entitlements …
Brian Faler / Bloomberg:
Republicans to Unveil Budget Calling for Sweeping Changes in Tax, Spending
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
House GOP to distribute shutdown plan  —  Republican leaders are preparing the House for a government shutdown, as they plan to distribute a pamphlet about the mechanics of a partial congressional work-stoppage to all lawmakers' offices Tuesday morning, according to several senior House aides.
The Huffington Post:
Budget Deal Would Give Pentagon Extra Funds In Exchange For Social Program Cuts … WASHINGTON — While media attention focuses on the cuts to government spending demanded by House Republicans and broadly accepted by Democrats, the Pentagon is poised to reap billions more in federal funds, according to sources close to the discussions.
Discussion: Daily Kos and AMERICAblog News
Andrew Stiles / National Review:
BREAKING: GOP Readies Short-Term CR as Budget Talks Break Down  —  House Republicans are preparing a third short-term spending resolution in the event that a long-term compromise cannot be reached with Senate Democrats and the White House before April 8, GOP aides confirm.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Santorum to make first stop in Nevada
Discussion: The Page
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Maine Mural Controversy: U.S. Labor Department Says Put It Back Up Or Repay The Money … Department Of Labor , Department Of Labor Maine , Labor Mural , Labor Protests , Maine Mural , Paul Lepage , Paul Lepage Maine , Paul Lepage Maine Governor , Paul Lepage Mural , Politics News
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Department Of Labor steps into battle over Maine mural  —  The U.S. Department of Labor wants its money back if Maine Gov. Paul LePage won't return the mural it funded to the state's labor department headquarters.  —  The federal government provided part of a $60,000 grant to pay for the creation …
Portland Press-Herald:
Maine Voices: LePage rhetoric interferes with goals, say GOP senators
Charlie Cook /
Warning Signs Among the GOP  —  It's not inconceivable that Republicans might start seeing things go against them in the court of public opinion, starting with the current spending debate.  —  Until recently, Republicans were taking solace in a number of things as they looked forward to 2012.
Robert Costa / National Review:
Graham Responds to Steyn, Stuttaford  —  In response to the criticism by Mark Steyn and Andrew Stuttaford about his weekend comments on free speech and Koran burning, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) called me this afternoon to flesh out his thoughts on the matter.  —  Here is the transcript:
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Bloody pig's foot sent to Rep. Peter King  —  Authorities intercepted a parcel this morning addressed to Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) containing a bloody pig's foot and a derogatory message, a source has confirmed to CBS News.  —  The parcel was intercepted at the Congressional mail facility in Landover …
First Read /
Cops investigating pig's foot sent to Rep. Peter King's office
Discussion: Gothamist and Runnin' Scared
Toby Harnden  —  Toby Harnden is the Daily Telegraph's US Editor, based in Washington DC.  Click here for Toby's website.  His email is  Follow him on Twitter here @tobyharnden and on Facebook here.  His second book, Dead Men Risen, is available through Telegraph Books.
Discussion: Blog
Tom Bowman / NPR:
Gen. Petraeus Being ‘Seriously Considered’ For CIA Director, NPR Reports
ElBaradei: We'll fight back if Israel attacks Gaza  —  In interview with Arab newspaper, former IAEA chief says if elected as Egypt's next president he will open Rafah crossing in case of an Israeli attack  —  Former International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei …
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Wisconsin Dem senator could face recall
Discussion: TPMDC
Hannah Hess / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Racial slur led to fight with Illinois trooper, student says  —  CARLINVILLE  • The politically connected head of Gov. Pat Quinn's Southern Illinois security detail used a racial slur against a black college student in a Carlinville bar, starting a fight that preceded the officer's resignation, the student says.
Discussion: Moe Lane and That Mr. G Guy's Blog
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Mitch Daniels to give education speech in Washington  —  Mitch Daniels has been mostly tethered to Indianapolis during a contentious legislative session, but he's planning a trip to Washington next month to deliver what's sure to be a high-profile speech on education.
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Unrest in Yemen Seen as Opening to Qaeda Branch  —  WASHINGTON — Counterterrorism operations in Yemen have ground to a halt, allowing Al Qaeda's deadliest branch outside of Pakistan to operate more freely inside the country and to increase plotting for possible attacks against Europe and the United States …
Kenneth Rogoff / Financial Times:
History will rue US and Europe debt woes  —  Will 23rd-century historians look back on today's fiscal follies with the same mixture of bemusement and disdain with which we now view the financial affairs of 18th-century French kings?  Policymakers throughout the world are trying to find ways …
Radiation in water rushing into sea tests millions of times over limit  —  Tokyo (CNN) — Japanese utility and government authorities suffered fresh setbacks Tuesday with the detection of radiation in a fish and news that water gushing from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the Pacific …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and The Jawa Report
Associated Press:
John Adler, Former New Jersey Congressman, Dies at 51  —  TRENTON (AP) — John Adler, a New Jersey politician who worked his way up from town councilman to a term in Congress, died on Monday.  He was 51.  —  A spokeswoman for Mr. Adler, a Democrat, confirmed the death.
Discussion: The Page
Ballot Box:
Bachmann begins to overshadow Palin as more-likely White House contender  —  The vacuum created by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) absence from the 2012 campaign trail presents a major opportunity for the woman she once hinted might share a presidential ticket with her: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
Singer Elected Haiti's President  —  PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — One of Haiti's most popular entertainers, a provocative Carnival singer previously best known for disrobing and swearing on stage, was elected president in a landslide, according to results announced Monday, placing him at the helm …
Discussion: The Daley Gator and UN Dispatch
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Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Supreme Court dismisses case challenging school choice groups
Boston Globe:
Targets set high for Obama reelection
Google Said to Be Possible Target of U.S. FTC Antitrust Probe
Amelia Hill / Guardian:
News of the World arrests in phone-hacking case
Discussion: The Wire
Tom Lauricella / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Crunched in Nasdaq Rebalance
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Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Religion Does Its Worst
Discussion: Vox Popoli and The Huffington Post
Jack Khoury / Haaretz:
Israeli actor Juliano Mer-Khamis shot dead in Jenin
Discussion: Israel Matzav and TPMCafe
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP keeps its powder dry as Obama runs unopposed
Discussion: The Hoosierpundit
No degree, little experience pay off big