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11:15 AM ET, April 4, 2011


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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))
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pawlenty ribs Obama's reelection announcement  —  Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) on Monday shot back at President Obama's announcement that he will seek reelection in 2012.  —  The likely presidential candidate's exploratory committee released a Web video highlighting the economic downturn …
Discussion: CNN and Pat Dollard
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.
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 …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Now Libya steps on President Obama's message
Discussion: Right Wing News
Marc Ambinder /
Obama Announces Reelection Bid
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
With short video, Obama launches bid for re-election
Discussion: In The Agora
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: Hot Air and National Review
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Bill Clinton to White House: Consider arming rebels  —  Former President Bill Clinton is calling on the Obama administration not to “shut the door” on the possibility of arming rebels fighting against Muammar Qadhafi's regime in Libya.  —  “I might need to know a little more …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Suzan Clarke / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Bill Clinton Calls ‘Birther’ Doubts About Obama's Citizenship ‘Ludicrous’
Discussion: Ballot Box
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 …
Myglesias / Yglesias:   Will Paul Ryan Propose a Giant Tax Hike To Make Tax Cuts For the Rich Affordable?
Fox News:
(CROSSTALK)  —  WALLACE: Are we talking 20 percent?
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 …
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:
‘NYT refused to publish Goldstone retraction’  —  Source close to South African judge claims he initially approached liberal publication to print his letter of regret - and was rejected.  New York Times says in response it does not comment on editorial process  —  Eldad Beck
Cathy Hayes / IrishCentral:
Samantha Power to be the next Secretary of State?
Nick Pryer / Daily Mail:
Is this the first ever portrait of Jesus?  The incredible story of 70 ancient books hidden in a cave for nearly 2,000 years  —  The image is eerily familiar: a bearded young man with flowing curly hair.  After lying for nearly 2,000 years hidden in a cave in the Holy Land, the fine detail is difficult to determine.
Discussion: Maggie's Notebook and theblogprof
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: Ben Smith's Blog
Paul Krugman:
Diminished Individualism Watch  —  A few weeks back I commented on a George Will column in which he said that … So I think that it is my civic duty to report that yesterday, as I got off Amtrak 161 from Trenton to Washington — having spent 2 1/2 hours being made more amenable to collectivism …
Discussion: Grist
Steve Chapman / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's ‘Bloodbath’: Can We Believe the Hype?  —  Remember when a crusading president, acting on dubious intelligence, insufficient information and exaggerated fears, took the nation into a Middle Eastern war of choice?  That was George W. Bush in 2003, invading Iraq.  But it's also Barack Obama in 2011, attacking Libya.
Discussion: Eunomia and AmSpecBlog
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.
Discussion: That Mr. G Guy's Blog
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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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
GOP shouldn't panic if whites become a minority
Discussion: National Review
Laura Saunders / Wall Street Journal:
Rich Are Targeted in IRS Audit Offensive
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Truth, Still Inconvenient
Robbie Brown / New York Times:
Duke Law Students Give Musical Nod to Nixon
Discussion: Law Blog and Hotline On Call
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court shields prosecutors in wrongful convictions
Wall Street Journal:
Jimmy Carter Lobbies for Cuban Spies
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
10 things to watch during the shutdown battle
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Ben Quinn / Guardian:
Air France 447 search yields hope
Discussion: CNN and The Raw Story
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Proposes Massive Tax Cuts For The Rich, Big Tax Hikes for Middle Class
John / Power Line:
Is It Time to Get Out of Afghanistan?
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Politico's Roger Simon: 'Obama's The Greatest Orator Of Modern Times'