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11:45 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
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.”
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
Suzan Clarke / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Bill Clinton Calls ‘Birther’ Doubts About Obama's Citizenship ‘Ludicrous’
Discussion: Ballot Box
Marc Ambinder /
Obama Announces Reelection Bid
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Bill Clinton to White House: Consider arming rebels
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Fox News:
(CROSSTALK)  —  WALLACE: Are we talking 20 percent?  —  RYAN: Our numbers are moving around right now, so we're basically trying to get government back toward its historic size.  —  WALLACE: Which is what?  —  RYAN: Right now we're at about 25 percent of GDP.
Discussion: and The New Republic
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?
Discussion: The New Republic
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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Trump: Boehner doing ‘good job’ in spending fight
Discussion: Fox News
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?
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Truth, Still Inconvenient  —  So the joke begins like this: An economist, a lawyer and a professor of marketing walk into a room.  What's the punch line?  They were three of the five “expert witnesses” Republicans called for last week's Congressional hearing on climate science.
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
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
Darren Goode / The Politico:
Salazar: No BP, Interior drilling deal  —  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar emphatically said on Monday that there is no deal or special talks with BP regarding the company's efforts to resume drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico.  —  “There is absolutely no truth to the rumor …
Discussion: The Page
Laura Saunders / Wall Street Journal:
Rich Are Targeted in IRS Audit Offensive  —  The Internal Revenue Service is stepping up audits of wealthier taxpayers as part of a multiyear effort to crack down on tax avoidance.  —  According to the agency's latest statistical report for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30 …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Bachmann PAC snags top '08 Huckabee aide  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) political action committee has hired away a former top aide to Mike Huckabee's 2008 campaign in Iowa.  —  Wes Enos, the political director for the former Arkansas governor's winning Iowa caucus campaign …
Discussion: FrumForum
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Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Afghan Officials Say 2 American Soldiers Killed in Shooting
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Washington Examiner:
Don't let Big Green use government to mug taxpayers
Discussion: protein wisdom
David Zucchino / Los Angeles Times:
Libya rebels just learning how to use their guns
Discussion: Firedoglake and Right Wing News
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
GOP shouldn't panic if whites become a minority
Discussion: National Review
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
David Bauder / Associated Press:
AP source: Couric leaving news anchor post
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A SUCKER'S BET.... The effort to pass a budget for the remainder …
Discussion: That Mr. G Guy's Blog
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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?
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