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4:55 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.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
House GOP's ‘Radical’ Plan For Medicare, Medicaid  —  If anything will make it easier for House conservatives to back off on shutting down the government this week, it's the prospect of a different, and much larger fight over the federally funded social safety net.
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicaid gamble
Discussion: Opinion L.A.
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.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
A Hamstrung Eric Holder Blasts Critics of Civilian Trials
Discussion: Hot Air
Lauraklairmont / CNN:   TRENDING: Gitmo commission move the latest in a long line of Obama shifts
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama invites leaders to budget talks
Discussion: The Politico and FrumForum
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
41 Senate Dems oppose GOP Planned Parenthood cuts
Discussion: Cubachi and Weasel Zippers
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
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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Balloon Juice
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))
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Dog bites man: Obama's 2012 reelection campaign announcement video
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and Hot Air
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
The Hill Poll: Likely voters are wary of Libyan mission cost  —  Only a quarter of Americans believe the Obama administration's military intervention in Libya is worth the cost, and even fewer support arming anti-regime fighters, according to a new poll for The Hill.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
The Hill Poll: GOP seen as more reasonable in spending-cut debate
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
By Two-to-One Margin, Voters Think Libya Not Worth the Cost
Discussion: Eschaton
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Wonkette, The Raw Story and Daily Kos
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 …
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.
Setting The Record Straight on GE's Taxes  —  There's a heated debate over General Electric's taxes in places ranging from the front page of the New York Times to the blogosphere to, of all places, “The Daily Show.”  In the 10 days since the Times touched off this debate …
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 …
Former Congressman Adler dies at 51 … Former Congressman John Adler has died, state Sen. Paul A. Arlo, D-Bergen, said today.  —  Adler, 51, was hospitalized last month for heart surgery after a staph infection attacked the inner lining of his heart.  He was said to be recovering at University …
Discussion: The Hill and Hotline On Call
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 …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Texas Brewpubs Want Permission To Sell Beer In Stores  —  BG alerts me to a burgeoning beer licensing dispute in Texas whose 29 brewpubs are allowed to sell beer on site but not in stores.  A number of groups are supporting the deregulatory drive, but the Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas is opposed which …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Now Libya steps on President Obama's message  —  President Barack Obama's decision to intervene in Libya has presented him with a whole new set of political problems with members of both parties.  But its most worrisome effect for the White House is the way it's undermining his efforts …
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
Fee Ratio  —  Completely apart from TARP, the financial crisis …
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Paul Krugman:
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
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Paul Krugman:
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