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2:35 PM ET, April 4, 2011


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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?  —  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.
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
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hullabaloo
Fox News:
(CROSSTALK)  —  WALLACE: Are we talking 20 percent?
Discussion: and The New Republic
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pawlenty ribs Obama's reelection announcement
Discussion: Ballot Box and CNN
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.
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: Law Blog
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:   Will Supreme Court Allow Companies to Donate Directly?
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 …
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 …
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Obama re-election launches with email, website
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 …
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 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 …
Suzan Clarke / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Bill Clinton Calls ‘Birther’ Doubts About Obama's Citizenship ‘Ludicrous’
Discussion: Ballot Box
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.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Margot Roosevelt / Los Angeles Times:
Critics' review unexpectedly supports scientific consensus on global warming
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 …
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 …
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.”
‘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
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John E. Sununu / Boston Globe:
Presidential feints by two media stars
Discussion: GOP 12, Washington Post and The Hill
Michael Bristow / BBC:
China police silent on artist Ai Weiwei's detention
Discussion: FrumForum
No degree, little experience pay off big
Discussion: The Raw Story and Daily Kos
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
41 Senate Dems oppose GOP Planned Parenthood cuts
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mark Whitehouse / Wall Street Journal:
Fed's Low Interest Rates Crack Retirees' Nest Eggs
Discussion: Free exchange
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Case For Freshman Ineligibility
Discussion: Get Schooled and Eschaton
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
ST. LOUIS  • Last November, Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder spent the night at the Chase …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Afghan Officials Say 2 American Soldiers Killed in Shooting
Discussion: National Review and Jihad Watch
Steve Chapman / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's ‘Bloodbath’: Can We Believe the Hype?
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
Nick Pryer / Daily Mail:
Is this the first ever portrait of Jesus? …
Mike Mulcahy / Minnesota Public Radio:
Bachmann hires former top Huckabee staffer
Discussion: TPMDC and Hotline On Call
Paul Krugman:
Diminished Individualism Watch
Discussion: Grist