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10:35 PM ET, April 4, 2011


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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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Truly Pathetic  —  Why on earth did the Democrat speaking for the Democrats just now on Hardball say it was “courageous” but “politically stupid” for Paul Ryan to put up a plan to abolish Medicare and other federal social programs?  That's the best he can do?  “Courageous”?  That's simply amazing.
Discussion: That Mr. G Guy's Blog
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.
Discussion:, Hot Air and RedState
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicaid gamble
Discussion: Opinion L.A. and Hit & Run
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Aim: Cut $4 Trillion
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems ‘likely’ to offer budget alternative to Rep. Ryan's plan
Discussion: The Politico and FrumForum
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Bring on the Bamboozlement  —  As House Republicans cue …
Discussion: That Mr. G Guy's Blog and MyDD
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner digs in on spending cuts, saying $33B is ‘not enough’  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Monday that a spending accord with the Senate and White House must contain more than the $33 billion in immediate cuts Democrats have said the two sides already agreed upon.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Public Would Blame Both Sides if Government Shuts Down  —  Tea Party Reps Say Stand on Principle Even If It Means a Shutdown  —  With an April 8 deadline approaching for a possible shutdown of the federal government, the public remains divided over whether congressional Republicans …
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.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Top Republicans: There Is No Budget Deal
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama invites leaders to budget talks
Discussion: The Politico and FrumForum
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.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
A Hamstrung Eric Holder Blasts Critics of Civilian Trials
Discussion: Hot Air and Flopping Aces
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed / Fox News:
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Accused 9/11 Co-Conspirators to Face Military Trial
Michelle Malkin:
Obama administration retreats (again) on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed civilian trial; Holder blames Congress
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
The United States Department of Justice:
Statement of the Attorney General on the Prosecution of the 9/11 Conspirators
Discussion: TalkLeft and Blog of Rights
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 …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Source: Pig's foot sent to congressman's office  —  Washington (CNN) - A frozen pig's foot and a note laced with anti-Semitic rants were sent to Rep. Peter King's Capitol Hill office, a congressional source familiar with the situation confirmed to CNN Monday.
Discussion: American Power
The Note:   Bloody Pig's Foot Mailed to Top House Republican
First Read /
Cops investigating pig's foot sent to Rep. Peter King's office
Discussion: FrumForum
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 …
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
MONEY TALKS  —  Eight of the current Supreme Court Justices …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Law Blog
Doug Kendall / The Huffington Post:   McComish, the Supreme Court and the Fiesta Bowl Scandal
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:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Andrew Goldman / New York Times:
Katie Couric Has a Few Regrets  —  When you started hosting the “CBS Evening News” in 2006, there was a lot of talk about mold-breaking.  Now the show looks very much like the other network broadcasts.  —  In retrospect I would have given people what they were used to, a traditional newscast.
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.
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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
F.A.A. to Order Airlines to Inspect 737s for Cracks
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Wisconsin union battle ‘helped define’ Democrats, Trumka says
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Maine GOP Legislators Publicly Rebuke Gov. Paul LePage
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Next E! True Hollywood Story subject: Sarah Palin?
Discussion: Mediaite
Erika Gudmundson / U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Secretary Geithner Sends Debt Limit Letter to Congress
Edwin Mora / CNSNews:
60% of U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan Have Occurred Since Obama Was Inaugurated in 2009
Discussion: Riehl World View
Former Congressman Adler dies at 51
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
For the War Before He Was Against It  —  Rush Limbaugh's cynical …
Mark S. Smith / Associated Press:
West Wing disappears behind noisy construction job
Discussion: The Politico
Michael Muskal / Los Angeles Times:
Obama launches reelection campaign with e-mail, web video