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3:45 PM ET, April 6, 2011


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Scott Baker / The Blaze:
Fox News and Mercury Radio Arts Announce New Agreement; Beck to ‘Transition Off’ Daily TV Program  —  Editor's note: After a great deal of speculation about Glenn Beck's future on television, here is the freshly-inked news release.  There will be a couple of key headlines out of this …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Glenn Beck to End Daily Fox News Program  —  Updated |  Glenn Beck will end his daily Fox News Channel program later this year.  —  His departure was jointly announced in a statement on Wednesday by Fox and Mr. Beck's company, Mercury Radio Arts.  The statement did not specify an end date for the show …
New York Times:
Glenn Beck To ‘Transition Off’ Fox News Program … Fox News , Glenn Beck , Glenn Beck Fox News , Cable News , Fox News Glenn Beck , Glenn Beck Leaving Fox News Show , Glenn Beck Transition , Media News  —  Fox News and Glenn Beck announced Wednesday that Beck will “transition off of his daily program” later this year.
David Weigel / Weigel:
Glenn Beck Will End Fox News Show  —  His daily show, which began in January 2009, will end at some point this year.  Business Insider has the full release while Beck's news site, The Blaze, is offline. … Beck's ratings had been collapsing, even as he remained one of the most popular hosts on TV.
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Glenn Beck's Fox News Show Ending  —  From an April 6 press release:
Discussion: The Washington Note
Announcement: Glenn Beck To “Transition Off” Daily Fox News TV Program
Jay Yarow / The Wire:
Discussion: AlterNet and The Other McCain
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Fox News Announces That Glenn Beck ‘To Transition Off Of His Daily Program’
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Paul Krugman:
Paul Ryan's Multiple Unicorns  —  Gosh.  For a plan that supposedly sets a new standard of seriousness, Paul Ryan's vision (pdf) depends an awful lot on unicorn sightings — belief in the impossible.  Let me review the top three unicorns.  —  First, the plan assumes that tax cuts will set off a literally unprecedented boom.
CBO's Latest 10 Documents:
LONG-TERM ANALYSIS OF A BUDGET PROPOSAL BY CHAIRMAN RYAN  —  ABSTRACT  —  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has conducted a long-term analysis of a budget proposal by Chairman Ryan to substantially change federal payments under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, eliminate the subsidies …
Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
Republican Paul Ryan's budget proposal is brave, radical, and smart.  —  For the past 30 years, Republicans have been hypocrites about spending.  They've raged against big government without ever proposing the kinds of cuts necessary to bring federal expenditures in line with tax revenues.
Representative Ryan Proposes Medicare Plan Under Which Seniors Would Pay Most of Their Income for Health Care  —  That is what headlines would look like if the United States had an independent press.  After all, this is one of the main take aways of the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) …
Myglesias / Yglesias:   Nancy Pelosi Vows To Party Like It's 2005 With Paul Ryan's Draconian Medicare-Ending Budget Proposal
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Neglected Elements of Paul Ryan's Ripoff — Middle Class Tax Increases and Giveaways to Big Banks
Wall Street Journal:
New Proposal Hits Old Hurdles of Budget Math
Discussion: Firedoglake and National Review
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The Facts  —  First of all, his fancy presentation stacks the deck a bit.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Supreme Court race too close to call; Kloppenburg has narrow lead over Prosser  —  At left, Justice David Prosser speaks to supporters in Hartland.  At right, Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg speaks to supporters in Madison.  —  By Patrick Marley, Larry Sandler and Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel
Randy Radtke /
Court Race May Come Down to the Town of Lake Mills (Updated)  —  With fewer than 200 votes separating incumbent Supreme Court Justice David Prosser and his challenger assistant attorney general JoAnne Kloppenburg, the election outcome could be affected by the Town of Lake Mills where all the votes have not yet been counted.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
White House Says Shutdown Would Harm the Economy  —  WASHINGTON — The White House warned on Wednesday that a shutdown of the federal government would threaten the nation's fragile economic recovery.  But negotiations over the budget remained stalled amid increasingly sharp rhetoric from lawmakers in both political parties.
Discussion: CNN and Calculated Risk
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner, Obama budget call lasts three minutes  —  President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had a brief phone call Wednesday as a government shutdown loomed, and Boehner told the president he is “hopeful” a spending deal can be reached, the Speaker's office said.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
The Note:
GOP Rep. McCotter: ‘Majority of the Public’ Wouldn't Mind Government Shutdown
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DEMANDS FOR AN ‘ALTERNATIVE’.... Yesterday afternoon …
Discussion: The Impolitic and The Page
Susan Crabtree / TPMDC:
White House Prepares For the Worst, Outlines Shutdown Plans
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Bachmann: Why I'm qualified to be president  —  Michele Bachmann, after Bill O'Reilly asks her if she has the frame of reference to be the leader of the free world.
Conor Dougherty / Wall Street Journal:
New Faces of Childhood  —  Census Shows Hispanic and Asian Children Surging as Whites, Blacks Shrink  —  America's child population grew more far diverse over the past decade as a decline in the ranks of white children was offset by surging growth of Asians and Hispanics.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Kids Are Less White
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Teen Finds Campaign Worker At Back Door At 3AM  —  ANKENY, Iowa — A 15-year-old girl found a campaign worker from Alabama banging on her Ankeny family's back door early Wednesday morning.  —  Chloe Steward told KCCI she heard her dog barking around 3 a.m. and went to investigate.
CBS San Francisco:
Man With Anti-Obama Sign Attacked In San Francisco  —  SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/ BCN) — A man who set up a table with political literature and a sign opposing President Barack Obama was attacked in San Francisco's North Panhandle neighborhood, police and witnesses said Tuesday.
Is Palin the hot new baby name?  —  Met any baby Palins lately?  No, this isn't some new political joke — “Palin” gained some traction as a girl name in 2009.  But naming your child after a living politician is a tricky business these days, one naming expert explains.  —  By Sue Kidd
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Paul Krugman:
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
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House Dem: Climate change bigger health threat than AIDS, malaria
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
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Discussion: Yglesias
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