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11:55 AM ET, April 6, 2011


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Supreme Court race still 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 Larry Sandler and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Wisconsin judicial race too close to call  —  The race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court that has become a proxy for the state's fight over public sector unions was too close to call as of early Wednesday morning, and the vote appears headed for a recount.
Associated Press:   Recount may not be able to start for weeks
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 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
CBO: GOP Budget Would Increase Debt, Then Stick It To Medicare Patients  —  The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's initial analysis of the House GOP budget released today by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is filled with nuggets of bad news for Republicans.  —  In addition to acknowledging that seniors …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Geithner confirms administration is crafting plan for corporate tax reform  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told lawmakers Tuesday that the administration is crafting a corporate tax reform plan that would eliminate some tax preferences in exchange for a lower corporate tax rate.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘THIS IS A CAUSE’.... The political world will mull over the details …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Neglected Elements of Paul Ryan's Ripoff — Middle Class Tax Increases and Giveaways to Big Banks
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
‘Gang of Six’ talks could affect deal on long-term budget
David Jackson / USA Today:
Boehner, Obama aides also dispute long-term budget issues  —  House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and the White House have revived their budget dispute this morning — not over the imminent government shutdown, but over the long-term spending plan put forth by House Republican Paul Ryan.
Discussion: The Agonist
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Dems Find Message Discipline Against GOP Plan To Scrap Medicare
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate repeals health law's 1099 provision, sends bill to president
Discussion: Hot Air
Ctrlawsec / The CenterLine:
Today's Terrorism News  —  White House Report Suggests Pakistan Making Little Headway Against Militants  —  A semiannual White House report to Congress suggests that Pakistan is making little progress against militants and that the country has “no clear path toward defeating the insurgency,” according to multiple reports.
US: Pakistan has ‘no clear path’ on fighting militancy  —  US says Pakistan is avoiding direct conflict with the militants in the tribal areas  —  Pakistan still has no “clear path” to defeat militants on its soil, a new White House has said.  —  The report also said the Afghan Taliban …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Providers slam Ryan's proposed cuts to insurance coverage  —  The 2012 GOP budget proposal would scrap the healthcare reform law's insurance subsidies while retaining the deep Medicare cuts that pay for them, sparking cries of outrage from providers.  —  A number of stakeholders …
Discussion: TPMDC
Michael Shedlock / Mish's Global Economic …:
No Path to Prosperity: Ryan's Incredulous Budget-Balancing Proposal, Preposterous Unemployment Estimate
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Achilles Heel Of The Path To Prosperity
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.
New York Times:
As Shutdown Looms, Agencies Brace for Its Impact  —  WASHINGTON — The National Zoo would close, but the lions and tigers will get fed; Yellowstone and other national parks will shut down.  The Internal Revenue Service could stop issuing refund checks.  Customs and Border Patrol agents training officials …
The Politico:
Boehner: Dems win in shutdown
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.
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Bachmann lists her presidential creds
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Brazile to temporarily lead Democratic National Committee  —  Washington (CNN) - Longtime Democratic operative Donna Brazile will serve as interim chair of the Democratic National Committee.  —  Brazile, who's currently a first vice chair for the DNC, told CNN on Wednesday that she'll serve …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Wasserman Schultz to lead DNC
Mark Steyn / National Review:
The Right to Offend  —  When I wrote over the weekend about the trial of Australia's most prominent columnist for expressing his opinions, I did not expect it to be quite so immediately relevant to the United States.  But perhaps what's most disturbing about Lindsey Graham's dismal defense …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Cold Fury
Abele defeats Stone for Milwaukee County executive  —  Chris Abele makes his victory speech at the Historic Pabst Brewery after beating Jeff Stone for the Milwaukee County Executive seat.  Abele's wife, Miriam, is at right.  —  By Steve Schultze of the Journal Sentinel
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
Why Aren't You Married Yet?  —  Apparently, I'm responsible for the jerks I've dated.  —  At a March luncheon celebrating the release of the new book Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men Into Boys, it wasn't long before things got really personal.
Branwen Jeffreys / BBC:
Surgeons raise alarm over waiting  —  In England in 2009/10 there were 101,020 hip replacements and 73,378 knee replacements carried out  —  Surgeons say patients in some parts of England have spent months waiting in pain because of delayed operations or new restrictions on who qualifies for treatment.
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Sky News:
Libyan Rebels: ‘Nato Is Now Our Problem’
Discussion: RedState
Los Angeles Times:
Rebel leader in Libya demands more of NATO
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Curt Weldon / New York Times:
Time's Up, Qaddafi  —  IN 2004 I traveled to Libya as the head …
Discussion: The Hill and The Politico
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Crisis Mismanagement  —  The world's largest insurer was separated …
Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
French interior minister facing legal action over Muslim comments
Romalley / Fox Nation:
Fired NPR CEO Rips Sting Artists, Admits Rest of Establishment is ‘Terrified’