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12:30 PM ET, April 6, 2011


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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 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 deadline will be no later than April 20
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 …
Paul Krugman:
Ryan The Ridiculous  —  OK, let's leave the badness of the Medicare plan aside for now, and look at the economic projection the plan is based on.  Here's part of what the people at Heritage are claiming the plan will accomplish:  —  Heritage Foundation  —  In case you're having trouble reading …
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Rivlin: I don't back ‘Ryan-Rivlin’ plan
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DEMANDS FOR AN ‘ALTERNATIVE’.... Yesterday afternoon, the lead story on Mark Halperin's “The Page” was the White House's mild rebuke of Paul Ryan's Republican budget plan.  —  Halperin's headline: “Obama Pans Ryan — Without Alternative.”  —  This was one of those cases in which the media establishment …
Discussion: The Page and Yglesias
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Senate moderates press Boehner
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
David Jackson / USA Today:
Boehner, Obama aides also dispute long-term budget issues
Discussion: The Agonist
The Politico:
Boehner: Dems win in shutdown
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Dems Find Message Discipline Against GOP Plan To Scrap Medicare
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Neglected Elements of Paul Ryan's Ripoff — Middle Class Tax Increases and Giveaways to Big Banks  —  I posted a lot on Paul Ryan yesterday, but his comprehensive budget contains more bad ideas than any single day's worth of blogging can contain.  So let's kick the morning off by recapping …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Geithner confirms administration is crafting plan for corporate tax reform
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
‘Gang of Six’ talks could affect deal on long-term budget
New York Times:
The Budget Battles: Prosperity for Whom?
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and DCCC
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.
Discussion: CNN
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Bachmann lists her presidential creds  —  (CNN) - As she contemplates a bid for the White House, Rep. Michele Bachmann is making her case when it comes to why she's qualified to sit in the Oval Office.  —  Speaking to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly Tuesday, the Minnesota congressman touted her “broad, extensive background.”
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.
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.
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
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
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
Discussion: Indecision Forever
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Recount, retweet  —  I had the particular joy of riding the 10 p.m. Amtrak regional from Washington to New York last night, which meant that — along with waiting for the lady screaming the N-word to be dragged off at Wilmington — I spent about four hours hitting refresh on my Twitter feed …
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Wcbsmark / CBS New York:
NYC Councilman Leroy Comrie Proposes Bill Banning ‘Happy Meals’
Mark Bittman / Opinionator:
Go Philly!  —  Foodwise, among the most progressive cities …
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Brazile to temporarily lead Democratic National Committee
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Providers slam Ryan's proposed cuts to insurance coverage
Discussion: TPMDC
Michael Shedlock / Mish's Global Economic …:
No Path to Prosperity: Ryan's Incredulous Budget-Balancing Proposal, Preposterous Unemployment Estimate
 Earlier Items: 
Curt Weldon / New York Times:
Time's Up, Qaddafi  —  IN 2004 I traveled to Libya as the head …
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate repeals health law's 1099 provision, sends bill to president
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Crisis Mismanagement  —  The world's largest insurer was separated …
Romalley / Fox Nation:
Fired NPR CEO Rips Sting Artists, Admits Rest of Establishment is ‘Terrified’