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2:45 PM ET, April 6, 2011

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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.
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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 …
CEPR:
Representative Ryan Proposes Medicare Plan Under Which Seniors Would Pay Most of Their Income for Health Care
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Guardian and The Raw Story
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The Facts  —  First of all, his fancy presentation stacks the deck a bit.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Michael Shedlock / Mish's Global Economic …:
No Path to Prosperity: Ryan's Incredulous Budget-Balancing Proposal, Preposterous Unemployment Estimate
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 …
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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
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Beck ending show on Fox
Discussion: The Politico
Jay Yarow / The Wire:
GLENN BECK PULLING SHOW OFF FOX NEWS
Discussion: AlterNet and The Other McCain
JSOnline:
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
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Randy Radtke / lakemillsleaderonline.com:
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.
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.
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
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Susan Crabtree / TPMDC:
White House Prepares For the Worst, Outlines Shutdown Plans
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DEMANDS FOR AN ‘ALTERNATIVE’.... Yesterday afternoon …
Discussion: The Page
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Senate moderates press Boehner
Discussion: CBS News and The Moderate Voice
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Neglected Elements of Paul Ryan's Ripoff — Middle Class Tax Increases and Giveaways to Big Banks
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Critical budget day dominates D.C.
JSOnline:
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
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First Read / msnbc.com:   First Thoughts: The importance of quitting while you're ahead
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 and Booman Tribune
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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.
TODAYMoms:
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
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
House Dem: Climate change bigger health threat than AIDS, malaria  —  Just hours before a vote Wednesday on a GOP plan to block Environmental Protection Agency climate regulations, Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) called climate change a bigger public health threat than AIDS, malaria and pandemic flu.
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
 
 
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Party Discipline  —  Glenn Greenwald writes that Democratic voters need …
Discussion: Yglesias
New York Post:
Private politics  —  Former Gov. George Pataki held a secretive lunch …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Ballot Box
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Brazile to temporarily lead Democratic National Committee
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Providers slam Ryan's proposed cuts to insurance coverage
Discussion: TPMDC
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James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Crisis Mismanagement  —  The world's largest insurer was separated …