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11:05 AM ET, April 6, 2011


 Top Items: 
Supreme Court race still too close to call, Kloppenburg has narrow lead  —  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.
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
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
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.
Discussion: The Hill, and Wonk Room
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘THIS IS A CAUSE’.... The political world will mull over the details …
James C. Capretta / National Review:
What Real Leadership Looks Like
Economy & Budget:
Paul Ryan's budget is a positive step
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.
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
The Politico:
Boehner: Dems ‘win’ in shutdown
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.
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Wasserman Schultz to lead DNC  —  President Barack Obama has settled on Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) as the new chair of the Democratic National Committee, top Democratic sources said Tuesday.  —  Wasserman Schultz, 44, was chosen for her strength as a fund-raiser and as a television messenger …
Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
Wasserman-Schultz hits Walker, ‘ultra-wealthy’ in first appearance
Discussion: blogs
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Washington Post and CBS receiving money from Obamacare slush fund  —  Two mainstream news organizations are receiving hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars from Obamacare's Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP) — a $5 billion grant program that's doling out cash to companies …
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.
US Office of Personnel Management:
Guidance And Information On Furlough  —  The Potential Impact of a Lapse in Appropriations on Federal Employees … Overview  —  If the current continuing resolution expires at 12:01 a.m. on April 9, 2011 without passage of an FY 2011 appropriations bill or a further continuing resolution …
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Crisis Mismanagement  —  The world's largest insurer was separated from the world's most experienced risk manager at the worst possible moment.  —  Was the life-and-death crisis at AIG triggered by a false rumor from a New York law firm?  That's one of the many questions raised by Roddy Boyd's …
Sky News:
Libyan Rebels: ‘Nato Is Now Our Problem’  —  Libyan rebels have accused Nato of being too slow to act - and asked them to suspend operations unless they “do the job properly”. … Rebel leader Abdel Fattah Younes has complained that the alliance takes hours to respond to events on the battlefield …
Discussion: RedState
Kurt Nimmo / Alex Jones' Infowars:
Ron Paul to Announce Presidential Bid Next Month  —  Appearing on the Alex Jones Show today, Texas Rep. Ron Paul said he will make a final decision within a month on whether he will run for president in the 2012 election. … Alex Jones interviews Ron Paul, April 5, 2011.
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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Los Angeles Times:
Rebel leader in Libya demands more of NATO
Sarah Laskow / American Prospect:
New York City's New Green Lease
Discussion: Yglesias
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Bachmann to appear with Haley at South Carolina Tea Party rally
Discussion: GOP 12
Jonathan Lemire / NY Daily News:
President Obama looks to Rev. Al Sharpton for help in 2012 reelection bid
Curt Weldon / New York Times:
Time's Up, Qaddafi  —  IN 2004 I traveled to Libya as the head …
Discussion: The Hill, The Politico and
New York Post:
Donald Trump's support surges in New Hampshire
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Balloon Juice
 Earlier Items: 
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate repeals health law's 1099 provision, sends bill to president
Daily Mail:
‘This is very homosexual...I think it should be burned!’: …
Discussion: Jesus' General and Wonkette
Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
French interior minister facing legal action over Muslim comments
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“Kloppenburg = A Vote Against the Bill.”
Discussion: Hot Air
Romalley / Fox Nation:
Fired NPR CEO Rips Sting Artists, Admits Rest of Establishment is ‘Terrified’