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6:15 PM ET, April 6, 2011

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Kloppenburg declares victory  —  By Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel  —  Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg declared victory Wednesday, based on results reported by the Associated Press.  —  The Associated Press shows Kloppenburg received 740,090 votes and incumbent David Prosser received 739,886 votes.
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JSOnline:
With 100% of vote counted, Kloppenburg clings to narrow lead; recount expected  —  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, Jason Stein and Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel
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.
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Why Beck Is Out At Fox: Poor Ratings And Paranoid Rants
Discussion: Booman Tribune
The Daily Beast:
Glenn Beck, Fox Agree to Divorce
Jay Yarow / The Wire:
GLENN BECK PULLING SHOW OFF FOX NEWS
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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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.
CEPR:
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) …
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 …
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
CBO: Ryan Plan Shrinks Debt, Ups Private Share of Health Care Spending
Myglesias / Yglesias:   Nancy Pelosi Vows To Party Like It's 2005 With Paul Ryan's Draconian Medicare-Ending Budget Proposal
The Note:
John Boehner Cries Amid Government Shutdown Standoff  —  ABC's Jonathan Karl reports:  —  He did it again.  —  John Boehner was driven to tears again today.  This time it happened at a closed-door meeting of House Republicans.  —  According to sources inside the meeting …
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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.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner: House to move one-week stopgap with $12B in cuts  —  House Republicans will vote Thursday on a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running for another week while cutting $12 billion, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced Wednesday.  —  The move sets up a confrontation …
Discussion: The Hill, msnbc.com, Hot Air and The Page
The Daily Caller:
Obama chats with Boehner by phone for three minutes before flying to Philly
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DEMANDS FOR AN ‘ALTERNATIVE’.... Yesterday afternoon …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pawlenty staffer arrested in Iowa
Discussion: CNN and The Political Carnival
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.
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Daily Mail:
'I'd kill myself first!'  John Edwards ‘suicidal’ over facing jail, claim pals  —  Disgraced politician John Edwards is said to be deeply depressed - to the point of being suicidal - over the prospect of a criminal trial that could end with him being jailed if found guilty.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Blaze
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
West Wing briefing: Obama headed out of D.C. as shutdown looms  —  A fiery President Obama insisted Tuesday that if he and congressional leaders couldn't reach a deal to avert a government shutdown, “I want a meeting again tomorrow here at the White House.”  —  “I will invite the same folks that we invited today,” he added.
ABCNEWS:
NJ Gov. Christie Calls Teachers Union ‘Political Thugs’  —  “They chose to continue to get their salary increases rather than be part of the shared sacrifice,” he said.  —  Dismissing objections to his blunt talk, Christie said, “We're from New Jersey and when you're from New Jersey, what that means is you give as good as you get.”
Discussion: The Politico, Weasel Zippers and Gawker
Paul Krugman:
Memory Hole Alert  —  Wow.  Yesterday afternoon I downloaded the tables from that Heritage report that's the basis for the Ryan plan.  The first page looked like this:  —  You can see the unemployment forecast, with the amazing 2.8 percent prediction, in the fourth set of figures.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Gadhafi, in letter, asks Obama to end air strikes  —  WASHINGTON - Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has appealed directly to President Barack Obama to halt what the Libyan leader called “an unjust war,” and wished Obama good luck in his bid for re-election next year.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: A Donald Trump Surprise  —  By Jonathan Weisman and Scott Greenberg  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears to be the early front-runner in the largely unformed race for the Republican nomination for president, but real estate magnate Donald Trump may be a surprise contender …
 
 
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Potential 2012 Presidential Contender Amb.  Jon Huntsman Criticizes China's Human Rights Record In ‘Farewell’ Speech
New York Times:
NATO Says Libya Strikes Are Growing After a Pause
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Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
Shutdown: What Stays Open?
Discussion: CNN and Roll Call
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Senator calls for affordable wars only
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
U.S. and Colombia Near Trade Pact
Discussion: Firedoglake and Cato @ Liberty
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Ex-Congressman in Libya to ‘Help’ Once Proposed Arming Gadhafi
Discussion: The Hill, Emptywheel and Instapundit
Scott Wong / The Politico:
McCain touts the power of Twitter
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Will Wilkinson / Prefrontal Nudity:
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
What If We Focused On The Long Term Climate Gap?
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Donald Trump praised Nancy Pelosi as ‘the best’
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The Kids Are Less White
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Party Discipline  —  Glenn Greenwald writes that Democratic voters need …
Discussion: Yglesias
TODAYMoms:
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Mark Steyn / National Review:
The Right to Offend
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Cold Fury