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11:35 AM ET, April 6, 2011

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JSOnline:
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
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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  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — It may take more than a month before any recount would even start in the state Supreme Court race that remains too close to call.  —  The Government Accountability Board has until May 15 to complete its canvas of the vote.
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 …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘THIS IS A CAUSE’.... The political world will mull over the details of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) radical budget for months, but as the debate gets underway, it's worth stepping back and appreciating the nature of the discussion.  —  At the surface …
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Geithner confirms administration is crafting plan for corporate tax reform
Discussion: The Hill, msnbc.com and Wonk Room
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Neglected Elements of Paul Ryan's Ripoff — Middle Class Tax Increases and Giveaways to Big Banks
Michael Shedlock / Mish's Global Economic …:
No Path to Prosperity: Ryan's Incredulous Budget-Balancing Proposal, Preposterous Unemployment Estimate
James C. Capretta / National Review:
What Real Leadership Looks Like
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Achilles Heel Of The Path To Prosperity
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
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Dems Find Message Discipline Against GOP Plan To Scrap Medicare
The Politico:
Boehner: Dems ‘win’ in shutdown
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate repeals health law's 1099 provision, sends bill to president
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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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.
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BBC:
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 …
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
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
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 …
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Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
Wasserman-Schultz hits Walker, ‘ultra-wealthy’ in first appearance
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs
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
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.
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 …
 
 
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Providers slam Ryan's proposed cuts to insurance coverage
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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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New York City's New Green Lease
Discussion: Yglesias
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Bachmann to appear with Haley at South Carolina Tea Party rally
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 Earlier Items: 
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’