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12:15 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 may not be able to start for weeks
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 …
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
The Politico:
Boehner: Dems win in shutdown
David Jackson / USA Today:
Boehner, Obama aides also dispute long-term budget issues
Discussion: The Agonist
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Dems Find Message Discipline Against GOP Plan To Scrap Medicare
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate repeals health law's 1099 provision, sends bill to president
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.”
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Bachmann to appear with Haley at South Carolina Tea Party rally
Discussion: GOP 12 and Taylor Marsh
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Providers slam Ryan's proposed cuts to insurance coverage  —  The 2012 GOP budget proposal would scrap the healthcare reform law's insurance subsidies while retaining the deep Medicare cuts that pay for them, sparking cries of outrage from providers.  —  A number of stakeholders …
Discussion: TPMDC
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
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
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.
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Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Brazile to temporarily lead Democratic National Committee
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Libyan Rebels: ‘Nato Is Now Our Problem’
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Fired NPR CEO Rips Sting Artists, Admits Rest of Establishment is ‘Terrified’