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1:10 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 deadline will be no later than April 20  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The deadline to request a recount in Wisconsin's Supreme Court race that's too close to call would be no later than April 20.  —  Counties must start to canvas the vote on Thursday and they have until April 15 to turn in the results.
Discussion: Althouse and American Power
Walker demotes son of campaign contributor  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — Gov. Scott Walker abruptly reversed course today and demoted the son of a large campaign contributor to his former job with the state Department of Regulation and Licensing.
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 …
Representative Ryan Proposes Medicare Plan Under Which Seniors Would Pay Most of Their Income for Health Care
Discussion: The Raw Story and Guardian
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
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Senate moderates press Boehner
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
David Jackson / USA Today:
Boehner, Obama aides also dispute long-term budget issues
Discussion: The Agonist
The Politico:
Boehner: Dems win in shutdown
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
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
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.”
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.
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
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
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
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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and BBC
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.
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
CNN chosen to host Las Vegas GOP presidential debate  —  Washington (CNN) - The Western Republican Leadership Conference announced Wednesday that it has selected CNN to host a GOP presidential primary debate in Las Vegas that will be a centerpiece of the WRLC's four-day conference in October.
Discussion: GOP 12
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 …
New York Post:
Private politics  —  Former Gov. George Pataki held a secretive lunch with supporters yesterday, fueling speculation that he might make a 2012 run for president.  Pataki and five friends met in a private room at restaurant Solo in Midtown.  His rep said, “It was not a fund-raiser.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Ballot Box
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.
Quinnipiac University:
Florida Voters Turn Thumbs Down On Gov. Scott, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back Drug Tests For State Workers Almost 4-1  —  The number of Florida voters who disapprove of Gov. Rick Scott has more than doubled, pushing him from a positive 35 - 22 percent job approval February 2 to a negative 35 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Recount, retweet  —  I had the particular joy of riding the 10 p.m. Amtrak regional from Washington to New York last night, which meant that — along with waiting for the lady screaming the N-word to be dragged off at Wilmington — I spent about four hours hitting refresh on my Twitter feed …
Discussion: The Hill, Althouse and National Review
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Wcbsmark / CBS New York:
NYC Councilman Leroy Comrie Proposes Bill Banning ‘Happy Meals’
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Brazile to temporarily lead Democratic National Committee
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Providers slam Ryan's proposed cuts to insurance coverage
Discussion: TPMDC
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Dems Find Message Discipline Against GOP Plan To Scrap Medicare
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hit & Run
Sky News:
Libyan Rebels: ‘Nato Is Now Our Problem’
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Shedlock / Mish's Global Economic …:
No Path to Prosperity: Ryan's Incredulous Budget-Balancing Proposal, Preposterous Unemployment Estimate
Curt Weldon / New York Times:
Time's Up, Qaddafi  —  IN 2004 I traveled to Libya as the head …
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate repeals health law's 1099 provision, sends bill to president
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Crisis Mismanagement  —  The world's largest insurer was separated …
Romalley / Fox Nation:
Fired NPR CEO Rips Sting Artists, Admits Rest of Establishment is ‘Terrified’