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5:05 AM ET, April 8, 2011


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Winnebago County vote-count change alters Supreme Court race  —  By Sharif Durhams of the Journal Sentinel  —  The latest vote count in the state Supreme Court race in Winnebago County indicates incumbent David Prosser is leading Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg in votes.
Christian Schneider / National Review:
BREAKING: Computer Error Gives Prosser 7,381 More Votes, Almost Certain Victory  —  After Tuesday night's Wisconsin Supreme Court election, a computer error in heavily Republican Waukesha County failed to send election results for the entire City of Brookfield to the Associated Press.
Corrected Brookfield tally puts Prosser ahead after 7,500-vote gain  —  By Jason Stein, Laurel Walker and Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel  —  In one explosive stroke Thursday, the clerk in a Republican stronghold tilted the tight Supreme Court race in favor of Justice David Prosser …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: The greatest press conference of all time  —  Schadenfreude.  —  Alternate headline via Mary Katharine Ham, ever mindful of developing media narratives: “Small, state-wide election with vital national implications soon to have no national implications whatsoever.”
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Prosser's huge gain comes after Waukesha County flub is caught  —  By Laurel Walker of the Journal Sentinel  —  David Prosser gained 7,582 votes in Waukesha County, after a major counting error of Brookfield results was detected, County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus announced in a stunning development this afternoon.
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
UPDATED: Conservative Waukesha County Clerk “Finds” 7,000 Votes For Prosser  —  4:30pm Update: In her press conference about a half-hour ago, Kathy Nickolaus claimed she failed to import the results from Brookfield City into her master tally that was reported to the press.
Discussion: The Mahablog
John Nolte / Big Government:
BREAKING IN WISCONSIN: Clerical Error Gives Prosser Net Gain of 7300+ Votes  —  By the time the votes in Wisconsin's State Supreme Court race were all counted the day after Tuesday's big election, Big Labor candidate, Joanne Kloppenburg, had a 204 vote lead out of almost 1.5 million cast.
Prosser Picks Up More Than 7,000 Votes  —  WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A conservative incumbent surged to a commanding lead in Wisconsin's hotly contested Supreme Court election Thursday, after a predominantly GOP county's clerk announced she had incorrectly entered vote totals in the race seen …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:   Prosser Now Up 7,000+ Votes After Error Is Corrected
Randallmelchert /
Latest: Prosser Landslide!
Discussion: Hot Air
Christian Schneider / National Review:
Madison vs. the Rest of Wisconsin
Discussion: Cold Fury and JSOnline
Lisa Sink /   Brookfield Gives Prosser Nearly 11K Votes
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Wisconsin Supreme Court race in flux as vote count conintues
Discussion: TPMDC, JSOnline and AmSpecBlog
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
It May Be a ‘Budget Battle,’ but Some Skirmishes Have Little to Do With Money  —  WASHINGTON — There are fights about money and fights about ideas, and the battle over a spending plan to keep the government open is increasingly centered on the latter.  —  The frenetic negotiations to avert …
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Senate Dems craft short-term stopgap  —  Senate Democrats said Thursday they're working on their own short-term spending resolution to avert a government shutdown, a response to the Republican House-passed bill that President Barack Obama has threatened to veto.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
White House Meeting on Budget Fails to End Impasse
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves stopgap despite White House veto threat
Jon Terbush / TPMDC:
Nearly Half Of Mississippi Republicans Think Interracial Marriage Should Be Illegal  —  Americans nationwide are evenly divided over the issue of same sex marriage.  But Republicans in Mississippi are divided over a wholly different wedlock issue: interracial marriage.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:   Breaking down Trump's numbers
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Ludicrous and Cruel  —  Many commentators swooned earlier this week after House Republicans, led by the Budget Committee chairman, Paul Ryan, unveiled their budget proposals.  They lavished praise on Mr. Ryan, asserting that his plan set a new standard of fiscal seriousness.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Trouble With Taxing Exclusively The Rich  —  In their sketch version of a budget (PDF) the Congressional Progressive Caucus makes a heroic effort to finance progressive government basically exclusively by raising taxes on rich people.  —  Specifically:
Discussion: Angry Bear and National Review
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The People's Budget  —  Phil Klein has a leaked version …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Hampton Roads Daily Press:
FAA sets up no-fly zone for Obama's planned trip to Williamsburg  —  The leader of the free world may be coming to Williamsburg for some rest and relaxation if Congress is able to come to agreement on the budget.  President Obama and the First Family are planning to visit the area this weekend …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Story Correction: Clinton Did Pay Military in 1995 Shutdown, But...  Corrected: This story was wrong as written.  It's below, but here's the scoop.  —  First, the Air Force Times did get this wrong, leading to the confusion, which got picked up by Mike Flynn.  —  But like I said— that story gets it wrong.
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