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11:15 AM ET, April 8, 2011


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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
No Accord in Budget Talks as Policy Fights Hamper Deal  —  WASHINGTON — Another day of intense negotiations between the two parties failed to yield a budget deal on Thursday, leaving the federal government hours from a shutdown.  —  After the third round of White House talks in 24 hours …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Bachmann wants ‘clean’ bill to fund government for one week  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) expressed support for a one-week government funding bill approved by the House, but suggested it should be stripped of language dealing with abortion.  —  In an interview with CNN's John King on Thursday night …
Discussion: Swampland
Washington Post:
Both parties continue talks over elusive 2011 budget deal  —  Gallery: Government shutdown: Democrats and Republicans have so far failed to reach an agreement on the 2011 federal budget, increasing the likelihood of the first government shutdown in more than 15 years.
The Politico:
White House hopes last-minute heroics keep government running  —  Republicans have hit President Barack Obama for being out of touch, disengaged and unwilling to lead on the budget negotiations — and Democrats aren't wild about his taste for last-minute heroics either.
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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
As Latest Talks on Budget Fail, Democrats Cite Abortion Funds
Discussion: The Politico and Daily Kos
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP senator: Republicans should move on from defunding Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
Shutdown threat tests Obama leadership style
Discussion: The Hill, Stop The ACLU and RedState
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Time's up: Obama and GOP scramble to halt shutdown
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and CBS News
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
As clock ticks, Hoyer says 'there's no deal yet' to avert shutdown
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Susan Crabtree / TPMDC:
No Deal! Clock Ticks As Government Shutdown Looms
Ezra Klein / Bloomberg:
What's really holding up the budget deal
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi calls GOP budget ‘a war on women’
Discussion: CNN and USA Today
Daily Kos:
Why Prosser needed EXACTLY +7500 votes....  In WI, a recount at state-expense is triggered if an election is within .5% if the candidate requests it, and we have a fully verifiable paper trail to audit election results.  That means in this election with approximately 740k for Kloppenburg and 739k for Prosser …
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 …
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.
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Justice Surges to Lead After Clerk Reports Vote Error  —  CHICAGO — The tally of a close Wisconsin Supreme Court election, which had come to be a referendum on Republican leadership in the state, turned upside down on Thursday evening: the incumbent justice, viewed as a conservative …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Waukesha Clerk Announces Votes For Prosser: 'I'm Thankful That This Error Was Caught Early'
Bob Hague / Wisconsin Radio Network:   Walker weighs in as Kloppenburg claims win (AUDIO)
David Frum / FrumForum:
Reading Romney's Mind  —  This has been my best week in politics since John McCain lost to Barack Obama.  —  I face two huge problems: getting nominated and getting elected.  —  To get nominated, I need to discredit the Tea Party before it can veto me.  —  To get elected, I need a double dip recession in 2012.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Dissents Of The Day  —  The in-tray is still bulging with fury over Paul Ryan.  I find the arguments bracing - and in themselves evidence that Ryan's proposal has already helped move the debate to more earnest grounds.  A reader writes: … Anything that even hints at sacrifices from the elderly …
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.”
David Brody / The Brody File:
Brody File Exclusive: Donald Trump Explains Pro-Life Conversion  —  In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Donald Trump explains why he changed his view from pro-choice to pro-life.  He says one of the main reasons was because one of his close personal friends chose to keep his child rather than have an abortion.
Discussion: GOP 12
Dan Joseph / CNSNews:
Rep. Louise Slaughter: GOP Freshmen Came to Washington ‘To Kill Women’  —  ( - Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) said today that the new Republicans elected to the House of Representatives last November came to Congress “to kill women.”  She also likened Republican efforts …
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New York Post:
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Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
As Breaking News Fades, Ratings Fall at CNN
Nothing will change until greens mount some primary challenges and collect some scalps
Discussion: Right Wing News
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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