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12:00 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.
Prosser gains 7,500 votes in Waukesha County  —  By Jason Stein, Bill Glauber and Sharif Durhams of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - In a political bombshell, the clerk in a Republican stronghold released new vote totals adding a net total of 7,403 new votes in the tight state Supreme Court race …
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.
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.
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 …
Lisa Sink /   Brookfield Gives Prosser Nearly 11K Votes
Christian Schneider / National Review:
Madison vs. the Rest of Wisconsin
Discussion: Cold Fury and JSOnline
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:   Prosser Now Up 7,000+ Votes After Error Is Corrected
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Wisconsin Supreme Court race in flux as vote count conintues
Discussion: TPMDC, JSOnline and AmSpecBlog
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.
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 …
The Politico:
Does Ryan plan cause self-rationing?  - Coburn: Drop the riders - BCBSA tracks exchange bills - Arizona ‘no’ to waiver - Women's health rally on the hill  —  **With reporting contributions from J. Lester Feder and David Nather  —  CLOSING IN ON A BUDGET DEAL?
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: I'll veto funding for the troops  —  Consider this a trap well set and sprung.  Frustrated that the Senate won't pass any budget bill while the House continues to negotiate to the brink of a government shutdown, John Boehner proposed a one-week CR to keep government open for a week …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves stopgap despite White House veto threat
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Riders Caused The Storm: Government Shutdown Looms Over Anti-Abortion And Anti-EPA Measures  —  If a government shutdown happens, it'll be because Republicans are demanding policy restrictions in addition to spending cuts before agreeing to fund the government through September.
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: National Review and Angry Bear
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The People's Budget  —  Phil Klein has a leaked version …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Breaking down Trump's numbers  —  There's been a lot of coverage of Donald Trump's good poll numbers with Republicans over the last week- what's gotten less attention is that Trump's popularity with GOP voters is a brand new development.  —  We did a national poll asking about Trump …
Jon Terbush / TPMDC:
Nearly Half Of Mississippi Republicans Think Interracial Marriage Should Be Illegal
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.”
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
CBS News:
General: U.S. may consider troops in Libya  —  Army Gen. Carter Ham says ground forces wouldn't be ideal, but may be a possible way to aid rebels; Says current operation largely stalemated  —  WASHINGTON - The United States may consider sending troops into Libya with a possible international ground force …
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Idaho Rejects Rape Exception In Abortion Bill Because ‘The Hand Of The Almighty’ Was At Work  —  Marching in step with the GOP's nationwide war on a woman's right to choose, the Idaho legislature gave final approval to a bill that would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks.
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