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2:50 PM ET, April 7, 2011

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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WOULD BOEHNER SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT OVER PLANNED PARENTHOOD?.... The good news is, Democrats and Republicans have reportedly reached a general agreement on the size of the cuts for the rest of the fiscal year.  As of this morning, the package is up to $34.5 billion, from $33 billion …
Discussion: MyDD
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New York Times:
Obama Meeting Fails to End Stalemate Over Federal Budget  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama and Congressional leaders said Wednesday that a late-night White House bargaining session produced no budget breakthrough that would avert a government shutdown this weekend but agreed the two sides …
The Hill:
Boehner: ‘Far more than one provision’ holding up agreement  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he is less optimistic about averting a government shutdown one day after a White House meeting failed to lead to a breakthrough in talks.  —  Reid (D-Nev.) said he is significantly …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Daily Kos
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi predicts ‘strong’ Dem opposition to GOP's one-week spending patch  —  Despite an enticing Pentagon-funding provision, House Democrats will unite in “strong” opposition to the Republicans' one-week spending patch, expected to hit the floor sometime Thursday, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) predicted.
Discussion: National Review
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Rifts Within Both Parties Test Leaders in Budget Fight  —  WASHINGTON — On one level, the budget showdown that continued to play out here on Wednesday is all about the balance of power between the two parties, a question of whether President Obama has regained his footing and can still control …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: I'll veto funding for the troops
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Pajamas Media
David Jackson / USA Today:   Trump keeps beating ‘birther’ drum against Obama
NationalJournal.com:
Reid Says Government Shutdown Likely
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Hill and TPMDC
Carrie Dann / msnbc.com:
Reid on shutdown: “It looks like it's headed in that direction”
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Reid Says Government Shutdown More Likely
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Costs of federal shutdown would be felt far and wide
Discussion: American Spectator
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Pence Lets Truth Slip On Uncompromising Stance: 'We're Trying To Score A Victory For The Republican People'  —  The federal government appears to be hurtling towards a shutdown following the inability of congressional negotiators to reach a compromise last night on a continuing resolution.
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Washington Post:
Donald Trump.  Seriously?  —  Donald Trump finished second in the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll testing the 2012 Republican presidential field.  AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel DunandIn the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, businessman and reality television star Donald Trump finished second behind …
Wall Street Journal:
Shutdown Has Perils for GOP
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
OBAMA: Get Used To High Gas Prices.  “Obama needled one questioner who asked about gas prices, now averaging close to $3.70 a gallon nationwide, and suggested that the gentleman consider getting rid of his gas-guzzling vehicle.”  —  High gas prices aren't a bug, they're a feature.
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Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Brian Taff  —  More: Bio, Facebook, Twitter, News Team
Discussion: Hot Air, Sister Toldjah and GayPatriot
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Obama friend arrested in Hawaii  —  (CNN) - A friend of President Barack Obama was arrested Monday for allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover officer posing as a prostitute, according to CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now.  —  Robert Richard Titcomb, 49, was arrested with three …
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Minna Sugimoto / Hawaii News Now:
President Obama's close friend arrested during prostitution sting  —  HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - One of President Obama's closest friends is scheduled to appear at Honolulu District Court next month, after he allegedly solicited sex from an undercover officer.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Raw Story and msnbc.com
Ynetnews:
Iron Dome intercepts first rocket  —  Ashkelon residents report seeing Grad explode in midair as dozens of rockets fired at south, meanwhile Hamas says Israel taking advantage of Goldstone's regret over Gaza war report to bomb Strip  —  Latest Update:  —  Residents in Ashkelon reported …
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
I Can't Help Myself  —  Sullivan: … The Ryan/GOP Plan, as has been pointed out to Sullivan a hundred times now with little to no effect, slashes taxes by trillions and makes up for those tax cuts by slashing trillions in services to our neediest members of society.
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Telegraph:
First homosexual caveman found  —  Archaeologists have unearthed the 5,000-year-old remains of what they believe may have been the world's oldest known gay caveman.  —  The male body - said to date back to between 2900-2500BC - was discovered buried in a way normally reserved only for women …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's support among blacks slips unexpectedly, Hispanics too  —  Barack Obama rode to a comfortable presidential election win in 2008 on the electoral wings of a coalition based on liberal whites, independents and blacks, especially blacks.  —  Obama lost much of his independent support during …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval Slips Among Blacks, Hispanics in March
Discussion: Moe Lane
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Election fraud in Wisconsin election?  —  In the aftermath of close elections, allegations of fraud and manipulation almost always arise, especially when the election was fought as bitterly as the one in Wisconsin.  The Daily Caller reports that accusations of both are already flying …
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Amendment that says climate change is occurring fails in House  —  The House rejected a Democratic amendment Wednesday that would have put the chamber on record backing the widely held scientific view that global warming is occurring and humans are a major cause.
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Senate rejects block to EPA climate regs
Discussion: Cubachi and Liberty Pundits Blog
City Room:
Cathleen Black Is Out as City Schools Chancellor  —  Deputy Mayor Dennis M. Walcott at a news conference at which he was introduced as the new schools chancellor by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.  Cathleen P. Black stepped down from the position Thursday.  —  Cathleen P. Black …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
EVEN THE THREAT OF A SHUTDOWN IS EXPENSIVE.... If congressional Republicans go through with their threat and shut down the government tomorrow night, the costs will be considerable.  It's ironic that those hoping to cut the budget will force a shutdown that's needlessly expensive.
Quinnipiac University:
Obama Hits Losing Trifecta In Florida, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Increased Support For Offshore Drilling  —  President Barack Obama hits a losing trifecta with Florida voters: They disapprove 52 - 44 percent of the job he is doing; they prefer an unnamed Republican challenger …
Economist:
The fiscal purists go mad  —  A quarrel over ethanol lays bare Republican divisions on tax  —  IT IS bad enough that Republicans and Democrats are so divided on how much to spend and tax.  But if you want to feel really gloomy about America's ability to tackle its deficit, consider the ideological …
 
 
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Michael Georgy / Reuters:
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Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
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Jonathan Chait / New York Times:
The G.O.P.'s Dukakis Problem
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Washington Post:
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Maryland man glued to Wal-Mart toilet seat
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Laurence Kotlikoff / Bloomberg:
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Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
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Discussion: Green, Pirate's Cove and AmSpecBlog
The Hill:
Obama defies unions with Colombia deal
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin's Alabama-bound
Discussion: Cubachi and palingates