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4:00 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 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?
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
In past, Democrats embraced policy riders  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and President Barack Obama hate policy riders.  They have no place in spending bills, the top Democrats have said during the latest budget debate.  —  Unless, of course, they're Democratic policy riders.
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and BLACKFIVE
The Hill:
White House talks yield no deal  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) emerged from a White House meeting Thursday without a spending deal in hand, but negotiations were to continue throughout the afternoon and into the evening.
The Politico:
W.H. meeting breaks up without deal to avert government shutdown
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Mike Lillis / The Hill:   Pelosi predicts ‘strong’ Dem opposition to GOP's one-week spending patch
ABCNEWS:
Obama Threatens to Veto House GOP Bill As Lawmakers Predict Shutdown
Discussion: The Note, msnbc.com and National Review
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Reid Says Government Shutdown More Likely
David Jackson / USA Today:   Trump keeps beating ‘birther’ drum against Obama
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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Wall Street Journal:
Shutdown Has Perils for GOP
First Read / msnbc.com:
First thoughts: Progress, but is it enough?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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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 …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's support among blacks slips unexpectedly, Hispanics too
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval Slips Among Blacks, Hispanics in March
Discussion: Hot Air and Moe Lane
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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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 …
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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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 …
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 …
Michael Georgy / Reuters:
Libya war reaching stalemate, Washington says  —  AJDABIYAH, Libya (Reuters) - Libya's seven-week-old civil war is reaching stalemate, a senior U.S. general said on Thursday, after rebels fighting to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi said a NATO air strike killed five of their fighters.
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BBC:
Libyan rebels near Ajdabiya ‘killed in Nato air strike’
Discussion: Online NewsHour and Guardian
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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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 …
Jemima Khan / New Statesman:
“I'm not a punchbag - I have feelings”  —  The NS guest editor Jemima Khan talks to the Liberal Democrat leader about life on the far side of power and what it's like to be a cut-out.  —  Nick Clegg and I smile genially at each other across the table of a standard-class train carriage.
Jonathan Chait / New York Times:
The G.O.P.'s Dukakis Problem  —  The Republican Party's presidential-nominating process has always been run by elites.  Oh, the voters have their brief moments of triumph, hoisting up an unelectable right-winger (i.e., Pat Buchanan) or an uncontrollable moderate (John McCain, the circa-2000 version).
Discussion: GOP 12 and The New Republic
 
 
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Nancy Pelosi's absurd math on senior citizens losing their meals
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Riders Caused The Storm: Government Shutdown Looms Over Anti-Abortion And Anti-EPA Measures
Discussion: Yglesias and RedState
Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
Reported pipe bomb explodes outside Jewish temple in Santa Monica [Updated]
Discussion: Associated Press
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
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Mario Cuomo Still Believes
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Maryland man glued to Wal-Mart toilet seat
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
EVEN THE THREAT OF A SHUTDOWN IS EXPENSIVE.... If congressional …
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
Rush to Use Crops as Fuel Raises Food Prices and Hunger Fears
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin's Alabama-bound
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