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10:00 AM ET, April 7, 2011

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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 …
Discussion: CNN and Washington Monthly
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The Note:
John Boehner Cries Amid Government Shutdown Standoff  —  ABC's Jonathan Karl reports:  —  He did it again.  —  John Boehner was driven to tears again today.  This time it happened at a closed-door meeting of House Republicans.  —  According to sources inside the meeting …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Boehner: I'm with the tea party  —  There is “no daylight” between the tea party and John Boehner, the House speaker said in an interview released Thursday morning as negotiations to avert a government shutdown come down to the wire.  —  “Listen, there's no daylight between the tea party and me …
David Jackson / USA Today:
Trump keeps beating ‘birther’ drum against Obama  —  Donald Trump just won't let go of the President Obama citizenship issue.  —  The potential maverick Republican presidential candidate continued to question Obama's American citizenship during an appearance on NBC's Today show, saying …
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 …
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Agonist
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Transcript Part I: George Stephanopoulos and Speaker John Boehner
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Costs of federal shutdown would be felt far and wide
Discussion: American Spectator
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Presses for Budget
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
The Hill:
Leaders see progress in budget talks
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Boehner falling out of favor
JSOnline:
Kloppenburg declares victory  —  By Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel  —  Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg declared victory Wednesday, based on results reported by the Associated Press.  —  The Associated Press shows Kloppenburg received 740,090 votes and incumbent David Prosser received 739,886 votes.
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Thomas Ferdousi / Pundit Press:
Wisconsin City Caught Destroying Ballots  —  As if the situation in Wisconsin wasn't tense enough, it appears that one county in particular is going to a new extreme.  This comes after word that there may have been voter fraud in the nonpartisan State Supreme Court election yesterday between …
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Election fraud allegations fly in close Wisconsin Supreme Court race
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Walker Blames Madison For Supreme Court Election
Discussion: Weigel, Daily Kos, Pharyngula and JSOnline
Andy Szal / WisPolitics Election Blog:
Walker: Spring election results show disparity between Madison, rest of state
Discussion: JSOnline
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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Abby Phillip / The Politico:   President Obama road-tests 2012 themes
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
White House fears gas prices could tank Obama
Discussion: Right Wing News
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: A Donald Trump Surprise  —  By Jonathan Weisman and Scott Greenberg  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears to be the early front-runner in the largely unformed race for the Republican nomination for president, but real estate magnate Donald Trump may be a surprise contender …
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Dan Fastenberg / The Page:
Trump's Hawaii Investigation
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: The Raw Story and msnbc.com
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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 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval Slips Among Blacks, Hispanics in March  —  Majorities of both groups continue to approve of the job he is doing  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Though majorities of blacks (85%) and Hispanics (54%) continue to approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, his ratings among …
Discussion: Moe Lane
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's support among blacks slips unexpectedly, Hispanics too
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
Judge gives ‘Juror No. 799’ indefinite jury duty after she makes racist remarks on questionnaire  —  An incensed federal judge sentenced a racist Brooklyn woman to indefinite jury duty on Tuesday after she trashed the NYPD and minorities.  —  “This is an outrage, and so are you!”
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Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Judge Punishing Juror for Making Racist Comments on Questionnaire?
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Manchin: I'll donate my salary to charity if there's a shutdown  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has joined the growing ranks of lawmakers calling on President Obama, Vice President Biden and members of Congress to forfeit their salaries in the case of a government shutdown.
Discussion: The Politico
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
GOP lawyer drafts Obama impeachment  —  A prominent libertarian constitutional lawyer and civil libertarian has drafted an article of impeachment against President Obama over his attack on Libya, throwing down a legal gauntlet that could be picked up by some Congressional Republicans
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
NBC's Brokaw: Saudis ‘So Unhappy’ With Obama They Sent Emissaries to China, Russia Seeking Enhanced Ties  —  (CNSNews.com) - Reporting from Baghdad, Iraq yesterday, NBC's Tom Brokaw said the Saudi Arabian monarchy is “so unhappy with the Obama administration for the way it pushed out President Mubarak …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin's Alabama-bound  —  Sarah Palin is heading to Alabama early next month to raise money for a group dedicated to helping those with physical or mental challenges.  —  The Exceptional Foundation of Baldwin County is hosting Palin for a May 3 fundraiser, the group announced Wednesday.
Discussion: palingates
Wall Street Journal:
YouTube Will Get Major Revamp  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube video website is working on a major site overhaul to organize its content around “channels” as it positions itself for the rise of Internet-connected televisions that allow people to watch online video in their living rooms, according to people familiar with the matter.
 
 
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