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9:40 PM ET, April 7, 2011

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JSOnline:
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.
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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.
JSOnline:
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 …
JSOnline:
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.
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.
620WTMJ:
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 …
WisPolitics Election Blog:
Waukesha County clerk apologizes for ‘human error’ that led to reporting incorrect vote totals  —  Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus apologized this evening for human error that she blamed for failing to include the city of Brookfield's vote totals in the tally she reported to the media Election Night.
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.
Christian Schneider / National Review:
Madison vs. the Rest of Wisconsin
Discussion: Cold Fury and JSOnline
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Wisconsin Supreme Court race in flux as vote count conintues
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:   Prosser Now Up 7,000+ Votes After Error Is Corrected
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
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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.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
All Rationing Is Self-Rationing  —  Suzy Khimm writes that …
Discussion: Hit & Run and National Review
Suzy Khimm / Mother Jones:
So Now the GOP (Hearts) Rationing?
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 …
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves stopgap despite White House veto threat
Political Punch:
Gates Explains Military Pay During Shutdown to Troops in Baghdad During What Is Likely his Last Visit to Iraq
Discussion: blogs.abcnews.com and Hot Air
ABCNEWS:
Obama Threatens to Veto House GOP Bill As Lawmakers Predict Shutdown
Discussion: The Note, msnbc.com and Political Punch
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 …
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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.
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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: Angry Bear and National Review
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The People's Budget  —  Phil Klein has a leaked version …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
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 …
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 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi's absurd math on senior citizens losing their meals  —  “In one of the bills before us, 6 million seniors are deprived of meals — homebound seniors are deprived of meals.  People ask us to find our common ground, the middle ground.  Is middle ground 3 million seniors not receiving meals?
Geoffrey R. Stone / The Huffington Post:
Eviscerating the Establishment Clause … In a decision earlier this week in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, the five conservative Justices on the Supreme Court (Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas and Alito) carved a large hole out of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
 
 
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