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4:50 PM ET, April 7, 2011

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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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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 …
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: The Atlantic Online and CNN
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:
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.
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 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
Discussion: National Review
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
No deal yet: Obama, Boehner, Reid continue talks
David Jackson / USA Today:   Trump keeps beating ‘birther’ drum against Obama
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Wall Street Journal:
Shutdown Has Perils for GOP
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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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval Slips Among Blacks, Hispanics in March
Discussion: Hot Air and Moe Lane
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's support among blacks slips unexpectedly, Hispanics too
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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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 …
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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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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Mario Cuomo Still Believes  —  You would think that Mario Cuomo would have been proud to watch his son Andrew sworn in as governor of New York last New Year's Eve, ascending to the job his old man held for 12 years.  Apparently, you would be wrong.  —  “You really want to know how I felt?” the elder Cuomo asked me last month.
Discussion: Lean Left
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.
 
 
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Gov. Daniels to welcome Obama in Indianapolis
Discussion: The Politico
Washington Post:
Gates says shutdown could delay troops' paychecks
myfoxdc WTTG FOX 5:
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton Upset Over Treatment of DC During Shutdown Resolution Talks
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, CNN and The Hill
Daniel Newhauser / Roll Call:
Hill Credit Union Offers ‘Furlough Loans’ to Staff
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Cable
PR Newswire:
TX: Study Finds High Welfare Use by Immigrants
Discussion: HillBuzz.org and Right Wing News
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi's absurd math on senior citizens losing their meals
fdlreporter.com:
Hopper recall moves forward; rallies planned today
 Earlier Items: 
Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
Reported pipe bomb explodes outside Jewish temple in Santa Monica [Updated]
Discussion: Associated Press
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Murders Committed by People Upset by Alleged Anti-Islam Blasphemy — or by Violent Men Angered by Their Ex-Lovers
Leigh Remizowski / CNN:
Maryland man glued to Wal-Mart toilet seat
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
Rush to Use Crops as Fuel Raises Food Prices and Hunger Fears
Discussion: Green, Pirate's Cove and AmSpecBlog
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin's Alabama-bound
Discussion: Cubachi and palingates