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12:10 PM ET, April 8, 2011


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Wall Street Journal:
Who Really Wants a Shutdown?  —  President Obama does, but the GOP's strategy is a lot less clear.  —  For people who keep saying they don't want a government shutdown, Washington's warring parties are sure acting like they can't wait for it to happen.  Since the policy stakes …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
No Accord in Budget Talks as Policy Fights Hamper Deal  —  WASHINGTON — Another day of intense negotiations between the two parties failed to yield a budget deal on Thursday, leaving the federal government hours from a shutdown.  —  After the third round of White House talks in 24 hours …
Washington Post:
Both parties continue talks over elusive 2011 budget deal  —  Gallery: Government shutdown: Democrats and Republicans have so far failed to reach an agreement on the 2011 federal budget, increasing the likelihood of the first government shutdown in more than 15 years.
The Politico:
White House hopes last-minute heroics keep government running  —  Republicans have hit President Barack Obama for being out of touch, disengaged and unwilling to lead on the budget negotiations — and Democrats aren't wild about his taste for last-minute heroics either.
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Three Anti-Abortion Republicans Tell House GOP To Drop Planned Parenthood Rider To Avoid Shutdown  —  If Congress fails to reach a budget deal, the government will shut down at midnight tonight — an event that would hinder economic recovery and withhold payment to soldiers.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Bachmann wants ‘clean’ bill to fund government for one week  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) expressed support for a one-week government funding bill approved by the House, but suggested it should be stripped of language dealing with abortion.  —  In an interview with CNN's John King on Thursday night …
Discussion: Swampland
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
As Latest Talks on Budget Fail, Democrats Cite Abortion Funds  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional budget negotiations broke up before dawn on Friday without an agreement, putting the government on a path to a shutdown when financing for federal agencies runs out at midnight.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP senator: Republicans should move on from defunding Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Monthly
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Abortion, Spending Cuts Hamper Deal To Avoid Government Shutdown
Washington Post:
Shutdown threat tests Obama leadership style
Discussion: The Hill, Stop The ACLU and RedState
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi calls GOP budget ‘a war on women’
Discussion: CNN, USA Today and The Foundry
Ezra Klein / Bloomberg:
What's really holding up the budget deal
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Time's up: Obama and GOP scramble to halt shutdown
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, Hot Air and CBS News
Susan Crabtree / TPMDC:
No Deal! Clock Ticks As Government Shutdown Looms
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
As clock ticks, Hoyer says 'there's no deal yet' to avert shutdown
Discussion: The Hill and AMERICAblog News
Daily Kos:
Why Prosser needed EXACTLY +7500 votes....  In WI, a recount at state-expense is triggered if an election is within .5% if the candidate requests it, and we have a fully verifiable paper trail to audit election results.  That means in this election with approximately 740k for Kloppenburg and 739k for Prosser …
Corrected Brookfield tally puts Prosser ahead after 7,500-vote gain  —  By Jason Stein, Laurel Walker and Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel  —  In one explosive stroke Thursday, the clerk in a Republican stronghold tilted the tight Supreme Court race in favor of Justice David Prosser …
Christian Schneider / National Review:
BREAKING: Computer Error Gives Prosser 7,381 More Votes, Almost Certain Victory
Bob Hague / Wisconsin Radio Network:   Walker weighs in as Kloppenburg claims win (AUDIO)
Winnebago County vote-count change alters Supreme Court race
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Waukesha Clerk Announces Votes For Prosser: 'I'm Thankful That This Error Was Caught Early'
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Ludicrous and Cruel  —  Many commentators swooned earlier this week after House Republicans, led by the Budget Committee chairman, Paul Ryan, unveiled their budget proposals.  They lavished praise on Mr. Ryan, asserting that his plan set a new standard of fiscal seriousness.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Dissents Of The Day  —  The in-tray is still bulging with fury over Paul Ryan.  I find the arguments bracing - and in themselves evidence that Ryan's proposal has already helped move the debate to more earnest grounds.  A reader writes: … Anything that even hints at sacrifices from the elderly …
David Frum / FrumForum:
Reading Romney's Mind  —  This has been my best week in politics since John McCain lost to Barack Obama.  —  I face two huge problems: getting nominated and getting elected.  —  To get nominated, I need to discredit the Tea Party before it can veto me.  —  To get elected, I need a double dip recession in 2012.
David Brody / The Brody File:
Brody File Exclusive: Donald Trump Explains Pro-Life Conversion  —  In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Donald Trump explains why he changed his view from pro-choice to pro-life.  He says one of the main reasons was because one of his close personal friends chose to keep his child rather than have an abortion.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: The greatest press conference of all time  —  Schadenfreude.  —  Alternate headline via Mary Katharine Ham, ever mindful of developing media narratives: “Small, state-wide election with vital national implications soon to have no national implications whatsoever.”
Jon Terbush / TPMDC:
Nearly Half Of Mississippi Republicans Think Interracial Marriage Should Be Illegal  —  Americans nationwide are evenly divided over the issue of same sex marriage.  But Republicans in Mississippi are divided over a wholly different wedlock issue: interracial marriage.
Mark McKinnon / Politics:
How Michele Bachmann Can Win  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  The Minnesota firebrand could parlay her Tea Party support, fundraising skills, and message discipline into a serious run for the White House.  She has the fire in the belly, Mark McKinnon writes.  —  Though prone to gaffes …
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Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
Shutdown shows true promise
Royal Navy personnel killed in HMS Astute sub shooting
Ronald Brownstein / Hotline On Call:
Pew Poll: Obama Struggling With White Voters
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Weasel Zippers
The Daily Caller:
During an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller on Thursday …
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Levin on Obama not funding military by executive order: ‘This is what Saul Alinsky Marxists do’
Discussion: Cold Fury
New York Post:
Ryan's ‘roadmap’: The moral message
Discussion: National Review and Cold Fury
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
As Breaking News Fades, Ratings Fall at CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Nothing will change until greens mount some primary challenges and collect some scalps
Discussion: Right Wing News
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Facebook event: Let's dump trash at Boehner's pad