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11:45 PM ET, April 8, 2011


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Congressional Sources: White House Reviewing Terms of Spending Deal  —  The likelihood of a war-time federal government shutdown—the first in American history—diminished dramatically on Friday night as all parties began reviewing, with the goal of approving, a broad array of cuts …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Conservatives Urge Boehner to Cut a Budget Deal and Move On  —  Michele Bachmann speaking to Tea Party demonstrators outside the US Capitol Thursday afternoon.  —  Are Republicans ready to declare victory in the shutdown showdown and move on?  —  For days, the assumption has been that Speaker John …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Report: Tentative Deal on Budget Being Reviewed by White House (UPDATE: Deal Reached)  —  Editor's Note: A short term deal has been reached according to both Rep. Boehner and President Obama.  —  Marc Ambinder at National Journal breaks the news of a deal framework on the 2011 budget …
Washington Post:
Congressional leaders close to agreement on budget deal, aides say  —  Gallery: Government shutdown 2011: 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.
Darren Goode / The Politico:
EPA riders axed, lawmakers say  —  An evolving deal to avoid a government shutdown would include a study of the economic effect of environmental regulations rather than Republican riders to block EPA rules on climate change and mountaintop mining, senior Senate Democrats and a key House Republican say.
Discussion: TPMDC, Firedoglake, Daily Kos and Truthdig
Major Garrett /
Muted Abortion Response Speaks Volumes  —  The GOP reaction, or lack thereof, instead suggested a shrugging acceptance of one more round of talking points before the final brokering.  —  For Speaker John Boehner, seen here at a January mock swearing-in of the 112th Congress, the budget battle's bottom line is spending cuts.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
What Planned Parenthood actually does
Roll Call:
Deal Close to Avert Shutdown
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Stan Collender / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
The Shutdown Problem This September is Going to be Even Worse
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Calculated Risk
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
D.C. Residents Target Boehner With Trash-Bag Protest
Discussion: The Raw Story
Eli Lehrer / FrumForum:
Lobbyists Drive the Shutdown
The Note:
Sen. Schumer: Public Will Blame Boehner for Shutdown
Rep. Michele Bachmann / Rep_Michele_Bachmann's blog:
Not a Big Enough Fight  —  Since Republicans took the House majority in January I have been calling for our leadership to fight.  We must answer the bell that was rung last November when the American people called us to fight for deep cuts in spending, for the full repeal of ObamaCare …
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Schumer likens conservatives to a flea  —  Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) compared House conservatives to a flea Friday as rhetoric in the spending fight intensified.  —  Schumer, who has been criticizing Republicans all day, said in a floor speech Friday that conservatives were the flea controlling the dog …
David Rogers / The Politico:
Breakthrough on budget deal  —  After a long day of trading offers, the White House and House Republicans reached agreement Friday night on a budget framework that would cap 2011 appropriations near or below $1.050 trillion while cutting domestic and foreign aid by more than $40 billion …
The Politico:
Breakthrough?  GOP reviews offer  —  The threat of a government shutdown diminished late Friday night after White House and congressional negotiators reached agreement on controversial policy riders in the stalled government funding measure, and closed in on a final compromise on cuts around $40 billion.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Biden gets fed up during spending talks  —  Vice President Joe Biden got visibly upset during late night White House talks on avoiding a government shutdown.  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters Friday morning that Biden doesn't get upset very often …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
LIVE BLOG: The latest shutdown developments
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Gothamist and The Hill
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Brave and Serious Mr. Ryan  —  I mentioned earlier that if asked to choose an adjective to describe the budget plan presented by Rep. Paul Ryan, I would suggest “partisan” or “gimmicky,” as opposed to “serious” or “brave.”  Most budget proposals are both partisan and gimmicky, so this is no particular knock against Rep. Ryan.
Dan Joseph / CNSNews:
Rep. Louise Slaughter: GOP Freshmen Came to Washington ‘To Kill Women’  —  ( - Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) said today that the new Republicans elected to the House of Representatives last November came to Congress “to kill women.”  She also likened Republican efforts …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Vote-Counting Error In Wisconsin Points to Incompetence, Not Conspiracy  —  When Kathy Nickolaus, the county clerk in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, spoke to the press on Thursday after revealing that she had failed to count more than 14,000 ballots in the hotly contested state supreme court election …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Moran gets irritable at veteran's interruption in town-hall meeting  —  The absent majority.  —  That headline is a little more fair than the suggestions that came to me this morning on a clip from a town-hall meeting held by Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) last night, in which the Congressman loses …
Mrc Tv / Big Government:
Rep. Jim Moran Gets Testy With Veteran at Town Hall: Sit Down or Leave
Discussion: Pajamas Media
War Is No Excuse For Forgetting One's Manners  —  War Etiquette Tips  —  From Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)  —  As a lad in Charleston, I at first chafed whenever Mama would squire me to my weekly instructions at Miss Buelah Fontaine's Palmetto Street Finishing Academy for Young Gentlemen.
Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
Cathie Black vows to come back: “I'm a warrior”  —  Few career falls are as swift and spectacular as Cathie Black's.  —  It took just 95 days for the former boss of Hearst Magazines — and alum of the Fortune Most Powerful Women list — to get ousted as chancellor of New York City public schools.
Joe Kovacs / WorldNetDaily:
Rush Limbaugh slammed for ‘avoiding’ eligibility  —  ‘Not 1 high Republican or you has ever really tried to nail’ Obama  —  Radio giant Rush Limbaugh came under fire today from a caller to his top-rated program accusing the host of avoiding the issue of Barack Obama's eligibility to be president.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Coming to bars across DC: Top 10 ‘government shutdown pick-up lines’
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Huck to GOP: Cut a deal
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Washington Post:
Donald Trump buys Kluge winery
Discussion: New York Magazine, Gawker and Unfogged
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Paying for What We Get  —  Andrew Sullivan writes today …
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Commander in Chief's Appalling Action with Our Troops
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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
GOP Rep. Allen West suggests Republicans are “using” troops
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Christie takes a cheap shot at Springsteen
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