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8:35 AM ET, April 9, 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 Rogers / The Politico:
Government shutdown averted, White House and Republicans reach 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 …
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.  Bumped.  —  Marc Ambinder at National Journal breaks the news of a deal framework on the 2011 budget …
Fox News:
Congress Strikes a Budget Deal to Avert Shutdown, Cutting $38.5B  —  Congressional leaders, with barely an hour to go before a federal government, announced late Friday night they had reached a deal to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year.  —  The deal includes $38.5 billion …
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.
The Hill:
Last-minute budget deal staves off government shutdown  —  President Obama and Democratic and Republican congressional leaders reached a last-minute deal Friday to avoid a government shutdown.  —  The agreement, which came after days of partisan sparring and rhetorical drama …
Associated Press:
Congress, White House reach deal to avoid government shutdown, cite ‘historic’ spending cuts  —  WASHINGTON — Perilously close to a government shutdown, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders forged agreement late Friday night on a deal to cut about $38 billion in federal spending and avert the first closure in 15 years.
Rep. Michele Bachmann / RedState:
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 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
It's A Deal: Dems, Republicans Strike Spending Deal To Avoid Government Shutdown  —  They've got a deal!  —  Their negotiations have teetered erratically on the brink of collapse for weeks.  But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner have finally shaken hands …
Roll Call:
Deal Close to Avert Shutdown  —  Lawmakers appear to be very close to a deal to avert a government shutdown after Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) agreed to drop a rider on Planned Parenthood and Democrats agreed to some minor spending changes.  —  Negotiations are ongoing …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Democrats make pitch for contributions to make Boehner ‘cry’
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
Carrie Dann /
Reports point to a deal, but the clock's still ticking
Major Garrett /
Muted Abortion Response Speaks Volumes
Wall Street Journal:
Budget Talks Sputter; Parties Trade Barbs
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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Biden gets fed up during spending talks
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Optimism in the House  —  A House staffer emails:  —  Post Comment
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.
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 …
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.
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
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