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2:15 PM ET, April 9, 2011

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NationalJournal.com:
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 …
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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 …
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Rep. Allen West will vote no on budget deal  —  Rep. Allen West is against the bipartisan budget deal struck by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the Obama administration.  —  West told The Hill that $39 billion in cuts is insufficient.  Asked whether he was pleased with the agreement on policy riders …
Discussion: Cubachi and Liberty Pundits Blog
Carl Cameron / Fox News:
Who Won the Shutdown Showdown?  It Wasn't Even Close  —  While Republicans wanted to cut more spending in Saturday's early morning compromise to keep the government open, they think they got the better of the deal.  —  Here's why: HR1 was originally to seek spending cuts …
BooMan / Booman Tribune:
The Aftermath  —  I have to rescind my assessment last night that John Boehner got nothing out of the late negotiations on the 2011 budget.  Apparently, he won the restoration of a ban on the District of Columbia spending its own money to help poor women obtain abortions.
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.
Washington Post:
Budget fight shows Washington still broken  —  Gallery: Government shutdown 2011: Congressional leaders agreed late Friday to a compromise that will keep the federal government funded for the remainder of the fiscal year.  —  As the midnight Friday deadline loomed for a possible government shutdown …
Andrew Stiles / National Review:
Boehner Wins Big  —  President Obama's 2011 budget called for a spending increase of $40 billion.  Tonight, he touted a bipartisan agreement on “the largest annual spending cut in our history” — some $38.5 billion [emphasis added].  All told, he got $78.5 billion less than he originally requested.
The Hill:
House, Senate pass one-week spending bill to buy time for deal
Discussion: The Nation
Matthew Cooper / NationalJournal.com:
The Budget Skirmish Ends. The War Begins
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Deal falls short of GOP cut pledge; ‘As good as we could get,’ Boehner says
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Minutes to shutdown, Congress strikes budget deal
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Report: Tentative Deal on Budget Being Reviewed by White House (UPDATE: Deal Reached)
The Hill:
Last-minute budget deal staves off government shutdown
Carol E. Lee / Wall Street Journal:   Obama's Budget Aim: To Rise Above Fray
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Democrats make pitch for contributions to make Boehner ‘cry’
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
Roll Call:
Deal Close to Avert Shutdown
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Robert Berkvist / New York Times:
Sidney Lumet, Director of American Film Classics, Dies at 86  —  Sidney Lumet, a director who preferred the streets of New York to the back lots of Hollywood and whose stories of conscience — “12 Angry Men,” “Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “The Verdict,” “Network” — became modern American film classics …
Associated Press:
Soldiers and Protesters Clash in Cairo  —  CAIRO (AP) — Demonstrators burned cars and barricaded themselves with barbed wire inside a central Cairo square demanding the resignation of the military's head after troops violently dispersed an overnight protest killing one and injuring 71.
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Aljazeera:
Clashes erupt around Cairo's Tahrir Square
Discussion: MyDD and Outside the Beltway
Aljazeera:
Protesters killed in southern Syria
Discussion: Truthdig and Guardian
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Kyl Walks Back Planned Parenthood Claim: It ‘Was Not Intended To Be A Factual Statement’  —  As ThinkProgress reported earlier today, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) defended Republicans' willingness to shut down the government over funding for Planned Parenthood by falsely claiming that abortion is …
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Success Of Hostage-Taking Highlights The Importance of Elections  —  Details on the appropriations deal are still hard to come by, but you don't need the details to know that substantial short-term cuts in domestic discretionary spending will hurt the poor while harming macroeconomic performance.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
BBC:
US to fund $20m remake of Sesame Street for Pakistan  —  The show will be set in a Pakistan village and be mostly in Urdu  —  The United States is funding a Pakistani remake of the popular TV children's show Sesame Street.  —  In a new effort to win hearts and minds in Pakistan, USAID …
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Ending America as We Know It  —  Hey, it's the weekend, and everyone's singing the same maddeningly catchy refrain!  Rebecca Black's “Friday”?  Nah, that was last week's moronic singalong.  This week's is even perkier!  “Paul Ryan proposes to end Medicare as we know it,” sings former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta.
Ynetnews:
Muslims offended by Trinny & Susannah  —  Channel 10 apologizes for ads showing British fashion advisors in immodest clothing against backdrop of al-Aqsa Mosque  —  Eran Baron  —  Channel 10 apologized for the incident on Wednesday evening and promised to change the ads immediately.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
 
 
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
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Associated Press:
Pink used by Libya rebels to alert NATO jets
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Guardian:
Business chiefs fear for UK economy
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Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Coming to bars across DC: Top 10 ‘government shutdown pick-up lines’
Discussion: WHSV-TV and ABCNEWS
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