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12:00 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 …
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.
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.  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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Deal falls short of GOP cut pledge; ‘As good as we could get,’ Boehner says
Discussion: American Times and The Blaze
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Minutes to shutdown, Congress strikes budget deal
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Roll Call:
Deal Close to Avert Shutdown
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Democrats make pitch for contributions to make Boehner ‘cry’
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
Rep. Michele Bachmann / RedState:
Not a Big Enough Fight
Wall Street Journal:
Budget Talks Sputter; Parties Trade Barbs
Carrie Dann / msnbc.com:
Reports point to a deal, but the clock's still ticking
Stan Collender / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
The Shutdown Problem This September is Going to be Even Worse
Major Garrett / NationalJournal.com:
Muted Abortion Response Speaks Volumes
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.
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.
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
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 …
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