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5:10 PM ET, April 8, 2011


 Top Items: 
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 …
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 …
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.
Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
Coburn Says Republicans ‘Probably Should’ Make Budget Deal With Democrats
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Darren Goode / The Politico:
EPA riders axed, lawmakers say
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Both parties continue talks over elusive 2011 budget deal
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Gingrich: Obama holding troops ‘hostage’ over budget
Discussion: TPMDC
Jay Newton-Small / Swampland:
Is This Really All About Abortion?
The Politico:
Government shutdown: John Boehner brushes off budget deal talk
Discussion: Pat Dollard
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Spending Bill Negotiations Continue Into Night
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
What Planned Parenthood actually does  —  With Planned Parenthood being either the major obstacle to a budget deal or one of the major obstacles to a budget deal, it's worth taking a minute explaining what they do — and what they don't do.  —  As you can see in the chart atop this post …
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP senator: Republicans should move on from defunding Planned Parenthood  —  Republicans should “move on” from insisting on defunding Planned Parenthood in a 2011 spending bill, a Republican senator said Friday.  —  With less than 24 hours to go until a shutdown, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) …
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 …
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 …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Ryan Journey  —  For decades, academics and think tankers have been proposing plans to avert a fiscal catastrophe.  The ensuing debates were always sedate, high-minded affairs.  Now Republican political leaders have come up with a bold proposal of their own and the atmosphere is totally different.
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.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Paying for What We Get  —  Andrew Sullivan writes today that healthcare costs are skyrocketing and there are basically two way to rein them in: … I think half of this is right, but the other half betrays a fundamental (though common) misconception about how politics actually works.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Rationing One Way Or Another
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Optimism in the House  —  A House staffer emails:  —  Post Comment  —  Pages  —  Ben Smith passes along an anonymous email, from someone quoting hearsay.  This is, sadly, the “journalism” we've come to expect from Ben.  —  Who cares!  —  Posted By: Who cares!  April 08, 2011 at 02:38 PM
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.
The Star-Ledger Editorial Page:
Christie takes a cheap shot at Springsteen  —  He can't help himself, our governor.  In less than a year and a half, he's demonized more people than the Salem witch trials — if they had been run by Judge Judy: Democrats.  Teachers.  Superintendents.  Public workers.  State Supreme Court justices.
Discussion: Eschaton
G-A-Y / Good As You:
G-A-Y Exclusive: National Organization For Marriage tour organizer/Facebook moderator does startling about-face; Exposure to NOM could lead to unintended side effects  —  Louis Marinelli first came on our radar late last spring, when he started independently Tweeting under the name “NOMUpdates”:
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Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
D.C. Residents Target Boehner With Trash-Bag Protest
Discussion: The Raw Story
Corey Robin / The Nation:
Reclaiming the Politics of Freedom
Discussion: Yglesias and New Deal 2.0
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Huntsman heading to South Carolina in May
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Commander in Chief's Appalling Action with Our Troops
Discussion: Cubachi, GOP 12 and The Gateway Pundit
First Read /
This would be 18th government shutdown in U.S. history
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
GOP Rep. Allen West suggests Republicans are “using” troops
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and TPMDC
 Earlier Items: 
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Stuff Piled in the Aisle? It's There to Get You to Spend More
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Yglesias
Royal Navy personnel killed in HMS Astute sub shooting
Discussion: and The Jawa Report
The Daily Caller:
During an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller on Thursday …
Discussion: CNN and Cubachi
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Levin on Obama not funding military by executive order: ‘This is what Saul Alinsky Marxists do’
Discussion: Cold Fury
David Brody / The Brody File:
Brody File Exclusive: Donald Trump Explains Pro-Life Conversion
Mark McKinnon / Politics:
How Michele Bachmann Can Win
David Frum / FrumForum:
Reading Romney's Mind
Discussion: The Daily Dish