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2:15 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 …
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.
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.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
No Accord in Budget Talks as Policy Fights Hamper Deal  —  WASHINGTON — Another day of intense negotiations between the two parties failed to yield a budget deal on Thursday, leaving the federal government hours from a shutdown.  —  After the third round of White House talks in 24 hours …
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.) …
Washington Post:
Both parties continue talks over elusive 2011 budget deal  —  Gallery: Government shutdown: 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.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Bachmann wants ‘clean’ bill to fund government for one week  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) expressed support for a one-week government funding bill approved by the House, but suggested it should be stripped of language dealing with abortion.  —  In an interview with CNN's John King on Thursday night …
The Note:
Sen. Schumer: Public Will Blame Boehner for Shutdown  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  There may or may not be a government shutdown at midnight tonight, but some Democrats already know who they'll blame.  —  On ABC's “Top Line” today, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. …
Discussion: George's Bottom Line
The Politico:
Government shutdown: John Boehner brushes off budget deal talk
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Matt Finkelstein / Political Correction RSS:
Sen. Coburn Says House Republicans Should Drop Contentious Riders
Discussion: The Daily Dish and ThinkProgress
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Abortion Returns to Center Stage
Discussion: The Nation and The Awl
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
As clock ticks, Hoyer says 'there's no deal yet' to avert shutdown
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.
David Frum / FrumForum:
Reading Romney's Mind
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Dissents Of The Day  —  The in-tray is still bulging with fury over Paul Ryan.
Jeffrey Sachs / The Huffington Post:
The People's Budget
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 …
High-profile lawyers retained for possible Supreme Court recount
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Wisconsin Election Surprise: David Prosser Gains 7,500 Votes After ‘Human Error’ In Waukesha County (VIDEO)
Bob Hague / Wisconsin Radio Network:
Walker weighs in as Kloppenburg claims win (AUDIO)
Discussion: Firedoglake
Mark McKinnon / Politics:
How Michele Bachmann Can Win  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  The Minnesota firebrand could parlay her Tea Party support, fundraising skills, and message discipline into a serious run for the White House.  She has the fire in the belly, Mark McKinnon writes.  —  Though prone to gaffes …
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
David Brody / The Brody File:
Brody File Exclusive: Donald Trump Explains Pro-Life Conversion  —  In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Donald Trump explains why he changed his view from pro-choice to pro-life.  —  He says one of the main reasons was because one of his close personal friends chose to keep his child rather than have an abortion.
Jon Terbush / TPMDC:
Nearly Half Of Mississippi Republicans Think Interracial Marriage Should Be Illegal  —  Americans nationwide are evenly divided over the issue of same sex marriage.  But Republicans in Mississippi are divided over a wholly different wedlock issue: interracial marriage.
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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
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
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Jesse Jackson declares federal budget fight the American Civil War all over again
The Indian Express:
Cleric who termed stone-pelting protests un-Islamic killed in Srinagar blast
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
Shutdown shows true promise
Royal Navy personnel killed in HMS Astute sub shooting
 Earlier Items: 
The Daily Caller:
During an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller on Thursday …
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Levin on Obama not funding military by executive order: ‘This is what Saul Alinsky Marxists do’
Discussion: Cold Fury
New York Post:
Ryan's ‘roadmap’: The moral message
Discussion: Cold Fury and National Review
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
As Breaking News Fades, Ratings Fall at CNN