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2:00 PM ET, April 10, 2011


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Joshua Miller / ABCNEWS:
Obama Advisor David Plouffe: Budget Cuts Both ‘Draconian’ and ‘Historic’  —  Plouffe Lauds Bipartisanship and Slams Trump  —  Senior Advisor to the President David Plouffe conceded this morning that some of the cuts the White House agreed to in order to avoid a government shutdown were draconian.
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Obama to make major budget address  —  President Barack Obama will lay out a long-term deficit reduction plan this week, White House senior adviser David Plouffe said Sunday.  —  “The president will be laying out his approach to long-term deficit reduction later this week,” Plouffe said on NBC's …
Discussion: CNN, TalkLeft, Reuters and MyDD
Washington Post:
Can Obama cut the budget and keep Democrats happy?  —  In his first two years, President Obama pursued an agenda that dramatically increased government spending and ushered in the biggest change in social welfare policy since the Great Society.  When he spoke to the country late Friday night, he sounded like a born-again budget cutter.
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Plouffe: Obama to speak on long-term deficit reduction
Discussion: PERRspectives
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Budget deal leaves liberals disheartened  —  The $38.5 billion deal brokered between Republicans and President Barack Obama on Friday night may have resolved the immediate threat of a government shutdown.  But it didn't take long for many liberal Democrats to begin to realize that there might …
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Schumer: Holding down debt ceiling plays with fire  —  N.Y. Sen. warns failing to raise debt ceiling could cause recession; GOP's Sessions says Obama will have to make concessions  —  New York Senator Chuck Schumer (D) warned on Sunday that a congressional stalemate on raising the debt ceiling would be …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
New York Times:
Banks Are Off the Hook Again  —  Americans know that banks have mistreated borrowers in many ways in foreclosure cases.  Among other things, they habitually filed false court documents.  There were investigations.  We've been waiting for federal and state regulators to crack down.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Republican Rep.: Congress deserves to be ‘tarred and feathered’  —  Washington (CNN) - Fresh off the debate to avoid a government shutdown, Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin expressed cautious optimism following the resolution, while gearing up politically for the debt ceiling drama.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Third day of ‘sleep-in’ at Washington state capitol  —  OLYMPIA, Wash. - Thousands of union members from all over Washington poured into the state Capitol Friday, calling on lawmakers to “put people first” by ending corporate tax breaks and painful cuts to public programs.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Blowin' in the Idiot Wind  —  Bob Dylan may have done the impossible: broken creative new ground in selling out.  —  The idea that the raspy troubadour of '60s freedom anthems would go to a dictatorship and not sing those anthems is a whole new kind of sellout — even worse than Beyoncé …
New York Times:
Newly Born, and Withdrawing From Painkillers  —  BANGOR, Me.  — The mother got the call in the middle of the night: her 3-day-old baby was going through opiate withdrawal in a hospital here and had to start taking methadone, a drug best known for treating heroin addiction, to ease his suffering.
Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Always room in the budget for white guilt  —  Teachers are headed for a conference that brims with fashionable grievances.  —  These are tough times for Minnesota schools.  In Lakeville, for example, the school board recently announced wrenching cuts of almost $7 million.
Discussion: Power Line and Big Government
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