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12:15 AM ET, April 11, 2011

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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama to Call for Broad Plan to Reduce Debt  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will call this week for Republicans to join him in writing a broad plan to raise revenues and reduce the growth of popular entitlement programs, as the battle over the nation's financial troubles moves past Friday's …
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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.
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Cantor Sees Current Medicare and Medicaid Programs As A ‘Safety Net’ For 'People Who Frankly Don't Need One'
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Hullabaloo
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Plouffe: Obama to speak on long-term deficit reduction
James Poulos / Ricochet.com:
Trump is Final Proof that the Political Class Has Failed  —  There are two main theories cooperating to explain the Trump phenomenon:  — Donald Trump is today's best self-promoter and professional opportunist.  — The Republican field of presumptive candidates for president is lame.
Jon Wiener / The Nation:
NPR Station in LA Suspends Planned Parenthood Spots  —  One of two NPR stations in the Los Angeles area, KPCC-FM, suspended its regularly-scheduled Planned Parenthood spots on Friday, in response to Republican demands that Congress eliminate federal funding for the family planning group.
Claire Ellicott / Daily Mail:
BNP man ‘videoed burning Koran in garage’ arrested and charged  —  A senior member of the British National Party has been arrested for allegedly burning a copy of the Koran in his garage.  —  Sion Owens, a BNP candidate in the forthcoming Welsh Assembly elections, was charged under the Public Order Act.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
Chris Buckley / Reuters:
China tells U.S. to quit as human rights judge  —  (Reuters) - The United States is beset by violence, racism and torture and has no authority to condemn other governments' human rights problems, China said on Sunday, countering U.S. criticism of Beijing's crackdown.
John Thompson / New York Times:
The Prosecution Rests, but I Can't  —  I SPENT 18 years in prison for robbery and murder, 14 of them on death row.  I've been free since 2003, exonerated after evidence covered up by prosecutors surfaced just weeks before my execution date.  Those prosecutors were never punished.
William J. McGee / New York Times:
Forcing the F.A.A. to Fly Blind  —  PASSENGERS fainted when a 5-foot hole opened in the roof of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 flying from Phoenix to Sacramento last week.  The most frightening moment may have been when, as one passenger said, “You could look out and see blue sky.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Keynes' Ghost  —  I'm blogging from Bretton Woods, NH, site of the 1944 conference that reconstructed the rules for the global financial, monetary and trading system and the postwar recovery.  This weekend, the world's leading critics of the current economic mess have gathered here to discuss measures …
Discussion: Yglesias
David S. Cloud / Los Angeles Times:
Anatomy of an Afghan war tragedy  —  U.S. Predator teams and a special operations unit on the ground studying a suspicious convoy make a series of fateful missteps as they try to distinguish friend from foe.  —  Nearly three miles above the rugged hills of central Afghanistan …
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 …
The Hill:
Spending cuts, not policy riders, held up a deal, GOP aides say  —  House and Senate negotiators had reached a deal on controversial policy riders late Thursday night, according to a GOP leadership source close to the intense talks that resulted in an eleventh-hour deal to avert government shutdown …
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New York Times:
Concessions and Tension, Then a Deal
 
 
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Simon Walters / Daily Mail:
Ex-Army chief's fears over plan for mosque next to Sandhurst
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
JSOnline:
Prosser open to Waukesha County recount
Christina D. Romer / New York Times:
Jobless Rate Is Not the New Normal
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Mubarak Denies Corruption and Defends His Legacy
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Peter G. Peterson's Last Anti-Debt Crusade
Discussion: Hullabaloo
American Thinker:
Challenging the Leftist Domination of the Jewish Community
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Pajamas Media
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Schumer: Holding down debt ceiling plays with fire
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
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New York Times:
Newly Born, and Withdrawing From Painkillers
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Republican Rep.: Congress deserves to be ‘tarred and feathered’
Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Always room in the budget for white guilt
Discussion: Big Government and Power Line
NWCN:
Third day of ‘sleep-in’ at Washington state capitol
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Dodd / Outside the Beltway:
Copious Quantities of Casuistry
New York Times:
Banks Are Off the Hook Again
Guardian:
NI bomb ‘threatened mass murder’
Discussion: The Raw Story