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5:15 PM ET, April 11, 2011

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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The President Is Missing  —  What have they done with President Obama?  What happened to the inspirational figure his supporters thought they elected?  Who is this bland, timid guy who doesn't seem to stand for anything in particular?  —  I realize that with hostile Republicans controlling the House …
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama Puts Taxes on Table  —  President Barack Obama will lay out his plan for reducing the nation's deficit Wednesday, belatedly entering a fight over the nation's long-term financial future.  But in addition to suggesting cuts—the current focus of debate—the White House looks set to aim …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
A Debt Ceiling Hostage Rescue Strategy  —  As Jon Chait and Josh Marshall write this morning, the way the tax cut deal and the appropriations deal went down makes it clear that the White House needs a better hostage rescue strategy heading into the debt ceiling fight.  Fortunately, I think one is available.
Richard Dunham / Texas on the Potomac:
Hearst exclusive: Obama talks about his golf habit, his favorite magazines and personal frustrations  —  President Obama makes a surprise visit to the Lincoln Memorial this weekend.  —  President Obama wants you to know that he is not a golf addict.  —  He simply spends so much time unwinding …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Boehner: Relationship with Obama improved after budget battle
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Juli Weiner / Vanity Fair:
“Best Wishes, Donald Trump”: A Future President's Letter to Vanity Fair  —  The Donald has inveighed (in Sharpie!) against our intrepid blogger.  We found his comments so delightful, we had to share.  —  It was with great delight and a sense of kinship that we at Vanity Fair read Donald Trump's letter …
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The Note:
Mitt Romney Announces 2012 Presidential Exploratory Committee  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney formally launched his 2012 presidential exploratory committee on Monday in a Web video, declaring that “President Obama's policies have failed.”
David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Donald Trump to Brody File: ‘I believe in God. I am Christian.’
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Page
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
TRENDING: Trump says he is Obama campaign's ‘worst nightmare’
Discussion: The Hill, Cubachi and Ben Smith's Blog
Lukas I. Alpert / NY Daily News:
Donald Trump fires back after White House aide declares that he has ‘zero chance’ to be President
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Trump: White House's ‘Worst Nightmare?’
Chicago Tribune:
Chicago school bans some lunches brought from home  —  To encourage healthful eating, Chicago school doesn't allow kids to bring lunches or certain snacks from home — and some parents, and many students, aren't fans of the policy  —  A Little Village Academy student cringes at an enchilada dish served at his school.
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Jeff G. / protein wisdom:   “Some Chicago schools ban some lunches brought from home”
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Revolver  —  Why do some of the most capable public servants in America, people like economist Peter Orszag, keep circling back from Washington to Wall Street?  One guess.  —  When Peter Orszag left his post as White House budget director last summer, it made perfect sense, on several levels …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Republican lawmakers sour on 2012 field  —  A presidential primary favorite is emerging among the ranks of congressional Republicans: none of the above.  —  The dissatisfaction with the likely GOP field — long whispered among party activists, operatives and elected officials — is growing more audible in the House and Senate.
orchidforchange.com:
Statement & Account of Ramona Kitzinger, Waukesha Board of Canvassers member since 2004:  —  (Waukesha County Democratic Party)On Tuesday night, I received a voice message from someone in the office of Clerk Kathy Nickolaus informing me of a Wednesday canvass meeting, which I returned …
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Democrats Note ‘RomneyCare’ Anniversary  —  In a possible pre-2012 bout of trash-talking, the Democrats are poking fun at Mitt Romney over Tuesday's fifth anniversary of his sweeping Massachusetts heath-case overhaul, an initiative that has since come back to haunt the former Massachusetts governor.
Discussion: Hot Air
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New York Review of Books:
Private Manning's Humiliation  —  Bruce Ackerman and Yochai Benkler  —  Bradley Manning is the soldier charged with leaking US government documents to Wikileaks.  He is currently detained under degrading and inhumane conditions that are illegal and immoral.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Manning, Obama and U.S. moral leadership
Charles Ommanney / Newsweek:
What's Really Going On With Gabby Giffords?  —  The untold story of the congresswoman's struggle, her husband's faith, and their long, hard road to recovery.  —  PHOTOS: According to doctors, Sen. Gabrielle Giffords has made significant advances.  But they caution that injuries to the brain …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT PAUL RYAN'S CONSTITUENTS THINK, AND WHY IT MATTERS.... Rep. Paul Ryan's (R) Wisconsin district isn't competitive.  Over the last decade, his most competitive race was the one he won by “only” 26 points.  Last year, the margin was 38 points.  —  But when the Associated Press checked …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Where Hippie Punching Gets You  —  Jonathan Cohn makes the good point that Obama's speech on Wednesday is unfortunately going to be seen as the left most position in the debate which makes a compromise between his plan and Ryan's the “juuust right” sweet spot.
Discussion: Eschaton
New York Post:
Ex-senator Hiram Monserrate, accused of slashing girlfriend, now working at pizza joint  —  Hiram Monserrate is serving the public again — one slice at a time.  —  The shamed former state senator is getting rid of his aggression these days by pounding the dough at a pizza shop in Queens.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
REPORT: U.S. Military Spending Has Almost Doubled Since 2001  —  A new report released today by SIPRI, a Swedish-based think tank, reveals that U.S. military spending has almost doubled since 2001.  The U.S. spent an astounding $698 billion on the military last year, an 81% increase over the last decade.
Washington Post:
Appeals court upholds Justice challenge on Ariz. immigration law  —  A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a lower court decision that blocked the most contested provisions of Arizona's immigration law from taking effect.  —  A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Couric's Rocky Path to a Likely Parting With CBS  —  For Katie Couric, the offer in 2006 to become the anchor of “CBS Evening News” came with another incentive, one she prized almost as highly, according to two of her friends: the chance to report for “60 Minutes,” the newsmagazine …
Jessica Simeone / New York Post:
His students know ‘squat’  —  What's next, extra credit for going freegan?  —  An eccentric SUNY Purchase art professor held a “class” yesterday in SoHo where he instructed his hipster students on how to illegally squat in condos around the city.  —  Chris Robbins organized the seminar …
Discussion: Moonbattery and Runnin' Scared
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The Ayers campaign  —  There's an oft-broken rule of self-effacement among political staffers, one Nick Ayers and the Pawlenty campaign smashed it resolutely this morning with an email that was rather more about Ayers than his candidate, and an item suggesting his move was a death knell for Haley Barbour, his former boss.
Discussion: The Hill, Swampland, CNN, TPMDC and msnbc.com
David Howard / TechNet Blogs:
Google's misleading security claims to the government raise serious questions  —  Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel  —  Last Friday afternoon, I learned that a batch of court documents had been unsealed and had revealed one particularly striking development …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Winklevoss twins must accept Facebook deal: court  —  (Reuters) - Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss cannot back out of a settlement with giant social networking firm Facebook over claims that Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Peter Thiel: We're in a Bubble and It's Not the Internet.  It's Higher Education.  —  Fair warning: This article will piss off a lot of you.  —  I can say that with confidence because it's about Peter Thiel.  And Thiel - the PayPal co-founder, hedge fund manager and venture capitalist …
 
 
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Talking About Debt At a Time of Low Interest Rates, Low Inflation, And High Unemployment Is Crazy
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