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7:15 PM ET, April 11, 2011

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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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Lukas I. Alpert / NY Daily News:
Donald Trump fires back after White House aide declares that he has ‘zero chance’ to be President  —  The White House stopped just short of dismissing Donald Trump as a clown Sunday - calling him a “sideshow” act with “zero chance” of becoming president.  —  Chief Obama adviser David Plouffe unleashed …
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 …
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
TRENDING: Trump says he is Obama campaign's ‘worst nightmare’  —  Wasington (CNN) - Top Obama advisor David Plouffe Sunday laughed off suggestions Donald Trump will ever be a serious presidential candidate, but the business mogul says he is actually the Obama campaign's “worst nightmare.”
David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Donald Trump to Brody File: ‘I believe in God. I am Christian.’
Discussion: Don Surber, GOP 12 and The Page
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Trump: White House's ‘Worst Nightmare?’
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:   Donald Trump talks religion: ‘I am a Christian’
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.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Boehner: Relationship with Obama improved after budget battle
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”
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
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 …
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Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
Arizona Immigration Law: Enforcement Blocked by Circuit Court
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:   Court backs Eric Holder on Arizona law
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JSOnline:   Democrat on Waukesha County vote panel speaks out
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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Greg Scoblete / RealClearWorld:   U.S. Military Spending vs. the World
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 …
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.
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 …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
In Iowa, Bachmann blasts GOP on budget deal  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) told voters in Iowa on Monday that Congressional Republicans backed down too easily in the recent budget fight, saying, “We will never win if we don't fight.”  —  Bachmann has been an outspoken critic …
Discussion: Radio Iowa and CNN
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Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Bachmann: A one-term president
Discussion: Cubachi and Liberty Pundits Blog
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WE'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO OFFER THE LOW-WAGE WORKFORCE FOR FOREIGN COMPANIES.... Ikea's labor dispute in Southern Virginia should be a bigger story. … It's quite an ordeal.  Workers are forced to work overtime, often with little notice, and those who don't go along face disciplinary action.
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Nathaniel Popper / Los Angeles Times:
Ikea's U.S. factory churns out unhappy workers
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 …
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 and Shakesville
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 …
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.
 
 
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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
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William Rhodes / Foreign Policy:
There's no time to lose on Korea
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Rasmussen Reports:
Confidence That U.S. Is Winning War on Terror Down to Lowest Level Since 2006
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Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
Consolidation of Trade Publications Nears
Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
2012 candidates stake out positions on sharia
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Why the debt limit fight will be different
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Jessica Simeone / New York Post:
His students know ‘squat’  —  What's next, extra credit for going freegan?
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Dan Levine / Reuters:
Winklevoss twins must accept Facebook deal: court
Robert Samuelson / Real Clear Politics:
Big Government on the Brink
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The Ayers campaign  —  There's an oft-broken rule of self …
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Gerald E. Scorse / Los Angeles Times:
Roth IRAs: A real ‘fiscal Frankenstein’