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10:20 AM ET, April 12, 2011

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Washington Post:
Obama turns to his bipartisan deficit commission's blueprint for reducing debt  —  Video: White House press secretary Jay Carney reiterated Monday that President Obama “regrets” his vote in 2006 as a senator against raising the debt ceiling.  (April 11)  —  President Obama plans this week …
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Wall Street Journal:
President Open to Deal on Debt Cap  —  White House officials have opened the door to a deal with Republicans that would allow the U.S. to increase its ability to borrow, potentially easing worries in financial markets that the country might default on its debt.
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:   Debt Ceiling Fight Takes Center Stage: What It Means For You?
Washington Wire:
Trump Will ‘Probably’ Run as Independent If He Doesn't Win GOP Nomination  —  Donald Trump will “probably” run as an independent candidate for U.S. President in 2012 if he does not receive the Republican party's nomination, he told the Wall Street Journal in a video interview on Monday.
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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 …
Andy Kroll / MoJo Articles:
Donald Trump's Big Gay Problem
CBS News:
Budget deal details: Cuts that aren't quite cuts  —  $38B in savings agreed to by GOP and Democrats averted a government shutdown, but new details indicate some accounting sleight-of-hand  —  Details of the $38 billion worth of spending cuts factoring in last Friday's 11th-hour budget …
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Six-month spending bill unveiled: What's cut and what's not  —  House and Senate appropriators revealed details of the 2011 spending-cut deal early Tuesday morning, missing a self-imposed midnight deadline.  —  In dueling press releases, House Republicans emphasized the magnitude of cuts …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
David Rogers / The Politico:   Budget deal isn't all about cuts
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann takes on heckler in Iowa  —  IOWA CITY, Iowa — Michele Bachmann said again Monday that the American intervention in Libya was a mistake — but this time she had to talk over a heckler who shouted vulgarities at her.  —  Jenny Watkins, 22, shouted at Bachmann …
Discussion: Fox Nation, CNN and Cubachi
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:   Michele Bachmann burns up Iowa, decries gay marriage
Washington Post:
Japan rates nuclear crisis at highest severity level  —  TOKYO — Japanese authorities raised Tuesday their rating of the severity of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis to the highest level on an international scale, equal to that of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
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Matt Smith / CNN:   Japan nuclear disaster tops scale
BooMan / Booman Tribune:
Our Structural Disadvantage  —  The intertubes are clogged with the choral wailing of frustrated liberals.  Digby provides a good example, but the same is available pretty much anywhere else you'd think to look. … This is exactly right.  But what's strange is that it almost seems to come as a surprise to people.
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Where Hippie Punching Gets You
The Politico:
D.C. Mayor Vince Gray arrested and released  —  Washington Mayor Vincent Gray and other top city officials were arrested on Capitol Hill on Monday during a protest of the budget deal House Republicans cut with President Barack Obama.  —  Gray and six city council members were released early Tuesday morning.
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Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Gray, D.C. Council members arrested in protest
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
What Impact Has The New York Times Paywall Had on Traffic?  [STATS]  —  The New York Times' paywall has now been up for two weeks.  What impact has it had on the popular website's traffic?  More importantly, is the paywall working as intended, or is it taking a bite out of The New York Times' revenues?
David Blaska / Isthmus:
Blaska Blogs the smoking gun of the teachers union's illegal sick-out  —  Only a fool would think that the sick out that closed down Madison schools for five days in February was anything but an illegal, union-coordinated, illegal strike.  —  But there are a lot of fools in Madison, aren't there?
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
CBS Chicago:
Gas Prices Climbing Toward $5 Per Gallon  —  CHICAGO (CBS) - At one time, $5 per gallon gas seemed like a farfetched idea, but that is no longer the case.  —  As CBS 2's Roseanne Tellez reports, as of Monday, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the Chicago area is $4.11 …
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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 …
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JSOnline:
Democrat on Waukesha County vote panel speaks out
Discussion: msnbc.com
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Wall Street Journal:
Pakistan Tells U.S. to Halt Drones
Discussion: Firedoglake and JOSHUAPUNDIT
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Barack Obama faces problem on left, not right  —  I don't think Barack Obama will have a hard time defeating his Republican opponent in 2012, barring a financial meltdown or a major foreign crisis.  It's a Democratic opponent he should worry about.  —  Obama continues to anger progressives …
Discussion: Guardian and Betsy's Page
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo! News:
Chicago school bans homemade lunches, the latest in national food fight  —  Students who attend Chicago's Little Village Academy public school get nothing but nutritional tough love during their lunch period each day.  The students can either eat the cafeteria food—or go hungry.
Erin Einhorn / NY Daily News:
NY Democrats criticize Obama's budget compromise, with Rep. Rangel calling it ‘immoral’  —  Rangel went so far as to call the deal ‘irresponsible’ and ‘immoral.’  —  New York's congressional delegation trashed President Obama's budget compromise Monday, calling it “irresponsible,” “dangerous” and “immoral.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and msnbc.com
James S. Robbins / Washington Times:
Koran Burned in Iran (video)  —  Two anonymous young men in Iran, one Iranian and one Afghan, have burned a Koran in protest.  This seven-and-a-half minute long video shows the two men, their faces obscured, holding the Muslim holy book and reading prepared statements.
New York Times:
Democrat in Missouri to Oppose Health Care Law  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri's Democratic attorney general broke with his party on Monday and urged a federal judge to invalidate the central provision of the new health care law.  —  The filing of the court brief by Attorney General Chris Koster …
 
 
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Jim Miklaszewski / msnbc.com:
2 US servicemen mistakenly killed by drone attack in Afghanistan
Discussion: Swampland
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Good news: Photos capture TSA repelling toddler terrorist threat with intrusive grope-downs of 6-year olds
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Gang of Six closes in on deficit deal
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Possible Libya Stalemate Puts Stress on U.S. Policy
Discussion: The Page
Stewart Bell / National Post:
Ex-KKK leader featured on Muslim group's website
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Jay Currie
Washington Post:
In budget wars, the GOP demands the impossible
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Decry Power of Lobbyists, Corporations, Banks, Feds
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Goodheart / Opinionator:
The Defenders  —  Charleston Harbor, S.C., April 12, 1861
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Chris Matthews: Paul Ryan's Medicare Plan Will ‘Kill Half the People Who Watch My Show’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
LATimes / PolitiCal:
Leading California Democratic strategist Kam Kuwata dies at 57
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Jonathan Alter out at Newsweek
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney slogan was once Kerry's
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WE'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO OFFER THE LOW-WAGE WORKFORCE FOR FOREIGN …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings, MyDD and ThinkProgress