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9:45 AM ET, April 12, 2011

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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.
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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 …
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Obama to draw sharp contrast with GOP over deficit  —  In a speech Wednesday, the president is expected to call for higher taxes on wealthier Americans, as opposed to Republican plans to slash Medicare and Medicaid.  —  Reporting from Washington —  President Obama will call for shrinking …
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 …
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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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ron Paul antes up on abortion  —  Ron Paul on Monday created some distance between himself and his fellow libertarians on abortion, telling a gathering of social conservatives in Iowa that protecting the unborn is integral to his philosophy.  —  Speaking for the Iowa Family Leader's …
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.
Discussion: The Agonist and AMERICAblog News
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Matt Smith / CNN:   Japan nuclear disaster tops scale
Channel NewsAsia:
Japan mulls raising nuclear crisis to top level
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
Discussion: Firedoglake, MyDD and The Raw Story
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:   D.C. mayor arrested
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Chris Matthews: Paul Ryan's Medicare Plan Will ‘Kill Half the People Who Watch My Show’  —  MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Monday spent much of show scaring viewers about Congressman Paul Ryan's (R-Wisc.) recently released budget proposal.  —  So apoplectic was the “Hardball” …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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New York Times:
Republican Medicare Plan Could Shape 2012 Races
Discussion: The Caucus and The Page
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT PAUL RYAN'S CONSTITUENTS THINK, AND WHY IT MATTERS. …
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
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
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
Wall Street Journal:
Pakistan Tells U.S. to Halt Drones  —  Pakistan has privately demanded the Central Intelligence Agency suspend drone strikes against militants on its territory, one of the U.S.'s most effective weapons against al Qaeda and Taliban leaders, officials said.  —  Pakistan has also asked the U.S …
Discussion: Firedoglake and JOSHUAPUNDIT
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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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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.
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
In budget wars, the GOP demands the impossible  —  Far-right Republicans are winning the budget wars because they understand something that nobody else in Washington seems to grasp: The old truism about politics being the art of the possible is no longer true.  —  There's no question who won last week's showdown.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 
 
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Six-month spending bill unveiled: What's cut and what's not
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WE'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO OFFER THE LOW-WAGE WORKFORCE FOR FOREIGN …
New York Times:
Egypt Sentences Blogger to 3 Years
Jessica Simeone / New York Post:
His students know ‘squat’  —  What's next, extra credit for going freegan?
Discussion: Moonbattery