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9:50 AM ET, April 11, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama, GOP, prepare to battle over debt ceiling
Wall Street Journal:
The Tea Party's First Victory  —  Obama opposes spending cuts right up to the time he calls them historic.  —  This is getting to be a habit.  President Obama ferociously resists tax cuts, trade agreements and spending cuts—right up to the moment he strikes a deal with Republicans and hails the tax cuts …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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Lisa Lerer / Bloomberg:
Obama Reached Breaking Point in Budget Talks After Tense Hour With Boehner  —  President Barack Obama had finally reached his breaking point.  —  For more than an hour in an Oval Office meeting on April 7, House Speaker John Boehner had insisted that any compromise on the government's budget include …
John Stanton / Roll Call:   Boehner Gains Credibility, and Will Need It
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Fine print of spending deal ‘still under negotiation’
Discussion: Riehl World View
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.
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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 …
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.
James L. Huffman / Wall Street Journal:
How Donor Disclosure Hurts Democracy  —  As a candidate, I learned how much potential campaign contributors fear incumbent retribution.  —  In the debates about campaign-finance regulation and the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision of last year, there seems to be widespread agreement on one thing …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Ryan budget could stymie Senate's ‘Gang of Six’ on deficit bargain  —  House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's 2012 budget resolution, set to pass the House this week, may kill closed-door bipartisan negotiations in the Senate over a grand deficit bargain.
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
Royal Wedding / KHVO:
Ed Case Announces Run For Senate  —  Politician Lost Bid For Seat Against Out-Going Sen. Akaka  —  HONOLULU — Former U.S. Rep. Ed Case on Sunday announced his decision to run for the U.S. Senate.  —  Sen. Daniel Akaka said last month he would not seek re-election in 2012.
Discussion: New York Times and The Page
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Poll: Only a third of Florida independents approve of Obama's performance  —  President Barack Obama is in trouble in Florida as he begins his re-election campaign.  —  A new Sachs/Mason-Dixon poll found that only 34 percent of independent voters in Florida — always the key to winning …
Discussion: CNN and National Review
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: US blocks 350 suspected terrorists  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government has prevented more than 350 people suspected of ties to al-Qaida and other terrorist groups from boarding U.S.-bound commercial flights since the end of 2009, The Associated Press has learned.
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Scholars' outrage at Manning ‘torture’  —  Obama professor among 250 experts who have signed letter condemning humiliation of alleged WikiLeaks source  —  More than 250 of America's most eminent legal scholars have signed a letter protesting against the treatment in military prison …
Michael Isikoff / msnbc.com:
Comments follow statements by Donald Trump questioning legitimacy of president's birth record  —  Below:  —  The Hawaiian state health official who personally reviewed Barack Obama's original birth certificate has affirmed again that the document is “real” and denounced “conspiracy theorists” …
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.
Jake Gibson / Fox News:
Pawlenty to Hire Ayers as Campaign Manager  —  Fox News has learned former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will announce on Monday that his presidential exploratory committee has hired Nick Ayers on as campaign manager.  The move puts Ayers in position to fill the role of campaign manager …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Ben Smith's Blog
 
 
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American Thinker:
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