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12:05 PM 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 …
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama misses being ‘anonymous’  —  The public spotlight can get pretty hot, even for presidents.  —  “I just miss — I miss being anonymous,” Obama told editors and publishers from Hearst Magazines in a recent interview.  —  He added: “I miss Saturday morning, rolling out of bed …
Discussion: The Agonist
Myglesias / Yglesias:
A Debt Ceiling Hostage Rescue Strategy
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Change The Terms  —  To paraphrase the late Sen. Moynihan …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Ryan budget could stymie Senate's ‘Gang of Six’ on deficit bargain
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama to Call for Broad Plan to Reduce Debt
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Ryan's plan a perfect target?
Discussion: The Note and Washington Post
Washington Post:
Obama's new approach to deficit reduction to include spending on entitlements
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 …
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 …
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Boehner Gains Credibility, and Will Need It
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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: CNN, The Hill and TPMDC
Jake Gibson / Fox News:
Pawlenty to Hire Ayers as Campaign Manager
New York Times:
Tim Pawlenty lands a presidential campaign manager
Discussion: KHVO and The Caucus
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: Booman Tribune and National Review
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 …
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, MyDD and The Agonist
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Scholars' outrage over Manning
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Florida to host 2012 GOP presidential primary debate  —  Florida, the site of the GOP nominating convention, will host a presidential debate during the 2012 cycle.  —  NBC News, National Journal and The St. Petersburg Times will co-sponsor the debate, along with the Florida Council of 100 …
Discussion: The Page
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Poll: Only a third of Florida independents approve of Obama's performance
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and National Review
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 …
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 …
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.
Gerald E. Scorse / Los Angeles Times:
Roth IRAs: A real ‘fiscal Frankenstein’  —  In establishing Roth IRAs, Congress waived untold billions in future Treasury receipts.  It's time to retire them.  —  The day after Congress passed the new healthcare law, an opponent called it “a fiscal Frankenstein.”
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 …
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.
The Politico:
GOP's ‘politically correct’ budget  —  “Look at us, then look at them,” an administration official told New York Magazine.  —  The White House strategy worked.  When the two sides got very close on spending, what happened?  Republicans brought up the most intractable controversy in U.S. politics: — abortion.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Peter Allen / Telegraph:
French burka ban: police arrest two veiled women
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Pundit Press
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dems, not Romney, celebrate anniversary of Mass. health reform
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Discussion: CNN and New York Magazine
Alex Knott / Roll Call:
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CIA has slashed its terrorism interrogation role
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Chris Woodyard / USA Today:
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Discussion: and InvestmentWatch
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
HILL POLL: Inflation, fueled by gas and food prices, adds to worry
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin lauds Donald Trump's ‘birther’ investigation: ‘More power to him’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Study: Gas from ‘fracking’ worse than coal on climate
Discussion: Power Line
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: US blocks 350 suspected terrorists
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
John Thompson / New York Times:
The Prosecution Rests, but I Can't  —  I SPENT 18 years in prison …
James Poulos /
Trump is Final Proof that the Political Class Has Failed