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11:20 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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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
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 …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Ryan budget could stymie Senate's ‘Gang of Six’ on deficit bargain
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 …
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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
Bob Cusack / The Hill:   Back from the brink, parties armed for mega-battle over debt limit
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: TPMDC
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Jake Gibson / Fox News:
Pawlenty to Hire Ayers as Campaign Manager
New York Times:
Tim Pawlenty lands a presidential campaign manager
Discussion: The Caucus
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pawlenty taps campaign manager
Discussion: CNN
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
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 …
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 …
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
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Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Poll: Only a third of Florida independents approve of Obama's performance
Discussion: CNN 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 …
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
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Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Scholars' outrage over Manning
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.”
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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.
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 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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