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9:05 AM ET, April 11, 2011

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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 …
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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, GOP, prepare to battle over debt ceiling
Discussion: AlterNet and CBS News
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Cantor Sees Current Medicare and Medicaid Programs As A ‘Safety Net’ For 'People Who Frankly Don't Need One'
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
POTUS SPEECH THIS WEEK ON LONG-TERM DEFICIT REDUCTION. …
Discussion: Firedoglake and AMERICAblog News
Jon Wiener / The Nation:
NPR Station in LA Suspends Planned Parenthood Spots  —  One of two NPR stations in the Los Angeles area, KPCC-FM, suspended its regularly-scheduled Planned Parenthood spots on Friday, in response to Republican demands that Congress eliminate federal funding for the family planning group.
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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 …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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
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 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.
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 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 …
Xinhua News Agency:
Arab League to ask UN for imposing no-fly zone over Gaza  —  The Arab League (AL) said on Sunday it would ask the United Nations to consider imposing a no-fly zone over the Gaza Stripe to protect the civilians against Israeli air strikes.  —  In a statement issued after an emergency meeting …
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 …
Claire Ellicott / Daily Mail:
BNP man ‘videoed burning Koran in garage’ arrested and charged  —  A senior member of the British National Party has been arrested for allegedly burning a copy of the Koran in his garage.  —  Sion Owens, a BNP candidate in the forthcoming Welsh Assembly elections, was charged under the Public Order Act.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
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
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
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
Chris Buckley / Reuters:
China tells U.S. to quit as human rights judge  —  (Reuters) - The United States is beset by violence, racism and torture and has no authority to condemn other governments' human rights problems, China said on Sunday, countering U.S. criticism of Beijing's crackdown.
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 …
 
 
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Simon Walters / Daily Mail:
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Daniel Costello / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Big Picture and Truthdig
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Mubarak Denies Corruption and Defends His Legacy
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Keynes' Ghost  —  I'm blogging from Bretton Woods, NH …
Discussion: TPMCafe and Yglesias
American Thinker:
Challenging the Leftist Domination of the Jewish Community
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Pajamas Media
David S. Cloud / Los Angeles Times:
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