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2:10 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 …
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David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama misses being ‘anonymous’
Discussion: The Agonist
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
The Ryan plan: foil that Obama needs?
Discussion: CNN, The Note and The New Republic
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Ryan budget could stymie Senate's ‘Gang of Six’ on deficit bargain
Washington Post:
Obama's new approach to deficit reduction to include spending on entitlements
Myglesias / Yglesias:
A Debt Ceiling Hostage Rescue Strategy  —  As Jon Chait and Josh Marshall write this morning, the way the tax cut deal and the appropriations deal went down makes it clear that the White House needs a better hostage rescue strategy heading into the debt ceiling fight.  Fortunately, I think one is available.
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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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Change The Terms  —  To paraphrase the late Sen. Moynihan, with familiarity deviant behavior loses its power to shock.  It's now taken for granted that the White House must make major concessions if Reps. Boehner and Cantor are to allow a vote to raise the nation's debt ceiling.
New York Post:
Bam's fiscal feint
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 …
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.
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 …
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, Swampland, TPMDC and msnbc.com
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New York Times:
Tim Pawlenty lands a presidential campaign manager
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.
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Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Scholars' outrage over Manning
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 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.
Richard Dunham / Texas on the Potomac:
Hearst exclusive: Obama talks about his golf habit, his favorite magazines and personal frustrations  —  President Obama makes a surprise visit to the Lincoln Memorial this weekend.  —  President Obama wants you to know that he is not a golf addict.  —  He simply spends so much time unwinding …
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 …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Blogging As a Vocation  —  I was on an NYU panel on Saturday where, among other things, college students were asking for career advice so I figure I may as well dispense my advice to all the Internet.  —  The observation I would make is that I think the arc of history is swinging …
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Appeals court upholds Justice challenge on Ariz. immigration law  —  A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a lower court decision that blocked the most contested provisions of Arizona's immigration law from taking effect.  —  A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals …
Chicago Tribune:
Chicago school bans some lunches brought from home  —  To encourage healthful eating, Chicago school doesn't allow kids to bring lunches or certain snacks from home — and some parents, and many students, aren't fans of the policy  —  A Little Village Academy student cringes at an enchilada dish served at his school.
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.”
JSOnline:
Milwaukee County DA, state board schedule news conference on ‘significant investigation’  —  The state Government Accountability Board and Milwaukee County district attorney's office has scheduled a news conference Monday afternoon to discuss the results of a “significant investigation.”
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
BBC:
Libya: African Union offers truce plan to rebels  —  The BBC's Jon Leyne in Benghazi: “A large crowd are protesting their dismay at this peace plan”  —  Members of an African Union delegation are offering a peace proposal to rebel leaders in the city of Benghazi to end Libya's eight-week conflict.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Study: Gas from ‘fracking’ worse than coal on climate  —  Cornell University professors will soon publish research that concludes natural gas produced with a drilling method called “hydraulic fracturing” contributes to global warming as much as coal, or even more.
Discussion: The Raw Story, Power Line and Wonkette
 
 
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Felix Salmon / New York Magazine:
The Wall Street Mind: Oblivious
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Close-Knit, New to the House, and Resistant to Blending In
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
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Discussion: CNN
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Next up  —  The next big political fights …
NY Daily News:
‘I miss being anonymous’: President Obama laments life in fishbowl
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Talking About Debt At a Time of Low Interest Rates, Low Inflation, And High Unemployment Is Crazy
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Louise Story / New York Times:
JPMorgan Accused of Breaking Its Duty to Clients
Robert Pear / New York Times:
With a Spending Deal in Hand, Lawmakers Now Turn to the Details
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 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Appropriations Deal Kills Ron Wyden's “Free Choice” Health Care Vouchers For No Good Reason
Discussion: American Times
Nathaniel Popper / Los Angeles Times:
Ikea's U.S. factory churns out unhappy workers
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Soros: U.S. Could “Absorb Some More Debt”
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times:
CIA has slashed its terrorism interrogation role
Chris Woodyard / USA Today:
Texas considers highest speed limit in nation
Discussion: OpenMarket.org and InvestmentWatch
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin lauds Donald Trump's ‘birther’ investigation: ‘More power to him’
Discussion: CNN, Ben Smith's Blog and msnbc.com
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
James Poulos / Ricochet.com:
Trump is Final Proof that the Political Class Has Failed