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4:00 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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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 …
Lukas I. Alpert / NY Daily News:
Donald Trump fires back after White House aide declares that he has ‘zero chance’ to be President
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
TRENDING: Trump says he is Obama campaign's ‘worst nightmare’
Discussion: Cubachi
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
The Ryan plan: foil that Obama needs?
Discussion: Washington Post and The Note
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama misses being ‘anonymous’
Discussion: The Agonist
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin lauds Donald Trump's ‘birther’ investigation: ‘More power to him’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and msnbc.com
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Trump: White House's ‘Worst Nightmare?’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
CNN Poll: Majority support deal to avert government shutdown
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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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.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House: Not upping debt limit ‘Armageddon-like’ for economy
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 …
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.
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Jeff G. / protein wisdom:   “Some Chicago schools ban some lunches brought from home”
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT PAUL RYAN'S CONSTITUENTS THINK, AND WHY IT MATTERS.... Rep. Paul Ryan's (R) Wisconsin district isn't competitive.  Over the last decade, his most competitive race was the one he won by “only” 26 points.  Last year, the margin was 38 points.  —  But when the Associated Press checked …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
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.
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 …
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: The Hill, CNN, 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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Manning, Obama and U.S. moral leadership
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Where Hippie Punching Gets You  —  Jonathan Cohn makes the good point that Obama's speech on Wednesday is unfortunately going to be seen as the left most position in the debate which makes a compromise between his plan and Ryan's the “juuust right” sweet spot.
Discussion: Eschaton
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.”
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Winklevoss twins must accept Facebook deal: court  —  (Reuters) - Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss cannot back out of a settlement with giant social networking firm Facebook over claims that Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday.
Robert Samuelson / Real Clear Politics:
Big Government on the Brink  —  WASHINGTON — We in America have created suicidal government; the threatened federal shutdown and stubborn budget deficits are but symptoms.  By suicidal, I mean that government has promised more than it can realistically deliver and, as a result …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Washington Post
 
 
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Boehner: Relationship with Obama improved after budget battle
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Felix Salmon / New York Magazine:
The Wall Street Mind: Oblivious
Discussion: Yglesias, Balloon Juice and Corrente
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
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Appropriations Deal Kills Ron Wyden's “Free Choice” Health Care Vouchers For No Good Reason
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New York Post:
Bam's fiscal feint
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The Politico:
GOP's ‘politically correct’ budget
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Chris Woodyard / USA Today:
Texas considers highest speed limit in nation
Discussion: OpenMarket.org and InvestmentWatch
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Study: Gas from ‘fracking’ worse than coal on climate
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Ryan budget could stymie Senate's ‘Gang of Six’ on deficit bargain