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5:30 PM ET, April 11, 2011

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Juli Weiner / Vanity Fair:
“Best Wishes, Donald Trump”: A Future President's Letter to Vanity Fair  —  The Donald has inveighed (in Sharpie!) against our intrepid blogger.  We found his comments so delightful, we had to share.  —  It was with great delight and a sense of kinship that we at Vanity Fair read Donald Trump's letter …
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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 …
The Note:
Mitt Romney Announces 2012 Presidential Exploratory Committee  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney formally launched his 2012 presidential exploratory committee on Monday in a Web video, declaring that “President Obama's policies have failed.”
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 …
David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Donald Trump to Brody File: ‘I believe in God. I am Christian.’
Discussion: Don Surber, GOP 12 and The Page
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
TRENDING: Trump says he is Obama campaign's ‘worst nightmare’
Discussion: Cubachi
Lukas I. Alpert / NY Daily News:
Donald Trump fires back after White House aide declares that he has ‘zero chance’ to be President
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Trump: White House's ‘Worst Nightmare?’
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin lauds Donald Trump's ‘birther’ investigation: ‘More power to him’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and msnbc.com
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 …
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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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Boehner: Relationship with Obama improved after budget battle
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
CNN Poll: Majority support deal to avert government shutdown
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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”
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 …
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.
orchidforchange.com:
Statement & Account of Ramona Kitzinger, Waukesha Board of Canvassers member since 2004:  —  (Waukesha County Democratic Party)On Tuesday night, I received a voice message from someone in the office of Clerk Kathy Nickolaus informing me of a Wednesday canvass meeting, which I returned …
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
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Democrats Note ‘RomneyCare’ Anniversary  —  In a possible pre-2012 bout of trash-talking, the Democrats are poking fun at Mitt Romney over Tuesday's fifth anniversary of his sweeping Massachusetts heath-case overhaul, an initiative that has since come back to haunt the former Massachusetts governor.
Discussion: Hot Air
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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 …
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Bachmann: A one-term president  —  Washington (CNN) - Michele Bachmann just may be a one-term president.  —  That's what the Minnesota Republican is pledging should she ultimately decide to run for president and win the White House, providing she “turn things around” in that time frame.
Discussion: Cubachi and Liberty Pundits Blog
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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Michele Bachmann wants to see U.S. ‘turn around’
Discussion: The Daily Caller, TPMDC and Ballot Box
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
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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Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Democrats will yield on everything but abortion
Discussion: RedState and Datechguy's Blog
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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Robert Samuelson / Real Clear Politics:
Big Government on the Brink
Discussion: Hit & Run and Washington Post
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Talking About Debt At a Time of Low Interest Rates, Low Inflation, And High Unemployment Is Crazy
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The Ayers campaign  —  There's an oft-broken rule of self …
Discussion: The Hill, Swampland, CNN, TPMDC and msnbc.com
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Roth IRAs: A real ‘fiscal Frankenstein’
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Peter Thiel: We're in a Bubble and It's Not the Internet. It's Higher Education.