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7:15 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
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Obama to make major budget address
The Hill:   Spending cuts, not policy riders, held up a deal, GOP aides say
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Plouffe: Obama to speak on long-term deficit reduction
Discussion: Doug Ross
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Stewart Bell / National Post:
20 Canadians have joined Somalian terror group: official  —  TORONTO — About 20 Canadians have travelled to Somalia to join Al-Shabab, a federal official said two weeks after a Toronto man was arrested as he was allegedly leaving to enlist in the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
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 …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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 …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
 
 
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Jay Ackroyd / Virtually Speaking:
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William J. McGee / New York Times:
Forcing the F.A.A. to Fly Blind
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Simon Walters / Daily Mail:
Ex-Army chief's fears over plan for mosque next to Sandhurst
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
JSOnline:
Prosser open to Waukesha County recount
Daniel Costello / New York Times:
The Drought Is Over (at Least for C.E.O.'s)
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: Yglesias
American Thinker:
Challenging the Leftist Domination of the Jewish Community
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Israel Matzav
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David S. Cloud / Los Angeles Times:
Anatomy of an Afghan war tragedy
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Schumer: Holding down debt ceiling plays with fire
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
New York Times:
Newly Born, and Withdrawing From Painkillers
Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Always room in the budget for white guilt
Discussion: Big Government and Power Line
NWCN:
Third day of ‘sleep-in’ at Washington state capitol
Discussion: Crooks and Liars