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1:15 PM ET, April 12, 2011

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Washington Wire:
Trump Will ‘Probably’ Run as Independent If He Doesn't Win GOP Nomination  —  Donald Trump will “probably” run as an independent candidate for U.S. President in 2012 if he does not receive the Republican party's nomination, he told the Wall Street Journal in a video interview on Monday.
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Lauraklairmont / CNN:
CNN Poll: Trump tied for first in GOP horserace  —  Washington (CNN) - Donald Trump is now tied with Mike Huckabee for first place when Republicans are asked who they support for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, according to a new national poll.  —  But while a CNN/Opinion Research …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Barack Obama faces problem on left, not right  —  I don't think Barack Obama will have a hard time defeating his Republican opponent in 2012, barring a financial meltdown or a major foreign crisis.  It's a Democratic opponent he should worry about.  —  Obama continues to anger progressives …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Mike Huckabee says he met with Donald Trump in New York last weekend  —  Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump had a one-on-one meeting last weekend, after a month where the former Arkansas governor has been quietly meeting with donors in New York as he weighs a run.
Discussion: GOP 12 and msnbc.com
Washington Post:
Obama turns to his bipartisan deficit commission's blueprint for reducing debt  —  Video: White House press secretary Jay Carney reiterated Monday that President Obama “regrets” his vote in 2006 as a senator against raising the debt ceiling.  (April 11)  —  President Obama plans this week …
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Wall Street Journal:
President Open to Deal on Debt Cap  —  White House officials have opened the door to a deal with Republicans that would allow the U.S. to increase its ability to borrow, potentially easing worries in financial markets that the country might default on its debt.
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Obama to draw sharp contrast with GOP over deficit  —  In a speech Wednesday, the president is expected to call for higher taxes on wealthier Americans, as opposed to Republican plans to slash Medicare and Medicaid.  —  Reporting from Washington —  President Obama will call for shrinking …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF GOP FEARS OVER RYAN PLAN.... Congressional …
Discussion: The Politico
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Chris Matthews: Paul Ryan's Medicare Plan Will ‘Kill Half the People Who Watch My Show’
Discussion: theblogprof and Weasel Zippers
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Budget tricks helped Obama save programs from cuts  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - The historic $38 billion in budget cuts resulting from at-times hostile bargaining between Congress and the Obama White House were accomplished in large part by pruning money left over from previous years …
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CBS News:
Budget deal details: Cuts that aren't quite cuts  —  $38B in savings agreed to by GOP and Democrats averted a government shutdown, but new details indicate some accounting sleight-of-hand  —  Details of the $38 billion worth of spending cuts factoring in last Friday's 11th-hour budget …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Six-month spending bill unveiled: What's cut and what's not  —  House and Senate appropriators revealed details of the 2011 spending-cut deal early Tuesday morning, missing a self-imposed midnight deadline.  —  In dueling press releases, House Republicans emphasized the magnitude of cuts …
Wall Street Journal:
Who's the Extremist Now?  —  The president would have shut down government over Planned Parenthood funding.  —  The senior senator from New York was on to something when he complained about ideology getting in the way of spending cuts.  Just not in the way he would have us believe.
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Spending bill cuts EPA funding, delists wolves, limits funding for Interior ‘wild lands’ policy
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Washington Post:
Japan rates nuclear crisis at highest severity level  —  TOKYO — Japanese authorities raised Tuesday their rating of the severity of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis to the highest level on an international scale, equal to that of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
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New York Times:
Japan Rates Disaster as Chernobyl-Scale
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
AOL, Arianna Huffington Hit with Class Action Suit  —  Jonathan Tasini.  Image via Wikipedia  —  Huffington Post bloggers who think they ought to get paid for their volunteer writing have been litigating their case in the court of public opinion.  Now they're taking it to a real one.
Carrie Lukas / Wall Street Journal:
There Is No Male-Female Wage Gap  —  A study of single, childless urban workers between the ages of 22 and 30 found that women earned 8% more than men.  —  Tuesday is Equal Pay Day—so dubbed by the National Committee for Pay Equity, which represents feminist groups including the National Organization …
New York Times:
France and Britain Urge Stronger NATO Action in Libya  —  PARIS —France and Britain urged NATO on Tuesday to intensify airstrikes against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's forces and called on the alliance to do more to shield noncombatants from loyalist attacks.  —  The remarks could well embolden rebels …
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Possible Libya Stalemate Puts Stress on U.S. Policy
Discussion: BBC and The Page
BooMan / Booman Tribune:
Our Structural Disadvantage  —  The intertubes are clogged with the choral wailing of frustrated liberals.  Digby provides a good example, but the same is available pretty much anywhere else you'd think to look. … This is exactly right.  But what's strange is that it almost seems to come as a surprise to people.
Wall Street Journal:
Pakistan Tells U.S. to Halt Drones  —  Pakistan has privately demanded the Central Intelligence Agency suspend drone strikes against militants on its territory, one of the U.S.'s most effective weapons against al Qaeda and Taliban leaders, officials said.  —  Pakistan has also asked the U.S …
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
What Impact Has The New York Times Paywall Had on Traffic?  [STATS]  —  The New York Times paywall has now been up for two weeks.  What impact has it had on the popular website's traffic?  More importantly, is the paywall working as intended or is it taking a bite out of The New York Times's revenues?
David Blaska / Isthmus:
Blaska Blogs the smoking gun of the teachers union's illegal sick-out  —  Only a fool would think that the sick out that closed down Madison schools for five days in February was anything but an illegal, union-coordinated, illegal strike.  —  But there are a lot of fools in Madison, aren't there?
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Ask Not What Your Country Could Do To Reduce Health Care Costs  —  As a fan of the school nurse I think there's a lot to be said in favor of Paul Krugman's idea of launching a government administered public health service (or “civilian VA” as he puts it) but I also think it's a bit of a misframing …
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Eschaton
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo! News:
Chicago school bans homemade lunches, the latest in national food fight  —  Students who attend Chicago's Little Village Academy public school get nothing but nutritional tough love during their lunch period each day.  The students can either eat the cafeteria food—or go hungry.
Catholic Culture:
1,000 attack non-Muslim village in Nigeria  —  Armed with machetes and guns, 1,000 militants attacked the village of Bar Arewa in the northern Nigerian state of Bauchi on April 7.  “Almost every home in the village was destroyed, and some elderly people were reported to have been burnt …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama's High-Speed Rail Project Gets $1.5 Billion Slashed In Budget Deal … WASHINGTON — As part of the final budget deal formally agreed to on Friday night, the Obama administration signed off on a big cut to a closely held transportation policy priority.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Capital Soup
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
House liberal DeFazio: Obama should start acting like a Democrat  —  President Obama needs to start acting like a Democrat by not caving for a second time and allowing the George W. Bush-era tax rates on the wealthy to expire, according to a founding member of the House Progressive Caucus.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Gang of Six closes in on deficit deal  —  Gang of Six negotiators are close to striking a deal on a deficit-reduction package, according to Senate sources.  —  White House officials and Democrats are pressing for the six negotiators to wrap up their talks by the Easter recess beginning on April 16.
James S. Robbins / Washington Times:
Koran Burned in Iran (video)  —  Two anonymous young men in Iran, one Iranian and one Afghan, have burned a Koran in protest.  This seven-and-a-half minute long video shows the two men, their faces obscured, holding the Muslim holy book and reading prepared statements.
judicialwatch.org:
U.S. Pays To Upgrade Mexican Trucks  —  In the latest effort to accommodate its cherished trade partner in the south, the U.S. government is paying to upgrade outdated Mexican trucks that hemorrhage illegal amounts of exhaust on their trips north to deliver merchandise.
 
 
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Washington Post:
$38 billion in cuts in budget deal will cover various domestic areas
Discussion: TPMDC and Oliver Willis
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Two ObamaCare programs, four czars eliminated in budget cuts
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Ann Coulter: Donald Trump's Birther Talk Seems Sane Compared To Charlie Sheen
 Earlier Items: 
Erin Einhorn / NY Daily News:
NY Democrats criticize Obama's budget compromise, with Rep. Rangel calling it ‘immoral’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and msnbc.com
Washington Post:
In budget wars, the GOP demands the impossible
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Adam Goodheart / Opinionator:
The Defenders  —  Charleston Harbor, S.C., April 12, 1861
LATimes / PolitiCal:
Leading California Democratic strategist Kam Kuwata dies at 57