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5:20 PM ET, April 12, 2011

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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 …
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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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Trump courts black backlash  —  Donald Trump's strategy of spurring interest in his presidential campaign by flirting with discredited theories about President Barack Obama's birthplace is stirring a growing backlash among prominent African-Americans, who are protective of the first black president and …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Weiner: NBC should tell Trump, 'You're fired'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Mike Huckabee says he met with Donald Trump in New York last weekend
Discussion: msnbc.com and GOP 12
Tim Fernholz / NationalJournal.com:
Budget Cutting Ain't Easy  —  Composition of cuts in budget agreement shows the difficulties of reducing spending for the White House and Congress.  —  President Obama and congressional leaders needed some clever accounting to come up with nearly $40 billion in budget cuts.
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Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Obama prevents budget cuts to favorite programs  —  WASHINGTON - A close look at the government shutdown-dodging agreement to cut federal spending by $38 billion reveals that lawmakers significantly eased the fiscal pain by pruning money left over from previous years, using accounting sleight …
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:
Republicans unveil spending-bill specifics: 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 …
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Number two House Democrat undecided on his budget deal vote
Discussion: The Politico, The Hill and The Hill
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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Paul Krugman:
With Friends Like These, Who Needs the Enema Man?
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Bad news for Congressional Republicans  —  PPP's newest national poll finds that after a little more than 3 months in charge House Republicans have fallen so far out of favor with the American public that it's entirely possible Democrats could take control of the House back next year.
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.
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Republicans and the Civil War  —  Given the demographics of the GOP, as well as its regional base, this isn't particularly surprising: … From voters to elected officials, the Republican Party is dominated by white Southerners, particularly those from the Deep South.
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Lbentzterp / CNN:
Civil War still divides Americans  —  Washington (CNN) - It has been 150 years since the Civil War began with the first shots at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, and in some respects views of the Confederacy and the role that slavery played in the events of 1861 still divide the public, according to a new national poll.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Nick Ayers: The Big News You Might Not Have Noticed  —  I have done my best to ignore Tim Pawlenty.  He has never struck me as the most exciting politician.  His global warming position made me squeamish.  He's always had an okay record as Governor, but around the edges he struck me as not really a movement conservative.
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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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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
As The Libyan Stalemate Gets Stale
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 …
Paul Krugman:
Why Not A Public Option for Medicare?  —  So, people are always asking what I would do about health care costs.  One answer is that I would do all the things that are in the Affordable Care Act, and more.  —  But if you want a really radical proposal — but one that, unlike privatization …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
Ask Not What Your Country Could Do To Reduce Health Care Costs
Discussion: Eschaton
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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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 …
David Weigel / Weigel:
Poll: GOP's Abandoned Policy Riders Were Terribly Unpopular  —  CNN asks voters* what they think of the policy riders Republicans were going to the mat over.  Surprise: None of them have majority support.  In descending order of unpopularity:  —  The discretionary spending fight is supposed to be the easy one, and so it is.
Catherine Rampell / Economix:
G.D.P. Estimate for First Quarter Slides  —  2:06 p.m. |  Updated And the year started out so very hopeful.  —  When 2011 began, Macroeconomic Advisers, a forecasting company, expected that America's economic output would shape up to rise at a 4.1 percent annual rate in the first quarter, the highest pace in over a year.
Steven Edwards / canada.com:
UN document would give ‘Mother Earth’ same rights as humans  —  PHOTOS ( 1 )  —  Bolivia is planning to table a draft United Nations treaty giving “Mother Earth” the same rights as humans.  —  UNITED NATIONS — Bolivia will this month table a draft United Nations treaty giving “Mother Earth” …
 
 
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Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
RNC raises $7M in March, but remains $19.8M in the hole
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Josh Hinkle / Texas | onPolitix:
Session '11: Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst
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AUL Action:
AULA Applauds Speaker Boehner for Achieving Strategic Votes on Abortion Issues, Calls …
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
PUMPED UP?  —  The U.S. economy has finally started to create jobs at a reasonable clip.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
David Brody / The Brody File:
Brody File Exclusive: Donald Trump Says Something in Koran Teaches a ‘Very Negative Vibe’
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Gov. Barbour: Let Mitt Romney ‘have his day’
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
White House bars gay groups from military families event
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew J. Bacevich / Salon:
How America conducts foreign policy
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
House liberal DeFazio: Obama should start acting like a Democrat
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Gang of Six closes in on deficit deal
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