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3:35 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.
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 …
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
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Mike Huckabee says he met with Donald Trump in New York last weekend
Discussion: msnbc.com and GOP 12
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Gang of Six closes in on deficit deal
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF GOP FEARS OVER RYAN PLAN.... Congressional …
Discussion: The Caucus and The Politico
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 …
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Spending bill cuts EPA funding, delists wolves, limits funding for Interior ‘wild lands’ policy
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Newly Released Spending Deal Targets Health, Environment, Energy
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Hoyer undecided on spending-bill vote
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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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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.
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.
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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BBC:
Japan: Nuclear crisis raised to Chernobyl level
Discussion: MyDD, Truthdig and The Page
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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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
As The Libyan Stalemate Gets Stale
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
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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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
White House bars gay groups from military families event  —  Today marks the launch of Michelle Obama and Jill Biden's “Joining Forces” initiative to “support and honor America's service members and their families.”  The two women, along with President Obama and Vice President Biden …
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?
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Gov. Barbour: Let Mitt Romney ‘have his day’  —  Gov. Haley Barbour (R-Miss.) wouldn't openly criticize Mitt Romney Tuesday over Massachusetts' healthcare law but he did say a similiar system wouldn't work in Mississippi.  —  “If Massachusetts wants that, more power to them, that's their business …
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
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
Associated Press:
Charlie Crist apologizes to Talking Heads' David Byrne over campaign song  —  Crist posted apology in video on YouTube  —  TAMPA, Florida — Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has settled a lawsuit filed by Talking Heads singer David Byrne after Crist used one of the group's songs without permission …
 
 
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Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:
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Andrew J. Bacevich / Salon:
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Jake Wagman / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
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 Earlier Items: 
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama's High-Speed Rail Project Gets $1.5 Billion Slashed In Budget Deal
Discussion: Firedoglake and Capital Soup
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
David Blaska / Isthmus:
Blaska Blogs the smoking gun of the teachers union's illegal sick-out
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James S. Robbins / Washington Times:
Koran Burned in Iran (video)
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo! News:
Chicago school bans homemade lunches, the latest in national food fight