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9:35 AM ET, April 14, 2011

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Paul Krugman:
The Budget Speech  —  Style: I liked the way Obama made a case for government at the beginning.  I liked the way he accused Republicans of pessimism, of abandoning a hopeful vision of America.  Good that he went after the Ryan plan — and good that he went after the cruelty of that plan.
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Wall Street Journal:
The Presidential Divider  —  Obama's toxic speech and even worse plan for deficits and debt.  —  Did someone move the 2012 election to June 1?  We ask because President Obama's extraordinary response to Paul Ryan's budget yesterday—with its blistering partisanship and multiple distortions …
Clive Crook / The Atlantic Online:
Obama's Speech Was a Waste of Breath  —  Obama had a difficult assignment in this speech, partly because of the exaggerated hopes for it (see previous post).  Even allowing for that, it was weak both politically and substantively.  My instant unguarded reaction, in fact, was to find it not just weak but pitiful.
The White House:
FACT SHEET: The President's Framework for Shared Prosperity and Shared Fiscal Responsibility  —  The President believes that we need a comprehensive, pro-growth economic strategy that invests in winning the future, lays the foundation for strong private-sector job growth and ensures …
cbpp.org:
Statement: Robert Greenstein, President, on President Obama's Deficit-Reduction Plan  —  President Obama made an important contribution today to efforts to address the nation's long-term fiscal problems, proposing a plan to reduce deficits by about $4 trillion over the next 12 years and meet …
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Krauthammer's take on Obama's budget address: ‘I thought it was a disgrace’
Washington Post:
Obama unveils framework for cutting deficit by $4 trillion over 12 years
Associated Press:
CBO: Budget deal cuts this fiscal year's deficit by just $353 million, not $38 billion touted  —  WASHINGTON — A new budget estimate released Wednesday shows that the spending bill negotiated between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner would produce less than 1 percent …
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National Review:
Strike One  —  We initially supported the deal House Speaker John Boehner cut with the White House to cut $38.5 billion from the rest of the fiscal year 2011 budget.  It was only a pittance in the context of all of Washington's red ink, but it seemed an acceptable start, even if we assumed it would be imperfect in its details.
Tim Fernholz / NationalJournal.com:
CBO Says Budget Deal Will Cut Spending by Only $352 Million  —  Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has boasted that the spending deal provided the biggest budget cuts in history.  —  A Congressional Budget Office analysis of the fiscal 2011 spending deal …
Discussion: Washington Post
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dem women will vote for CR despite limits on DC abortions
Discussion: Corrente
David Rogers / The Politico:
John Boehner: 'I'll get there' on budget
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Daily Kos
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Santorum officially ‘testing the waters’  —  Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) moved a step closer to a 2012 run for president, announcing Wednesday the formation of an effort to test the fundraising waters.  —  Santorum made the announcement during an interview with Fox News's Greta Van Susteren …
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Fox News:
Santorum Announces Presidential Exploratory Committee
Discussion: Fox Nation and The Other McCain
Associated Press:
Santorum forms presidential committee to gauge fundraising potential for WH run
The Politico:
Rick Santorum takes a (small) 2012 step
Discussion: GOP 12
Phoenix, Arizona:
Arizona Senate approves ‘birther’ bill  —  PHOENIX - The Arizona Senate has approved a revised bill requiring presidential candidates to prove they are U.S. citizens eligible to run for the office.  —  The bill approved Wednesday gives candidates additional ways to prove they meet the constitutional requirements to be president.
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Ronald Kessler / NewsMax.com:
Exclusive: Trump to Announce His Run for President
Washington Wire:
Text of Obama Speech on the Deficit  —  Here is the prepared text of President Barack Obama's speech on the deficit, as released by the White House:  —  Remarks of President Barack Obama - As Prepared for Delivery  —  The Country We Believe In  —  The George Washington University  —  Washington, D.C.
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New York Times:
Obama's Speech on Reducing the Budget (Text)
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Raise America's Taxes  —  President Obama in his speech on Wednesday confronted a topic that is harder to address seriously in public than sex or flatulence: America needs higher taxes.  —  That ugly truth looms over today's budget battles, but politicians have mostly preferred to run from reality.
Discussion: Daily Kos and PERRspectives
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David Frum / FrumForum:
Ryan's Budget Gives Obama What He Wants
Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:
Ryan Says Deficit ‘Grand Bargain’ Unlikely
Discussion: The New Republic, TPMDC and CNN
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Paul Ryan rips Obama's speech: “Rather than building bridges, he's poisoning wells”
Discussion: Mediaite, TPMDC and Weasel Zippers
Ben Terris / NationalJournal.com:
‘Patriotic Millionaires’ Ask to Be Taxed More  —  If President Obama's deficit-reduction speech today includes a call to end the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, there will surely be pushback; Republicans have already begun a preemptive attack on raising taxes.
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Trump to make announcement about announcement  —  Washington (CNN) - Proving once again that Donald Trump knows a bit about publicity, the business man and real estate mogul will make an announcement on the season finale of “Celebrity Apprentice” about his intentions on running for the White House.
Discussion: GOP 12
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Gallup: Obama's Approval Drops Below 50 Percent Among Poorest Americans; No Longer Enjoys Majority Approval In Any Income Class  —  (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama's approval among the poorest Americans dropped to an all-time low of 48 percent last week, according to the Gallup poll …
Discussion: The Page
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Throw Grandma From the Train  —  President Obama at the GOP House retreat, January 2010:  —  “We're not going to be able to do anything about any of these entitlements if what we do is characterize whatever proposals are put out there as, 'Well, you know, that's — the other party's being irresponsible.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Says Iran Helps Crackdown in Syria  —  Iran is secretly helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad put down pro-democracy demonstrations, according to U.S. officials, who say Tehran is providing gear to suppress crowds and assistance blocking and monitoring protesters' use of the Internet, cellphones and text-messaging.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday announced formal enforcement actions requiring 10 banking organizations to address a pattern of misconduct and negligence related to deficient practices in residential mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure processing.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
DCCC posts $19.6 million fundraising haul  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign committee took in an eyebrow-raising $19.6 million in the first three months of the year and cut its debt by more than half.  —  The committee, which was $19.5 million in debt in January, is now $8 million in the red.
Discussion: CNN
The Note:
Asleep on the Job: What Was Vice President Joe Biden Doing During Obama's Debt Speech?  —  ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports:  —  Vice President Biden chose an inopportune time for either a nap or some deep reflection today.  —  As President Obama weighed in on one of the most important issues of the day …
New York Times:
In Financial Crisis, No Prosecutions of Top Figures  —  It is a question asked repeatedly across America: why, in the aftermath of a financial mess that generated hundreds of billions in losses, have no high-profile participants in the disaster been prosecuted?
 
 
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