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11:10 PM ET, April 13, 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.
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.
Discussion: Viking Pundit
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Do-Nothing Congress as a Cure  —  A trick question: If Congress takes no action in coming years, what will happen to the budget deficit?  —  It will shrink — and shrink a lot.  This simple fact may offer the best hope for deficit reduction.  —  As federal law currently stands …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's “bad negotiating” is actually shrewd negotiating  —  (updated below)  —  In December, President Obama signed legislation to extend hundreds of billions of dollars in Bush tax cuts, benefiting the wealthiest Americans.  Last week, Obama agreed to billions of dollars in cuts …
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 …
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 …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Call The Hostage Takers' Bluff  —  Raising the debt ceiling is unpopular, which may seem to militate against taking a hard line on it, but the reality is that the debt ceiling is going to get raised.  This isn't a voting issue for anyone in the electorate, but as Politico reports it is life or death for Wall Street:
David Rogers / The Politico:   John Boehner: 'I'll get there' on budget
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dem women will vote for CR despite limits on DC abortions
Discussion: Corrente
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Dem leader: Obama's approach to GOP ‘frustrating to Democrats? You betcha’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, The Hill and The Nation
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pawlenty urges lawmakers to reject 2011 budget deal
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.
New York Times:
Obama's Speech on Reducing the Budget (Text)  —  Following is a prepared text of President Obama's debt-reduction speech, to be delivered on Wednesday at The George Washington University, as released by the White House:  —  Good afternoon.  It's great to be back at GW.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Paul Ryan rips Obama's speech: “Rather than building bridges, he's poisoning wells”
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, CNN and TPMDC
George Washington / The White House:
Remarks by the President on Fiscal Policy
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Paul Ryan Is Very Disappointed With The President: ‘Demagoguery Not Solutions’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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 …
Ben Terris /
‘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.
Discussion: Hot Air, Moe Lane and Instapundit
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Graham vows to bring Senate to standstill over $40K for project
Discussion: MyDD and InvestmentWatch
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
LensCrafters v. Bachmann  —  Washington (CNN) - The optics don't look great for Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.  That is, if you're talking about her relationship with LensCrafters, the one-stop shop of eye care and eyewear.  —  The possible GOP presidential candidate supported her belief …
Discussion: TPMDC
Emily Heil / Roll Call:
Heard on the Hill: Eye Spy a Bachmann Controversy
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 …
Blogger Bob / The TSA Blog:
Screening of 6 Year-Old at MSY  —  ***Update 4-13-2011 7:07 PM*** Welcome Drudge readers and anyone else who's new to the TSA Blog.  Seeing that many of you have never been here before, I wanted to provide links to a couple of posts we've written on pat-downs.  They will give you a better idea of why pat-downs are used and when.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Barry Bonds guilty of obstruction of justice  —  (04-13) 15:27 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds, the former Giants outfielder and baseball's all-time home-run leader, was convicted today of obstruction of justice for giving evasive answers to a federal grand jury that questioned him about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Associated Press:   Barry Bonds found guilty of obstruction
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.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Mask Slips, Falls to Ground, Explodes  —  I know, I know, applying the “mask slips” metaphor to Nancy Pelosi, who appears to have sprung full blown from some twisted lefty-nightmare remake of The Stepford Wives, may seem a cliché, but this extraordinary video …
David Weigel / Weigel:
Birther Bill Passes Arizona Senate  —  A few days after its main sponsor met with Donald Trump, Arizona's “birther bill” has passed the state Senate.  The bill requires a sworn statement confirming the candidates residents and... drum roll...  (sorry for the caps):
Larry O'Connor /
Dem Rep Mocks Tea Party Colleagues With Red Neck Southern Accent  —  “Everything to them is unconstitutional.”  —  Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) appeared on the nationally syndicated Stephanie Miller Show to discuss how it is working with her new, Tea Party colleagues in the House.
Discussion: theblogprof and The Blast
David Holthouse / Media Matters for America:
“Family Friendly” Machine Gun Festival Welcomes Extremists  —  The Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Kentucky advertises its World Famous, twice-a-year Machine Gun Shoot as “Family Friendly” entertainment.  The slogan: “Nothing brings families together like blowing stuff apart...safely.”
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Damian Paletta / Washington Wire:
Alan Simpson: ‘Pray for Gang of Six’
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Swampland
Richard Florida / The Atlantic Online:
The New American Dream: Denser, Smaller, Closer, But Still Private
Discussion: Eschaton
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Barack Obama's Deficit Plan
Discussion: TPMDC and The Reid Report
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Inhofe “Scared The Crap Out Of” Airport Workers
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Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Case Shiller 100 Year Chart (2011 Update)
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and The Atlantic Online
Robert Costa / National Review:
DeMint Not Interested in Veep Slot
Discussion: Cubachi and The Hill
Joe Weisenthal / Associated Press:
WHOOPS: AP Falls For Hoax Press Release Saying That GE Will Repay Government $3.8 Billion Tax Break
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Pray. Hope. Prepare.