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5:35 PM ET, April 14, 2011


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Washington Post:
House approves budget deal that averted shutdown  —  Alex Wong/ GETTY IMAGES - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chairman of the House Budget Committee, holds up a copy of the 2012 Republican budget proposal.  —  Eliminating any threat of a government shutdown until the fall …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves FY 2011 spending bill in 260-167 bipartisan vote  —  The House on Thursday passed a bill reflecting last week's agreement to fund the federal government for the rest of fiscal 2011 by a 260-167 vote in which most Republicans supported it and most Democrats opposed it.
The Politico:
Obama puts GOP in no mood to deal  —  President Barack Obama extended a fiscal olive branch to Republicans on Wednesday.  Then he beat them up with it.  —  Obama's long-anticipated speech on the deficit at George Washington University was one of the oddest rhetorical hybrids of his presidency …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
House Passes Compromise Budget Bill
Discussion: Truthdig and Prairie Weather
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi fades as power player
Discussion: Fox News, Pajamas Media and FrumForum
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
GOP reached out to Steny Hoyer for help on budget vote
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Budget deal: CBO analysis shows initial spending cuts less than expected
National Review:
Strike One  —  We initially supported the deal House Speaker …
Azi Paybarah / New York Observer:
Trump: ‘Always Had a Great Relationship With The Blacks’  —  You are missing some Flash content that should appear here!  Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialize correctly.  —  Donald Trump speaking with Fred Dicker.  —  Donald Trump shot down a report claiming …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Trump and the blacks  —  Donald Trump was asked just now on Fred Dicker's radio show about African-American support for President Obama.  —  “I have a great relationship with the blacks,” he said, continuing to call the overwhelming black support for President Obama “frightening.”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, TPMDC, CNN and Gawker
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 …
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Raise America's Taxes
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Paul Ryan vs. the Mythmakers
Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Gov. Walker Gets Some Awkward Questions  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker faced some awkward questions during his much-anticipated testimony Thursday before the House Oversight Committee. … Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) had intended the hearing to focus on state and municipal debt …
Discussion: Sky Dancing and Althouse
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Fireworks expected as Gov. Walker heads to Hill to talk unions
Discussion:, ThinkProgress and ABCNEWS
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Share of population working  —  Roll over each state to see the share of the population working in 2010:  —  Sources: USA TODAY, Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics  —  The share of the population that is working fell to its lowest level last year since women started entering the workforce …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
DeMint: If vote to raise debt ceiling is GOP's Waterloo, ‘let it be’  —  A top conservative senator on Thursday indicated he is willing to go to extreme lengths to prevent a vote on raising the debt ceiling, even if it hurts the Republican Party politically.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Obama's Insane Hostage Bargaining Strategy
Discussion: Yglesias, Mother Jones and Reuters
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
PROFESSOR: Sarah Palin Probably Staged A Gigantic Hoax About Being Trig's Mother  —  An interesting footnote has emerged to a theory that raged around the Internet during Sarah Palin's candidacy for Vice President:  —  The theory is that Sarah Palin is actually the grandmother of her purported son Trig …
Paul Ryan / Washington Post:
A budget for the 21st century  —  This week the House of Representatives will take the first real step in addressing our looming fiscal crisis by bringing “The Path to Prosperity,” a budget resolution for next year and beyond, to the House floor.  This budget offers a clear contrast to the president's speech on Wednesday.
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Cash grants instead of Medicare?
Derek Tang / Macroadvisers:
The Economic Effects of the Ryan Plan: Assuming the Answer?  —  Last week the House Budget Committee, chaired by Congressman Paul Ryan (R, WI) issued a Budget Resolution for fiscal year 2012 along with a Republican blueprint for addressing the nation's long-term fiscal imbalance.
Robert Costa / National Review:
West: Boehner Needs to ‘Come to Jesus’  —  The House will vote on the Boehner-White House spending deal this afternoon.  Outside of the chamber, Republicans predict that the measure will pass, though numerous defections are expected, according to aides.  One tells us that some members …
Alan J. Kuperman / Boston Globe:
False pretense for war in Libya?  —  EVIDENCE IS now in that President Barack Obama grossly exaggerated the humanitarian threat to justify military action in Libya.  The president claimed that intervention was necessary to prevent a “bloodbath” in Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city and last rebel stronghold.
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?
Donald L. Luskin / Wall Street Journal:
Remembering the Real Ayn Rand  —  The author of “Atlas Shrugged” was an individualist, not a conservative, and she knew big business was as much a threat to capitalism as government bureaucrats.  —  Tomorrow's release of the movie version of “Atlas Shrugged” is focusing attention …
Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise; Inflation Pressure Grows  —  New claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, bouncing back above the key 400,000 level, while core producer prices clumbed faster than expected in March, government reports showed on Thursday.
Kelly Chernenkoff / Fox News:
GWU Suicide Tragically Coincides with Obama Speech  —  George Washington University students in Washington, D.C. learned of a tragic coincidence of timing on their campus Wednesday.  As President Obama delivered a speech on deficit reduction in the Jack Morton Auditorium …
The Note:
Harry Reid ‘Embarrassed’ About 2006 Opposition To Raising Debt Limit  —  ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports:  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today told ABC News that he feels “embarrassed” that four years ago he argued against raising the country's debt limit.
Steven E.F. Brown / bizjournals:
Marijuana causes global warming, uses 1% of U.S. electricity  —  People growing marijuana indoors use 1 percent of the U.S. electricity supply, and they create 17 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year (not counting the smoke exhaled) according to a report by Evan Mills …
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Obama Exclusive: Concedes Senate Vote Against Raising Debt Limit Was ‘Political’  —  In my exclusive interview with President Barack Obama, the president acknowledged that Democrats are going to bear the “burden” of extending the national debt limit later this spring - and he explained …
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Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Palin to attend Wisconsin Tax Day rally
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Just the Simple Truth  —  Have I mentioned my favorite part of Obama's speech yesterday?
Discussion: SEIU and The White House
J. Christian Adams / Washington Examiner:
Bringing the outside in at Eric Holder's Justice Department
Laurence J. Kotlikoff / CNN:
Obama kicks budget can down the road
Discussion: Hot Air
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The False Promise of Class Size Reduction
Ed Kilgore / The New Republic:
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