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7:25 PM ET, April 15, 2011


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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Pandemonium!  Dems Jam Republicans With Even More Conservative Budget  —  What was supposed to be a routine vote in the House — to knock down an amendment authored by conservative Republicans — turned into pandemonium on the House floor Friday, as Democrats tried to jam the plan through, and hang it around the GOP's necks.
Tucker Reals / CBS News:
Obama: GOP tried to “sneak” agenda into budget  —  In what he thought was a private chat with campaign donors Thursday evening, President Obama offered the most revealing behind-the-scenes account to date of his budget negotiations with GOP leaders last week.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Drama erupts on House floor as conservative budget goes down  —  House lawmakers defeated a proposal by conservative Republicans to make deeper cuts to spending and tax rates than those proposed in the Republican budget, but only after last-minute maneuvering by Democrats on the House floor.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House Passes G.O.P. Budget; No Democrats Vote in Favor  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans forced through a partisan budget blueprint on Friday that, if enacted into law, would pare federal spending by an estimated $5.8 trillion over the next decade while reshaping Medicare, a proposal certain to instigate a fierce clash with Democrats.
Ed Hornick / CNN:
Political Circus: Barney Frank in Playboy
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Boehner responds to Obama's ‘hot mic’ jab
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Taylor Marsh
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Chaos on House floor as Democrats try to unsettle GOP budget
Discussion: TPMDC
Charlie Cook /
The Cook Report: Trump's a Joke
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  GOP and Tea Party deserve kudos …
The Hill:
House passes Ryan's '12 budget; conservatives want more cuts
Washington Post:
House passes GOP budget plan for 2012
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump takes the lead  —  Only 38% of Republican primary voters say they're willing to support a candidate for President next year who firmly rejects the birther theory and those folks want Mitt Romney to be their nominee for President next year.  With the other 62% of Republicans- 23% of whom …
Mira Oberman / Agence France Presse:
Republicans will make US ‘Third World’ nation: Obama
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Foolish poll finding of the day
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Who's Serious Now?  —  Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, sounds upset.  And you can see why: President Obama, to the great relief of progressives, has called his bluff.  —  Last week, Mr. Ryan unveiled his budget proposal, and the initial reaction of much of the punditocracy …
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Will Anyone Even Insure Seniors if Paul Ryan's Medicare Plan Passes?  —  At first glance, Paul Ryan's plan to send millions of seniors into the free market with dwindling vouchers in hand might seem a boon to the private insurance industry.  But would companies even want to participate?
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: House Republicans Overwhelmingly Vote To Phase Out Medicare
Ballots are now totaled: Prosser wins by 7,316  —  By Mike Johnson and Larry Sandler of the Journal Sentinel  —  State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser emerged as the winner Friday over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg in an election that drew national attention because of the fight …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Game Over - Kloppenburg Loses to Prosser (and Truman)(and Palin)
Discussion: Althouse and TPMDC
David Brooks / New York Times:
Ultimate Spoiler Alert  —  President Obama and Paul Ryan are two of the smartest, most admirable and most genial men in Washington.  It is sad, although not strange, that in today's Washington they have never had a serious private conversation.  The president has never invited Ryan over even for lunch.
Brooks Bemoans the Lack of a Free Lunch for Representative Ryan
Discussion: TalkLeft and Hullabaloo
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The grand compromise
Tiffany Hsu / Money & Company:
Three largest online poker sites indicted and shut down by FBI  —  The founders of the three largest online poker sites were indicted by the FBI on Friday in what could serve as a death blow to the thriving industry.  —  Eleven executives at PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Hit & Run
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
FBI shuts down poker sites in major online gambling crackdown
Discussion: FrumForum
Roger Ebert / Chicago Sun Times:
Atlas Shrugged  —  I feel like my arm is all warmed up and I don't have a game to pitch.  I was primed to review “Atlas Shrugged.”  I figured it might provide a parable of Ayn Rand's philosophy that I could discuss.  For me, that philosophy reduces itself to: “I'm on board; pull up the lifeline.”
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Atlas Winced  —  Ayn Rand's work has been described as …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Job Approval at 41%, Tying His Low  —  Independents' approval rating down to 35%  —  PRINCETON, NJ - The latest Gallup Daily tracking three-day average shows 41% of Americans approving of the job Barack Obama is doing as president.  That ties his low as president …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gallup: Obama approval hits all-time low
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
The Daily Caller:
Jon Huntsman's love letters  —  Jon Huntsman, President Obama's outgoing ambassador to China, is considering running against his boss in 2012 as a Republican.  —  But two handwritten letters from Huntsman obtained by The Daily Caller raise the question of why he's not campaigning for Obama instead.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Is Likely to Lose  —  But Republican unseriousness may be his trump card.  —  Suppose everything we think we know about the president's political position is wrong?  That's what I think became clear this week.  —  You know the conventional wisdom.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Obama's Re-Election Prospects
Discussion: National Review
Security griping a red flag for TSA  —  Washington (CNN) — Don't like the way airport screeners are doing their job?  You might not want to complain too much while standing in line.  —  Arrogant complaining about airport security is one indicator Transportation Security Administration officers consider …
New York Times:
Libya's Pathway to Peace  —  Together with our NATO allies and coalition partners, the United States, France and Britain have been united from the start in responding to the crisis in Libya, and we are united on what needs to happen in order to end it.  —  Even as we continue …
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Qaddafi Troops Fire Cluster Bombs Into Civilian Areas
Discussion: Informed Comment
Adam Winkler / New York Times:
The Guns of Academe  —  BY Monday, Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona must decide whether to sign a bill partly lifting her state's ban on guns on college and university campuses.  Gun advocates insist that will make campuses safer by discouraging mass killers and giving students the ability to fight back.
Discussion: ACS Blog
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Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
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Rice to appear on ‘30 Rock’
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
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Discussion: Salon and TPMDC
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Daily Mail:
'I didn't know what they were doing to me': Boy, 8, on trip to Disneyland given full body search by TSA agents
Discussion: Right Wing News
ESeifert / Democracy Corps:
Paul Ryan to seniors: Drop Dead.
Jeffrey Kluger / Ecocentric:
How the Ice in Your Drink is Imperiling the Planet
Discussion: Don Surber and Pirate's Cove