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8:35 AM ET, April 16, 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.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House Approves Republicans Budget Plan to Cut Trillions  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Friday muscled through a budget plan that pares federal spending by an estimated $5.8 trillion over the next decade while reshaping Medicare in a proposal that immediately touched off a fierce clash with Democrats.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
How Democrats Railroaded Republicans Into Almost Passing A Budget Too Conservative For Them  —  When House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) heard Republicans were going to hold a vote on the extremely conservative Republican Study Committee budget, a lightbulb turned on in his head.
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
House Democrats Punk Republicans On Budget Vote (VIDEO) … WASHINGTON — House Democrats showed Friday that they, too, have it in them to pull the kinds of parliamentary tricks on the House floor that Republicans mastered when they were the minority.  —  During a series of votes …
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.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: House Republicans Overwhelmingly Vote To Phase Out Medicare
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  GOP and Tea Party deserve kudos …
Discussion: Hot Air, The Note and AmSpecBlog
ESeifert / Democracy Corps:
Paul Ryan to seniors: Drop Dead.
The Hill:
House passes Ryan's '12 budget; conservatives want more cuts
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama Issues “Signing Statement” Indicating He Won't Abide by Provision in Budget Bill  —  In a statement issued Friday night, President Obama took issue with some provisions in the budget bill - and in one case simply says he will not abide by it.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama signs bill to keep government open, but protects ‘czars’  —  President Obama signed into law on Friday the hard-fought legislation to fund government and keep it running through the end of September.  —  The president signed the legislation he negotiated last week with House Speaker John Boehner …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Weasel Zippers
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Labor falls short in Wisconsin race  —  Liberal and pro-union groups failed to oust a conservative judge from Wisconsin's Supreme Court in an April 5 election, according to state vote totals finalized Friday.  —  Based on county canvassing totals, Judge David Prosser leads challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg …
Discussion: CNN
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Game Over - Kloppenburg Loses to Prosser (and Truman)(and Palin)
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:   Canvass shows conservative wins Wis. court race
The Right Scoop:
Levin rips Donald Trump to shreds  —  Levin points out many things about Trump that show he is no conservative, but a few of the glaring ones are the fact that he support Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio twice, as well as calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush, accusing him of lying to get us in the war.
Discussion: Hot Air
Charlie Cook /
The Cook Report: Trump's a Joke
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump takes the lead
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 on Friday in what could serve as a death blow to a thriving industry.  —  Eleven executives at PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and a number …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Jon Meacham: Let's undo the Birther “horror” by repealing the natural-born citizen clause  —  In case you were wondering what the guy who used to edit Newsweek is up to these days, wonder no longer.  I agree with him about the natural-born requirement, incidentally: It's one of the most antiquated …
Tom Allard / Sydney Morning Herald:
Bomber detonates device as police in West Java begin Friday prayers  —  JAKARTA: A bomber detonated an explosive device just as police officers were about to start Friday prayers yesterday at their mosque in a compound in West Java, killing himself and injuring up to 25 others, some gravely.
Vik Jolly / Orange County Register:
‘Irvine 11’ plead not guilty to disrupting UCI speech  —  SANTA ANA - Eleven current and former university students pleaded not guilty Friday to misdemeanor charges for disrupting the speech of an Israeli diplomat at UC Irvine last year.  —  Seven of the so-called “Irvine 11” …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Jihad Watch
Associated Press:
Obama: Raise debt ceiling or risk global recession  —  CHICAGO (AP) — Failure by Congress to raise the U.S. debt limit “could plunge the world economy back into recession,” President Barack Obama declared Friday, and he acknowledged that he must compromise on spending with Republicans who control the House to avoid such a crisis.
Discussion: Ballot Box, The Hill and Firedoglake
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Atlas Winced  —  Ayn Rand's work has been described as “a sermon with a cast”, and now, after 60 years, it finally has one.  Paul Johanssen, whose directorial credits mostly include episodes of CW teen drama “One Tree Hill”, has now brought Atlas Shrugged to the Silver Screen.
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 …
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 …
Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
Hundreds attend kiss-in outside John Snow pub after venue closes its doors  —  Soho pub which ejected gay couple for ‘obscene’ kissing closes in bid to thwart protest - but kiss-in continues right outside  —  • Follow today's developments in our kissing in public live blog
The_Stir / Shine:
Chivalry is dead and you killed it, ladies  —  Sitting in traffic sucks, but it's the ultimate observation capsule for people-watching.  Might as well scrutinize while you're stuck between a ditzy chick in a monster SUV and a tourist trying to snap pictures of the White House from the driver's seat.
Aman Ali / Reuters:
Bacteria in grocery meat resistant to antibiotics  —  (Reuters) - Researchers have found high levels of bacteria in meat commonly found on grocery store shelves, with more than half of the bacteria resistant to multiple types of antibiotics, according to a study released on Friday.
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Nouriel Roubini / Project Syndicate:
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Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
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Benedict Carey / New York Times:
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Mira Oberman / Agence France Presse:
Republicans will make US ‘Third World’ nation: Obama
Free exchange:
Not yet time to worry about inflation
Discussion: Yglesias and Real Time Economics
Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. / The Jawa Report:
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Ed Hornick / CNN:
Political Circus: Barney Frank in Playboy
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Boehner responds to Obama's ‘hot mic’ jab
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Is Likely to Lose