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11:40 AM ET, March 13, 2013

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Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
Paul Ryan's Tax Math Just Became More Magical  —  Paul Ryan's latest budget relies on even bigger unnamed savings  —  There's something breathtaking about any Paul Ryan budget.  There are the savage cuts to healthcare and safety-net spending for the young and poor.  The deep cuts to education, research, and infrastructure.
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
A Tug O' the Forelock  —  In the second-day discussion of Paul Ryan's latest budget proposal, the dominant theme among critics is that this document does not exactly reflect any growth or willingness to compromise by the defeated 2012 vice presidential nominee.  TNR's Jonathan Cohn offered an analogy:
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Wonkblog
Wall Street Journal:
Ryan Sees Caps on Defense Spending
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ryan: Obama outreach not ‘terribly charming’
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Dispute Over a Balanced Budget Is Philosophical as Much as Fiscal
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Jordan Davis / Florida Times Union:
Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigns  —  Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has resigned.  —  The resignation comes two days after Florida Department of Law Enforcement officers interviewed Carroll about her involvement with Allied Veterans of the World, a non-profit that operates internet cafes in Florida.
ABCNEWS:
Transcript: President Obama's Exclusive Interview With George Stephanopoulos  —  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS:  —  Mr. President, thank you for doing this.  —  PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:  —  It's great to be here.  —  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS:  —  So, you've done all meetings on Capitol Hill …
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George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Won't Balance Budget ‘Just for the Sake of Balance’  —  In an exclusive interview with ABC News, President Obama rejected calls to balance the federal budget in the next ten years and instead argued that his primary economic concern was not balancing the budget, but rather growing the economy.
George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
Obama: Gap Between Parties May Be ‘Too Wide’ for a Grand Bargain on Budget  —  In an exclusive interview with ABC News, President Obama spoke on a range of high-profile issues, including his outlook for the on-going budget negotiations, whether the Chinese government is behind the recent spate …
Politico:
CPAC muddle mirrors GOP mess  —  It's not hard to make fun of CPAC.  From the presence of Donald Trump to a meaningless straw poll to a cavalcade of fringe-dwelling book merchants, the event has become more carnival than conservative salon.  —  What is more notable about this year's rendition …
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Eric Cantor's move to the middle rankles leaders
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:   Ayotte in middle of Paul-McCain fight
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
How Bill Clinton Inspired The 47 Percent Filmmaker  —  WASHINGTON — Bill Clinton won the presidential election for Barack Obama.  But it wasn't his masterful Democratic National Convention speech or the advice he offered the president's reelection campaign.
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Marisa Schultz / detroitnews.com:
Mitt Romney's niece latest to study run for Levin's seat after Scott Romney bows out
Discussion: Ballot Box and Post Politics
Steve Frank / msnbc.com:
EXCLUSIVE: The ‘47% tape’ and the man who revealed the real Mitt Romney
Washington Post:
Obama's approval drops as Americans take a dimmer view of his economic policies  —  The afterglow of President Obama's reelection and inauguration appears to have vanished as increasingly negative views among Americans about his stewardship of the economy have forced his public approval rating …
Eric Pfeiffer / Yahoo! News:
Alleged North Korean propaganda video: ‘This is how Americans live today’  —  A new video has been posted to the Live Leak site that claims to be a North Korean propaganda video showing a dystopian American society.  —  It's unclear if the translation is accurate, and whether the video did in fact originate in North Korea.
Discussion: National Review
Politico:
Missed chance: Obama's tax problem  —  President Obama faces huge, and probably insurmountable, obstacles to reviving a grand bargain — none higher and more difficult to overcome than his decision to increase taxes by $600 billion in December.  —  At the time, Obama claimed victory …
Discussion: msnbc.com and Weasel Zippers
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Source: Keith Olbermann Settling $50 Million Current TV Lawsuit (Exclusive)  —  A deal is said to have been reached during a private mediation session in San Francisco on Tuesday.  Terms will not be released.  —  Keith Olbermann  —  Keith Olbermann has resolved the $50 million legal dispute …
Michelle Malkin / Townhall.com:
Obama's Nominee for Secretary of (Illegal Alien) Labor  —  The Beltway is buzzing over President Obama's likely nomination of Thomas E. Perez as the next head of the U.S. Department of Labor.  But when Americans find out whom Perez has lobbied for most aggressively over the course …
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Is Thomas Perez worse than Chuck Hagel?
Paul D. Thacker / Slate:
Where the Sun Don't Shine  —  President Obama promised transparency and open government.  He failed miserably.  So why do Washington watchdog groups look the other way?  —  President Obama has failed to deliver on few promises as miserably as his vow to create a more transparent and open government.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
2016 Hillary-Michelle ‘Dream Ticket’ floated … Hillary Clinton hasn't stepped into the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries yet and there's already buzz growing for the ultimate grrl power ticket: Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama.  —  “All due respect for President Obama and Vice President Biden …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Applying for health care not easy  —  Associated Press/J. David Ake - A draft copy of the 21-page of a Health and Human Services Department form proposed for use to apply for low-cost insurance from Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program ...more
Center for American Progress:
The United States' Long-Term Debt Problem Isn't as Bad as You Thought  —  In recent years we have been repeatedly warned that the federal government is on track to accumulate an unsustainable amount of debt over the next several decades.  This debt, we've been told, will eventually crush …
Discussion: Wonkblog and Washington Monthly
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Republicans offer bill to withhold Obama's salary when budget is late  —  House Republicans introduced legislation on Tuesday that would withhold President Obama's salary any time he's late submitting a budget proposal to Congress.  —  The bill from Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) …
Discussion: CNN and Post Politics
The Sun:
chris huhne ridiculed on his first day in wandsworth jail  —  Shamed MP Huhne mocked by warder in jail Tannoy prank  —  DISGRACED MP Chris Huhne was ridiculed on his first day in Wandsworth jail yesterday — when a warder called him to breakfast by yelling: “Order!  Order!”
Discussion: Guardian, BBC and National Updates
ThinkProgress:
Why Aren't More Americans Fired Up About Inequality?  —  With news of record corporate profits and increased bonuses for those at the top of the financial heap — and on-going income stagnation, job loss, and rising poverty for those in the middle and bottom of the ladder …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Kasie Hunt / NBCNews.com:
Sources: NRA won't oppose background check deal - if Democrats cede tough records fight  —  Senators negotiating a bill mandating background checks for all gun buyers are privately expecting the National Rifle Association not to fight the measure — provided the legislation does …
 
 
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Discussion: msnbc.com
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Discussion: The Raw Story
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
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