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11:10 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
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
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  —  Eric Cantor has spent the last four years carefully cultivating his image as a foil to President Barack Obama and the conservative conscience of House Speaker John Boehner.  —  No more.  —  The man who once threatened to block emergency aid …
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: Weasel Zippers
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:   Ayotte in middle of Paul-McCain fight
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:
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 …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama: Goal is not ‘balanced budget just for the sake of balance’
Discussion: Jared Bernstein
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.
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
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.
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
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
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Roll Call:
Obama Focuses on Elusive Grand Bargain in Hill Outreach
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
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 …
Marisa Schultz / detroitnews.com:
Mitt Romney's niece latest to study run for Levin's seat after Scott Romney bows out  —  Washington — A Romney could be on the ticket for the 2014 Senate race, but it won't be Mitt's brother.  —  Ronna Romney McDaniel, granddaughter of former Michigan Gov. George Romney, said she's …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Post Politics
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
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 …
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Corbett in dire shape for reelection  —  Tom Corbett- already among the country's most unpopular Governors- has seen his position worsen considerably over the last two months.  Only 33% of voters now approve of his job performance, compared to 58% who disapprove.
Brian Tamanaha / Balkinization:
The Law Graduate Debt Disaster Goes Critical  —  Last year I wrote about the quickly exploding law graduate debt disaster.  It is getting worse, much worse.  In 2010, only 4 law schools had graduates with average debt in excess of $135,000; in 2011, 17 law schools did.
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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Michelle Malkin / Townhall.com:
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Center for American Progress:
The United States' Long-Term Debt Problem Isn't as Bad as You Thought
Discussion: Wonkblog and Washington Monthly
Noah Smith / The Atlantic Online:
How to Fix America's Wealth Inequality: Teach Americans to Be Cheap
Washington Post:
NAACP chief slams Solicitor General
Discussion: Hot Air and Josh Blackman's Blog
BBC:
We'll deal with cheap alcohol - PM
Discussion: Guardian and thetorydiary
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Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Politics by Intimidation  —  Three days before the December massacre …
Discussion: msnbc.com
DNAinfo.com New York:
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Discussion: The Raw Story
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Booman Tribune
Will Sommer / City Desk:
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Discussion: Business Insider and Politico
Warren Throckmorton:
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Discussion: The Raw Story and Joe. My. God.
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