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11:30 AM ET, April 10, 2013


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Wall Street Journal:
The GOP's Gun Control Misfire  —  The filibuster threat is giving political cover to Senate Democrats.  —  'This is about these families and families all across the country who are saying, 'Let's make it a little harder for our kids to get gunned down,'" President Obama declared Monday …
John Gramlich / Roll Call:
Manchin, Toomey Prepare to Unveil Gun Deal  —  A bipartisan group of Senate negotiators signaled Tuesday night that it has reached a deal in principle on expanding background checks to include more gun sales, in what was widely seen as the major sticking point on the biggest gun control legislation to reach the floor since 1994.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
In Blow To NRA, Senators Reach Bipartisan Agreement Expanding Background Checks  —  A bipartisan duo of senators with A ratings from the National Rifle Associated have reached a deal to expand background checks to private gun purchases that occur in commercial settings.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Senators reach deal on background checks  —  Sens. Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey will unveil a bipartisan deal to expand background checks for commercial gun sales at a news conference Wednesday morning, opening a pathway for the biggest change in U.S. gun laws in nearly two decades.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and CNN
Aamer Madhani / USA Today:
On left and right, Obama's budget anticipated as a dud  —  WASHINGTON—President Obama will unveil his budget later today, offering a fiscal plan that even before it's officially released is eliciting groans from his conservative opponents as well as his backers on the left.
Deal reached on background checks in Senate  —  (CNN) - Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, plan to announce a bipartisan deal on background checks for gun shows and Internet sales at an 11 a.m. press conference today, CNN's Dana Bash has learned.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Senator To Newtown Families: The Gun Debate Has Nothing To Do With You
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
The gun control vote and Harry Reid's problem
Discussion: Roll Call and Power Line
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid plows ahead on gun control legislation
Jonathan Van Meter / New York Times:
Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin's Post-Scandal Playbook  —  One day in early February, I met Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin for breakfast at the Gramercy Park Hotel, one of their regular joints, just a few blocks from their apartment on Park Avenue South.  The first thing Weiner said when I sat …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:   Anthony Weiner gives tearful confessional, eyes comeback
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Obama to unveil $3.77 trillion spending plan  —  President Obama plans Wednesday to unveil a $3.77 trillion spending plan that proposes modest new investments in infrastructure and education, major new taxes for the wealthy and significant reforms aimed at reducing the cost of Social Security and Medicare.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Who likes taxes?  Democrats, and no one else.  —  A clear majority of Americans have an unfavorable view of the federal income tax system, according to new Washington Post-ABC News polling.  But, in a somewhat remarkable finding, a majority of Democrats view the tax system in a positive light …
Obama budget targets millionaires, replaces sequester cuts
Discussion: The Week
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
President Obama's budget revives revenue fight
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Bernie Sanders: Obama Owns Chained CPI
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama to unveil $1.058T budget
Discussion: Politico
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Cheney to GOP leaders: 'We're in deep doo doo' on North Korea  —  (CNN) - Republican leaders in Congress received a dire warning on Tuesday from former Vice President Dick Cheney on the ongoing crisis in North Korea.  —  “We're in deep doo doo,” Cheney told lawmakers, according to a GOP leadership aide.
Andrei Lankov / New York Times:
Stay Cool.  Call North Korea's Bluff.  —  NORTH KOREA is a tiny dictatorship with a bankrupt economy, but its leaders are remarkably adept at manipulating global public opinion.  In recent weeks, we have been exposed to yet another brilliant example of their skill.
Discussion: CNN, Global Public Square and Guardian
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Obamacare architect Rockefeller: It's ‘beyond comprehension’ … West Virginia Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, one of the towering architects of Obamacare, on Tuesday openly criticized program managers for not moving quickly enough to build the system, warning that if it gets off to a bumpy start it will just get worse.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Sebelius: Obamacare rollout more complicated than anticipated
Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:
Senate Plan Sets High Bar On Border Security  —  Immigrants in the U.S. illegally would not gain green cards under a bipartisan Senate bill until law-enforcement officials are monitoring the entire southern border and stopping 90% of people crossing illegally in certain areas, according to people familiar with the plan.
Glen Stubbe Updated / Hot Dish Politics:
Photos: Bachmann aides hustle her out of Medicaid press conference  —  Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and State Senator Sean Nienow (R-Cambridge) held a joing news conference to discuss problems with Medicaid reimbursement rates paid to doctors in Minnesota.  Both are introducing legislation increasing accountability and transparency.
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
Was the Iraq Invasion Worthwhile?  Ask an Iraqi  —  In a recent interview with the New York Times, the writer Toni Morrison said, “I dare you to tell me a sane reason we went to Iraq.”  —  Her request is not unreasonable.  We've heard similar arguments a lot over the past few weeks, as we marked the 10th anniversary of the war.
Discussion: Hot Air
Barry Eichengreen / Project Syndicate RSS-Feed:
The Use and Abuse of Monetary History  —  BERKELEY - Imagine two central banks.  One is hyperactive, responding aggressively to events.  While it certainly cannot be accused of ignoring current developments, its policies are widely criticized as storing up problems for the future.
Discussion: Brad DeLong
David Winston / National Review:
Memo to the GOP: Ideas Win Elections  —  'First you win the argument, then you win the vote.  " Good advice from Margaret Thatcher, who understood the ultimate power of ideas in the political arena, something Republicans need to take to heart if they are going to win national elections in the future.
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  April 10, 2013 - 82% Of New Yorkers Say Big Apple Is Rotten, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Quinn Slips But She And Lhota Still Lead In Primaries  —  New York City government corruption is a “very serious” problem, 40 percent of voters say, while another 42 percent say it is …
Discussion: City Room
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