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Josh Marshall: Crossing the Rubicon

“With today’s passage of Rep. Ryan’s budget resolution, it’s worth looking back at the arc of the last nine months. The Ryan plan didn’t first see the light of day this year. Ryan himself released the same plan last year (the one significant difference is that the 2011 version doesn’t include Social Security privatization). It was pretty clear that it was going to be the official GOP budget plan if Republicans took over the House. The key point is that very few House Republicans in anything remotely like a competitive district was willing to embrace the thing. “

Read More: House Republicans Pass Plan To Phase Out Medicare, Slash Medicaid
Read More: Paul Ryan’s ‘Compassionate’ Budget Would Gut The Food Safety Net
Read More: Conservatives unveil alternative budget with $9.1 trillion in cuts
Read More: Pandemonium! Dems Jam Republicans With Even More Conservative Budget
Read More: Will Anyone Even Insure Seniors if Paul Ryan’s Medicare Plan Passes?
Read More: Ellison Stumps Republican On House Floor By Asking Him When Paul Ryan’s Plan Would Balance The Budget (Editor’s Note: The answer is 2040)

Obama To Boehner In Budget Talks: ‘You Think We’re Stupid?’

“As House Republican leaders struggle to sell their spending agreement, President Obama is privately crowing to supporters that he stood up the GOP on health care and won big time. “

Showdown Over Port vs. Pork Averted: Graham and Reid Reach Deal

“Another shutdown showdown averted — this time the shutdown of the Senate over the paltry sum of $50,000.

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have reached an accommodation to provide $50,000 for a study on deepening the Port of Charleston, and now Graham is standing down and is no longer threatening to “tie the Senate in knots” and block Obama’s nominations from winning Senate approval.”

2012 GOP Presidential Candidates in the News:
Trump Reluctantly Agrees U.S. Should Help Japan’s Tsunami Victims Because He’s Such ‘A Nice Guy’
VIDEO: Rick Santorum Says He Has ‘Nothing To Do’ With His Own Campaign Slogan
Pawlenty Dodges Question About Paul Ryan’s Medicare Cuts
Santorum: Ryan Is ‘Wrong’ Because He Doesn’t Force Current Seniors Into Medicare Privatization Scheme

Mom Sentenced For Using Facebook As Son Drowned

“A northern Colorado woman who was playing the game Cafe World on Facebook while her 13-month-old baby drowned in a full bathtub was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison”

Duke Energy Gives Democratic Convention Backing

“When the Democratic National Convention arrives in Charlotte in 2012, one company will be front and center. Duke Energy has secured an unusually prominent role in the city’s hosting effort — even offering its assets as a backstop for the potential cash shortfalls.”

When The U.S. Paid Off The Entire National Debt (And Why It Didn’t Last)

“Andrew Jackson really hated debt. So in 1835, under Jackson’s leadership, the U.S. paid off the debt. Here’s the story of how it happened — and why we started borrowing again a year later.”

Gen. Sanchez may throw hat in Texas Senate race

“Democrats appear to have recruited retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez to run for the U.S. Senate in Texas, setting the stage for a potentially competitive race in 2012 for the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.”

Fast Growth and Inflation Threaten to Overheat Chinese Economy

“China said its economy had grown 9.7 percent in the first quarter of this year, the strongest performance among the world’s biggest economies. But consumer prices rose 5.4 percent.”

Qaddafi Troops Fire Cluster Bombs Into Civilian Areas

“Libyan forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi have been firing into residential neighborhoods in Misurata with a weapon that has been banned by much of the world, witnesses say.”

Satire: Vacation-Bound Rush Limbaugh To Do Nothing But Golf And Respect Minorities For 2 Weeks

“Popular radio personality Rush Limbaugh said on his show Tuesday that he is going to Honolulu for a 10-day vacation during which he plans to break away from his daily routine and “just play a lot of golf, eat, sleep, and treat minorities with respect and dignity.” “Ten solid days of hitting the links, catching up on some reading, and not making obscene or hurtful racial comments—can’t wait,””Don’t get me wrong—I love my job and I enjoy working my ill-informed fans into a frenzy by tapping into their deep-seeded, ignorant fears of people who are different from them. “

Good News: Egypt Finds Its Own ‘Jon Stewart’

“The audience for Egypt’s Bassem Youssef Show is growing as fast as a snowball rolling down a hill — and it exemplifies everything that is new about media in post-revolutionary Egypt.

Many equate Youssef to America’s Jon Stewart.”

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