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Posted at 06:48 PM ET, 04/04/2011

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* Gettin’ hotter: It looks like Wisconsin Dems may be on the verge of announcing they have the signatures to trigger a recall election for a second GOP state senator.

* Mike Tomasky on all the tripwires that are lying in wait on Obama’s road to reelection.

* Adam Serwer has a good rundown on how the White House’s decision to surrender on the civilian trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was marred by cowardice on all sides.

* Eric Holder excoriates Congress for not having the political will for a civilian trial, and accuses Congress of depriving the administration of a tested anti-terror tool.

Friendly reminder: Congressional Dems were heavily complicit in what happened here.

* The larger story is that Obama and Congressional Dems have utterly failed to act as a check on the right on many terror-related issues.

* Pew finds that majorities of conservative Republicans and Tea Partyers favor a shudtown rather than a compromise they disagree with, another reminder of what House GOP leaders are dealing with on their right flank.

* Which may help explain why John Boehner is now insisting that $33 billion in cuts is not enough, despite widespread reports that negotiators on both sides were zeroing in on that number as a compromise.

* But Chuck Schumer, in a statement responding to Boehner, says the Speaker is just posturing to keep the Tea Party from boiling over:

“As long as he continues to negotiate, it’s OK by us if he needs to strike a different pose publicly. Since last week, the two sides have made steady progress on a package of $33 billion in cuts. This is an historic level of spending cuts, it is the halfway mark between the two sides, and the Speaker has already agreed to this number privately. Differences may remain over where exactly the cuts should come from, but the only real question left is whether the political will exists to buck the Tea Party.”

* Jed Lewison says Boehner is the last obstacle to a deal:

The most important thing to understand about all this is that if John Boehner is willing to let a bipartisan funding bill move forward, there are certainly enough Democrats and Republicans who would vote for a bill to prevent a shutdown on a bipartisan basis.

*And yet, a new Post poll finds that the public remains evenly split on who would bear the blame for a government shutdown, suggesting that weeks and weeks of skirmishing have not given either side the upper hand in this battle.

* Seventeen Democratic governors launch a preemptive strike on Paul Ryan’s forthcoming proposal to replace Medicaid with a block grant program, arguing that will severly undercut the states’ ability to provide health care for constituents. Will any GOP governors say the same?

* ICYMI: Good stuff from Jonathan Bernstein on why it’s highly unlikely that the eventual 2012 GOP nominee will campaign on some of the more dramatic current House GOP ideas, such as doing away with Medicare as we know it.

* Although the 2012 GOP hopefuls are rushing to outdo one another in the drive to defund Planned Parenthood.

* Mitt Romney attended a Planned Parenthood fundraiser in 1994, another case of Romney unwittingly running afoul of what would ultimately emerge as a litmus test in GOP primary politics.

* Labor unions tie Martin Luther King’s death 43 years ago to the current national battle over public employee bargaining rights, and argue that in some ways, little has changed.

* And Paul Krugman has written thousands and thousands of words alleging that Republicans are impeding the recovery and destroying countless jobs, but that didn’t stop Tim Pawlenty from using Krugman in an ad against Obama’s reelection.

What else is happening?

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