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The Last Word: The Rewrite: Who's soft on defense?

For years the conventional wisdom in politics has been that Democrats are soft on matters of defense. So how does the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden change that notion? Lawrence has the answer in the Rewrite. Full story

Missouri governor vetoes state redistricting plan

Missouri's Democratic Governor Jay Nixon on Saturday vetoed a redistricting bill drafted by the Republican-dominated legislature that Democrats said was politically partisan. Full story

NYT: Contractors fight political disclosure plan

After a brief truce of sorts, the top lobbyist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce took aim at President Obama over an as-yet unannounced plan to force government contractors to disclose their political giving. Full story

Connecticut gov says he wants quick vote on budget

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday he wants the entire General Assembly to quickly vote on the two-year, $40.2 billion budget deal reached last week with Democratic lawmakers, even though there is no agreement yet with state employee union leaders over $2 billion in planned labor savings. Full story

Freshmen Republicans tested on Ryan budget

   Politico’s Jeanne Cummings talks about the 14 House Republicans being targeted by Democrats for supporting Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan.

WashSpeak: Voucher Program

   The President and other Democrats have warned voters that House budget Chairman Ryan’s budget proposal turns Medicare into a voucher program, which is when the government pays a portion of a privately provided service instead of the government providing the service itself.

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Democrats criticize Branstad's 2-year budget stand

Ala. Senate passes new requirements for lawsuits

Group of Democrats unveils workers' comp plan

Canvass shows conservative wins Wis. court race

The Last Word: House passes spending bill

The Ed Show: Obama's Budget Speech

The Ed Show: Poll: Should the Democrats vote for the budget deal?

Most people won't notice these big budget cuts

First Read: Congress: Shutdown averted

First Read: Obama to Boehner on Title X cuts: 'Nope. Zero'


  GOP leaders face taxing questions

Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee love to criticize Democrats for raising taxes, although they fail to mention the times when, as governors, they did the same thing. The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein joins msnbc.

  For Tea Party, disproportionate attention, representation

Chris Hayes, Washington editor of The Nation, talks with Rachel Maddow about the Tea Party media celebrity despite its waning appeal, and the deference given conservatives in the Senate despite the American people giving Democrats the majority.

  Saving Medicare

Former Gov. Ed Rendell and The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein discuss why the White House and Democrats are pushing back against the Ryan budget.

  Cold open: April 14, 2011

Thursday, Democrats in the Senate saved Planned Parenthood and they saved President Obama's health care reform law -- after Democrats in the House saved John Boehner.

  GOP, Democrats work on deal

A Dylan Ratigan Show panel, which includes lobbyist Jimmy Williams, discusses.

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