04.10.11

April 10: 7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk

Paul Ryan predicts the next big fiscal fight, Donald Trump champions the birthers, Tony Blair warns not to dismiss Gaddafi, and more in our Sunday talk roundup.

Abortion Fight: Reps. Spar on 'This Week'

The budget battle hit network television on This Week. The boiling point: Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) accused Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and the Republicans of trying to impose right-wing policies on the country instead of focusing on the budget. The issue in question: Abortion.

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Government Shutdown: The Sequel

What's cooler than saving a billion dollars? Saving a trillion dollars. On Meet the Press House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan said that the debt ceiling fight may lead to another stalemate in Washington.

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Sad Trump: "Birther" A Negative Word

After telling State of the Union's Candy Crowley that he doesn't like to discuss the birther issue because there are more important things in the world, Donald Trump went on to discuss the birther issue. Using the knowledge he's gained over the last four weeks since championing the fight, Trump bemoaned the way that the press has blacklisted "birther" as a negative term.

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Plouffe: Cuts Draconian and Historic

On This Week David Plouffe, senior advisor to the president, said that some of the budgets cuts were painful for the White House to swallow. While medical research and kids in Head Start were protected, cuts were made elsewhere to ensure a "historic" deal and avoid a government shutdown.

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Blair Warns Not to Dismiss Gaddafi

Does Gaddafi have to go? On State of the Union, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair warned that while much of which Gaddafi says is false, it would be foolish to dismiss someone who has managed to stay in power for 40 years.

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Cantor Explains the Debt Ceiling

Will raising the debt ceiling limit be the next great fight? Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) explained the issue on Fox News Sunday with a simple metaphor. The Republicans are banking on this vote to help them gain major concessions: "There comes at times leverage moments, a time when the president will capitulate to what the American people want right now," Cantor said.

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Mark Cuban to Bloggers: Get Out!

Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, defended his statement that Internet sports reporters from respectable media outlets should not be allowed in the locker room. He told Reliable Sources' Howard Kurtz that a blogger's main goal is not journalism—it's increasing page views. Cuban added that he once complained to referees—knowing that he'd be fined—to increase his Twitter followers.

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