Morning Must Reads: April 5

In the news: Texas, Roger Ebert, sequestration pay cuts, Obama's budget.

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • President Obama will release a budget next week that proposes significant cuts to Medicare and Social Security and fewer tax hikes than in the past, a conciliatory approach that he hopes will convince Republicans to sign onto a grand bargain that would curb government borrowing and replace deep spending cuts that took effect March 1.
  • Social issues now divide Republicans.
  • Paul Krugman: Unemployment, not excessive money printing, is what ails us now
  • Austin could become the next Dubai.
  • Treasury Secretary Jacob Jew and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano have agreed to a pay cut due to sequestration.
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer‘s bipartisan approach.
  • Will Texas turn blue?
  • RIP Roger Ebert.