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Mike Baker / Fox News:
Obamas' Date Night in New York City Draws Criticism  —  Even before the Obamas left Washington, the there-and-back trip drew criticism from Republicans who questioned the president's decision to travel to New York for a night of entertainment during a recession and while automakers struggle to survive.
Ann Sanner / Associated Press:
First couple's NY date: a campaign promise kept  —  President Barack Obama made good on a campaign promise to his most important supporter Saturday night — his wife, Michelle.  —  The president and first lady jetted to a date in New York late Saturday afternoon, aides and media in tow.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SOMETIMES, A DATE IS JUST A DATE.... Ordinarily, this is the kind of human-interest story that I wouldn't even read.  Apparently, though, it's angered quite a few Republicans, so I guess we might as well take a look at. … Good for them; I'm sure it's nice for the Obamas to get out once in a while.
Discussion: CNN and Riehl World View
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:   Was “Date Night” a Good Idea?
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obamas' Broadway Saturday night out
Discussion: The Caucus
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Coleman, Franken prep to face off on appeal  —  Monday's oral arguments before the Minnesota Supreme Court may finally bring an end to the state's protracted Senate race, and both sides are proclaiming readiness.  —  Lawyers for former Sen. Norm Coleman (R) and Democrat Al Franken have prepped …
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Paul / Power Line:
Supreme Court confirmation — the standard matters less than that there be just one  —  John and the estimable Andy McCarthy have been discussing what standard Republican Senators should apply when voting on a Supreme Court nominee of a Democratic president.
Discussion: The Corner
Richard A. Clarke / Washington Post:
The Trauma of 9/11 Is No Excuse  —  Top officials from the Bush administration have hit upon a revealing new theme as they retrospectively justify their national security policies.  Call it the White House 9/11 trauma defense.  —  “Unless you were there, in a position of responsibility after September 11 …
Discussion: Emptywheel, .. … and Hullabaloo
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Frank Rich / New York Times:
Who Is to Blame for the Next Attack?  —  AFTER watching the farce surrounding Dick Cheney's coming-out party this month, you have to wonder: Which will reach Washington first, change or the terrorists?  If change doesn't arrive soon, terrorists may well rush in where the capital's fools now tread.
Associated Press:
Saudi beheads and crucifies murder convict  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi authorities beheaded and crucified a man convicted of brutally slaying an 11-year-old boy and his father, the Interior Ministry announced.  —  According to the statement issued by the ministry Friday …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Reuters
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Israel to U.S.: ‘Stop favoring Palestinians’  —  Tensions between Washington and Jerusalem are growing after the U.S. administration's demand that Israel completely freeze construction in all West Bank settlements.  Israeli political officials expressed disappointment after Tuesday's round …
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Address Meeting the Needs of Special-Education Students  —  In a case with potential financial repercussions for school districts and families alike, the United States Supreme Court will soon decide when public schools must reimburse parents of special-education students for private-school tuition.
Iftikhar A. Khan / dawn.com:
Army takes ‘complete control’ over Mingora  —  Soldiers move to their positions on top of a defense position on a former base of Taliban militants overlooking the Swat Valley.—AP/File  —  ISLAMABAD: Operation Rahe Rast made a significant progress with the security forces completely securing control …
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Administration opposes Uighurs' release in US  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, picking up the argument of its predecessor, is opposing the release of Chinese Muslim detainees at Guantanamo Bay into the United States.  —  In papers filed with the Supreme Court late Friday …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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BBC:   US presses Australia to take Uighurs
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
DOJ to Supremes: Uighurs “free to leave”
Discussion: Raw Story and Registan.net
 
 
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