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8:15 AM ET, April 7, 2009

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ABCNEWS:
Stolen Cessna Pursued by Jet Fighters Lands on Highway  —  Pilot Took Off Running After Landing Plane, Officials Say  —  A Cessna stolen from a Canadian flight school landed on a Missouri highway late today, after being pursued for hours across the Midwest by fighter jets ready to shoot it down if it was determined to be a threat.
Discussion: CTV.ca, Atlas Shrugs, CNN and Jihad Watch
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Robert Imrie / Associated Press:
Man nabbed after plane taken from Canada to Mo.  —  WAUSAU, Wis. - A single-engine airplane flown away from an airport in Canada by a student pilot Monday was intercepted by jet fighters over Wisconsin but kept flying south through two more states.  It finally landed on a road in southeastern Missouri and the pilot was apprehended.
Discussion: Chicago Breaking News
Ernest Luning / Colorado Independent:
Focus on the Family narrator arrested for luring teenage girl for sex on Net  —  A Colorado Springs man who narrates the Bible in Spanish on CDs and works in the Spanish broadcasting department of Focus on the Family appeared in court Monday in Golden on two felony counts of using the Internet …
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Kieran Nicholson / Denver Post:
Man arrested in Jeffco on suspicion of internet luring  —  A man who narrates Christian CDs has been arrested on suspicion of using the Internet to arrange sex with a teenage girl.  —  Juan Alberto Ovalle, 42, thought he was corresponding with a girl under the age of 15 …
CBS News:
Poll: Obama Approval Hits New High - 66%  —  CBS/NY Times Survey Finds Most Believe World Leaders Respect President, Though They Maintain U.S. Is Not Respected Overall  —  (CBS) As President Obama concludes his well-publicized trip to Europe, Americans are more positive about the respect accorded …
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Administration defends Bush wire-taps  —  (04-06) 15:26 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — The Obama administration is again invoking government secrecy in defending the Bush administration's wiretapping program, this time against a lawsuit by AT&T customers who claim federal agents illegally intercepted …
Discussion: QandO, Stop The ACLU and Sister Toldjah
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
New and worse secrecy and immunity claims from the Obama DOJ  —  When Congress immunized telecoms last August for their illegal participation in Bush's warrantless eavesdropping program, Senate Democratic apologists for telecom immunity repeatedly justified that action by pointing …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Report Outlines Medical Workers' Role in Torture  —  WASHINGTON — Medical personnel were deeply involved in the abusive interrogation of terrorist suspects held overseas by the Central Intelligence Agency, including torture, and their participation was a “gross breach of medical ethics,” …
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Washington Post:
Report Calls CIA Detainee Treatment ‘Inhuman’  —  Medical officers who oversaw interrogations of terrorism suspects in CIA secret prisons committed gross violations of medical ethics and in some cases essentially participated in torture, the International Committee of the Red Cross concluded …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Frank 'I'm A Member Of Dick Cheney's Fan Club' Gaffney: Obama's ‘Respect’ For Muslims Is Code For Submission  —  The right wing has been apoplectic over President Obama's words and actions while in Europe.  A large amount of their outrage has been over the fact that Obama briefly bowed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Pentagon Chief Rips Heart Out of Army's ‘Future’  —  In 2003, the U.S. Army introduced its plan to wage the wars of tomorrow.  A fleet of light, networked, electric-powered combat vehicles would speed American forces into battle against another superpower military — and win the fight almost instantly …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Lieberman-Obama honeymoon stops at missile defense  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) has tried to mend his relationship with President Obama in recent months but their reconciliation hit a snag Monday over ballistic missile defense.  —  Lieberman, the self-described independent Democrat …
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Bipartisan Call for Obama to Reverse Missile Defense Cuts
Discussion: Commentary
New York Times:
Poll Finds New Optimism on Economy Since Inauguration  —  Americans have grown more optimistic about the economy and the direction of the country in the 11 weeks since President Obama was inaugurated, suggesting that he is enjoying some success in his critical task of rebuilding the nation's confidence …
Jerusalem Post:
‘Turkey foils plot to assassinate Obama’  —  Turkish security services have arrested a man of Syrian descent who was planning to assassinate US President Barack Obama during his current trip to Turkey, the Saudi daily Al Watan reported Monday.  —  According to the report, the man …
John / Power Line:
The Apology Tour: Will It Ever End?  —  Earlier today, President Obama addressed the Parliament of Turkey.  What made news were his positive references to Islam: … This is, of course, indistinguishable from many similar pronouncements that were made by President Bush.
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Jimmy Vielkind / politickerny.com:
Murphy Leads by 83; Judge Says Start Counting Paper Ballots on Wednesday, Finish Machine Recanvass ASAP  —  ALBANY—The most up-to-date figures we can muster in the race to replace Kirsten Gillibrand in Congress now has Democrat Scott Murphy leading by 83 votes over Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, state and county elections officials said.
Aljazeera:
Obama: ‘US not at war with Islam’  —  On his first visit to a Muslim nation as US president, Barack Obama has said that the US “is not and will never be at war with Islam”.  —  In an address to the Turkish parliament in Ankara on Monday, he called for a greater partnership with the Muslim world.
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Los Angeles Times:
In Turkey, Obama says U.S. is not at war with Islam
Discussion: digg.com
Bill Whittle / Pajamas Media:
A MESSAGE TO THE RICH  —  The Washington Post ran a column a few days ago, in which a Mr. Joel Berg applauds the Obama Administration for reducing the amount of charitable deduction that The Rich are allowed to take when they write a check to charity.  —  Mr. Berg - who runs a charitable foundation …
Discussion: Redhot and TigerHawk
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Raul Castro meets with 6 visiting US lawmakers  —  HAVANA - President Raul Castro met with six visiting members of the Congressional Black Caucus for more than four hours, his first face-to-face discussions with U.S. leaders since he became Cuba's president last year.
Discussion: The Washington Note
Kevin Drum / MoJo Blog Posts:
Fun With Phosphates  —  The blogosphere had a few laughs last week at the expense of RedState head honcho Eric Erickson, who warned that revolution was coming and told residents of Washington state, “I'd be cleaning my gun right about now waiting to protect my property from the coming riots …
The Huffington Post:
Republicans Urging Coleman To Keep Fighting Attacked Gore Over Recount  —  The Senate race in Minnesota seems no closer to resolution than it did on election night.  With Al Franken clinging to a 225 vote lead and Norm Coleman dealt a tough setback in state court last week …
Discussion: Don Surber, Daily Kos and USA Today
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Pawlenty speaks out for Norm
Discussion: Senate Guru and Salon
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
A.P. Seeks to Rein in Sites Using Its Content  —  Taking aim at the way news is spread across the Internet, The Associated Press said on Monday that Web sites that used the work of news organizations must obtain permission and share revenue with them, and that it would take legal action against those that did not.
Barry Eichengreen / voxeu.org:
A Tale of Two Depressions  —  Often cited comparisons - which look only at the US - find that today's crisis is milder than the Great Depression.  In this column, two leading economic historians show that the world economy is now plummeting as it did in the Great Depression; indeed …
 
 
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Discussion: Power Line and The American Scene
Marisol Bello / USA Today:
Communities print their own currency to keep cash flowing
Discussion: Reason
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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New York Times:
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Payback Is A...  U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, (R-Saks) used …
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