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11:20 PM ET, April 8, 2009


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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
White House: No bow to Saudi  —  The White House is denying that the president bowed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at a G-20 meeting in London, a scene that drew criticism on the right and praise from some Arab outlets.  —  “It wasn't a bow.  He grasped his hand with two hands …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Big Liberal Bloggers Tee Off On Progressive Groups For Not Sharing Ad Wealth  —  Some of the leading liberal bloggers are privately furious with the major progressive groups — and in some cases, the Democratic Party committees — for failing to spend money advertising on their sites …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
White House May be Dictating, But We're Not Stenographers
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
‘Common Purpose’
Discussion: Salon
New York Times:
U.S. Crew in Standoff With Pirates Off Somalia Coast  —  Hours after pirates commandeered a United States-flagged container ship with 20 American crew members off the coast of Somalia on Wednesday, the pirates and crew appeared to be in a standoff, with the ship under control of its crew once again …
Hijacked US crew ‘retake vessel’  —  US crew members have retaken their hijacked ship but their captain is still being held by Somali pirates on a lifeboat, reports say.  —  Pentagon sources and relatives of the Maersk Alabama's 20 crew were earlier quoted as saying the ship was back under control after a struggle.
Discussion: TigerHawk
Doug TenNapel / Big Hollywood:
Does God Exist?  Hitchens vs. Craig  —  I had the opportunity to see Christopher Hitchens debate Dr. William Lane Craig on the topic “Does God Exist?” at BIOLA University.  The gymnasium was packed with 3,000 people, most of whom were Christians but some non-believers made a showing.
Discussion: Hot Air
Rick Warren on the Newsweek ‘End of Christian America’ article, Pt. 1
Discussion: Majikthise
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Did Rick Warren compare Democrats to prostitutes?
Lost in Translation: Turkish Anchor Appears in Blackface on Air in Coverage of President Obama  —  There is a great deal of chatter on the Internet today about an anchor who appears in blackface in the coverage of President Obama's trip to Turkey.  The rough translation from the appearance is “Welcome, Mr. Obama.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Turkish anchor wears blackface to report on Obama's visit.
Discussion: ScoopThis.Org
Wall Street Journal:
Obama and Gates Gut the Military  —  The secretary's new budget will leave us weaker to pay for the president's domestic programs.  —  On Monday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced a significant reordering of U.S. defense programs.  His recommendations should not go unchallenged.
Roger Ebert / Chicago Sun Times:
Thoughts on Bill O'Reilly and Squeaky the Chicago Mouse  —  Dear Bill: Thanks for including the Chicago Sun-Times on your exclusive list of newspapers on your “Hall of Shame.”  To be in an O'Reilly Hall of Fame would be a cruel blow to any newspaper.  It would place us in the favor of a man …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Keith Olbermann's scathing criticism of Obama's secrecy/immunity claims  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  Several weeks ago, I noted that unlike the Right — which turned itself into a virtual cult of uncritical reverence for George W. Bush especially during the first several years …
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
AP Newsbreak: Obama looks at climate engineering … WASHINGTON (AP) - The president's new science adviser said Wednesday that global warming is so dire, the Obama administration is discussing radical technologies to cool Earth's air.  —  John Holdren told The Associated Press …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Best State Political Blogs  —  The day has arrived!  —  After sifting through hundreds upon hundreds of recommendations that came in via the Fix comments section, Twitter and email, we are finally ready to unveil our list of the best political blogs in each of the 50 states.
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Palin fan sets up Web site to cover her legal defense costs  —  (CNN) — A Texas businessman launched a Web site Tuesday that allows users to help defray Gov. Sarah Palin's legal costs.  —  The donations will be forwarded to the governor's attorney in Alaska.
Chris Irvine / Telegraph:
South Park creators given signed photo of Saddam Hussein  —  Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park, were given a signed photo of Saddam Hussein by US marines after the former Iraqi leader was shown their movie in prison.  —  During his captivity, US marines forced Saddam …
Discussion: Amygdala
Paul Foy / Associated Press:
Mitt Romney sells Utah ski house … SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Race-car driver and money manager Hal Prewitt bought Mitt Romney's ski house at Deer Valley Resort for “a little less” than the asking price of $5.25 million, his agent said  —  Tuesday.  —  “It's beautiful.
Discussion: Salon and Truthdig
Aman Batheja / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
At emotional hearing, relatives finally hear man's name cleared  —  AUSTIN — Twenty-two years ago, Ruby Session listened in disbelief as a Lubbock jury convicted her son, Timothy Cole, of rape.  She promised herself that one day she would make sure this injustice was corrected.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Obama administration ‘anti-religious,’ Gingrich says  —  (CNN) — Newt Gingrich said Tuesday the Obama administration is “intensely secular” and “anti-religious,” the former House Speaker's second hard-hitting criticism of the new administration this week.  —  In an interview with FOX News …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Fox News:
Muslim Girl Gets $400G From Nevada School District in Head Scarf Bully Case  —  A Nevada school district agreed to pay $400,000 to a Muslim girl and her friend over allegations that other students threatened to kill her in the stairwell for wearing a religious head scarf and the staff did nothing to stop it.
Arnold Kling / EconLog:
Some Libertarian Basics  —  In the comments on my health care rationing post, I received many standard attacks as being cold-hearted and willing to deny health care to people who need it.  —  From a libertarian perspective, your generosity is reflected in what you do with your own money, not in what you do with other people's money.
Discussion: PoliGazette
Andie Coller / The Politico:
Parental rights: The new wedge issue  —  If there were a recipe for creating a new conservative culture-wars issue, it might look something like this: Start with the United Nations, fold in the prospect of an expanded role for government in children's lives, add some unfortunate court decisions …
Media Matters for America:
“Fair and balanced” Fox News aggressively promotes “tea party” protests … Despite its repeated insistence that its coverage is “fair and balanced” and its invitation to viewers to “say ‘no’ to biased media,” in recent weeks, Fox News has frequently aired segments encouraging viewers to get involved with …
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Why Coleman Should Drop Out  —  If he keeps up the fight, he is likely to lose, unnecessarily deprive Minnesota of a second senator, end his political career seen as a sore loser, and hurt his party in a state that is eager for this fight to be over.  His team has talked enough …
David Siders /
Concerned resident aims to form armed militia to patrol Stockton  —  STOCKTON - A retired truck driver and Vietnam War veteran said Monday that he is forming an armed militia - mostly men with rifles and armbands, four to a car - to patrol Stockton this summer, when at least 43 police officers are to be laid off.
FOX Forum:
JOHN ZIEGLER: A New Low Point for the Media: Couric Wins Award for Palin Interview  —  Documentary Filmmaker  —  On April 15th, the “prestigious” (and apparently now openly liberal) USC Annenberg School for Communication will be presenting CBS “Evening News” anchor Katie Couric …
Discussion: GayPatriot
New York Times:
U.S. Imagines the Bailout as an Investment Tool  —  By GRAHAM BOWLEY and MICHAEL J. de la MERCED  —  During World War I, Americans were exhorted to buy Liberty Bonds to help their soldiers on the front.  —  Now, it seems, they will be asked to come to the aid of their banks …
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Yoav Gonen / New York Post:
Discussion: NY Daily News
Montgomery Advertiser:
Rogers urged to apologize for comments
Ruth Gledhill / Times of London:
Tony Blair tells the Pope: you're wrong on homosexuality
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Anti-terrorism expert tapped for fifth administration
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Howie Klein / Crooks and Liars:
C&L Welcomes Rep. Barney Frank, chair of the Financial Services Committee
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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Alec Baldwin / The Huffington Post:
Why We Need the New York Times
James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox orders downsizing reality series
Discussion: UPI and Think Progress
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Want to Join Marcy and Me to Protest Banks on Saturday, April 11?
Discussion: PoliGazette