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8:00 AM ET, April 9, 2009


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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 …
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Bloggers Urge That Organizations To Which They Give “Free Publicity” Advertise on Their Sites: The Plum Line, Greg Sargent's blog on the Washington Post's, reports: … The post then goes on to give more details, including this quote from a blogger: “They come to us …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and JammieWearingFool
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 …
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Obama to Push Immigration Bill Despite the Risks  —  While acknowledging that the recession makes the political battle more difficult, President Obama plans to begin addressing the country's immigration system this year, including looking for a path for illegal immigrants to become legal …
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Banks Holding Up in Tests, but May Still Need Aid  —  For the last eight weeks, nearly 200 federal examiners have labored inside some of the nation's biggest banks to determine how those institutions would hold up if the recession deepened.  —  What they are discovering may come as a relief …
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.
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: New York Times and Hot Air
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
A.P. Exec Doesn't Know It Has A YouTube Channel: Threatens Affiliate For Embedding Videos  —  Here is another great moment in A.P. history.  In its quest to become the RIAA of the newspaper industry, the A.P.'s executives and lawyers are beginning to match their counterparts in the music industry for cluelessness.
Discussion: Boing Boing and
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
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.
Discussion: The Agitator
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Pentagon preps for economic warfare  —  The Pentagon sponsored a first-of-its-kind war game last month focused not on bullets and bombs — but on how hostile nations might seek to cripple the U.S. economy, a scenario made all the more real by the global financial crisis.
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Why Do Americans Befriending the Castros Ignore Cuba's Pro-Democracy Movement?  —  HALF A DOZEN members of the Congressional Black Caucus spent hours huddling with Fidel and Raúl Castro in Havana this week as part of a swelling campaign to normalize relations with Cuba.
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 …
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Corruption Undercuts U.S. Hope for Afghan Police  —  GHAZNI, Afghanistan — As part of his new strategy for Afghanistan, President Obama has announced plans to send 4,000 more American troops this spring to train the Afghan National Police and Army.  —  But a shortage of American trainers …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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, Althouse and Harry's Place
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 …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
The curious case of 200 nearly identical MSM headlines  —  The following headlines have appeared in newspapers within the last 24 hours.  This is not an inclusive list.  —  • Third of Illinoisans went without health insurance in last 2 years: Sun-Times
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
The Huffington Post:
Men's Underwear Sales, Greenspan's Economic Metric, Reveal Crisis  —  As chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan was known for using quirky, proletariat metrics to judge the temperature of the economy.  The most famous of these, as recounted by NPR's Robert Krulwich in January 2008, were the sales of men's underwear.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
National Review:
The Future of Marriage  —  One of the great coups of the movement for same-sex marriage has been to plant the premise that it represents the inevitable future.  This sense has inhibited even some who know perfectly well that marriage is by nature the union of a man and a woman.
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.
Matt Lewis / Political Machine:
Top 3 Conservatives Who Deserve a Biopic  —  One of the most controversial Hollywood films last year was “Milk”.  It was praised by liberals and gay-rights supporters — and simultaneously labeled leftist propaganda by many conservatives.  —  Personally, I am opposed to the brand …
Discussion: alicublog
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.
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Jessica Ravitz / CNN:
Out-of-wedlock births hit record high
Michael J. Totten:
Sadr City After the Fall
Felix Salmon:
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Iraq Surprise
NY Daily News:
Coke cop sez dirty test from sex, but judge sniffs at job plea
David Siders /
Concerned resident aims to form armed militia to patrol Stockton
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ
 Earlier Items: 
Yoav Gonen / New York Post:
Arnold Kling / EconLog:
Some Libertarian Basics  —  In the comments on my health care …
Discussion: PoliGazette
Montgomery Advertiser:
Rogers urged to apologize for comments
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
Paul Foy / Associated Press:
Mitt Romney sells Utah ski house
Discussion: Truthdig and Salon