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5:15 PM ET, April 11, 2009

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Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Vatican blocks Caroline Kennedy appointment as US ambassador  —  The Vatican has blocked the appointment of Caroline Kennedy as US ambassador, according to reports.  —  Vatican sources told Il Giornale that their support for abortion disqualified Ms Kennedy and other Roman Catholics President Barack Obama had been seeking to appoint.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama and habeas corpus — then and now  —  (updated below)  —  It was once the case under the Bush administration that the U.S. would abduct people from around the world, accuse them of being Terrorists, ship them to Guantanamo, and then keep them there for as long as we wanted without offering …
Discussion: Instapundit and Opinio Juris
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New York Times:
Obama to Appeal Detainee Ruling  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Friday that it would appeal a district court ruling that granted some military prisoners in Afghanistan the right to file lawsuits seeking their release.  The decision signaled that the administration was not backing …
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Chinese Bias for Baby Boys Creates a Gap of 32 Million  —  BEIJING — A bias in favor of male offspring has left China with 32 million more boys under the age of 20 than girls, creating “an imminent generation of excess men,” a study released Friday said.  —  For the next 20 years …
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
When A Woman's Right To Choose Results In Fewer Women
Discussion: Hot Air and The Mahablog
bmj.com:
China's excess males, sex selective abortion, and one child policy …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Kim Janssen / The SouthtownStar:
Islam ‘insulted’ by alleged child killer's mug shot, says husband  —  The police booking photo of alleged child killer Nour Hadid released Tuesday is an “insult against our religion,” says Hadid's husband, Alaeddin.  —  Orland Park police detectives say the 26-year-old Muslim woman was treated …
James Quinn / Telegraph:
Goldman Sachs hires law firm to shut blogger's site  —  Goldman Sachs is attempting to shut down a dissident blogger who is extremely critical of the investment bank, its board members and its practices.  —  The bank has instructed Wall Street law firm Chadbourne & Parke to pursue blogger Mike Morgan …
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
States Slashing Social Programs for Vulnerable  —  PHOENIX — Battered by the recession and the deepest and most widespread budget deficits in several decades, a large majority of states are slicing into their social safety nets — often crippling preventive efforts that officials say would save money over time.
Duncan Miriri / Reuters:
Pirates seize U.S.-owned, Italy-flagged tugboat  —  Source: Reuters  —  Pirates seized a U.S.-owned and Italian-flagged tugboat with 16 crew on Saturday in the latest hijacking in the busy Gulf of Aden waterway, a regional maritime group said.  —  Andrew Mwangura, of the Mombasa-based …
Washington Post:
Obama Team Mulls Aims Of Somali Extremists  —  Seeing Potential Terror Threat, Officials Debate Their Options  —  Senior Obama administration officials are debating how to address a potential terrorist threat to U.S. interests from a Somali extremist group, with some in the military advocating strikes against its training camps.
Associated Press:
State Rep. Betty Brown apologizes for comments on Asian voters' names  —  AUSTIN, Texas - The state lawmaker embroiled in a controversy over pending voter identification legislation has apologized for her remarks regarding Asian-descent voters' names.  —  Rep. Betty Brown, R-Terrell …
Discussion: Think Progress
Amanda Coyne / Newsweek:
Palin and the Wolves  —  As a VP candidate, Alaska's governor was attacked for the state's aerial hunting program.  But the partisan bickering belies a complex and longstanding debate.  —  Steven Kazlowski / Science Faction-Corbis  —  Howl of the wild: Depending on your point of view …
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Volcker Assumes Smaller-Than-Expected Role With Obama  —  WASHINGTON — As an early supporter of Barack Obama, Paul Volcker gave the young presidential candidate gravitas and advice.  He frequently sat by Mr. Obama's side at key economic events, and started carrying a cellphone for the first time …
James Bone / Times of London:
US Navy misses chance to rescue American captain held hostage by pirates  —  The US Navy missed a chance to rescue the American captain held by Somali pirates on a lifeboat in the Indian Ocean when he tried to escape by jumping into the sea.  —  Captain Richard Phillips fled through a back door …
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Brent Baker / NewsBusters.org:
Ron Howard Yearns for Less Powerful America Not ‘Driven by Militarism’
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Caroline Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Column One: Surviving in a post-American world
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