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6:30 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 …
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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 …
Frank Strategies:
Video: Liberal “Tea Party” in DC is Epic Fail; Blogger Claims Real Tea Parties “Financed by Fox News”  —  This afternoon I swung by the “New Way Forward” rally in front of the White House - it was billed essentially as a left-leaning Tea-Party-style anti-bank protest that's being held in dozens of cities around the country.
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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
A TEA PARTY PROTEST IN PITTSBURGH: Reader Richard Ames sends this photo, and writes: “The crowd was thoroughly exercised, but it had a good time too.”  —  UPDATE: A report from Lincoln, Nebraska: “Hundreds of Nebraskans chanted no taxation without representation in protest …
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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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 …
New York Times:
Talks With Somalis Over U.S. Captain's Release Break Down  —  Negotiations over the American captain taken hostage by Somali pirates broke down on Saturday, according to Somali officials, after American officials insisted that the pirates be arrested and a group of elders representing the pirates refused.
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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.
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Dismissal for Stevens, but Question on ‘Innocent’  —  WASHINGTON — When a federal trial judge tossed out the ethics conviction of former Senator Ted Stevens last week, his lawyers promulgated the story of an innocent man victimized by unscrupulous prosecutors.
 
 
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David S. Cloud / The Politico:
Gates budget eyes next gen. warfare
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Laura Rozen / The Cable:
Help wanted: ambassador to Beijing
Associated Press:
State Rep. Betty Brown apologizes for comments on Asian voters' names
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Brent Baker / NewsBusters.org:
Ron Howard Yearns for Less Powerful America Not ‘Driven by Militarism’
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Column One: Surviving in a post-American world
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CNN:
Two killed in Michigan college shooting
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