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10:30 AM ET, April 11, 2009


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Hostage, 2 pirates killed in French rescue operation  —  (CNN) — A French hostage and two pirates died Friday in a rescue operation off Somalia, the French president's office in Paris said Friday.  —  Four hostages, including a child, were freed from the hijacked yacht after almost a week of captivity, Nicolas Sarkozy's office said.
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 …
Fox News:
Pirates Demand Ransom After U.S. Ship Captain Tries to Escape  —  A Somali negotiator said Friday pirates holding American ship captain Richard Phillips hostage want a $2 million ransom and are ready to kill Phillips if attacked.  —  The Navy is moving a huge amphibious ship closer to the scene of the standoff.
China's excess males, sex selective abortion, and one child policy: analysis of data from 2005 national intercensus survey  —  Wei Xing Zhu, professor1, Li Lu, professor and head of department2, Therese Hesketh, senior lecturer3  —  1 College of Law, Political Science and Public Administration …
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
Washington Churches Eye a Prize, the Obamas  —  WASHINGTON — The invitations have come in neatly typed letters, whispered entreaties and please-join-us blogs.  They have come from predominantly white churches and predominantly black churches, venerable churches with distinguished lineages and smaller …
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 …
Discussion: Salon
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Democrat in NY-20 now leads by 35  —  Republican Jim Tedisco has cut Democrat Scott Murphy's lead slightly, to 35, in the special election for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-N.Y.) former House seat, as absentee votes continue to be counted.  —  Murphy took the lead Friday morning after more than 1,400 …
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
From Pennsylvania Ave. to the Lone Star State  —  After 8 Years in White House, Bushes Easily Adapt to a Simpler Life  —  DALLAS — The new couple at 10141 Daria Place accepted an invitation to a neighborhood dinner party last month.  The guest list totaled eight.  The main dish was chicken potpie.
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.
Discussion: Commentary and abu muqawama
Alejandra Owens / ShAARP Session:
AARP Responds To Progressive Bloggers' Advertising Complaints  —  There's been a recent debate in the blogosphere about who - or more importantly, who's not - advertising on various political blogs.  AARP is a non-partisan organization that strongly supports all reaches of the online community …
Two killed in Michigan college shooting  —  (CNN) — Two people were shot and killed Friday at a community college in Dearborn, Michigan, in what police believe was a murder-suicide, an official said.  —  A man and woman were found dead in a classroom building on the campus of Henry Ford Community College …
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