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11:50 PM ET, April 11, 2009

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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 …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
What Part of “FNC TAX DAY TEA PARTIES” Don't You Understand?  —  It was great to be at the bank demonstration today, and one of the best things was getting to meet a personal hero, Bill Grieder (who will be here on the Book Salon on May 10).  Despite the fact that it was rainy and cold …
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:   Organizers Give Recipes for Effective Tea Parties
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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Fox News:
Somali Pirates Hand Obama Foreign Policy Emergency With No Easy Solution
Discussion: RedState and PoliGazette
Duncan Miriri / Reuters:
Pirates seize U.S.-owned, Italy-flagged tugboat
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
Associated Press:
AP IMPACT: Chinese drywall poses potential risks  —  PARKLAND, Fla. - At the height of the U.S. housing boom, when building materials were in short supply, American construction companies used millions of pounds of Chinese-made drywall because it was abundant and cheap.
Gloria De Piero / News of the World:
President's half-sibling is denied British visa over claims of attempted sex assault on girl in Berkshire  —  AMERICAN president Barack Obama's half brother was REFUSED a visa to enter the UK after being accused of an attempted sex attack on a young British girl.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Another judge tees off Justice  —  Another federal judge has issued a sharp reprimand of the Justice Department for prosecutorial misconduct.  —  In a withering 50-page opinion, Judge Alan Gold of Miami publicly reprimanded United States Attorney R. Alexander Acosta, his top aides …
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.
Discussion: Donklephant and The Moderate Voice
The Huffington Post:
ASU Renaming Scholarship Program After Obama  —  After a day of withering criticism over its decision not to award President Barack Obama an honorary degree, Arizona State University announced on Saturday that it would expand a scholarship program in the president's name.
Discussion: Hot Air
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Fate of Estate Tax Imperils Obama's Ambitions  —  The death tax is the issue that simply will not die.  —  Fifteen years after Republican strategists put Democrats on the defensive by sticking that pejorative label on the federal estate tax, Democrats are still struggling with how to handle …
Discussion: The Baseline Scenario
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
AP chair takes on new media  —  Associated Press chairman Dean Singleton kicked off the week by telling newspaper executives that the AP is “mad as hell”—but at whom, exactly, still remains unclear.  —  “It came off pretty combative,” the AP's Jane Seagrave told POLITICO Friday, “but that really wasn't our intent.”
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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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