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12:55 PM ET, April 12, 2009

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Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
The First Puppy Makes a Big Splash  —  Bo, the Portuguese Water Dog, Is All Over the Web Before His Official Debut  —  Who let the dog out?  —  That's the Washington mystery du jour.  —  The identity of the first puppy — the one that the Washington press corps has been yelping about for months …
New York Times:
Crisis Altering Wall Street as Big Banks Lose Top Talent  —  The turning point for Stephan Jung came in February, around the time bonus checks were slashed.  A veteran of UBS, one of many banks tarnished by the financial crisis, Mr. Jung realized that the old Wall Street would not be bouncing back any time soon.
Jonathan Turley / Washington Post:
The Free World Bars Free Speech  —  For years, the Western world has listened aghast to stories out of Iran, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern nations of citizens being imprisoned or executed for questioning or offending Islam.  Even the most seemingly minor infractions elicit draconian punishments.
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Steyn Online:
Lights up  —  Steynposts  —  My valiant comrade Ezra Levant and I were on the air in Chicago last night with WGN's legendary Milt Rosenberg, discussing Ezra's book Shakedown, free speech, and the faintheartedness of the multicultural west for a full two hours.
Discussion: Ezra Levant and Jihad Watch
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MISUNDERSTANDING THE ‘GRASSROOTS’ CONCEPT.... Media Matters' Karl Frisch notes Glenn Beck's role in this week's Tea-bagging events.  It points to a larger truth that often goes overlooked. … While the notion of someone paying $500 to have lunch near Glenn Beck is itself amusing …
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Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Has Dobson Thrown In The Towel?  Not Quite  —  I have already written a few posts this week trying to beat back the notion that the Religious Right is on the verge of collapse, pointing that that such declarations are made every few years and noting that right-wing leaders have repeatedly declared …
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Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Dobson concedes that the far right has ‘lost’ the culture war.  —  In a farewell address to the staff of Focus on the Family, James Dobson conceded that evangelical conservatives had lost most of the recent so-called “culture war” battles.  Attributing the right's recent failures to the …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Piratics  —  Three thoughts about the pirates: 1) Piracy may or may not be a matter of American national security, but the American people will not for long stand the notion that a captive brave American ship captain risks his life to escape, while formidable American naval power either cannot …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Roger Ailes
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Stimulus funds pending as Legislature winds down  —  STATUS-QUO SESSION: Of 419 bills introduced, 9 have passed.  —  scockerham@adn.com  —  JUNEAU — With just one week left before the Alaska Legislature adjourns for the year, the conflict between Gov. Sarah Palin and lawmakers …
Dominic Tobin / Times of London:
Obama half-brother ‘linked to UK sex attack’  —  BARACK OBAMA's half-brother has been refused entry to Britain after reportedly being accused of an attempted sex attack on a 13-year-old girl on his last visit.  —  Samson Obama, who runs a mobile phone shop in Nairobi in Kenya …
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Gloria De Piero / News of the World:
President's half-sibling is denied British visa over claims …
Mohammed Jamjoom / CNN:
Saudi judge upholds man's marriage to 8-year-old  —  (CNN) — A Saudi mother is expected to appeal a judge's ruling after he once again refused to let her 8-year-old daughter divorce a 47-year-old man, a relative said.  —  Sheikh Habib Al-Habib made the ruling Saturday in the Saudi city of Onaiza.
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Warren bails on “This Week” interview  —  Instead of explaining contradictory statements over his actions regarding California's Prop 8 on same-sex marriage, Rick Warren went with Plan B today: he didn't show up for a planned interview on ABC's “This Week.”  —  “For those of you tuning …
 
 
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