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3:20 PM ET, April 12, 2009

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Fox News:
Ship Captain Rescued From Somali Pirates  —  American sea Captain Richard Phillips was safely rescued Sunday from four Somali pirates, who had been holding him for days in a lifeboat off the coast of Africa, a U.S. intelligence official said.  —  Three of the pirates were killed …
BBC:
US captain held by pirates freed  —  The captain of a US container ship taken hostage by Somali pirates has been released, the US Navy has said.  —  Three pirates are reported to have been killed in the operation to free Captain Richard Phillips, who had been held in a lifeboat for several days.
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 …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obamas on Easter: St. John's Episcopal
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Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Obama girls name their new puppy ‘Bo’
Discussion: Reuters and TigerHawk
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Tense standoff ends: Obamas finally settle on a dog
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 …
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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 …
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.
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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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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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Reid Wilson / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Warren cancels ABC interview
William Beutler / Blog P.I.:
Everyone an Instapundit: How the Left Underestimates Twitter  —  I've noticed a trend over the past few weeks, roughly concurrent with the Twitter-reinforced Tea Party movement, which is a tendency on the Left to dismiss Twitter both for its apparent limitations as well as its embrace by the political Right.
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 …
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Top U.S. general in Iraq: I believe we'll be gone by late 2011  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - General Ray Odierno, the top U.S. military commander on the ground in Iraq, said Sunday that he believes U.S. troops will be out of the country by the end of 2011.  —  CNN Chief National Correspondent John …
 
 
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