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5:55 PM ET, April 12, 2009

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CNN:
American captain rescued, pirates killed, U.S. official says  —  (CNN) — The captain of the Maersk Alabama was freed Sunday after being held captive since Wednesday by pirates off the coast of Somalia, a senior U.S. official with knowledge of the situation told CNN.
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Associated Press:
Official: US sea captain freed in swift firefight … MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) - An American ship captain was freed unharmed Sunday in a U.S. Navy operation that killed three of the four Somali pirates who had been holding him for days in a lifeboat off the coast of Africa, a senior U.S. intelligence official said.
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 …
R.M. Schneiderman / New York Times:
U.S. Captain Held by Pirates Is Freed  —  Richard Phillips, the captain of an American cargo ship held hostage by armed Somali pirates for more than four days, was freed on Sunday after three of his captors were killed, government and shipping officials said.
BBC:
US captain held by pirates freed  —  The captain of a US cargo ship taken hostage by Somali pirates has been released and is safe, the US Navy says.  —  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.
TigerHawk:
Captain Phillips has been rescued  —  The Wall Street Journal sent me an alert seconds ago that said that Captain Richard Phillips has been rescued in a U.S. Navy operation and that we killed three of the bad guys in the process, and took another pirate into custody.
Washington Post:
U.S. Ship Captain Rescued From Pirates by Navy Seals
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Commentary
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:
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Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Tense standoff ends: Obamas finally settle on a dog
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Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Obama girls name their new puppy ‘Bo’
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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 …
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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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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.
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
 
 
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