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4:05 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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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 …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Don Surber and Jules Crittenden
MSNBC:
U.S. Navy rescues captain held by pirates  —  Three of the Somali captors killed, one in custody after swift operation  —  A crew member waves from the Maersk Alabama at the Mombasa port in Kenya, on Sunday.  —  Navy rescues captain held by pirates  —  April 12: Capt. Richard Phillips …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obamas on Easter: St. John's Episcopal  —  President Barack Obama, his wife and two daughters attended Easter service this morning at St. John's Church, a favorite chapel of presidents past situated just across a sun-splashed, flowering park from the White House, the president's first church attendance …
Discussion: The Politico
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Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Tense standoff ends: Obamas finally settle on a dog
Discussion: TBogg and Comments from Left Field
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
The First Puppy Makes a Big Splash
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Obama girls name their new puppy ‘Bo’
Discussion: Reuters and TigerHawk
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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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 …
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.
 
 
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