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10:35 AM 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 …
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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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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
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.
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.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and JONATHAN TURLEY
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 …
Discussion: RedState and NewsBusters.org
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Gloria De Piero / News of the World:
President's half-sibling is denied British visa over claims …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
What Part of “FNC TAX DAY TEA PARTIES” Don't You Understand?  —  Welcome Instapundit refugees!  We realize you can't comment over there, so feel free to do so here.  Before making the mistake of thinking that Reynolds has said something that bears repeating, however, you might want to read …
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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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Fox News:
Somali Pirates Hand Obama Foreign Policy Emergency With No Easy Solution
Discussion: RedState and PoliGazette
Allen G. Breed / Associated Press:
AP: POW benefit claimants exceed recorded POWs  —  Prisoners of war suffer in ways most veterans don't, enduring humiliating forced marches, torture or other trauma that may haunt them long afterward.  In partial recompense, the government extends them special benefits, from free parking and tax breaks to priority in medical treatment.
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Ginsburg Shares Views on Influence of Foreign Law on Her Court, and Vice Versa  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — In wide-ranging remarks here, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended the use of foreign law by American judges, suggested that torture should not be used even when it might yield important information …
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Our Reprimitivized Future  —  The Reuters headline put it this way: “Pirates Pose Annoying Distraction For Obama.”  —  So many distractions, aren't there?  Only a week ago, the North Korean missile test was an “annoying distraction” from Barack Obama's call for a world without nuclear weapons …
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.”
 
 
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