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12:35 PM ET, April 13, 2009

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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
An Early Military Victory for Obama  —  It was one of the earliest tests of the new American president — a small military operation off the coast of a Third World nation.  But as President Bill Clinton found out in October 1993, even minor failures can have long-lasting consequences.
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Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
How SEALs Carried Out Their Mission  —  The operation to rescue Capt. Richard Phillips involved dozens of Navy SEALs, who parachuted from an aircraft into the scene near dark Saturday, landing in the ocean.  The SEALs were part of a group of Special Operations forces involved in the effort, according to military officials.
Washington Post:
Kill the Pirates  —  With the rescue of American Richard Phillips from the hands of pirates yesterday, there was a blip of good news from the Indian Ocean, but it remains a scandal that Somali pirates continue to routinely defeat the world's naval powers.  And worse than this ongoing demonstration …
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Obama's Chief of Staff Grants Access, Gets Results
Discussion: The Note, MSNBC and Los Angeles Times
Caleb / Caleb's blog:
Captive Captain Saves President Obama
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama, piracy and a pup: Winning week
Discussion: The Hill, USA Today and Washington Post
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Tea Parties Forever  —  This is a column about Republicans — and I'm not sure I should even be writing it.  —  Today's G.O.P. is, after all, very much a minority party.  It retains some limited ability to obstruct the Democrats, but has no ability to make or even significantly shape policy.
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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Obama's ‘Post-Material’ Economy  —  President Obama has made no secret of his vision for America's 21st-century economy.  We will lead the world in “green” technologies to stop global warming.  Advancing medical breakthroughs will improve our well-being, control health spending and enable us to expand insurance coverage.
Discussion: The Foundry, Reason and Commentary
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Wall Street Journal:
The End of Private Health Insurance
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and WILLisms.com
Scott / Power Line:
Overdose on the White House line
Discussion: The Fix and Pajamas Media
Ari Fleischer / Wall Street Journal:
Everyone Should Pay Income Taxes  —  It's bad for our democracy to exempt half the country.  —  If you thought Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme was bad, wait until you hear about the inverted pyramid scheme the federal government is working on.  While Mr. Madoff preyed on people who trusted …
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Paul D. Carrington / New York Times:
When to Retire a Justice  —  Durham, N.C.  —  HAVING long …
Discussion: Law Blog and Althouse
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
White House Mum On Legislation That Would Nix Bush “State Secrets Privilege”  —  The White House is declining to say whether the Obama administration will support legislation introduced by Senate Democrats that would roll back the use of the “state secrets privilege,” one of Bush's most controversial legal tools.
Discussion: Salon, TalkLeft and TPMMuckraker
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CNN:
Obama sources: stimulus projects ‘under budget,’ ‘ahead of schedule’
Discussion: Think Progress and Political Punch
New York Times:
‘Surgical’ Bankruptcy Possible for G.M.  —  By MICHELINE MAYNARD and MICHAEL J. de la MERCED  —  DETROIT — The Treasury Department is directing General Motors to lay the groundwork for a bankruptcy filing by a June 1 deadline, despite G.M.'s public contention that it could still reorganize outside court …
Discussion: Commentary and Clusterstock
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Realpolitik for Iran  —  For Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, “a combination of ignorance and arrogance” under the Bush administration squandered countless diplomatic opportunities with Iran and so allowed it to forge ahead with its nuclear program.
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
The Jackson $5 million?  —  The Sun-Times has learned that 2 members of Chicago's Indian community sent word to Blagojevich's camp that Jesse Jackson Jr. would raise $5 million in exchange for Obama's Senate seat  —  Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's camp was told last year that U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Politico Tries To Mix Steak And Sizzle  —  If I were trying to maximize my online hits for this column, the headline might be: “Politico Blamed for Decline of Journalism.”  —  But maybe that's a tad too nuanced to draw the Drudge link that would boost my numbers.  Perhaps I should go with “Web Site Addicted to Mini-Scoops.”
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Rick Warren explains cancellation  —  Pastor Rick Warren abruptly canceled an appearance on ABC's “This Week” in which he would have had the opportunity to clarify his denial last week that he had ever endorsed California's anti-gay-marriage ballot measure, when in fact he had done so on videotape.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Most Confident in Obama on Economy  —  Democratic leaders in Congress fare better than Republican leaders  — USA - Congress - Government and Politics - Presidential Ratings - The Presidency - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Over two-thirds of Americans …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
What Would a “Bipartisan” Obama Look Like?  (Hint: A Lot Like the One We're Seeing)  —  Over at RealClarPolitics, Jay Cost takes Obama to task for failing to live up to his promises of bipartisanship.  Cost writes: … What Cost accuses Obama of is acting in bad faith — he promised “bipartisanship” and hasn't delivered.
Kyung Lah / CNN:
Schoolgirl told to choose: Country or parents  —  TOKYO, Japan (CNN) — The clicking of dozens of news cameras drowned out the sobs of the 13-year-old girl, but her face explained what was happening in the departure hall of Japan's Narita International Airport.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WILL THE MAINE GIRLS SWING?  —  Last Friday, an alert reader linked Steve Benen to this The Bangor Daily News writeup of Olympia Snowe's health care listening session.  This quote, in particular, caught his eye: … Snowe's position is a bit of an odd one: She holds that we may require …
Dan Fagan / Anchorage Daily News:
Levi hasn't changed; the Palins have  —  It is amazing how quickly Palin Nation can turn on you.  Remember the outrage after I questioned how Levi Johnston was accepted into the coveted ASRC apprentice program without meeting the requirements?  —  Instead of addressing the issue …
The Daily Beast:
A Gayer GOP  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Meghan McCain on why supporting gay marriage is fundamentally in line with Republican values, and what the GOP stands to gain by doing so.  —  This week, I will be speaking at the Log Cabin Republicans' national convention in support of the gay community …
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Fed contractor, cell phone maker sold spy system to Iran  —  Dissidents monitored  —  Two European companies — a major contractor to the U.S. government and a top cell-phone equipment maker — last year installed an electronic surveillance system for Iran that human rights advocates …
 
 
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Thailand Cracking?
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Jimmy Orr / Christian Science Monitor:
Obama's dog Bo: Cute but what about promise to adopt?
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Jerome Starkey / The Independent:
Taliban murder leading Afghan female rights activist
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Steve Vogel / Washington Post:
Pentagon Prioritizes Pursuit Of Alternative Fuel Sources
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‘Hyperlocal’ Web Sites Deliver News Without Newspapers
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
In Boston, Paper's Peril Hits a Nerve
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
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