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10:40 AM 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.
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.
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Obama's Chief of Staff Grants Access, Gets Results  —  Lawmakers Respond to Improved Access to White House  —  As the House and Senate debated the budget earlier this month, Rahm Emanuel's spacious West Wing office took on the feel of a legislative bazaar.
Caleb / Caleb's blog:
Captive Captain Saves President Obama  —  From the Daily News: … (h/t) Tammy Bruce & Moe Lane.  —  Playing pansy politics with pirates put the Captain's life at increased risk.  His first escape attempt was thwarted by the thugs as Phillips remained adrift from the aid and cover of the US Navy …
Justin Fishel / Fox News:
Navy Seals Kill Pirates, Rescue American Hostage
Discussion: Media Blog and News Hounds
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
How the rescue happened
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.
Paul D. Carrington / New York Times:
When to Retire a Justice  —  Durham, N.C.  —  HAVING long observed as well as experienced aging, I question the wisdom and virtue of people in their 70s who continue to exercise great power over others.  I have been teaching law only part time for eight years, since I turned 70.
Discussion: Althouse and Law Blog
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 …
Discussion: Clusterstock and Commentary
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.”
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Telegraph, Hot Air and Pajamas Media
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.
Glenn H. Reynolds / New York Post:
TEA PARTIES: REAL GRASSROOTS  —  A kind of energy our politics hasn't seen lately.  —  AROUND America, taxpayers have had enough.  Fed up with excessive spending, planned tax increases and a federal government that first caused the financial bubble through misregulation …
Joseph Abrams / Fox News:
Tea Party Protests Create Online Sales Boom
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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.
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.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
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: Commentary
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
In Boston, Paper's Peril Hits a Nerve  —  BOSTON — When local bloggers rallied last week in an online forum about how to save the embattled Boston Globe, readers offered loads of sympathetic advice and surprisingly little of the “let 'em rot” attitude that has colored so much debate over the future of newspapers.
Discussion: Don Surber and Romenesko
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Analysis: No winner in New York 20  —  As the vote count seesaws between two candidates in New York's 20th Congressional District, both parties are trying to claim a victory neither has actually achieved.  —  Democrats and Republicans will do their best to spin a win by venture capitalist Scott Murphy …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Wall Street Journal:
Bailed-Out Banks Face Probe Over Fee Hikes  —  The committee overseeing federal banking-bailout programs is investigating the lending practices of institutions that received public funds, following a rash of complaints about increases in interest rates and fees.
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 …
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New York Times:
‘Hyperlocal’ Web Sites Deliver News Without Newspapers
Discussion: Media Nation
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Fed contractor, cell phone maker sold spy system to Iran
Discussion: and Wonk Room
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Plan to Change Student Lending Sets Up a Fight
Discussion: The Agonist
Financial Times:
AIG in spotlight over derivatives
Discussion: Clusterstock
James Kirchick / Washington Post:
Are Gay Activists Too Wedded To the Cause?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Obama's Vigilance
Discussion: Power Line
Associated Press:
AP Poll: Taxpayers more frugal with refunds
Discussion: TalkLeft
Stephen Gordon / The Liberty Papers:
Homeland Security document targets most conservatives and libertarians …
Discussion: PoliGazette and The Other McCain
Paul McGeough / Sydney Morning Herald:
Warning that Pakistan is in danger of collapse within months
Mark R. Probst:
Amazon Follies  —  On two days ago, mysteriously …