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11:50 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.
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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
Bloomberg:
Navy Frees Captive U.S. Cargo Ship Captain Phillips
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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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 …
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: Althouse and Law Blog
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 …
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. …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Commentary
Nouriel Roubini / Nouriel Roubini's Global …:
Stress Testing the Stress Test Scenarios: Actual Macro Data Are Already Worse than the More Adverse Scenario for 2009 in the Stress Tests.  So the Stress Tests Fail the Basic Criterion of Reality Check Even Before They Are Concluded  —  The spin machine about the banks' stress test is already in full motion …
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Envoy Going to Mideast for Talks on Two-State Goal  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's special envoy, George Mitchell, will travel to the Middle East this week to hold his first meetings with senior officials on both sides of the conflict since a new hard-line Israeli government took power.
Discussion: FP Passport
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Daily Dish
Tom Braithwaite / Financial Times:
Tarp investigator seeks evidence of book fiddling  —  The official policing the $700bn Tarp fund says he is investigating whether banks have “cooked their books” to secure bail-out money.  —  Neil Barofsky, special inspector-general for the troubled asset relief programme …
 
 
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Jimmy Orr / Christian Science Monitor:
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Jerome Starkey / The Independent:
Taliban murder leading Afghan female rights activist
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
White House Mum On Legislation That Would Nix Bush “State Secrets Privilege”
Discussion: TalkLeft and TPMMuckraker
New York Post:
PHONE TAXES ARE CELL HELL
Steve Vogel / Washington Post:
Pentagon Prioritizes Pursuit Of Alternative Fuel Sources
Discussion: All Our Might and TIME.com
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New York Times:
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
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James Kirchick / Washington Post:
Are Gay Activists Too Wedded To the Cause?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Analysis: No winner in New York 20
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Obama's Vigilance
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