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10:00 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 …
Discussion: Telegraph, Hot Air and Pajamas Media
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 …
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.
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
How the rescue happened
Associated Press:
Obama twice approved force to rescue hostage
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 …
Joseph Abrams / Fox News:
Tea Party Protests Create Online Sales Boom
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Mark R. Probst:
Amazon Follies  —  On Amazon.com two days ago, mysteriously, the sales rankings disappeared from two newly-released high profile gay romance books: “Transgressions” by Erastes and “False Colors” by Alex Beecroft.  Everybody was perplexed.  Was it a glitch of some sort?
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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.
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
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.
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 …
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.”
Discussion: Swampland and NewsBusters.org
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
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Obama's Vigilance  —  The resolution of the Somalian pirate hostage situation on Sunday revealed a White House working actively behind the scenes to avoid the sort of disaster that could come to define the early days of President Obama's administration.
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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Paul D. Carrington / New York Times:
When to Retire a Justice  —  Durham, N.C.  —  HAVING long …
Discussion: Law Blog
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Most Confident in Obama on Economy
Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
Brown told: smear tactics could cost Labour election
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Stephen Gordon / The Liberty Papers:
Homeland Security document targets most conservatives and libertarians …
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Paul McGeough / Sydney Morning Herald:
Warning that Pakistan is in danger of collapse within months