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4:05 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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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.
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.
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
MSNBC Developing a Weekend Politics Show for NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd  —  Get ready for more of the “Goateed Guru.”  —  According to multiple network sources, MSNBC is in the process of developing a weekend political show to be moderated by Chuck Todd …
Johanna Neuman / Top of the Ticket:
Michelle Obama promotes physical activity at White House Easter Egg Roll
Discussion: Political Machine
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Obama: Fighting ‘rise of privacy’ (piracy)
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama, piracy and a pup: Winning week
Discussion: The Hill 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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Jon Henke / The Next Right:
The Tea Party protests  —  Plagiarism is the author's attempt to use the work of other people as your own, without disclosing their involvement.  Astroturfing is exactly the oppose: it is an organization's attempt to attribute their own work to other people without disclosing the involvement of the organization.
Glenn H. Reynolds / New York Post:
TEA PARTIES: REAL GRASSROOTS
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
A Reticent Justice Opens Up to a Group of Students  —  Justice Clarence Thomas has not asked a question from the Supreme Court bench since Feb. 22, 2006.  He speaks only to announce his majority opinions, reading summaries in a gruff monotone.  Glimpses of Justice Thomas in less formal settings are rare.
The Hill:
Obama's Cuba Policy Risks an Opportunity  —  While Obama lifts some restrictions on travel by Cuban Americans to the island, the administration remains firm on the US embargo.  —  Press speculation and reports this morning indicate that the President will lift travel restrictions …
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Washington Post:
Obama to Lift Some Restrictions on Cuba
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Salon
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. …
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 …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Obama and the Pirates  —  It's better to be lucky than good.  It's even better to be lucky and good.  One can easily imagine all the different ways the rescue of Captain Phillips might have been screwed up—and the political firestorm that would have resulted.
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
NO NUKES  —  There is no madness like nuclear madness.  That was the conceit of the Cold War's greatest comedy, “Dr. Strangelove,” and it was the conceit of North Korea's recent rocket-launch extravaganza.  By testing a missile that might one day be able to reach Alaska …
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Hugh Hewit / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Trillions for pork but nothing for the Raptors?  —  Has the world really changed that much since 1990?  —  When the Air Force first announced its planned procurement of the F-22 Raptors, the intended acquisition was for 750 of the fighters.  The Soviet Union was the enemy then, and soon thereafter the Soviet Union fell apart.
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Washington Post:
Moving Beyond the F-22
Discussion: Danger Room and abu muqawama
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
The latest NY 20 tally: Murphy by 25  —  According to the latest official count this morning in the special election, Democrat Scott Murphy holds a 25-vote lead over Republican Jim Tedisco in New York's 20th District.  —  The 10:30 a.m. tally shows Murphy with 77,907 votes and Tedisco with 77,882 votes.
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Casey Seiler / Capitol Confidential:
Judge hospitalized, but arguments proceed in 20th CD race
Discussion: the albany project
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
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Meghan McCain / Blogs and Stories:
Memo to the GOP: Go Gay  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Republican resistance to gay marriage goes against conservative values—and our own self-interests.  —  This week, I will be speaking at the Log Cabin Republicans' national convention in support of the gay community and its role in the future of the Republican Party.
Discussion: Good As You and Political Machine
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The Daily Beast:
A Gayer GOP  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Meghan McCain …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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 …
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 …
Andrew Cohen / CBS News:
A Pirate Looks at Trial  —  The bad news for the so-far unnamed teenager qua pirate-hijacker captured Sunday during a now-famous firefight is that he'll almost certainly be convicted in an American court if and when he is brought to justice here in the States.
Luciana Chavez / Raleigh News & Observer:
Former WRAL reporter shines on Fox News  —  Bret Baier's ‘Special Report’ has viewers across the political spectrum  —  Bret Baier has been covering the White House and national politics for a decade.  Yet even he still experiences surreal moments with the most powerful people in Washington.
Evan Wolfson / The Huffington Post:
Winning the Freedom to Marry?  Cue the Attack on the Gays!  —  Computer-generated clouds roil on an apocalyptic backdrop as fake lightning flashes.  Actors stiff as zombies recite horror stories, punctuated by protestations that they are animated by love.  Is this new political ad warning …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and The Seminal
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 …
 
 
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
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Rinku Sen / The Huffington Post:
Stimulus Package: Immigrants!
CNN:
Rep. Payne safe after plane fired on in Somalia
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Wall Street Journal:
The End of Private Health Insurance
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Uncaring Public  —  Everyone's already said what needs …
Kyung Lah / CNN:
Schoolgirl told to choose: Country or parents
Discussion: culturekitchen
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Obama's ‘Post-Material’ Economy
Discussion: The Foundry
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Politico Tries To Mix Steak And Sizzle
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