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11:00 AM ET, April 18, 2009

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Major Garrett / Fox News:
Obama, Chavez Shake Hands at Summit of the Americas  —  Venezuela quoted Chavez as saying, “I'd like to be your friend.”  —  FOXNews.com  —  PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago - President Obama made the first move to greet Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez, but it was the acerbic …
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Michelle Malkin:
At least he didn't bow  —  I can't stand to look at our president's dumb grin as he warmly greets Venezuela's thug-in-chief:  —  Gag.  —  Did anyone smell sulfur during the photo op?  —  Now, the Evil Clown (as Allahpundit calls him) can add his friendly pic with Obama to his Chavista Fan Club photo album:
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama faces tough crowd at summit
Discussion: The Swamp and Sister Toldjah
Dan Collins / protein wisdom:
Stacy McCain Rouses the Rabble  —  “Politics is about who's got the best list.”  —  Petticoats gratefully accepted.  —  Meanwhile, in Obamatopia:
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
VIDEO: The 'Bama Tea Party speech
Wall Street Journal:
Jobless Rate Climbs in 46 States, With California at 11.2%  —  California and North Carolina in March posted their highest jobless rates in at least three decades, as unemployment increased in all but a handful of states during the month, the Labor Department said Friday.
D'Angelo Gore / FactCheck.org:
Counting Mexico's Guns  —  President Obama says 90 percent of Mexico's recovered crime guns come the U.S. Not true.  —  There's no dispute that thousands of handguns, military style rifles and other firearms are purchased in the U.S. and end up in the hands of Mexican criminals each year.
Discussion: Don Surber
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Barack Obama way wrong on U.S. guns in Mexico—FactCheck.org  —  On his recently concluded first visit to Mexico as president, a week after telling Europeans that his country had been at times arrogant, President Barack Obama blamed his own country for providing 90% of Mexico's recovered crime guns.
Andrew Bolt / NEWS.com.au:
Picture is kiss of death for George Bush prejudice  —  SEE this picture?  That's odd, because the Sunday Age's editor can't.  Unimaginable, she calls it.  —  Last weekend, her paper began yet another editorial praising new US President Barack Obama like this:
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Divisions Arose on Rough Tactics for Qaeda Figure  —  WASHINGTON — The first use of waterboarding and other rough treatment against a prisoner from Al Qaeda was ordered by senior Central Intelligence Agency officials despite the belief of interrogators that the prisoner had already told them all he knew …
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Scott / Power Line:
An obscene insult  —  The star hosts of CNN and MSNBC news shows have notoriously derided the tea party demonstrations around the country with reference to the homosexual practice of teabagging (which I had never heard of before they brought it up).  As John noted, both networks' “journalists” …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
VIDEO: Obama asks Cabinet for cuts  —  President Barack Obama will ask his Cabinet Monday to identify cuts in their budgets as he moves in the coming weeks to eliminate dozens of wasteful government programs.  —  In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama also announced the appointment …
Discussion: New York Times and The Swamp
Adam Graham-Silverman / CQ Politics:
Will Congress Agree to Ease Conditions on Aid to Palestinians?  —  The administration is looking for a way to keep aid flowing if the Palestinians form a government that includes elements of Hamas, the militant anti-Israel group that controls Gaza.  —  Obama wants to alter language …
Fox News:
McCain Strategist Warns GOP Risks Becoming ‘Religious Party’  —  Steve Schmidt urges Republicans to begin voicing more support for civil unions and gay rights.  —  FOXNews.com  —  John McCain's top adviser from the presidential campaign urged fellow Republicans on Friday to warm …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Times of London:
Israel stands ready to bomb Iran's nuclear sites  —  The Israeli military is preparing itself to launch a massive aerial assault on Iran's nuclear facilities within days of being given the go-ahead by its new government.  —  Among the steps taken to ready Israeli forces …
 
 
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David Rothkopf:
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Averages 63% Approval in His First Quarter
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Documents: FBI Spyware Has Been Snaring Extortionists, Hackers for Years
Matthew Balan / NewsBusters.org:
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City Room:
Child Obesity Is Linked to Chemicals in Plastics
Associated Press:
Obama ‘seeks a new beginning’ with Cuba, talks
 Earlier Items: 
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Rivera: “[T]he grand total of all of the tea party demonstrators” …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Melissa Del Bosque / The Texas Observer:
Lights, Cameras, Mayhem!
Discussion: Lean Left
Maia Szalavitz / Time:
An Oregon School for Troubled Teens Is Under Scrutiny
John Rogers / Associated Press:
How Barack Obama resurrected The Dead
Fox News:
Biden's List of Political Blunders