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12:40 PM ET, April 18, 2009

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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.
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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.
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  —  You might be a right-wing extremist if . . .  I'm actually much better-looking in person.  —  Stephen Gordon at Liberty Papers has the best roundup on the Alabama Tea Party scene.  —  RELATED:  —  4/17: Dear Ross Douthat  —  4/17: I Question the Timing!
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 practice of teabagging (which I had never heard of before they brought it up).  As John noted, both networks' “journalists” …
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.
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:
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Wall Street Journal:
Minnesota's Missing Votes  —  Some Senate absentee ballots are more equal than others.  —  Meanwhile, back in the Minnesota Senate recount, the three-judge panel reviewing the race has declared Democrat Al Franken the winner.  Republican Norm Coleman intends to appeal to the state's Supreme Court …
Discussion: Power Line, Election Law and MinnPost
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Politico's understanding of journalistic anonymity  —  (updated below)  —  In a Politico article discussing Obama's decision to release the OLC torture memos, Mike Allen granted anonymity to “a former top official in the administration of President George W. Bush” to enable that official …
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Obama Administration Now has More Czars than the Romanov Dynasty: Over some 300 years, Russia was ruled by a total of 18 czars of the Romanov dynasty.  However, as David Rothkopf of Foreign Policy points out, the Obama administration has now appointed more czars than that in just three months:
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David Rothkopf:
It's official: Obama creates more czars than the Romanovs
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs
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
Mohamed Ahmed / Reuters:
NATO frees hostages from pirates, new ship seized  —  MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Dutch commandos freed 20 Yemeni hostages on Saturday and briefly detained seven pirates who had forced the Yemenis to sail a “mother ship” attacking vessels in the Gulf of Aden, NATO officials said.
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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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
VIDEO: Obama asks Cabinet for cuts
Discussion: The Swamp
Fox News:
McCain Strategist Warns GOP Risks Becoming ‘Religious Party’
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Wall Street Journal:
Union Intensifies Efforts to Organize Workers at Wal-Mart
Gateway Pundit:
Change!... FARC Killers— Not Terrorists... US Veterans— Terrorists
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Averages 63% Approval in His First Quarter
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Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Documents: FBI Spyware Has Been Snaring Extortionists, Hackers for Years
Matthew Balan / NewsBusters.org:
CNN: Palin Family Issues Like Soap Opera; Downplays Obama Relatives' Troubles
Discussion: pandagon.net
City Room:
Child Obesity Is Linked to Chemicals in Plastics
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Rivera: “[T]he grand total of all of the tea party demonstrators” …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com