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2:25 PM ET, April 18, 2009

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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 practice of teabagging (which I had never heard of before they brought it up).  As John noted, both networks' “journalists” …
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.
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 …
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 and The Other McCain
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
VIDEO: The 'Bama Tea Party speech
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 …
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.
Mohamed Ahmed / Reuters:
NATO frees pirate hostages, Belgian 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.
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
More Things That Are Missing  —  A couple of other things that are missing from the torture memos:  —  First, the memos cite various legal precedents for the definition of torture.  They are particularly fond of Mehinovic v. Vuckovic, which involved “a course of conduct that included severe beatings …
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Nazila Fathi / New York Times:
Iran Sentences American Journalist to 8 Years in Prison  —  A revolutionary court has sentenced an Iranian-American journalist, Roxana Saberi, to eight years in prison after convicting her of spying for the United States, her lawyer said Saturday.  —  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton …
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
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
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Twitters From Texas  —  Let us pause to consider Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, and his feelings about seceding from the union.  —  This all started during the recent anti-tax protests.  You undoubtedly saw the pictures of the demonstrations full of people wearing teabags or tricorner hats …
Rasmussen Reports:
Only 34% Now Blame Humans for Global Warming  —  Just one-out-of-three voters (34%) now believe global warming is caused by human activity, the lowest finding yet in Rasmussen Reports national surveying.  However, a plurality (48%) of the Political Class believes humans are to blame.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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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Seth Stern / Legal Beat:
GOP Displays Intramural Feud on Judges
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AMERICAN DIGEST:
Hint to James Wolcott: When You Look Like the Spawn of Jabba …
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The Corner:
Spain's AG: Torture Complaint against Yoo, Feith, et al ‘Fraudulent’
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
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
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