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5:35 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” …
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 …
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Scott / Power Line:
The Journal's missing facts  —  Today's Wall Street Journal carries another editorial ("Minnesota's missing votes") on the recount in Minnestota's Senate election.  It was the Journal's original editorial on the subject that prompted me to write “Minnesota 101” for NRO.
Jaketapper / Political Punch:
Chavez Gifts Obama With Book That Assails U.S. for Exploiting Latin America  —  At President Obama's meeting with the heads of South American countries this morning, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stood, walked over to him, and presented him with a copy of “Open Veins of Latin America …
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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 …
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Clinton: ‘Deeply disappointed’ by Saberi conviction
Discussion: abu muqawama and New York Times
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
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.
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Associated Press:
NATO frees 20 hostages; pirates seize Belgian ship  —  NAIROBI, Kenya - NATO forces rescued 20 fishermen from pirates who launched the latest attack in the Gulf of Aden on Saturday, but let the Somali hijackers go because they had no authority to arrest them.
Adam Fogle / The Palmetto Scoop:
Barrett booed at Greenville Tea Party  —  CONGRESSMAN, GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE, SUFFERS WRATH OF ANGRY CROWD FOR VOTING FOR BAILOUT, SUPPORTING STIMULUS  —  The message from folks in Greenville to Congressman Gresham Barrett was clear Friday evening: Voters are mad about the $700 billion bailout …
N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
It May Be Time for the Fed to Go Negative  —  WITH unemployment rising and the financial system in shambles, it's hard not to feel negative about the economy right now.  The answer to our problems, however, could well be more negativity.  But I'm not talking about attitude.  I'm talking about numbers.
Discussion: Economist's View
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.
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
O'Reilly: My Threat To Boycott Spain Deserves ‘Full Credit’ For Spanish Torture Investigation Being Dropped  —  Last month, torture advocate Bill O'Reilly launched a “boycott” of Spain after Spanish prosecutors were considering a probe of Bush administration officials who gave legal cover for torture.
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The Corner:
Spain's AG: Torture Complaint against Yoo, Feith, et al ‘Fraudulent’
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
 
 
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