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10:30 AM ET, April 19, 2009

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Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Why We Should Get Rid of West Point  —  Want to trim the federal budget and improve the military at the same time?  Shut down West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force Academy, and use some of the savings to expand ROTC scholarships.  —  After covering the U.S. military for nearly two decades …
Patterico's Pontifications:
CNN the Latest Corporate Thug to Use Copyright As a Weapon to Eliminate Embarrassing Clips from YouTube  —  I'm sick of people knocking embarrassing videos off YouTube with bogus copyright violation claims.  —  The latest culprit is CNN, a network that was recently embarrassed by a video …
Emptywheel:
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Was Waterboarded 183 Times in One Month  —  I've put this detail in a series of posts, but it really deserves a full post.  According to the May 30, 2005 Bradbury memo, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times in March 2003 and Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times in August 2002.
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Akiva Eldar / Haaretz:
U.S.: Palestinians need not recognize Israel as Jewish state before talks  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people as a condition for renewing peace talks is unacceptable to the United States …
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Arguing the size of the “tea party” protest  —  In any case, experts see it as democracy in action, and that's a good thing.  —  ATLANTA -  —  How big was the Tea Party?  —  By some estimates, over half a million Americans took to the streets last Wednesday to protest taxes and Washington spending …
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Ana Marie Cox / Washington Post:
Why We Should Get Rid of the White House Press Corps  —  Intense interest in the Obama administration has swelled the ranks of the White House press corps.  Outlets such as Politico have thrown a basketball team's worth of bodies at the project, and outlets that didn't even exist until recently …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Newsweek:
The Long Arm of the Law  —  A looming battle over the role foreign judges should play in U.S. courts.  —  From the magazine issue dated Apr 27, 2009  —  Harold Hongju Koh is a tweedy, brainy legal scholar who writes brilliant law-review articles that are carefully reasoned, if more or less impenetrable to non-lawyers.
Discussion: RedState and PointOfLaw Forum
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Army More Selective as Economy Lags  —  The Army last month stopped accepting felons and recent drug abusers into its ranks as the nation's economic downturn helped its recruiting, allowing it to reverse a decline in recruiting standards that had alarmed some officers.
Discussion: TIME.com
New York Times:
Despite Major Plans, Obama Taking Softer Stands  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is well known for bold proposals that have raised expectations, but his administration has shown a tendency for compromise and caution, and even a willingness to capitulate on some early initiatives.
Discussion: The Caucus, TIME.com and Alex Conant
Major Garrett / Fox News:
Obama Endures Ortega Diatribe  —  Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega lashes out at a century of what he called terroristic U.S. aggression in Central America.  —  FOXNews.com  —  PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago — President Obama endured a 50-minute diatribe from socialist Nicaraguan …
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Orange County Register:
Tea Party animals not boiling over  —  Media portrayals of protesters as right-wing kooks are overheated.  —  Recommend  —  Our lesson today comes from the old British novelty song:  —  “I like A Nice Cup Of Tea in the morning Just to start the day, you see And at half-past-eleven My idea of heaven Is A Nice Cup Of Tea ...”
Al Giordano / The Field on the Narcosphere:
Summit: What a Difference a Day Makes  —  Yesterday's banner headline on Trinidad and Tobago's daily Guardian (see below) was “Chávez vs. Obama.”  —  Today's is above.  —  Ponder that for a moment.  —  Also today, the Venezuelan President said aloud he wants to restore …
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New York Times:
Rising Expectations on Cuba Follow Obama
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
It might already be too late for the right-wing blogs  —  The Daily Beast's Benjamin Sarlin follows up on a trend we've been noting at CF for the last couple week; far right bloggers who are calling out Fox News for the doomsday hate speech that's become Murdoch's programming anchor.
Discussion: PERRspectives
Chicago Tribune:
Makeover debate fires up over ‘Idol’ sensation Susan Boyle  —  Susan Boyle's ‘makeover’  —  Once people stopped marveling at Susan Boyle's voice, they started talking about her look, including her caterpillar-like eyebrows.  Let the makeover debate begin.
 
 
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Washington Post:
Judicial Foreign Policy We Cannot Afford
Discussion: Bench Memos and Opinio Juris
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. Memos' Careful Legalese Obscured Harsh Reality
Discussion: Think Progress and New York Times
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
High Court Poised To Closely Weigh Civil Rights Laws
Associated Press:
Lawmakers start work on global warming bill
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Solomon Moore / New York Times:
F.B.I. and States Vastly Expand DNA Databases
Discussion: TalkLeft and Raw Story