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1:20 PM 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 …
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CNN:
U.S. to boycott U.N. racism conference  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The United States is boycotting a U.N. conference on racism next week over a document that “singles out” Israel in its criticism and conflicts with the nation's “commitment to unfettered free speech,” the U.S. State Department said Saturday.
Discussion: PrairiePundit and Jihad Watch
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Bigots' Last Hurrah  —  WHAT would happen if you crossed that creepy 1960s horror classic “The Village of the Damned” with the Broadway staple “A Chorus Line”?  You don't need to use your imagination.  It's there waiting for you on YouTube under the title “Gathering Storm” …
New York Times:
The Torturers' Manifesto  —  To read the four newly released memos on prisoner interrogation written by George W. Bush's Justice Department is to take a journey into depravity.  —  Their language is the precise bureaucratese favored by dungeon masters throughout history.
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R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:   Justice Dept. Memos' Careful Legalese Obscured Harsh Reality
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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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Warming Relationships in a Warm Locale
Discussion: TIME.com
Al Giordano / The Field on the Narcosphere:
Summit: What a Difference a Day Makes
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Senator says Obama's appearance with Chavez ‘irresponsible’  —  (CNN) - Sen. John Ensign, R-Nevada, told CNN Sunday it was “irresponsible” for President Obama to been seen “laughing and joking” with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the Summit of the Americas on Friday.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Fox News:
Report: Antarctic Ice Growing, Not Shrinking  —  Ice is expanding in much of Antarctica, contrary to the widespread public belief that global warming is melting the continental ice cap.  —  The results of ice-core drilling and sea ice monitoring indicate there is no large-scale melting …
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
BBC:
Nato foils Somali pirates' attack  —  An attempted attack by Somali pirates on a Norwegian tanker was foiled by Nato warships and helicopters after an overnight pursuit in the Gulf of Aden.  —  Nato said a Canadian warship caught the pirates before releasing them after the gang attacked the MV Front Ardenne.
Isabel Vincent / New York Post:
FEDS HIT REV. AL WITH RECORD 285G ELEX FINE  —  The Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network have been slapped with a record $285,000 fine for violating a slew of federal election rules during his 2004 bid for president, the Post has learned.  —  In a decision to be made public next month …
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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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New York Times:
No Country for Close Calls
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Army More Selective as Economy Lags
Discussion: TIME.com
Newsweek:
The Long Arm of the Law
Discussion: RedState and PointOfLaw Forum
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High Court Poised To Closely Weigh Civil Rights Laws
Chicago Tribune:
Makeover debate fires up over ‘Idol’ sensation Susan Boyle
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
It might already be too late for the right-wing blogs
Discussion: PERRspectives