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4:10 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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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Obama Needs To Stop Hiding From The Presidency  —  Bloomberg news reports the following statement by Barack Obama in his speech at the Summit of the Americas, after Daniel Ortega had spent an hour ripping into the U.S. (emphasis mine): … I'm not going to focus on the refusal to defend his country …
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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
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
One protester's handwritten notes from behind the tea party lines  —  If there's one thing that the folks who work and spend so hard to get to Washington don't like, regardless of their profession or political persuasion, it's thinking that they don't run or know all things in this country …
Discussion: The Natural Truth
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Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Arguing the size of the “tea party” protest
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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 …
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” …
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.
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 …
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.
Conor Clarke / The Atlantic Business Channel:
More on Tea Parties and Higher Taxes  —  I was traveling and away from the Internet for most of last week, and will be traveling and away from the Internet for most of this week.  But I did want to note a couple of columns from Bruce Bartlett that I thought had nice raw data on a question …
Discussion: Jay Bookman
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.
 
 
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