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The best stories of the weekend are listed in the left rail. Check them out!

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 11, 2009; 4:01 PM ET
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How do we see the weekend picks? Monday's are up now.

Posted by: andrea81 | April 13, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

The Fix writes
"The best stories of the weekend are listed in the left rail."

They have been replaced by Monday's picks. If your picks have any staying power, you should keep a historical record of them - and let us review what they were.

Posted by: bsimon1 | April 13, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

NYT description:

Two of the captors had poked their heads out of a rear hatch of the lifeboat, exposing themselves to clear shots, and the third could be seen through a window in the bow, pointing an automatic rifle at the captain, who was tied up inside the 18-foot lifeboat, senior Navy officials said.

It took only three remarkable shots — one each by snipers firing from a distance at dusk, using night-vision scopes, the officials said. Within minutes, members of the Special Forces slid down ropes from the Bainbridge, climbed aboard the lifeboat and found the three pirates dead. They then untied Captain Phillips, ending the contretemps at sea that had riveted much of the world’s attention. A fourth pirate had surrendered earlier.
vbhoomes, apparently until the SEALS got there on Saturday night Bainbridge did not have night vision snipers - that would probably be the usual, I think.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 12, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Obama is the president and he will be for longer than some can tolerate.
If those posters exhibit such displeasure this early in his term, just imagine their agony as year after year passes. Kind of like a slow motion kidney stone and so appropriate for those who inflicted Bush upon us.
Payback is hell.

Posted by: seemstome | April 12, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

it seems Obama finally did something right. He stayed out of the way of the SEALS and let them do thier job. Bravo mr president.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 12, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I have never listened to Bennett's show, but this seemed so improbable that I did a shallow search for a sound clip. here is one:

This isn't going to make the GOP tent any bigger.

On milbrook27's comparison with Carter and the Iranian hostage crisis, I'm plenty old enough too and don't see the parallel. The Iranian hostage crisis was a directed attack against the U.S. The students who did this were doing what revolutionaries do - acting rashly - against what they saw as the major counterrevolutionary force. Their demands were for the extradition of the Shah, for releasing frozen Iranian funds, and to apologize.

The Somali pirates live in a failed state and have purely financial goals. Today's action will probably lead to an escalation in violence. I'm also old enough to remember in 2006 how the U.S. - under the Bush administration - supported the Christian Ethiopian attack against the Islamic Court Union - not a wonderful organization, but much more effective than the Transitional Federal Government in imposing order.

As you may remember, the U.S. supported Ethiopian action was a fiasco. By June of last year, the number of Somali needing emergency food relief was at 2.5M and heading upward fast. Five months ago UNESCO reported that Somalia had the highest level of malnutrition in the world.

I'm not suggesting that we should coddle pirates, but I am indeed suggesting that the solution to this problem is not as simple as you think it is - assuming, that is, that you do not wish to have an especially virulent anti-U.S. Islamist fundamentalism to flourish there.

I think that the Bush and the Obama administrations both understand the issues and chose different policies - the Bush following a Neocon path and the Obama a less intrusive one:

Posted by: Kili | April 12, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

vbhoomes, I am gratified by the ultimate result:
merchant captain saved, 3 pirates down, one captured. We may never know why they missed the night time opportunity when they seemed to have had it. You would think the destroyer would have had night vision eyes on the tub.

MikeB, I must doubt WH interference at this point. Do you have a link?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 12, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

and here's your spokesman -- the clownish steele:

"Michael Steele is at it again -- this time denying that there's a severe economic crisis going on, while guest-hosting Bill Bennett's radio show, and laughing about it:

After a caller said he didn't see anybody spending less money than usual, Steele replied: "I've heard a number of people say that across the country. [LAUGHTER] The malls are just as packed on Saturday. [LAUGHTER]"

Posted by: drindl | April 12, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I see the crazies are all out together this morning.

"In Somalia, we know where the pirates' bases are... we know where many of the pirates are... and we know where their boats are"

do WE now? and what whackjob website do you get that information from?

Too bad all you armchair cowboys aren't out there fighting those pirates, eh? Why you tough guys could surely kick their as*ses, hmm? No doubt!

You gutless wonders, you big talking nobododies, are hilarious - but ultimately useless parasites.

Posted by: drindl | April 12, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

On the pirates: Where's Julius Caeser when you need him?

Posted by: Kili | April 12, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

It's obvious, these 'Pirates' are testing Joe Biden.

Posted by: newbeeboy | April 12, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

People who a year or two ago were saying you shouldn't second guess the military are here now second guessing the military.

Posted by: nodebris | April 12, 2009 2:02 AM | Report abuse

I am old enough to remember what the Iranian hostage crisis did to President Carter. To date, Obama has played at staying clear of the Somalian hostage mess, but the Navy had a clear shot at blowing the lifeboat out of the water when the captive captain jumped overboard. That they didn't (and reports by Navy personnel), speaks volumes about White House involvement, crippling the ability of the Navy to act without permission. So, like it or not, the Obama Administration owns this crisis and it will define the remainder of Obama's term in office. He has already blown it once, ala Carter, events are unfolding that will determine is future. *THIS* is the most important story before the public right now.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | April 11, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

In Somalia, we know where the pirates' bases are... we know where many of the pirates are... and we know where their boats are. All of these things should be vaporized by Navy pilots tomorrow- this would have a substantial deterrent effect.

But it's not going to happen with this president- it's approaching the point where one has to question his motivations and loyalties, really. Like when he snubbed the British -our closest ally for decades- because of some weird personal grudge re. what they did in Kenya 50 years ago.

Suffice to say that this country's interests and moral/strategic clarity are not always dominant factors with this White House.

Posted by: ReaganiteRepublican | April 11, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

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