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7:30 AM ET, April 29, 2009

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William Kristol / PostPartisan:
Good News for Republicans!  —  On May 24, 2001, I wrote an op-ed for The Post in the wake of Vermont Sen. James Jeffords's party switch.  I argued that the switch, which cost Republicans control of the Senate, could well turn out to be good for President Bush.
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Newt Gingrich / Washington Post:
Arlen Specter's Switch  —  The Post asked politicians, former officials and others about the Pennsylvania senator's defection from the Republican Party.  —  Former Republican speaker of the House  —  Arlen Specter's decision to leave the Republican Party in name as he left it in spirit …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Defection reshapes Senate  —  Sen. Arlen Specter stunned Capitol Hill on Tuesday by switching parties and bringing Senate Democrats within one seat of a filibuster-proof majority.  —  Specter's move shocked and angered Republicans, while Democrats rejoiced and contemplated a Congress …
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Specter on Jeffords  —  When Jim Jeffords became an “Independent” in 2001, Specter wasn't happy.  He said, “I intend to propose a rule change which would preclude a future recurrence of a Senator's change in parties, in midsession, organizing with the opposition, to cause the upheaval which is now resulting.”
CNN:
Limbaugh to Specter: Please take McCain with you  —  (CNN) — Conservative host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday he isn't sorry to see Arlen Specter leave the GOP — and that many Republicans wish the Pennsylvania senator would take a few others with him when he goes.
Discussion: The Politico, Salon and Hot Air
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Two Republicans blame conservatives  —  Two leading Republicans say Sen. Arlen Specter's decision to become a Democrat highlights the hostility moderates feel from an increasingly conservative GOP.  —  “You haven't certainly heard warm encouraging words about how [the GOP] views moderates …
David Waldman / Daily Kos:
Memo to GOP: Seat Franken or we'll keep Specter's committee seats
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Specter and the Flat Tax
The New Majority:
Another Triumph for the Club for Growth
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Specter tried to block party switching
Discussion: Think Progress
Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
U.S. officials want ‘swine’ out of flu name  —  Source: Reuters  —  What's in a name?  U.S. pork producers are finding that the name of the virus spreading from Mexico is affecting their business, prompting U.S. officials to argue for changing the name from swine flu.
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Doug Gross / CNN:
Regular flu has killed thousands since January  —  (CNN) — There had been no confirmed deaths in the United States related to swine flu as of Tuesday afternoon.  But another virus had killed thousands of people since January and is expected to keep killing hundreds of people every week for the rest of the year.
Declan McCullagh / CBS News:
DHS Sets Guidelines For Possible Swine Flu Quarantines
Discussion: Raw Story and Associated Press
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
With Eye on Industry, Ag Secretary Stops Calling Outbreak ‘Swine Flu’
Discussion: MyDD and Perez Hilton
Andie Coller / The Politico:
Dems put swine flu to good use
Discussion: Macsmind and The Swamp
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann: Swine Flu Happens Under Dem Presidents
Discussion: Congress Matters and Pharyngula
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Bloomberg:
Obama Orders Review of New York Flight as Cost Put at $328,835  —  President Barack Obama ordered a review of a publicity-photo shoot with one of the planes that serves as Air Force One that cost taxpayers $328,835 and caused a furor in New York City.  —  Obama said he wasn't informed …
JammieWearingFool:
Wonderful: Feds Knew NYC Flyover Would Cause Panic, Proceeded Anyway  —  One of those rare times I'm in agreement with Chuckie Schumer. … The idea Obama had no knowledge of what was happening with his own plane is nonsense.  It's just not plausible.  —  He deliberately allowed this to happen.
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Sebelius wins Senate confirmation  —  Despite a filibuster threat from conservatives upset with her stance on abortion rights, Kathleen Sebelius won easy Senate confirmation to be Barack Obama's Health and Human Services secretary.  —  The vote was 65-31, with opposition coming mostly …
Discussion: The Swamp
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CNN:   HHS secretary confirmed in midst of outbreak
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Official Defends Signing Interrogation Memos  —  WASHINGTON — Judge Jay S. Bybee broke his silence on Tuesday and defended the conclusions of legal memorandums he had signed as a Bush administration lawyer that allowed use of several coercive interrogation practices on suspected terrorists.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Poll: Obama gets high marks for first 100 days  —  NBC/WSJ poll shows Obama's numbers are higher than Bush, Clinton  —  WASHINGTON - As he enters his 100th day in office, President Barack Obama enjoys higher marks from the American public than his most recent predecessors did at similar points …
Discussion: Macsmind
Dave McNary / Variety:
SAG ad pact ballots out Thursday  —  Commercials deal currently faces no opposition  —  In a quiet contrast to the contentiousness over the SAG feature-primetime contract, about 150,000 SAG and AFTRA members will begin receiving ratification ballots for the commercials pact Friday.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
CNN's Rick Sanchez calls out DeMint's vapid talking point: ‘What the hell does that mean?’  —  Today, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) appeared on CNN to talk about Sen. Arlen Specter's switch to the Democratic party.  Host Rick Sanchez asked DeMint about Specter's statement that the Republican party …
Discussion: At-Largely and Washington Monthly
 
 
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Bill Vlasic / New York Times:
Holdouts Jeopardize Debt Plan for Chrysler
Discussion: The New Republic and Gawker
Adam Doster / Progress Illinois:
Manzullo On Waterboarding: “Apparently Doesn't Work,” “More Torture Than Not”
Discussion: Think Progress
MSNBC:
Bush-era endangered species rule revoked
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
Sylvia A Smith / The Journal Gazette:
Lugar to support IU law professor's nomination
Discussion: TPMDC, Daily Kos and TalkLeft
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