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10:30 AM ET, April 29, 2009

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Olympia Snowe / New York Times:
We Didn't Have to Lose Arlen Specter  —  IT is disheartening and disconcerting, at the very least, that here we are today — almost exactly eight years after Senator Jim Jeffords left the Republican Party — witnessing the departure of my good friend and fellow moderate Republican …
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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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Defection reshapes Senate
The Politico:
Dems win Specter bidding war
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Specter and the Flat Tax
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Associated Press:
Toddler in Texas becomes 1st swine flu death in US  —  HOUSTON - A 23-month-old toddler in Texas became the first confirmed swine flu death outside of Mexico as authorities around the world struggled to contain a growing global health menace that has also swept Germany onto the roster of afflicted nations.
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.
New York Times:   First U.S. Death From Swine Flu Is Reported
David P. Fidler / asil.org:
ASIL Insights  —  The Swine Flu Outbreak and International Law
Discussion: SF Appeal
Andie Coller / The Politico:
Dems put swine flu to good use
Discussion: The Swamp and Macsmind
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Michelle Malkin:
100 Days of the Poser Presidency  —  My syndicated column commemorates Barack Obama's 100 days with the Scare Force One story as a take-off point.  Imagine if this fiasco had happened under George Bush's watch.  It would have made the Left's incessant carping over the “fake plastic turkey …
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
Discussion: GretaWire, Hot Air and Betsy's Page
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.
Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Economy shrinks at 6.1 percent pace in 1Q  —  Economy shrinks at worse-than-expected 6.1 percent pace in first quarter  — General Motors Corporation - , Heidrick & Struggles International Inc. - , Lockheed Martin Corporation  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy shrank at a worse …
Discussion: Don Surber
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Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
U.S. economy tumbles in first quarter  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. economy contracted at a surprisingly sharp 6.1 percent rate in the first quarter as exports and business inventories plummeted.  —  The drop in gross domestic product, reported by the Commerce Department on Wednesday …
Discussion: Felix Salmon and JammieWearingFool
Bloomberg:
Fed Is Said to Seek Capital for at Least Six Banks  —  At least six of the 19 largest U.S. banks require additional capital, according to preliminary results of government stress tests, people briefed on the matter said.  —  While some of the lenders may need extra cash injections from the government …
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Wall Street Journal:
Citi Seeks Approval to Pay Out Bonuses
Discussion: Hot Air and Clusterstock
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Torturous Compromise  —  Weighing everything, President Obama got it about as right as one could when he decided to ban the use of torture, to release the Bush torture memos for public scrutiny and to not prosecute the lawyers and interrogators who implemented the policy.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Commentary
New York Times:
Obama's Stand in Auto Crisis Shows Early Resolve  —  WASHINGTON — By the time he sat down in the Oval Office to brief Michigan's Congressional delegation, President Obama had made up his mind.  Days earlier, he had decided to oust the head of General Motors and give it and Chrysler weeks to fix themselves.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Senate Confirms Kansas Governor as Health Secretary  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed the nomination of Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of health and human services on Tuesday, allowing President Obama to fill the last vacancy in his cabinet with a seasoned politician who will take charge of the fight against swine flu.
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Saskia Scholtes / Financial Times:
Commercial mortgages at risk
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Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Electric Cars — Not Ready to Roll
Dave McNary / Variety:
SAG ad pact ballots out Thursday
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Bill Vlasic / New York Times:
Holdouts Jeopardize Debt Plan for Chrysler
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