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10:55 AM ET, April 26, 2009


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Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
Students Fall Ill in New York, and Swine Flu Is Likely Cause  —  Tests show that eight students at a Queens high school are likely to have contracted the human swine flu virus that has struck Mexico and a small number of other people in the United States, health officials in New York City said yesterday.
David Brown / Washington Post:
U.S. Slow to Learn of Mexico Flu  —  Canadian Officials Knew of Rare Strain Before Americans Did  —  U.S. public health officials did not know about a growing outbreak of swine flu in Mexico until nearly a week after that country started invoking protective measures, and didn't learn …
Mexico flu: Your experiences  —  Readers in Mexico have been emailing the BBC describing the sense of fear gripping the country as a result of a flu virus outbreak, which has so far claimed up to 60 lives.  —  The World Health Organization says the virus has the potential to become a pandemic.
New York Times:
Mexico Takes Powers to Isolate Cases of Swine Flu
Discussion: Guardian, Time and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Washington Post:
WHO Cites Potential for Swine Flu Pandemic
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Banality of Bush White House Evil  —  WE don't like our evil to be banal.  Ten years after Columbine, it only now may be sinking in that the psychopathic killers were not jock-hating dorks from a “Trench Coat Mafia,” or, as ABC News maintained at the time, “part of a dark …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Slouching Towards Oblivion  —  Maybe it's because I'm staying at the Sunset Tower on Sunset Boulevard, but I keep thinking of newspapers as Norma Desmond.  —  Papers are still big.  It's the screens that got small.  —  Now that everybody can check their iPhones and laptops for news …
Discussion: Althouse
Steve Schippert / The Tank:
Obama Administration's Assault on the American Warrior Commences  —  The assault is relentless.  It is enraging.  And today, the Obama administration's assault on those who dare to defend America from terrorist thugs who rejoice in publicizing beheadings, mass murder, and pure evil are on notice: “You will be punished.
Washington Post:
Obama Off to Solid Start, Poll Finds  —  But Release of Memos on Detainee Interrogations Reveals Deep Partisan Split  —  Barack Obama's performance in the first 100 days of his presidency draws strong public approval in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, but there is decidedly less support …
Freed Pirate Hostage Accuses Limbaugh Of ‘Hate Speech’  —  SEEKONK, Mass. — Shane Murphy, the second-in-command aboard the American merchant ship seized by pirates, lashed out at Rush Limbaugh for the talk show host's racial characterization in discussing the rescue of the ship's captain by the Navy.
Rasmussen Reports:
58% Oppose Further Investigation of U.S. Torture Allegations  —  President Obama and Senate Democratic leaders are opposed to more investigations of how the Bush administration treated terrorism suspects, and 58% of U.S. voters agree with them.  A number of congressional Democrats …
Louise Story / New York Times:
After an Off Year, Wall Street Pay Is Bouncing Back  —  The rest of the nation may be getting back to basics, but on Wall Street, paychecks still come with a golden promise.  —  Workers at the largest financial institutions are on track to earn as much money this year as they did before the …
Jay Taylor / Washington Post:
The Final Triumph of Chiang Kai-shek  —  Chiang Kai-Shek and the Struggle for Modern China  —  Belknap.  —  722 pp.  $35  —  Chiang Kai-shek ranks as one of the most despised leaders of the 20th century.  Famously derided as “Peanut” and “General Cash-My-Check,” the leader …
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
CIA reportedly declined to closely evaluate harsh interrogations  —  Current and former U.S. officials say the failure to carefully examine the value of ‘enhanced’ methods such as waterboarding — despite calls to do so as early as 2003 — was part of a broader trend.
Discussion: The Caucus
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