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3:40 PM ET, April 26, 2009


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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 …
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
As Nations Try to Contain Flu, N.Y. Cases Are Confirmed  —  American health officials announced Sunday they had confirmed 20 cases of swine flu across the United States, and they said the number of infections was likely to grow as investigators fan out to track down the path of the outbreak.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Administration declares flu ‘emergency’  —  In an unusual Sunday briefing at the White House, administration officials said a “public health emergency” is being declared in the United States in order to mobilize maximum resources to combat fears of a global swine flu pandemic.
Discussion: The Swamp
Thomas H. Maugh II / Los Angeles Times:
11 more suspected swine flu cases in U.S.  —  Total reaches 19 with a couple in Kansas, schoolchildren in New York City and a person in California believed to have mild cases of swine flu.  It is not clear yet whether virus is easily transmitted.  —  Kansas health authorities had confirmed …
Associated Press:
US declares public health emergency for swine flu  —  WASHINGTON - The U.S. declared a public health emergency Sunday to deal with the emerging new swine flu, much like the government does to prepare for approaching hurricanes.  —  Officials reported 20 U.S. cases of swine flu in five states so far …
Discussion: Think Progress and D-Day
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:   WH: Don't panic on swine flu
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 …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
McCain: Don't Investigate Torture Memos  —  Arizona Sen. John McCain suggested today that the push to investigate and possibly prosecute Bush administration officials who crafted the legal basis for the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” such as waterboarding, may have grown from a desire to “settle old political scores.”
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 …
Maia Szalavitz / Time:
The Portuguese Experiment: Did Drug Decriminalization Work?  —  Pop quiz: Which European country has the most liberal drug laws?  (Hint: It's not the Netherlands.)  —  Although its capital is notorious among stoners and college kids for marijuana haze-filled “coffee shops,” …
Discussion: The Impolitic and Salon
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
On Pelosi's Duplicity and Apparent Sandbagging of Elizabeth Warren  —  Despite her longevity as a California pol, house speaker Nancy Pelosi is looking like every bit as much of a dyed-in-the-wool financial services industry backer as the Congressmen on the New York-Boston corridor.
Voice of America:
2 Somali Pirates Die in Hijacking of Yemeni Vessel  —  Yemeni officials say Somali pirates have seized an empty Yemeni oil tanker in a deadly clash with coast guards.  —  The officials said two pirates were killed in the confrontation in the Gulf of Aden Sunday.  Three other pirates and two coast guards also were wounded.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
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 …
Discussion: PoliGazette and The Peking Duck
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: JustOneMinute, TalkLeft and The Caucus
Stuart Taylor Jr / National Journal Online:
Did Torture Save Lives?
Discussion: TalkLeft
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