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11:55 PM ET, April 26, 2009

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New York Times:
U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency Over Swine Flu  —  Tourists on an almost empty tour bus in Mexico City on Sunday.  Swine flu has killed more than 80 people in Mexico.  More Photos >  —  American health officials on Sunday declared a public health emergency over increasing cases of swine flu …
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David Kirby / The Huffington Post:
Mexican Lawmaker: Factory Farms Are “Breeding Grounds” of Swine Flu Pandemic  —  Large-scale swine producers in Mexico deny that their industry is the source of the deadly new influenza strain, saying the animals are all healthy, and that it is scientifically “not possible” for hogs to infect people with the illness.
Discussion: H5N1
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
WH: Don't panic on swine flu
Discussion: The Politico
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés / The Moderate Voice:
Swine Flu: U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency
Thomas H. Maugh II / Los Angeles Times:
11 more suspected swine flu cases in U.S.
Discussion: Townhall.com
Associated Press:   US declares public health emergency for swine flu
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Gingrich On Whether Waterboarding Is Torture: 'I Can't Tell You'  —  On Friday, Fox News's Greta Van Susteren interviewed former House speaker Newt Gingrich regarding President Obama's recent release of Bush-era OLC torture memos.  Throughout the interview, Gingrich tried to sit on the fence …
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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.”
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Nadler on torture investigations: 'There can't be a compromise'
The Politico:
In GOP base, a ‘rebellion brewing’  —  A quick tour through the week's headlines suggests the Republican Party is beginning to come to terms with the last election and that consensus is emerging among GOP elites that the party needs to move away from discordant social issues.
Kevin Duchschere / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota Poll: Most want Coleman to call it quits  —  The Republican should end his recount fight, most say, and fatigue over the six-month ordeal is clear.  —  Nearly two-thirds of Minnesotans surveyed think Norm Coleman should concede the U.S. Senate race to Al Franken …
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog and MyDD
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Joe Bodell / MN Progressive Project:   ABM Poll: Voters want Coleman to concede, Pawlenty to sign certificate
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Antiabortion movement gets a new-media twist  —  Lila Rose, a UCLA student, goes undercover at Planned Parenthood clinics to pose as an underage girl pregnant by a 31-year-old.  Her surreptitious videos go on YouTube, and inspire outrage.  —  The girl's voice in the videotape is tiny and tentative.
Discussion: Don Surber and Top of the Ticket
John Markoff / New York Times:
Computer Program to Take On ‘Jeopardy!’  —  YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — This highly successful television quiz show is the latest challenge for artificial intelligence.  —  What is “Jeopardy”?  —  That is correct.  —  I.B.M. plans to announce Monday that it is in the final stages of completing …
MSNBC:
April 26: Gibbs, King Abdullah, Goodwin, Meacham  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: Our issues this Sunday: the debate over torture.  Was the law violated?  Should former Bush officials be held accountable?  Tough political questions have the president shifting positions, issuing a statement last week saying …
Discussion: PoliBlog and The Page
John F. Burns / New York Times:
At the Polls, Icelanders Punish Conservatives  —  REYKJAVIK, Iceland — It is a tale of light and dark — of a small but rugged country far from anywhere that has suffered as severely as any in the developed world at the hands of buccaneering free-marketeers, but which is now slowly digging itself out from the financial wreckage.
Discussion: MyDD
ABCNEWS:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  —  Exclusive Interview Between ABC's George Stephanopoulos and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  —  STEPHANOPOULOS: During the last administration, no other world leader next to you was as critical of the American administration as Mr. Chavez.
 
 
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Michael Scheuer / Washington Post:
Say It's Osama. What If He Won't Talk?
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
MONEY TALKS  —  Can Peter Orszag keep the President's political goals economically viable?
Little Green Footballs:
Spencer Changes Story, But Still Defends Pro Koln …
John Harwood / New York Times:
Dick Cheney: The Visible Man
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Dschabner / Political Punch:
Napolitano's Right-Wing Mea Culpa
Discussion: Arizona Republic and Commentary
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
On Pelosi's Duplicity and Apparent Sandbagging of Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: Firedoglake
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Slouching Towards Oblivion
Discussion: Althouse
Jay Taylor / Washington Post:
The Final Triumph of Chiang Kai-shek
Discussion: PoliGazette