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1:15 AM ET, April 27, 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 …
Tom Philpott / Grist:
Swine-flu outbreak linked to Smithfield Foods  — TWITTER - NEWSVINE - GOOGLE BOOKMARKS - STUMBLEUPON  —  The outbreak of a new flu strain—a nasty mash-up of swine, avian, and human viruses—has infected 1000 people in Mexico and the U.S., killing 68.
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
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés / The Moderate Voice:
Swine Flu: U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
WH: Don't panic on swine flu
Discussion: The Politico
Thomas H. Maugh II / Los Angeles Times:
11 more suspected swine flu cases in U.S.
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 …
New York Times:
Member and Overseer of the Finance Club  —  Last June, with a financial hurricane gathering force, Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. convened the nation's economic stewards for a brainstorming session.  What emergency powers might the government want at its disposal to confront the crisis? he asked.
Discussion: Economix
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Exceptions Are Proposed to Deadline of Pullout From Iraq Cities  —  BAGHDAD — The United States and Iraq will begin negotiating possible exceptions to the June 30 deadline for withdrawing American combat troops from Iraqi cities, focusing on the troubled northern city of Mosul, according to military officials.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Taylor Marsh
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 …
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
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
New York Times:
Chrysler and Union Agree to Deal Before Federal Deadline  —  DETROIT — Union leaders said Sunday that they had reached an agreement with Chrysler that meets federal requirements for the automaker to receive more financing.  —  The deal includes Fiat, the Italian automaker with which Chrysler …
Discussion: FT Alphaville
‘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.
Italian cruise ship foils pirates  —  A captain of an Italian cruise ship has given the BBC a dramatic account of how his crew fended off a pirate attack near the coast of Somalia.  —  Capt Ciro Pinto said six pirates in a speedboat approached his Melody ship and opened fire, but then fled after security men fired in the air.
Voice of America:
2 Somali Pirates Die in Hijacking of Yemeni Vessel
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
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
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