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3:20 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.
Thomas Black / Bloomberg:
Mexico's Calderon Declares Emergency Amid Swine Flu Outbreak  —  Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared an emergency in his country's swine flu outbreak, giving him powers to order quarantines and suspend public events.  —  Authorities have canceled school at all levels in Mexico City …
Revere / Effect Measure:
Swine flu: while we wait . . .  There will be an update from CDC later today and WHO's expert committee established under the new International Health Regulations (IHR) meets via teleconference this morning North American east coast time at 10 am (4 pm Geneva time) to consider whether …
Washington Post:
WHO Cites Potential for Swine Flu Pandemic  —  Mexico's Leader Orders Sweeping Measures As Cases Exceed 1,000  —  The World Health Organization rushed to convene an emergency meeting Saturday to develop a response to the “pandemic potential” of a new swine flu virus that has sparked …
New York Times:
Mexico Takes Powers to Isolate Cases of Swine Flu  —  MEXICO CITY — This sprawling capital was on edge Saturday as jittery residents ventured out wearing surgical masks and President Felipe Calderón published an order that would give his government emergency powers to address a deadly flu outbreak …
Discussion: Time and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Los Angeles Times:
Mexico scrambles to contain swine flu outbreak
New York Post:
100 DAYS, 100 MISTAKES  —  SARAH PALIN, GLENN BECK AND OTHERS ON OBAMA'S SHORT, ERROR-PRONE TIME IN OFFICE  —  1. “Obama criticized pork barrel spending in the form of ‘earmarks,’ urging changes in the way that Congress adopts the spending proposals.  Then he signed a spending bill …
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.
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.
The Huffington Post:
Obama To Nelson: We're Going Around You  —  It might not be the most glamorous hill, but it's the one that Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) has vowed to die on.  President Obama, however, isn't going to give him that chance.  —  Nelson is perhaps the Senate's fiercest protector of subsidies …
The Huffington Post:
Shane Murphy, Freed Pirate Hostage, Slams “Disgusting” Rush Limbaugh  —  Shane Murphy, second-in-command aboard the ship seized by Somali pirates this month, is happy to be home.  But he's not happy to be sharing turf with land-lubber Rush Limbaugh, who politicized the pirate affair by referring to the pirates as “black teenagers.”
Sam Dagher / New York Times:
Iraq Resists Pleas by U.S. to Placate Hussein's Party  —  BAGHDAD — On April 18, American and British officials from a secretive unit called the Force Strategic Engagement Cell flew to Jordan to try to persuade one of Saddam Hussein's top generals — the commander of the final defense of Baghdad in 2003 …
Discussion: Informed Comment
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
My Allegedly Vengeful Heart  —  In an unprecedented, shocking development, David Broder is against any sort of accountability for what he refers to as “torture”: … I normally think that there's a presumption in favor of enforcing the law, and that people who think it should be ignored have the burden of proof.
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Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
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