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5:55 PM ET, April 27, 2009

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City Room:
White House Apologizes for Air Force Flyover  —  A reader, Jim Brown, took this photograph from 10 Exchange Place in Jersey City, looking toward 77 Hudson Street and the Statue of Liberty.  In the photo, the plane appears closer than it actually was.  —  Updated, 5 p.m. |
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NY Daily News:
Mayor: Military photo-op was plane stupid  —  Loading...  Mayor Bloomberg went ballistic Monday after the U.S. military - without any warning to the public - buzzed New York City with one of the presidential planes trailed by an F-16 fighter jet.  —  Flying in as low as 1000 feet …
ABCNEWS:
Air Force One Photo Op Triggers Panic in Manhattan  —  NYC Mayor Bloomberg Blasts Flyover as “Insensitive” and “Ill-Conceived”  —  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is “furious” over a Department of Defense low-altitude flyover of NYC in the area around Ground Zero this morning …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Puma P.A.C.
Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
White House apologizes for NYC flyover
Discussion: Hot Air and The Campaign Spot
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Gibbs gives nonanswers at briefing
Discussion: The Swamp
Reuters:
Obama plane photo op startles New Yorkers
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
New York Post:
OBAMA PLANE PHOTO OP STARTLES NEW YORKERS
Discussion: WCBS-TV, Raw Story and Rumproast
John Nichols / The Nation:
GOP Know-Nothings Fought Pandemic Preparedness  —  When House Appropriations Committee chairman David Obey, the Wisconsin Democrat who has long championed investment in pandemic preparation, included roughly $900 million for that purpose in this year's emergency stimulus bill …
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Michelle Malkin:
Schumer opposed flu pandemic funding in stimulus, too, you morons  —  Sorry to interrupt all the liberal blogosphere's unhinged GOP-bashing over conservative opposition to flu pandemic funding in the porkulus bill, but...  Well.  Just an inconvenient reminder: … “Porky things.”
Media Matters:   More Beck paranoia: Links Obama administration's swine flu public …
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Collins: I pushed for flu cash
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Plum Line
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
Just Imagine: The First 100 Days of John McCain  —  If things had gone differently.....  John McCain, the oldest first-term president in history, is proving as rambunctious and pugnacious as the youngest one, Teddy Roosevelt.  Of course, Teddy probably would have sent the Marines to Venezuela …
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Bill Roggio / Weekly Standard:
Pakistani Intelligence: Osama Is Dead  —  As Pakistan wrestles with the Taliban takeover of large swaths of its territory and the encroachment on Islamabad, its Inter-Services Intelligence agency tells us that Osama bin Laden is dead. … If you can't trust the ISI to give you accurate information …
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
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Geo TV Pakistan:
Pak intelligence believes Osama is dead: Zardari
Discussion: Hot Air
Ryan Sager / Neuroworld:
Swine Flu: Is Matt Drudge a National Hero?  —  Over the weekend, you probably read something about Swine Flu, the new deadly porcine super-epidemic that's going to kill us all.  But, depending on where you get your news, you saw very different types of coverage.
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The Media Elite's Secret Dinners  —  Last Tuesday evening, Rahm Emanuel quietly slipped into an eighth-floor office at the Watergate.  —  As white-jacketed waiters poured red and white wine and served a three-course salmon and risotto dinner, the White House chief of staff spent two hours chatting …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Hot Air
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Gallup: Majority Thinks Torture Justified, But Wants Probe Anyway!  —  That Gallup poll we've been waiting for has just been released, and it finds a slim majority favor a probe into Bush-era torture (click to enlarge):  —  So 51% favor a government investigation of the use of “harsh interrogation techniques,” and only 42% oppose one.
Discussion: Think Progress
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Republican Shrinkage Problem  —  The new Washington Post/ABC news poll has all sorts of intriguing numbers in it but when you are looking for clues as to where the two parties stand politically there is only one number to remember: 21.  —  That's the percent of people in the Post/ABC survey …
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Cantor, Obama let sparks fly  —  House Republican Whip Eric Cantor returned from spring break determined to shed the “Dr. No” tag Democrats have hung around his neck — only to find himself in a face-to-face argument with the president over who started this year's rift with the House GOP.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Obama gets ahead of prompter  —  President Obama's speech at the National Academy of Sciences Monday morning hit a brief snag when Obama got ahead of his script.  —  Laying his plan for a President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Obama began to name the members of PCAST listed …
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Reid says Obama told him, ‘I have a gift’  —  WASHINGTON - Everyone knows President Barack Obama can deliver a great speech, including the president himself, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  —  The paperback version of Reid's book, “The Good Fight,” is coming out May 5 with an epilogue called “The Obama Era.”
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Reid to McConnell: Don't make me do it! UPDATED
Discussion: The Swamp
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Defending the Bush lawyers  —  As the sides take form on coming interrogation investigations, the Federalist Society appears to be stepping into the vacuum to defend former Bush administration officials.  —  The lawyers' group, which was a pipeline for judges in the Bush White House …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Obama more popular than his policies, poll shows  —  CNN Deputy Political Director  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A new national poll suggests that President Obama is personally more popular than his policies.  —  The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll, released Monday, also indicates that 63 percent …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Bush's Promise On Torture  —  From al Arabiya, after Abu Ghraib:  —  It's important for people to understand that in a democracy, there will be a full investigation.  In other words, we want to know the truth.  In our country, when there's an allegation of abuse ... there will be a full investigation …
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Fox News' ‘Tea Party’ hysteria really did whip up the far-right nutcases  —  In spite of all that voluminous airspace on Fox News that was devoted to promoting and then reporting on the ‘Tea Parties’ on April 15, I'll be willing to wager that they won't ever include this in their reports:
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
More Atheists Shout It From the Rooftops  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — Two months after the local atheist organization here put up a billboard saying “Don't Believe in God?  You Are Not Alone,” the group's 13 board members met in Laura and Alex Kasman's living room to grapple with the fallout.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Pelosi playing defense on torture  —  Nancy Pelosi didn't cry foul when the Bush administration briefed her on “enhanced interrogation” of terror suspects in 2002, but her team was locked and loaded to counter hypocrisy charges when the “torture” memos were released last week.
Jeff Bercovici / Portfolio:
Conde Nast Closing ‘Portfolio’  —  For nearly two years I've been covering the media industry's bad news on this blog, including some that's hit very close to home.  Now it hits closer still: Condé Nast Portfolio is closing.  —  Our editor in chief, Joanne Lipman, just broke the news to staff …
 
 
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