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6:30 AM ET, April 28, 2009

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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Smart power: White House freaks out New York with low altitude fly-by; Video: Panicked NYers run in the streets; Update: Obama “furious”  —  I didn't hear it this morning but I used to work in lower Manhattan and can assure you that workers these days are highly attuned to unusual air traffic in the area.
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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. |
Mythili Rao / CNN:
White House apologizes for low-flying plane  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — A White House official apologized Monday after a low-flying Boeing 747 spotted above the Manhattan skyline frightened workers and residents into evacuating buildings.  —  The aircraft was a White House plane taking part in a classified …
New York Post:
OBAMA PLANE PHOTO OP STARTLES NEW YORKERS  —  Have Photos of the Stunt?  E-mail them to photo@nypost.com or Upload Them Here.  —  It was not a terrorist attack, however, but a photo opportunity for Air Force One, sources told the Post.  —  President Obama was in Washington at the time …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog and Raw Story
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Gibbs gives nonanswers at briefing
Discussion: The Swamp and Daily Kos
Cuffy Meigs / Perfunction:
Obama Tortures 9/11 Victims
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Obama Acts to Ease Flu Fears; U.S. Says It Is Prepared  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration dispatched high-level officials from several agencies Monday to allay concerns about swine flu and to demonstrate that it was fully prepared to confront the outbreak even as the president said there was “not a cause for alarm.”
Discussion: H5N1
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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Concerned Women Asking About Swine Flu Panic  —  I was just talking to Wendy Wright, the president of the conservative group Concerned Women for America, about the nomination of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kans.) to run the Department of Health and Human Services.
Washington Post:
Health Officials Confirm 40 Cases of Swine Flu in U.S.
Media Matters:
More Beck paranoia: Links Obama administration's swine flu public …
Discussion: At-Largely
Revere / Effect Measure:
Swine flu: what did you expect?
Hollywoodreporter / The Live Feed:
Fox rejects Obama's request for airtime  —  Is the honeymoon over?  —  For the first time since Barack Obama took office, a major broadcast network is refusing to grant the president's request for primetime coverage.  —  Fox has issued a statement saying it will air regular programming …
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Fox won't air Obama's 100 days press conference.
Discussion: Seattle Times
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Cheney for President  —  Watching Dick Cheney defend the Bush administration's interrogation policies, it's been hard to escape the impression that both the Republican Party and the country would be better off today if Cheney, rather than John McCain, had been a candidate for president in 2008.
Discussion: Gawker, marbury and Hot Air
Mary Ann Glendon / First Things:
Declining Notre Dame: A Letter from Mary Ann Glendon  —  The Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.  —  President  —  University of Notre Dame  —  Dear Father Jenkins,  —  When you informed me in December 2008 that I had been selected to receive Notre Dame's Laetare Medal, I was profoundly moved.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Flu Or No Flu, Health Sec's Nomination Will Still Require 60 Votes, GOP Says  —  So Kathleen Sebelius will get her confirmation vote as Health and Human Services secretary tomorrow in the Senate — but even with the flu outbreak, her confirmation will still have to clear a big hurdle, requiring 60 votes.
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FDIC:
Speeches & Testimony  —  Remarks by FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair to The Economic Club of New York; New York, New York  —  Good afternoon everybody.  I'm honored to be here this afternoon.  I'm told it's the first time in your distinguished, 102-year history that you've invited an FDIC chairman to speak.
CBS News:
Poll: 100 Days In, High Marks For Obama  —  On The Cusp Of His 100th Day, President Enjoys High Approval Ratings On A Host Of Issues - But Few Republicans Are On Board  —  Page 1 of 2  —  (CBS) As his 100th day approaches, more than two in three Americans approve of the job Barack Obama …
Discussion: The Swamp
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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 …
Jim Manzi / The American Scene:
Why Is Torture Wrong?  —  Or more precisely, why is the belief that the torture of captured combatants is wrong compatible with anything other than some form of pacifism?  I mean this an actual question, not as a passive-aggressive assertion.  —  It can't just be that it involves inflicting horrible pain and suffering.
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson OC Register: 'There's no evidence CO2 is harmful.'  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) recently downplayed the threat of global warming by arguing that the harmful pollutant carbon dioxide is simply a “natural byproduct of nature.”
Discussion: Wonk Room and Washington Post
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Orange County Register:
CO2 limits are unneeded, unjust
Discussion: Climate Progress
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
How '07 ABC Interview Tilted a Torture Debate  —  In late 2007, there was the first crack of daylight into the government's use of waterboarding during interrogations of Al Qaeda detainees.  On Dec. 10, John Kiriakou, a former C.I.A. officer who had participated in the capture …
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.”
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Another GOP Defeat
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Mark Swed / Culture Monster:
Krystian Zimerman's shocking Disney Hall debut
Discussion: Guardian and Raw Story
John / Power Line:
TARP: The Looming Debacle
Discussion: Dinocrat
The White House:
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ANNUAL MEETING
 Earlier Items: 
Courtney Hazlett / MSNBC:
Obamas prove stingy with school auction
Discussion: Hot Air
Harvey A. Silverglate / Originals:
Be Fair, Harvard  —  In theory, e-mail should make it easier …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
G.E.'s Breakthrough Can Put 100 DVDs on a Disc
Jamison Foser / Media Matters:
AP mocks Al Gore's lack of ignorance
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Slim Majority Wants Bush-Era Interrogations Investigated