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3:15 AM ET, April 28, 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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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.
NY Daily News:
Mayor: Military photo-op was plane stupid  —  Loading...  The White House apologized late Monday after the U.S. military - without public warning - buzzed New York City with one of the presidential planes trailed by an F-16 fighter jet.  —  Not even Mayor Bloomberg knew they were coming.
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  —  At Monday's briefing, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs left an unusually large number of unanswered questions in his wake as he made his way through rows of reporters.  —  They were key questions, too — ones driving the news of the day, not fringe asides.
Stephen Power / Wall Street Journal:
Low-Flying Plane Over Manhattan Was a ‘Photo Op’  —  NYPD Says It Was Told Not to Disclose Flight Information  —  A jumbo jetliner that serves as Air Force One, escorted by a military jet, flew over Lower Manhattan Monday morning, frightening office workers and causing evacuations in what turned …
Cuffy Meigs / Perfunction:
Obama Tortures 9/11 Victims
Discussion: MSNBC, Pajamas Media and Gateway Pundit
Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
White House apologizes for NYC flyover
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House apology: AF One ‘photo-opp’
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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Washington Post:
Health Officials Confirm 40 Cases of Swine Flu in U.S.  —  Federal health officials announced today that the number of confirmed cases of swine flu in the United States has doubled to 40, and they recommended that Americans put off unnecessary travel to Mexico, which has been hard hit by the disease.
Discussion: TalkLeft and On Deadline
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.
New York Times:   Obama Acts to Ease Flu Fears; U.S. Says It Is Prepared
Media Matters:
More Beck paranoia: Links Obama administration's swine flu public …
Discussion: At-Largely
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: 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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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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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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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
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.”
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
G.E.'s Breakthrough Can Put 100 DVDs on a Disc  —  General Electric says it has achieved a breakthrough in digital storage technology that will allow standard-size discs to hold the equivalent of 100 DVDs.  —  The storage advance, which G.E. is announcing on Monday, is just a laboratory success at this stage.
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
McGovern, other lawmakers arrested at Darfur protest  —  Rep. Jim McGovern is arrested by US Secret Service agents in front of the Sudanese Embassy while demonstrating against the genocide in Darfur.  —  WASHINGTON — Representative James McGovern was locked up on misdemeanor charges today …
Discussion: Raw Story and On Deadline
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Associated Press:
2 US lawmakers, others arrested at Darfur protest
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 …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts, The Cable and Gawker
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 …
Courtney Hazlett / MSNBC:
Obamas prove stingy with school auction  —  Plus: A modeling career for Levi Johston?  Kate Hudson celebrates 30th  —  The Scoop  —  msnbc.com  —  When Chelsea Clinton was a student at the Sidwell Friends School, the same school the Obama girls attend, the Clinton family's involvement …
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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