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8:15 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...  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: Gateway Pundit and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:   Gibbs gives nonanswers at briefing
Michael J. Sniffen / Associated Press:
Source: White House was updating AF One file photo
Discussion: CNN, Wizbang and JammieWearingFool
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House apology: AF One ‘photo-opp’
Discussion: The Politico
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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Media Matters:
More Beck paranoia: Links Obama administration's swine flu public health emergency declaration to already scheduled Sebelius confirmation vote  —  From the April 27 broadcast of Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program:
Washington Post:
Health Officials Confirm 40 Cases of Swine Flu in U.S.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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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 …
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Geo TV Pakistan:
Pak intelligence believes Osama is dead: Zardari
Discussion: Hot Air
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Slim Majority Wants Bush-Era Interrogations Investigated  —  Majority says use of harsh techniques on terrorism suspects was justified  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new Gallup Poll finds 51% of Americans in favor and 42% opposed to an investigation into the use of harsh interrogation techniques …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Gallup: Majority Thinks Torture Justified, But Wants Probe Anyway!
Discussion: Think Progress
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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Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Torture And War … One of the things that has kept me from saying …
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 …
Discussion: Barack Obama's … and Macsmind
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 …
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 …
Rex Wockner / Wockner:
Interview with Miss California, Carrie Prejean  —  Sanctuary of the Rock Church - San Diego - April 26, 2009  —  Rex Wockner: Clearly, nobody would ever get up there (at the Miss USA pageant) and say, “I don't think black people should be able to marry white people” or something like that.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and #gay
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Miss California: Pageant organizers tried to force me to apologize
Associated Press:
2 US lawmakers, others arrested at Darfur protest  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight activists protesting the expulsion of aid groups in Darfur have been arrested in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.  —  Humanitarian leaders and U.S. lawmakers, including Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison …
Discussion: Think Progress
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Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
McGovern, other lawmakers arrested at Darfur protest
Discussion: Raw Story and On Deadline
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 …
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.
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
calbuzz:
What It All Means: First Fight to Frame the Election  —  Bottom line on the California Democratic Party convention: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom made the biggest splash and showed off a slick campaign operation but Attorney General Jerry Brown proved anew that, even without a campaign apparatus …
Discussion: D-Day
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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