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10:25 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: Raw Story and Gateway Pundit
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Cuffy Meigs / Perfunction:   Obama Tortures 9/11 Victims
Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:   White House apologizes for NYC flyover
Michael J. Sniffen / Associated Press:
Source: White House was updating AF One file photo
Discussion: CNN and Wizbang
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House apology: AF One ‘photo-opp’
Discussion: The Politico
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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Donald Rieck / CMPA:
MEDIA BOOST OBAMA, BASH HIS POLICIES
Discussion: Gawker
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:
Discussion: At-Largely
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Michelle Malkin:
Schumer opposed flu pandemic funding in stimulus, too, you morons
Discussion: Hot Air, Daily Kos and RedState
John Nichols / The Nation:
GOP Know-Nothings Fought Pandemic Preparedness
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.
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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 …
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
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Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Reid says Obama told him, ‘I have a gift’
Discussion: Agence France Presse
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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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 …
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.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Miss California: Pageant organizers tried to force me to apologize
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.”
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Orange County Register:
CO2 limits are unneeded, unjust
Discussion: Wonk Room
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: Geo TV Pakistan
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
You Can't Handle ‘The Truth’  —  Late last night, Kathryn drew attention to this Obama painting entitled “The Truth,” by Michael D'Antuono, set to be revealed at an installation in New York's Union Square Wednesday — Obama's 100th day in office: I just got off the phone with D'Antuono …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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