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3:20 PM ET, April 27, 2009


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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 …
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
In Attempt To Placate The Right Wing, Collins and Specter Endorsed Pandemic Flu Funding Cut  —  On February 5, Karl Rove took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to argue against President Obama's Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act because, in his view, the spending was not targeted to create or preserve jobs.
Caitlin Taylor / Political Punch:
Obama on Swine Flu Outbreak: Pitches for More Investment into Science Research
Michelle Malkin:
Schumer opposed flu pandemic funding in stimulus, too, you morons
Discussion: RedState and
City Room:
Air Force One Backup Rattles New York Nerves  —  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.  —  An Air Force One lookalike …
Low-Flying Military Planes Cause NYC Panic  —  F-16s Escort A 747 From Air Force One Fleet Near Statue Of Liberty; Defense Dept. Says It Was Just Photo Op  —  FAA: Mayor's Office, NYPD, NJ State Police & Other Authorities Were Notified  —  Concerned Residents, Workers Flood CBS 2 With Phone Calls
Discussion: New York Post and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Jennifer Saba / Editor and Publisher:
New FAS-FAX Shows (More) Steep Circulation Losses  —  NEW YORK The Audit Bureau of Circulations released this morning the spring figures for the six months ending March 31, 2009, showing that country's largest metros continue to shed daily and Sunday circulation, now at a record rate.
Newspaper Circulation Crumbles
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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: RedState and NO QUARTER
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Money for Nothing  —  On July 15, 2007, The New York Times published an article with the headline “The Richest of the Rich, Proud of a New Gilded Age.”  The most prominently featured of the “new titans” was Sanford Weill, the former chairman of Citigroup, who insisted that he and his peers …
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.
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Busting Bank of America  —  A case study in how to spread systemic financial risk.  —  The cavalier use of brute government force has become routine, but the emerging story of how Hank Paulson and Ben Bernanke forced CEO Ken Lewis to blow up Bank of America is still shocking.
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
Obama team reverses union transparency  —  Finance reporting rules deemed too onerous for labor leaders  —  The Obama administration, which has boasted about its efforts to make government more transparent, is rolling back rules requiring labor unions and their leaders to report information about their finances and compensation.
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Crist Nears a Senate Decision  —  Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is expected to announce his decision on the 2010 Senate race by May 5 with several informed sources suggesting to the Fix that he is a near-lock to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Mel Martinez (R).
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Shortage of Doctors an Obstacle to Obama Goals  —  WASHINGTON — Obama administration officials, alarmed at doctor shortages, are looking for ways to increase the supply of physicians to meet the needs of an aging population and millions of uninsured people who would gain coverage under legislation championed by the president.
Discussion: Instapundit, QandO and Dr. Helen
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Could Weigh Free Speech vs. License Plates  —  The last time the Supreme Court considered what the First Amendment has to say about license plates was in 1977, when it ruled that New Hampshire could not force George Maynard to drive around with plates bearing the state's motto, which is “Live Free or Die.”
Discussion: Burnt Orange Report
Bob Woodward / CQ Politics:
CQ Transcript: Sens. Leahy, McCain on CBS's ‘Face the Nation’  —  CQ Transcriptwire  —  SPEAKERS: BOB SCHIEFFER, HOST SEN. PATRICK J. LEAHY, D-VT. SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, R-ARIZ. TINA BROWN, DAILY BEAST  —  [*] SCHIEFFER: Today on “Face the Nation,” the question of torture.  Does it work?
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Boehner Mum On Whether CIA Should Release Torture Report That Might Contradict Cheney  —  House GOP leader John Boehner has called on the Obama administration to release unspecified intelligence documents that supposedly will demonstrate that torture has been effective.
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
Andrew Gant / Northwest Florida Daily News:
Shooting deaths: ‘None of it makes sense’  —  A day after two deputies died in Crestview, an offense report filed against the gunman reveals he was angry Saturday about a missing tube of Clearasil  —  The events that led to the shooting deaths of two Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies Saturday began …
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Dems delay climate change bill
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Julian E. Zelizer / CNN:
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
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Associated Press:
GM to cut 21,000 US factory jobs, shed Pontiac
Discussion: Donklephant
John E. Sununu / Wall Street Journal:
National Health Care With 51 Votes
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
‘We Could Have Done This the Right Way’  —  How Ali Soufan …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Swampland
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: The Fix and The Sideshow
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Conservatives warn of ‘government control’
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and Wonk Room
Bill Carter / New York Times:
With Rivals Ahead, Doubts for CNN's Middle Road
Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Fractured media no match for Obama
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog