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4:00 AM ET, April 27, 2009


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New York Times:
U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency Over Swine Flu  —  Tourists on an almost empty tour bus in Mexico City on Sunday.  Swine flu has killed more than 80 people in Mexico.  More Photos >  —  American health officials on Sunday declared a public health emergency over increasing cases of swine flu …
Associated Press:
US declares public health emergency for swine flu  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. declared a public health emergency Sunday to deal with the emerging new swine flu, much like the government does to prepare for approaching hurricanes.  —  Officials reported 20 U.S. cases of swine flu in five states so far …
David Kirby / The Huffington Post:
Mexican Lawmaker: Factory Farms Are “Breeding Grounds” of Swine Flu Pandemic
Discussion: H5N1
Tom Philpott / Grist:
Swine-flu outbreak linked to Smithfield Foods
Thomas H. Maugh II / Los Angeles Times:
11 more suspected swine flu cases in U.S.
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés / The Moderate Voice:
Swine Flu: U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency
Discussion: and
New York Times:
Geithner, as Member and Overseer, Forged Ties to Finance Club  —  Last June, with a financial hurricane gathering force, Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. convened the nation's economic stewards for a brainstorming session.  What emergency powers might the government want at its disposal to confront the crisis? he asked.
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 …
Discussion: Cup O' Joe
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Gingrich On Whether Waterboarding Is Torture: 'I Can't Tell You'  —  On Friday, Fox News's Greta Van Susteren interviewed former House speaker Newt Gingrich regarding President Obama's recent release of Bush-era OLC torture memos.  Throughout the interview, Gingrich tried to sit on the fence …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Nadler on torture investigations: 'There can't be a compromise'
John Harwood / New York Times:
Dick Cheney: The Visible Man
John Markoff / New York Times:
Computer Program to Take On ‘Jeopardy!’  —  YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — This highly successful television quiz show is the latest challenge for artificial intelligence.  —  What is “Jeopardy”?  —  That is correct.  —  I.B.M. plans to announce Monday that it is in the final stages of completing …
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Antiabortion movement gets a new-media twist  —  Lila Rose, a UCLA student, goes undercover at Planned Parenthood clinics to pose as an underage girl pregnant by a 31-year-old.  Her surreptitious videos go on YouTube, and inspire outrage.  —  The girl's voice in the videotape is tiny and tentative.
Discussion: Don Surber and Top of the Ticket
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Clinton's Mideast Pirouette  —  The sparring between the United States and Israel has begun, and that's a good thing.  Israel's interests are not served by an uncritical American administration.  The Jewish state emerged less secure and less loved from Washington's post-9/11 Israel-can-do-no-wrong policy.
Discussion: Israel Matzav, Taylor Marsh and TPMCafe
New York Times:
Chrysler and Union Agree to Deal Before Federal Deadline  —  DETROIT — Union leaders said Sunday that they had reached an agreement with Chrysler that meets federal requirements for the automaker to receive more financing.  —  The deal includes Fiat, the Italian automaker with which Chrysler …
Discussion: FT Alphaville
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Exceptions to Iraq Deadline Are Proposed  —  BAGHDAD — The United States and Iraq will begin negotiating possible exceptions to the June 30 deadline for withdrawing American combat troops from Iraqi cities, focusing on the troubled northern city of Mosul, according to military officials.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Taylor Marsh
Italian cruise ship foils pirates  —  A captain of an Italian cruise ship has given the BBC a dramatic account of how his crew fended off a pirate attack near the coast of Somalia.  —  Capt Ciro Pinto said six pirates in a speedboat approached his Melody ship and opened fire, but then fled after security men fired in the air.
Kevin Duchschere / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota Poll: Most want Coleman to call it quits  —  The Republican should end his recount fight, most say, and fatigue over the six-month ordeal is clear.  —  Nearly two-thirds of Minnesotans surveyed think Norm Coleman should concede the U.S. Senate race to Al Franken …
Joe Bodell / MN Progressive Project:
ABM Poll: Voters want Coleman to concede, Pawlenty to sign certificate
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog and MyDD
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