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9:40 AM ET, April 29, 2009

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Olympia Snowe / New York Times:
We Didn't Have to Lose Arlen Specter  —  IT is disheartening and disconcerting, at the very least, that here we are today — almost exactly eight years after Senator Jim Jeffords left the Republican Party — witnessing the departure of my good friend and fellow moderate Republican …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Defection reshapes Senate  —  Sen. Arlen Specter stunned Capitol Hill on Tuesday by switching parties and bringing Senate Democrats within one seat of a filibuster-proof majority.  —  Specter's move shocked and angered Republicans, while Democrats rejoiced and contemplated a Congress …
Newt Gingrich / Washington Post:
Arlen Specter's Switch  —  The Post asked politicians, former officials and others about the Pennsylvania senator's defection from the Republican Party.  —  Former Republican speaker of the House  —  Arlen Specter's decision to leave the Republican Party in name as he left it in spirit …
CNN:
Limbaugh to Specter: Please take McCain with you
Discussion: The Swamp, The Politico, Salon and Hot Air
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Specter and the Flat Tax
Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
U.S. officials want ‘swine’ out of flu name  —  Source: Reuters  —  What's in a name?  U.S. pork producers are finding that the name of the virus spreading from Mexico is affecting their business, prompting U.S. officials to argue for changing the name from swine flu.
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Doug Gross / CNN:
Regular flu has killed thousands since January  —  (CNN) — There had been no confirmed deaths in the United States related to swine flu as of Tuesday afternoon.  But another virus had killed thousands of people since January and is expected to keep killing hundreds of people every week for the rest of the year.
David P. Fidler / asil.org:
ASIL Insights  —  The Swine Flu Outbreak and International Law  —  A new swine influenza virus is causing outbreaks in humans in Mexico, the United States, and Canada, and the virus has possibly spread to other countries.  This outbreak has alarmed public health officials …
Discussion: SF Appeal
Lauran Neergaard / Associated Press:
Officials confront first US death from swine flu
Discussion: Clusterstock and Hot Air
Andie Coller / The Politico:
Dems put swine flu to good use
Discussion: The Swamp and Macsmind
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
With Eye on Industry, Ag Secretary Stops Calling Outbreak ‘Swine Flu’
Discussion: MyDD and Perez Hilton
Declan McCullagh / CBS News:
DHS Sets Guidelines For Possible Swine Flu Quarantines
Discussion: Reuters, Raw Story and Associated Press
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Bloomberg:
Obama Orders Review of New York Flight as Cost Put at $328,835  —  President Barack Obama ordered a review of a publicity-photo shoot with one of the planes that serves as Air Force One that cost taxpayers $328,835 and caused a furor in New York City.  —  Obama said he wasn't informed …
Michelle Malkin:
100 Days of the Poser Presidency  —  My syndicated column commemorates Barack Obama's 100 days with the Scare Force One story as a take-off point.  Imagine if this fiasco had happened under George Bush's watch.  It would have made the Left's incessant carping over the “fake plastic turkey …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Senate Confirms Kansas Governor as Health Secretary  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed the nomination of Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of health and human services on Tuesday, allowing President Obama to fill the last vacancy in his cabinet with a seasoned politician who will take charge of the fight against swine flu.
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Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Sebelius wins Senate confirmation
Discussion: The Swamp
Bloomberg:
Fed Is Said to Seek Capital for at Least Six Banks  —  At least six of the 19 largest U.S. banks require additional capital, according to preliminary results of government stress tests, people briefed on the matter said.  —  While some of the lenders may need extra cash injections from the government …
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Electric Cars — Not Ready to Roll  —  General Motors has announced a plan to stave off bankruptcy that includes cutting 21,000 jobs, reducing its dealer network and eliminating its Pontiac division.  “I'm a believer in dealing with reality,” GM chief executive Fritz Henderson said.
New York Times:
Obama's Stand in Auto Crisis Shows Early Resolve  —  WASHINGTON — By the time he sat down in the Oval Office to brief Michigan's Congressional delegation, President Obama had made up his mind.  Days earlier, he had decided to oust the head of General Motors and give it and Chrysler weeks to fix themselves.
Discussion: Washington Post and AmSpecBlog
 
 
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