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8:10 AM ET, April 28, 2009

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Mythili Rao / CNN:
White House apologizes for low-flying plane  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — A White House official apologized Monday after a low-flying Boeing 747 spotted above the Manhattan skyline frightened workers and residents into evacuating buildings.  —  The aircraft was a White House plane taking part in a classified …
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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.
New York Post:
PLANE DUMB  —  The Federal Aviation Administration seems to see the public as Enemy No. 1.  Why else, after all, would it re peatedly hide information about potentially dangerous situations — as well as those that appear to be, but actually aren't?  —  Yesterday, for example, the FAA …
Cuffy Meigs / Perfunction:
Obama Tortures 9/11 Victims
Discussion: The Rhetorican and Gateway Pundit
New York Post:
OBAMA PLANE PHOTO OP STARTLES NEW YORKERS
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog and Raw Story
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Gibbs gives nonanswers at briefing
Discussion: The Swamp and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Obama Acts to Ease Flu Fears; U.S. Says It Is Prepared  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration dispatched high-level officials from several agencies Monday to allay concerns about swine flu and to demonstrate that it was fully prepared to confront the outbreak even as the president said there was “not a cause for alarm.”
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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Concerned Women Asking About Swine Flu Panic  —  I was just talking to Wendy Wright, the president of the conservative group Concerned Women for America, about the nomination of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kans.) to run the Department of Health and Human Services.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Flu Or No Flu, Health Sec's Nomination Will Still Require 60 Votes, GOP Says  —  So Kathleen Sebelius will get her confirmation vote as Health and Human Services secretary tomorrow in the Senate — but even with the flu outbreak, her confirmation will still have to clear a big hurdle, requiring 60 votes.
Washington Post:
Health Officials Confirm 40 Cases of Swine Flu in U.S.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Cheney for President  —  Watching Dick Cheney defend the Bush administration's interrogation policies, it's been hard to escape the impression that both the Republican Party and the country would be better off today if Cheney, rather than John McCain, had been a candidate for president in 2008.
Discussion: Prairie Weather, Gawker, marbury and Hot Air
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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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Fox won't air Obama's 100 days press conference.
Discussion: Seattle Times
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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Guardian:
Pianist stops show with anti-US rant  —  • ‘Get your hands off my country’ audience told  —  • Polish player protests over missile defence shield  —  Krystian Zimerman, the great Polish concert pianist, is usually a man of few words.  He doesn't, as a rule, talk to the audience during performances.
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Mark Swed / Culture Monster:
Krystian Zimerman's shocking Disney Hall debut  —  Poland's Krystian Zimerman, widely regarded as one of the finest pianists in the world, created a furor Sunday night in his debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall when he announced this would be his last performance in America because of the nation's military policies overseas.
Discussion: Raw Story
FDIC:
Speeches & Testimony  —  Remarks by FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair to The Economic Club of New York; New York, New York  —  Good afternoon everybody.  I'm honored to be here this afternoon.  I'm told it's the first time in your distinguished, 102-year history that you've invited an FDIC chairman to speak.
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: Associated Press and The Swamp
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
How '07 ABC Interview Tilted a Torture Debate  —  In late 2007, there was the first crack of daylight into the government's use of waterboarding during interrogations of Al Qaeda detainees.  On Dec. 10, John Kiriakou, a former C.I.A. officer who had participated in the capture …
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.”
Discussion: Wonk Room and Washington Post
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Orange County Register:
CO2 limits are unneeded, unjust
Discussion: Climate 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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Another GOP Defeat  —  Albany lifers are lousy candidates.  —  Republicans lost another Congressional race on Friday, as Democratic newcomer Scott Murphy was declared the victor by some 400 votes in the March 31 special House election in New York state.  But you wouldn't know it from the response …
 
 
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