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3:25 AM ET, April 29, 2009

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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Specter To Switch Parties  —  UPDATED, 2:10 p.m. Continue following the story here.  —  Original Post  —  Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter will switch his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat and announced today that he will run in 2010 as a Democrat, according to a statement he released this morning.
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PoliticsPA:
Statement by Senator Arlen Specter  —  I have been a Republican since 1966.  I have been working extremely hard for the Party, for its candidates and for the ideals of a Republican Party whose tent is big enough to welcome diverse points of view.  While I have been comfortable being a Republican, my Party has not defined who I am.
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Two Republicans blame conservatives  —  Two leading Republicans say Sen. Arlen Specter's decision to become a Democrat highlights the hostility moderates feel from an increasingly conservative GOP.  —  “You haven't certainly heard warm encouraging words about how [the GOP] views moderates …
William Kristol / PostPartisan:
Good News for Republicans!  —  On May 24, 2001, I wrote an op-ed for The Post in the wake of Vermont Sen. James Jeffords's party switch.  I argued that the switch, which cost Republicans control of the Senate, could well turn out to be good for President Bush.
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 …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
CNN's Rick Sanchez calls out DeMint's vapid talking point: ‘What the hell does that mean?’  —  Today, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) appeared on CNN to talk about Sen. Arlen Specter's switch to the Democratic party.  Host Rick Sanchez asked DeMint about Specter's statement that the Republican party …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The New Republic:
Unprincipled Hack (D-PA)  —  When a politician switches parties, it's customary for the party he's abandoned to denounce him as an unprincipled hack, and the party he's joined to praise him as a brave convert who's genuinely seen the light.  But I think it's pretty clear that Specter is an unprincipled hack.
The Huffington Post:
Snowe: GOP Has Abandoned Principles; Specter Switch “Devastating”  —  Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, one of the few remaining moderate Republicans in the Senate, said Tuesday that Arlen Specter's abandonment of the GOP is “devastating,” both “personally and I think for the party.”
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Specter on Jeffords  —  When Jim Jeffords became an “Independent” in 2001, Specter wasn't happy.  He said, “I intend to propose a rule change which would preclude a future recurrence of a Senator's change in parties, in midsession, organizing with the opposition, to cause the upheaval which is now resulting.”
Discussion: The New Republic
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What Specter's switch says about him, the Democrats and our political spectrum  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  I just contributed my thoughts on Arlen Specter's party switch to the New York Times' “Room for Debate” segment, so I'll post the link to that once that is available (see Update II) …
CNN:
Limbaugh to Specter: Please take McCain with you
Discussion: Hot Air and Salon
David Waldman / Daily Kos:
Memo to GOP: Seat Franken or we'll keep Specter's committee seats
The Huffington Post:
Limbaugh To Specter: Take McCain And His Daughter With You
Discussion: Media Matters and CNN
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Specter and the Flat Tax
Discussion: Open Left and Marginal Revolution
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Specter Speaks, Defends Decision to Leave Republican Party
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Specter condemned Jim Jeffords' party switch in 2001
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:   Specter tried to block party switching
Timothy P. Carney / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Did DeMint's endorsement of Toomey set off Specter?
Discussion: Eschaton and Joshua Treviñ
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Specter move caught GOP leaders by surprise
Emily Kaiser / City Pages:
Bachmann: ‘Interesting coincidence’ that Dems in power during swine flu outbreak  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann came up with another doozy during her interview Monday with Pajamas TV.  Does anyone think it's “interesting” that the last time we saw swine flu was during another Democratic president?
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Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
U.S. officials want ‘swine’ out of flu name
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and Fox News
Doug Gross / CNN:
Regular flu has killed thousands since January
Discussion: DISSENTING JUSTICE
Declan McCullagh / CBS News:
DHS Sets Guidelines For Possible Swine Flu Quarantines
Discussion: Raw Story
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
With Eye on Industry, Ag Secretary Stops Calling Outbreak ‘Swine Flu’
Discussion: MyDD
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann: Swine Flu Happens Under Dem Presidents
Discussion: Congress Matters and Pharyngula
Andie Coller / The Politico:
Dems put swine flu to good use
Discussion: The Swamp
Andrew Blankstein / L.A. Now:
Two L.A. County deaths possibly related to swine flu, coroner says [Updated]
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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 …
JammieWearingFool:
Wonderful: Feds Knew NYC Flyover Would Cause Panic, Proceeded Anyway  —  One of those rare times I'm in agreement with Chuckie Schumer. … The idea Obama had no knowledge of what was happening with his own plane is nonsense.  It's just not plausible.  —  He deliberately allowed this to happen.
Discussion: GretaWire, Hot Air and Betsy's Page
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Sebelius wins Senate confirmation  —  Despite a filibuster threat from conservatives upset with her stance on abortion rights, Kathleen Sebelius won easy Senate confirmation to be Barack Obama's Health and Human Services secretary.  —  The vote was 65-31, with opposition coming mostly …
Discussion: The Swamp
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CNN:   HHS secretary confirmed in midst of outbreak
Bill Vlasic / New York Times:
Holdouts Jeopardize Debt Plan for Chrysler  —  DETROIT — The Obama administration is prepared to force Chrysler into bankruptcy by the end of the week unless it gets unanimous consent from a group of banks and hedge funds to retire the automaker's debt.  —  The Treasury Department has told …
Discussion: The New Republic, DealBook and Gawker
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Bloomberg:
UAW Said to Get 55% Chrysler Ownership, Board Seats
Discussion: Wizbang
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Official Defends Signing Interrogation Memos  —  WASHINGTON — Judge Jay S. Bybee broke his silence on Tuesday and defended the conclusions of legal memorandums he had signed as a Bush administration lawyer that allowed use of several coercive interrogation practices on suspected terrorists.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Joseph Abrams / Fox News:
Despite Reports, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Was Not Waterboarded 183 Times  —  The number of times Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded was the focus of major media attention — and highly misleading.  —  FOXNews.com  —  The New York Times reported last week that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Poll: Obama gets high marks for first 100 days  —  NBC/WSJ poll shows Obama's numbers are higher than Bush, Clinton  —  WASHINGTON - As he enters his 100th day in office, President Barack Obama enjoys higher marks from the American public than his most recent predecessors did at similar points …
 
 
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Peter Kirsanow / The Corner:
Specter, Democrats, Labor and EFCA
Discussion: Commentary
Adam Doster / Progress Illinois:
Manzullo On Waterboarding: “Apparently Doesn't Work,” “More Torture Than Not”
Discussion: Think Progress
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Support For Same Sex Marriage Grows
MSNBC:
Bush-era endangered species rule revoked
Sylvia A Smith / The Journal Gazette:
Lugar to support IU law professor's nomination
Discussion: TPMDC
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
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The Huffington Post:
Bankruptcy Bill Watered Down, Still Fiercely Opposed By Banks
Discussion: Calitics and Washington Post
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Ahmadinejad tells voters: Yes, we can
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Washington Times:
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