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8:55 PM ET, April 29, 2009

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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Obama targets tea bags at town hall  —  At his 100th-day town hall meeting in St. Louis Wednesday, President Barack Obama took direct aim at the anti-tax “tea party” demonstrations that have cropped up over the last month and took a veiled shot at the Fox News Channel, the cable news network closely associated with the protests.
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Obama To Fox News And Tea Baggers: 'Let's Not Play Games'  —  President Obama spent part of the 100th day of his presidency today in Arnold, Missouri where he hosted a town hall meeting with local residents.  During the town hall, Obama recognized criticism he's been receiving from the far right.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Gateway Pundit:
HUNDREDS OF TEA PARTY PROTESTERS Greet Obama In St. Louis (Video Added)
Discussion: Hot Air
Martina Stewart / CNN:   Obama responds to tea party movement
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's 100 days: ‘Playing along’
Discussion: The Politico
David Rogers / The Politico:
Budget boosts health care; GOP says no
Discussion: Townhall.com
Nice Deb:
Obama Targets Teabaggers At Town Hall
Discussion: The Rhetorican and NewsBusters.org
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid's Specter deal stirs senior Dems' anger  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) deal to allow Sen. Arlen Specter to retain his seniority after he switches to the Democratic Conference has not been received well by senior senators in the party.  —  Several Democrats are furious …
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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 …
John / Power Line:
John Cornyn: What the Specter Switch Means  —  Senator John Cornyn of Texas wrote these observations on the significance of Arlen Specter's defection for Power Line: … Senator Cornyn is Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Specter defection highlights GOP divide in South Carolina  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - In the wake of Arlen Specter's defection to the Democratic caucus, Republicans are primed for yet another round of soul-searching and intra-party sniping about the GOP's future.
Veronique de Rugy / The Corner:
Senator Snowe Laments Senator Specter's Party Switch
Discussion: Hot Air
CBS News:
Rahm Emanuel: “Blame Is Not The Issue”
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Byron York / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
The black-white divide in Obama's popularity  —  On his 100th day in office, Barack Obama enjoys high job approval ratings, no matter what poll you consult.  But if a new survey by the New York Times is accurate, the president and some of his policies are significantly less popular …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘ACTUALLY’.... I've read quite a few columns from Byron York over the years, first during his tenure at the National Review, and more recently as the chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner.  I've seen plenty of commentary I strongly disagree with, but none has offended me quite as much as his latest column.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Investigative Reporter Byron York Exposes Black Support for Democratic President  —  Byron York engages in a perennial conservative media stunt — breaking down poll numbers between blacks and whites to make the point that Democrats wouldn't be so popular if it wasn't for the 14th Amendment.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Brad / Sadly, No!:
Shorter Byron York … - If I ignore the fact that black people really like Obama, I can make a case that he hasn't been a very popular president so far.  And hey, if I just kick it old skewl and restrict Obama's popularity ratings to those of white male property owners, then I can make the case that …
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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Utah's Republican Governor Warns GOP Leaders, “You Can't Just Say No”  —  It's Time for Party to Advance Workable Alternatives Rather Than Block the Door, Gov. Says  —  With the party reeling from Sen. Arlen Specter's defection, a prominent moderate Republican governor is warning …
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CNN:
Pelosi tells Republicans to ‘take back their party’
Discussion: Hot Air
Patrick / Now! Hampshire:
New Hampshire Senate Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage  —  The Democratic controlled New Hampshire Senate passed an amended version of the controversial measure to legalize gay marriage today.  The vote was 13-11 in favor of the measure.  —  The House passed a similar measure last month by a 186-179 vote.
Discussion: WMUR
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
After the Great Recession  —  On April 14, President Obama gave a speech at Georgetown University, trying to explain why he was taking on so many economic issues so early in his administration.  He argued that the country needed to break its bubble-and-bust cycle and cited the New Testament …
Sydney Morning Herald:
Only 7 swine flu deaths, not 152, says WHO  —  A member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dismissed claims that more than 150 people have died from swine flu, saying it has officially recorded only seven deaths around the world.  —  Vivienne Allan, from WHO's patient safety program …
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Country / BBC:   WHO raises pandemic alert level
Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
Very Good News For The GOP, And Why President Obama Had Better Worry About Not Becoming Another Arnold  —  Here's the latest polling on the public's reaction to the massive tax hikes imposed on California by the Dems, Arnold and a handful of tax-loving Republicans led by State Senator Abel Maldonado:
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Peter Hecht / Sacramento Bee:
Field Poll: California voters oppose five of six May 19 ballot measures
Discussion: Hot Air
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Obama disowns deficit he helped shape  —  WASHINGTON - “That wasn't me,” President Barack Obama said on his 100th day in office, disclaiming responsibility for the huge budget deficit waiting for him on Day One.  It actually was him — and the other Democrats controlling Congress …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Incredible Shrinking GOP: Only 20 Percent Self-Identify As Republican  —  Okay, this is striking.  Earlier this week a Washington Post poll made a big splash because it found that only 21 percent self-identify as Republicans.  The abysmally low number got pundits and reporters talking …
Discussion: MyDD and Right Wing News
Washington Post:
Sources: Chrysler Bankruptcy Plan Would Oust CEO, Install Fiat Management  —  Chrysler chief executive Robert Nardelli would be replaced by the management of Italian automaker Fiat under a bankruptcy plan that the United States is preparing for the storied automaker, sources familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Laura Rozen / The Cable:
State of play in the Harman case  —  Rep. Jane Harman has hired lawyer Lanny Davis, a former special counsel to President Bill Clinton during the Lewinsky affair, as a media advisor, The Cable has learned.  —  The enlisting of the heavyweight help is the latest sign that the California Democrat intends …
 
 
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Nielsen Wire:
First 100 Days: Economic Crisis Now Tied to “Brand Obama” Online
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
The Hill article is true: I'm considering a run at Jane Harman's seat
Jonathan Berr / DailyFinance:
Media World: Networks will cheer Fox snub of Obama
David Chalian / ABCNEWS:
Obama Adviser: ‘Now it Truly Begins’
ABCNEWS:
Transcript: Gibson Interviews Rahm Emanuel
Discussion: The Swamp and Newsweek Blogs
Jill Serjeant / Reuters:
Michelle Obama joins People “most beautiful” list
Discussion: Hot Air
Larry Shaughnessy / CNN:
Soldier's letters shed light on Spanish flu pandemic
Ann Wright / The Huffington Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
At Airport in Murtha's District, Wartime Upgrades
Discussion: Commentary
Jim Manzi / The Corner:
Against Waterboarding  —  I do not believe that the United States …
Discussion: Upturned Earth
Fox News:
Federal Judge Awards Transsexual $500,000
Discussion: Moonbattery
Michael Ledeen / Pajamas Media:
“Never Again,” Obama Style