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6:35 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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Gateway Pundit:
HUNDREDS OF TEA PARTY PROTESTERS Greet Obama In St. Louis (Video Added)  —  HUNDREDS OF TEA PARTY PROTESTERS GREET OBAMA IN ST. LOUIS!  —  The St. Louis Tea Party Coalition protested Barack Obama in Arnold, Missouri today.  —  Local 97.1 FM radio host Dana Loesch fired up the crowd outside Fox High School in St. Louis.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's 100 days: ‘Playing along’
Discussion: The Politico
Nice Deb:
Obama Targets Teabaggers At Town Hall
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Martina Stewart / CNN:   Obama responds to tea party movement
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: Sadly, No! and Obsidian Wings
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 …
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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.
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
VIDEO REPORT: Conservatives' 100 Days Of Opposition
Discussion: Progress Illinois
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’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Speaker Nancy Pelosi marked President Obama's 100 days in office with some unsolicited advice to Republican voters: “take back your party.”  —  The California Democrat offered her own analysis of the political environment …
Discussion: Hot Air
Media Matters Action Network:
Rep. Virginia Foxx Called Matthew Shepard Hate Crime “A Hoax” … Matthew Shepard's Death Was A Hate Crime, Not Simply A Robbery  —  Rep. Foxx: “The bill was named after a very unfortunate incident that happened, where a young man was killed, but we know that that young man was killed in the commitment of robbery.
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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
Discussion: Washington Whispers
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Steele may lose purse strings  —  A battle over control of the party's purse strings has erupted at the troubled Republican National Committee, with defenders of Chairman Michael S. Steele accusing dissident RNC members of trying to “embarrass and neuter” the party's new leader.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Hot Air
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: Right Wing News
Michael Ledeen / Pajamas Media:
“Never Again,” Obama Style  —  No president in modern times has managed to conceal so much of his biography as this one.  The journalists assigned to the Obama beat seem to have lost their traditional avidity for digging out the missing details.  We do not have a medical report …
ABCNEWS:
Transcript: Gibson Interviews Rahm Emanuel  —  White House Chief of Staff: ‘Not to Point Fingers ... We Inherited These Problems’  —  The following is an excerpted transcript of ABC News' Charles Gibson's interview with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on President Obama's first 100 days in office …
Discussion: The Swamp and Newsweek Blogs
Jim Manzi / The Corner:
Against Waterboarding  —  I do not believe that the United States should have a policy of using waterboarding to extract information from captured combatants in the Global War on Terror (GWOT).  Let me explain why.  Any decent society needs to defend itself from armed aggression without becoming a society not worth defending.
Discussion: Upturned Earth
Fox News:
Federal Judge Awards Transsexual $500,000  —  A federal judge has awarded a former Army Special Forces commander nearly $500,000 because she was rejected from a job at the Library of Congress while transitioning from a man to a woman.  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge has awarded …
Discussion: Moonbattery
CNN:
Baghdad car bombings over 4 hours kill 48  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Six car bombings in four hours killed 48 people and wounded 81 in various Baghdad neighborhoods Wednesday, according to Iraq's Interior Ministry.  —  In a separate incident, five people were killed and three wounded …
David Chalian / ABCNEWS:
Obama Adviser: ‘Now it Truly Begins’  —  President to Look Ahead to the Next 100 Days in his Prime Time News Conference  —  President Obama's top advisers have spent most of the day playing the media-driven game of marking the president's 100th day in office.
The Huffington Post:
Bank Lobby On Course To Gut Bankruptcy Bill  —  The bankruptcy reform bill that passed the House weeks ago amid much fanfare is on course to be gutted by the Senate Thursday.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told the Huffington Post Wednesday that he wasn't sure the bill …
 
 
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Jonathan Berr / DailyFinance:
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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
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
Obama Administration Gets High Marks on Swine Flu So Far
Discussion: The Swamp
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
At Airport in Murtha's District, Wartime Upgrades
Discussion: Commentary and The New Republic
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Inhofe: Specter switch foreshadows 2010 GOP landslide
Discussion: TPMDC and MyDD
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Discussion: Clusterstock and Dealbreaker
Dick Morris / The Hill:
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Discussion: The Foundry