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10:15 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 …
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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.
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 …
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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New York Times:
First U.S. Death From Swine Flu Is Reported  —  American authorities confirmed the first death outside of Mexico from swine flu on Wednesday, as the number of confirmed cases of the disease continued to rise in Europe.  —  President Obama, in a morning news conference …
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.
Lauran Neergaard / Associated Press:
Officials confront first US death from swine flu
David P. Fidler / asil.org:
ASIL Insights  —  The Swine Flu Outbreak and International Law
Discussion: SF Appeal
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
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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 …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Torturous Compromise  —  Weighing everything, President Obama got it about as right as one could when he decided to ban the use of torture, to release the Bush torture memos for public scrutiny and to not prosecute the lawyers and interrogators who implemented the policy.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Commentary
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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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.
 
 
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Saskia Scholtes / Financial Times:
Commercial mortgages at risk
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Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Economy shrinks at 6.1 percent pace in 1Q
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Dave McNary / Variety:
SAG ad pact ballots out Thursday
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Bill Vlasic / New York Times:
Holdouts Jeopardize Debt Plan for Chrysler
Discussion: The New Republic and Gawker
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Manzullo On Waterboarding: “Apparently Doesn't Work,” “More Torture Than Not”
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MSNBC:
Bush-era endangered species rule revoked
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