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11:05 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 …
The Politico:
Dems win Specter bidding war
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
CNN:
Limbaugh to Specter: Please take McCain with you
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Associated Press:
Toddler in Texas becomes 1st swine flu death in US  —  HOUSTON - A 23-month-old toddler in Texas became the first confirmed swine flu death outside of Mexico as authorities around the world struggled to contain a growing global health menace that has also swept Germany onto the roster of afflicted nations.
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 …
Discussion: City Pages
CNN:
First swine flu death in U.S. reported
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Donklephant
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
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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 …
JammieWearingFool:
Wonderful: Feds Knew NYC Flyover Would Cause Panic, Proceeded Anyway
Discussion: GretaWire, Hot Air and Betsy's Page
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: FIRST QUARTER 2009 (ADVANCE)  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — decreased at an annual rate of 6.1 percent in the first quarter of 2009, (that is, from the fourth quarter …
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Jack Healy / New York Times:
U.S. Economy in 2nd Straight Quarter of Steep Decline  —  The American economy shrank rapidly in the first three months of the year, the government reported on Wednesday, a signal that the economy is likely to remain a dominant issue as the Obama administration looks beyond its first 100 days.
Discussion: The Big Picture and The Agonist
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.
Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Economy shrinks at 6.1 percent pace in 1Q  —  Economy shrinks at worse-than-expected 6.1 percent pace in first quarter  — General Motors Corporation - , Heidrick & Struggles International Inc. - , Lockheed Martin Corporation  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy shrank at a worse …
Discussion: Don Surber
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Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
U.S. economy tumbles in first quarter
Discussion: Felix Salmon
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
Citi Seeks Approval to Pay Out Bonuses
Discussion: Hot Air and Clusterstock
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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Saskia Scholtes / Financial Times:
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Torturous Compromise  —  Weighing everything, President Obama got …
Discussion: Commentary and Hullabaloo
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Dave McNary / Variety:
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Discussion: Think Progress
MSNBC:
Bush-era endangered species rule revoked