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4:30 PM 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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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.
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
SO I HEARD SOME GUY ON THE RADIO saying that the Republicans have changed from the Reagan era — now they're a bunch of social conservatives.  But back during the Reagan era, I remember hearing that the Republicans were . . . a bunch of social conservatives.  And back then they were pushing …
Lee Fang / Think Progress:   VIDEO REPORT: Conservatives' 100 Days Of Opposition
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   DeMint: Republicans Losing Because of “Forced Unionization”
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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Martina Stewart / CNN:   Obama responds to tea party movement
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's 100 days: ‘Playing along’
Discussion: The Politico
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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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Investigative Reporter Byron York Exposes Black Support for Democratic President
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Obsidian Wings
Dick Morris / The Hill:   Obama sows seeds of demise
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.
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Senate Guru:
Michael Steele's First 100 Days: A Retrospective
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Steele may lose control over RNC purse strings.
Discussion: Philly.com
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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Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Michigan GOP official cancels Huntsman event in protest
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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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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 …
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.
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U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: FIRST QUARTER 2009 (ADVANCE)
Discussion: BizzyBlog
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 …
The Huffington Post:
House Passes Budget With No GOP Votes  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's Democratic allies in the House have passed a $3.4 trillion budget outline that will help him pass health care reform later in the year.  —  Not a single Republican backed the plan, which passed by a 233-193 vote.
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CNN:
House approves $3.44 trillion budget resolution
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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.
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
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.
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 …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
At Airport in Murtha's District, Wartime Upgrades  —  JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — At the behest of House Defense Appropriations Chairman John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), the Pentagon has spent about $30 million equipping a little-used airport named for the congressman so that it can handle behemoth military aircraft …
Discussion: Commentary and The New Republic
Reason:
Obama's Vision Deficit  —  So here we are, 100 days into the great eight-year triumph of Hope over Change, a new Era of Really Good Feelings in which only one thing has become increasingly, even irrefutably, clear: President Barack Obama is about as visionary as the guy who invented Dippin' Dots, Ice Cream of the Future.
Discussion: The Foundry
Gateway Pundit:
HUNDREDS OF TEA PARTY PROTESTERS GREET OBAMA IN ST. LOUIS!  —  Local 97.1 FM radio host Dana Loesch fires up the crowd outside Fox High School in St. Louis.  —  There were about 15 Obama union supporters outside the school and a van with a Teamster's sticker selling Obama T-shirts and pins.
 
 
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