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11:25 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: The Swamp, Ben Smith's Blog, CNN and Salon
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Relax, The Dems Will Screw Up
Discussion: The Rhetorican
CNBC.com:
GDP Down 6.1%, Reflecting Continuing Economic Woes  —  The U.S. economy contracted at a surprisingly sharp 6.1 percent rate in the first quarter as exports and business inventories plummeted.  —  The drop in gross domestic product, reported by the Commerce Department on Wednesday …
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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 …
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: Matthew Yglesias and The Agonist
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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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: Wake up America and City Pages
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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JammieWearingFool:
Wonderful: Feds Knew NYC Flyover Would Cause Panic, Proceeded Anyway
Discussion: GretaWire, Hot Air and Betsy's Page
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.
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
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: TalkLeft, Commentary and Hullabaloo
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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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
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