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3:10 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.
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
VIDEO REPORT: Conservatives' 100 Days Of Opposition  —  In the first 100 days of the Obama presidency, the conservative movement has undergone a period of radicalization.  From knee-jerk opposition to the President's policies, to petty insults and conspiracy theories aimed at smearing Obama …
Discussion: Progress Illinois
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
DeMint: Republicans Losing Because of “Forced Unionization”  —  When a party does badly in a couple of elections in a row and winds up losing a ton of seats, the natural consequence is to end up more concentrated in its regional base of support.  The Republicans did poorly in 2006 …
Discussion: The New Republic
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
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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Sydney Morning Herald:
Only 7 swine flu deaths, not 152, says WHO
Lauran Neergaard / Associated Press:
Swine flu spreads in 10 US states, Europe
Discussion: Clusterstock and Hot Air
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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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Steele may lose control over RNC purse strings.
Discussion: Philly.com
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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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House Approves Budget Plan  —  WASHINGTON — The House approved a $3.5 trillion federal budget on Wednesday as Democrats raced to cap President Obama's first 100 days in office by adopting a fiscal blueprint laying out the path for his chief policy initiatives.
Discussion: The Hill and Open Left
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CNN:
House approves $3.44 trillion budget resolution
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Kara Rowland / Washington Times:
Boehner says Obama's bills makes him ‘want to throw up’
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
Adam Green / Open Left:
Would YOU step up to help a progressive challenger to Specter?  —  On the very day Arlen Specter became a Democrat, he lamented that not enough right-wing Bush judges got confirmed, he opposed workers' right to organize, and he compared himself to Joe Lieberman.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Inhofe: Specter switch foreshadows 2010 GOP landslide
Discussion: TPMDC
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: 100 Days Winners and Losers
Discussion: Reuters
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 …
New York Times:
Early Resolve: Obama Stand in Auto Crisis  —  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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Wall Street Journal:   The Truth About Cars and Trucks
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Historian Michele Bachmann Blames FDR's “Hoot-Smalley” Tariffs For Great Depression  —  Make no mistake: When it comes to economics, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) knows her history — even if that history is from another planet.  —  On Monday night, our friends at Dump Bachmann reported …
CNN:
House to vote on hate crimes bill  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House of Representatives is expected to vote Wednesday on expanding federal protection against hate crimes to disability, gender, and sexual orientation.  —  The proposal is one of the most sensitive civil rights issues to come before the Congress in years.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
 
 
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