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5:15 PM ET, April 30, 2009

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S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Donors demand refund from Specter  —  Political switch gets expensive as lawmaker's support shrinks  —  Sen. Arlen Specter's switch to the Democratic Party is prompting his campaign donors large and small to demand their money back, including several Republican senators whose political …
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
NRSC abandoning Toomey?
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
GOP's Big Names Try to Forge New Agenda
Meghan McCain / Blogs and Stories:
Arlen, You Let Me Down  —  Blogs and Stories
Discussion: Politics Daily and Raw Story
The Politico:
Biden says avoid planes, subways; puts out clarifying statement  —  Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that he would not recommend taking any commercial flight or riding in a subway car “at this point” because swine flu virus can spread “in confined places.”
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The Politico:
W.H. issues advisory after Mexico trip  —  The White House is issuing a health advisory outlining “protective measures” to anyone who traveled on President Barack Obama's trip to Mexico, after a member of the U.S. delegation is suspected of contracting the swine flu strain on the trip.
Discussion: Political Punch
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Flu caught Energy advance man, family
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Chris Isidore / CNNMoney.com:
Chrysler to file for bankruptcy  —  Some lenders refuse offer to reduce debt, leading to likely bankruptcy filing.  But Chrysler expected to remain in business and complete deal with Fiat.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Chrysler LLC is going to file for bankruptcy, an administration official confirmed to CNN Thursday.
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Micheline Maynard / New York Times:
‘Surgical’ Bankruptcy Is Set for Chrysler  —  DETROIT — Chrysler, the third-largest American auto company, filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday and entered into an alliance with the Italian automaker Fiat.  —  The bankruptcy case, which government officials envisioned as a swift …
Micheline Maynard / New York Times:
A Primer on a Chrysler Bankruptcy
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama and Churchill  —  Obama followed Bush last night in using Winston Churchill as his example of a war president:  —  “I was struck by an article that I was reading the other day talking about the fact that the British during World War II, when London was being bombed to smithereens …
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Ben Smith, With A Bullet
Guardian:
Mr. President: Britain tortured!
Aconant / Alex Conant:
Palin and the bear  —  Coming soon to a cable TV station near you: TLC just released a YouTube video of a recent interview with Sarah Palin that has an unfortunate image of the Governor relaxing on a bear rug in her office.  Seriously:  —  I've defended Sarah Palin after recent media criticism.
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Los Angeles Times:
Scientists see this flu strain as relatively mild  —  Genetic data indicate this outbreak won't be as deadly as that of 1918, or even the average winter.  —  As the World Health Organization raised its infectious disease alert level Wednesday and health officials confirmed the first death linked …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   On second thought, don't panic
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Win By Losing?  —  Via Ed Kilgore, Ed Rogers from the Reagan and H.W. Bush administrations makes the point that it's basically never good to lose a Senator: … I do think it's always worth considering an alternative.  I think it's very possible that Democrats could “gain so much power” …
Discussion: Liberal Values
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David Espo / Associated Press:   GOP poll shows Dems have advantage on key issues
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Changing Views on Gay Marriage, Gun Control, Immigration and Legalizing Marijuana  —  ABC News-Washington Post Poll: 49 Percent Support Gay Marriage, New High  —  Support for gay marriage, legalizing illegal immigrants and decriminalizing marijuana all are at new highs.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, MyDD and Good As You
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
ARE SODA TAXES...POPULAR?  —  Till now, I've been of the opinion that arguing in favor of raising revenue by taxing unwanted behaviors is little more than a quixotic argument.  Good for a blog post, maybe, but nothing beyond that.  Then I heard that the prospect of sin taxes was actually emerging …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Public Health Taxes Poll Pretty Well
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
No Racial Gap Seen in '08 Vote Turnout  —  The long-standing gap between blacks and whites in voter participation evaporated in the presidential election last year, according to an analysis released Thursday.  Black, Hispanic and Asian voters made up nearly a quarter of the electorate, setting a record.
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
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PewResearch.org:
Dissecting the 2008 Electorate: Most Diverse in U.S. History
Discussion: Washington Wire
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Elizabeth Edwards write about husband's affair in book … Campaign cad John Edwards' cheating ways made his wife, Elizabeth, sick to her stomach - literally.  —  After the former presidential hopeful confessed his betrayal, Elizabeth Edwards writes in her new book, “I cried and screamed, I went to the bathroom and threw up.”
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Threat Of Christianism  —  “There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs.  There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being.  But like any powerful weapon …
Chris / TVNewser:
“Lie to Me” Tops Obama News Conference  —  Just In: FOX, the only one of the Big Four networks that did not carry Pres. Obama's news conference last night, finished first in the 8pmET hour with a new episode of “Lie to Me.”  The drama averaged 7.9 million Total Viewers, according to Nielsen overnights.
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Gates Hints That Detainees May Be Held on U.S. Soil  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates suggested on Thursday that as many as 100 detainees at the prison at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba would end up housed on American soil.  —  At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee …
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Calling Spades  —  Let me precede what I am about to say by noting that I've written some of what follows before.  But I think it bears repeating, and so with that in mind, I offer this:  —  Yesterday somebody asked if I'd comment on the following passage from Byron York:
 
 
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The Hill:
Time To Get Tough On Credit Card Companies (Sen. Chris Dodd)
Discussion: The Politico
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Report: Justice Dept. Official Violated Ethics Rules in Grant-Making
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Is Rape Serious?  —  When a woman reports a rape, her body is a crime scene.
Discussion: Puma P.A.C. and Feministing
The Politico:
New GOP ad: Do you feel safer?
Discussion: Raw Story
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
PETA wants to bring hog farm to Capitol
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
CREDIT MARKETS GO JOHN GALT? … If you set out to wreck …
Discussion: The Corner
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Francis Cianfrocca / The New Ledger:
Bank of America's Shareholders Vote For Change
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Megan McArdle
Jonathan Tobin / Commentary:
Sentenced to Die for Selling Real Estate to a Jew
Discussion: Israpundit
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Sestak: Specter Better Shape Up
Discussion: Salon, D-Day and The Politico
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Grassley eyes top Republican post on Judiciary Committee
Discussion: Washington Wire
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An Interview With Mark Levin
Discussion: American Power
 

 
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