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5:50 PM ET, April 30, 2009

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Serena Ng / Wall Street Journal:
A Chrysler Creditor Finds Himself Torn  —  Geoffrey Gwin is wrestling with the knowledge that the retirement plans of some 80,000 Americans may rest in his hands.  —  “I am in turmoil,” says Mr. Gwin, principal of the Group G Capital Partners LLC hedge funds in New York.
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Micheline Maynard / New York Times:
A Primer on a Chrysler Bankruptcy
Stephen Grocer / Deal Journal:
Statement From Non-Tarp Lenders of Chrysler
Discussion: DealBook, Salon and The New Republic
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
Discussion: Political Punch
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Flu caught Energy advance man, family
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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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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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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
Discussion: Guardian and Weekly Standard
Guardian:
Mr. President: Britain tortured!
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
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
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.”
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.
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 …
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
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
GOP's Big Names Try to Forge New Agenda  —  Looking to rebrand a struggling Republican Party, a group of party heavyweights including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) are launching a new group that will hold town halls around the country and look to produce GOP ideas on issues like education and health care.
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Meghan McCain / Blogs and Stories:
Arlen, You Let Me Down  —  Blogs and Stories
Discussion: Politics Daily and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: SFGate and ATTACKERMAN
The Politico:
Bunning poised to retire  —  Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning, the most endangered Republican up for reelection in 2010, appears headed for retirement after giving his leading GOP rival the blessing to prepare to run for his seat next year.  —  Bunning's retirement would be a huge victory …
Discussion: MyDD
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Report: Justice Dept. Official Violated Ethics Rules in Grant-Making  —  Bush Administration Appointee Awarded Sole Source Contracts to Ideologically Favored Companies, Individuals  —  A former Justice Department grant-making administrator violated federal ethics and procurement rules …
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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US Department of State:
State Department 100-Day Report
Discussion: Hot Air and Boston Globe
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Pirate-held cap't: Military escorts needed
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Next economic crisis looms: Commercial real estate defaults
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
The Hill:
Time To Get Tough On Credit Card Companies (Sen. Chris Dodd)
Discussion: The Politico
The Politico:
New GOP ad: Do you feel safer?
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
CREDIT MARKETS GO JOHN GALT? … If you set out to wreck …
Discussion: The Corner
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