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9:55 PM ET, April 30, 2009

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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 …
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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Tapper to Gibbs: Can you clarify Biden's moronic comment about subways?  —  Funny but mean in that it's a question designed simply to make Gibbs squirm.  No one can “clarify” what Greasy Joe said because what he said was perfectly clear: He's freaked out about swine flu — needlessly …
The Politico:
Biden says avoid planes, subways; puts out clarifying statement
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?
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:   The GOP: Not A National Party?
Sen. Robert Byrd / The Huffington Post:
Our Obligation to Investigate  —  In President Obama's inaugural address, he declared that “we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.  Our founding fathers, faced with perils that we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man …
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New York Times:
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 held without trial on American soil, a scenario he acknowledged would create widespread if not unanimous opposition in Congress.
CNN:
Gates: Military strike on Iran's nuclear program won't work
Discussion: Hot Air
ABCNEWS:
The CIA's $1,000 a Day Specialists on Waterboarding, Interrogations  —  The New Focus on Two Retired Military Psychologists Called the ‘Architects’ of the CIA's Techniques  —  As the secrets about the CIA's interrogation techniques continue to come out, there's new information about the frequency …
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.
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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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Stephen Grocer / Deal Journal:
Statement From Non-Tarp Lenders of Chrysler
Discussion: DealBook, Salon and The New Republic
The Politico:
New GOP ad: Do you feel safer?  —  House Republicans are using images of the Pentagon burning on 9/11 and President Obama's “bow” to the Saudi leader in a video that accuses the president of making America less safe in his first 100 days.  —  But the new video has already created blowback …
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: The Daily Dish
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Top Conservatives On Twitter FAIL  —  Ok, quick twitter post and then back to...serious...business.  Several weeks ago, those of us who (for reasons unclear) communicate with friends, colleagues, and complete strangers on Twitter, began scratching our heads when we noticed various conservatives …
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Urbzen / Teablogging:
TCOT (Teabagger Catfight On Twitter)
Discussion: TBogg
Huma Khan / The Note:
Senate Rejects Bankruptcy Bailout for Troubled Homeowners  —  ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports from Capitol Hill: On the same day that the White House announced that overextended Chrysler would go into a “quick” bankruptcy — its loans rewritten by a judge to emerge for life another day …
Discussion: The Politico
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Does Souter's silence on hiring mean he's leaving?  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of the missing law clerks is this spring's most-watched mystery at the Supreme Court.  —  It could be, to borrow a page from Sherlock Holmes, the court's dog that didn't bark, offering a clue as to the retirement plans of Justice David Souter.
Discussion: MSNBC, Taegan Goddard's … and MyDD
Washington Post:
Administration Aide Suspected of Contracting Swine Flu  —  Man May Have Passed Virus to Family Members in Anne Arundel County  —  An Energy Department employee who was part of the advance team for President Obama's recent trip to Mexico is suspected of having contracted the swine flu virus …
James Rosen / Fox News:
Petraeus: Next Two Weeks Critical to Pakistan's Survival  —  Gen. David Petraeus said he is looking for concrete action by the Pakistani government to destroy the Taliban in the next two weeks before determining the United States' next course of action.  —  FOXNews.com
Discussion: ThreatsWatch
John Byrne / Raw Story:
Georgia governor candidate: I'll kill my own son to secede; Wants abortion doctors killed, admitted sex with mule...  A longshot Georgia candidate for governor who's already admitted having sex with a mule before finding God says he's ready to sacrifice his own son in an effort to get his state to secede from the union.
Discussion: Examiner and The Reaction
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 and Taylor Marsh
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.
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.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Pew: Church-Goers Like Torture More  —  They were told not to damage the grass of the earth or any green growth or any tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.  They were allowed to torture them for five months, but not to kill them …
Consortiumnews.com:
Memo to President Obama on Torture  —  This memorandum is VIPS' first attempt to inform you on a major intelligence issue, as we did your predecessor; thus, some background might be helpful.  —  Five former CIA officers established Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) …
Washington Whispers:
Fox Cancels Beltway Boys  —  It's the end of the road for The Beltway Boys, Fox News Channel's Saturday evening political chat with newsmen Fred Barnes and Mort Kondracke.  Whispers hears that the show has run its course.  No replacement has been named.  —  Theirs was a fun mix …
 
 
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Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China's Leaders Take Visible Approach to Swine Flu
Discussion: China Digital Times
ABCNEWS:
Alleged Al Qaeda Sleeper Agent in U.S. Pleads Guilty
Discussion: TalkLeft
William Creeley / FIRE:
Dartmouth's Speech Codes: FIRE Responds to Challenge
Renee Loth / Boston Globe:
The matriarchy up north  —  WHAT'S THE MATTER with New Hampshire?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Shakesville
Nielsen Wire:
Obama's 100 Days Press Conference Draws 28.8M Viewers
Paul Volpe / The Fix:
Anita Dunn Heads to the White House
AMERICAN DIGEST:
Calling All Graphologists: The BO Signature is Up for Analysis
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama Aims for Fast Private Sector Exit
Discussion: The Politico and Washington Post
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Pirate-held cap't: Military escorts needed
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Report: Justice Dept. Official Violated Ethics Rules in Grant-Making
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
ARE SODA TAXES...POPULAR?
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Threat Of Christianism
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
CREDIT MARKETS GO JOHN GALT? … If you set out to wreck …
Discussion: The Corner