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6:55 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 …
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Sen. Bunning approves his GOP rival's bid  —  Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson (R) has formed an exploratory committee to run for Senate with the consent of his would-be primary opponent, Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), sources tell The Hill.  —  Bunning, who has angrily pushed back against talk …
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 …
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
NRSC abandoning Toomey?
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
The GOP: Not A National Party?
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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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 …
Discussion: ScienceInsider and Wonkette
The Politico:
W.H. issues advisory after Mexico trip
Discussion: Clusterstock and Political Punch
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Flu caught Energy advance man, family
Discussion: The Politico
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
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 …
Discussion: Think Progress and Democrats.com
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Gates Hints That Detainees May Be Held on U.S. Soil
Discussion: SFGate and ATTACKERMAN
CNN:
Gates: Military strike on Iran's nuclear program won't work
Discussion: Hot Air
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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Guardian:
Mr. President: Britain tortured!
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Ben Smith, With A Bullet
Discussion: Guardian and Weekly Standard
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
Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:
Condi Rice Pulls A Nixon: When the President Does It, That Means It is Not Illegal  —  Condoleezza Rice was recently speaking at Stanford when students asked her an excellent question on waterboarding and torture.  They have her answer on tape and it isn't pretty.  Condi Rice absolutely pulls a Nixon.
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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
Discussion: Washington Post and D-Day
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
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 …
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 …
Paul Volpe / The Fix:
Anita Dunn Heads to the White House  —  Anita Dunn, a Democratic media consultant and senior adviser to President Barack Obama during the fall campaign, has been named the interim communications director at the White House, according to several sources familiar with the decision.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Page
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 …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Julian Sanchez:
Your Year in Wiretaps  —  Marc Ambinder notes that the federal government's annual wiretap report—that's Title III criminal wiretaps, not the foreign intel surveillance covered by FISA— is out, and the headline figure is that there was a 16 percent decline in wiretap orders over the previous year.
 
 
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
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Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Next economic crisis looms: Commercial real estate defaults
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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
CREDIT MARKETS GO JOHN GALT? … If you set out to wreck …
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Sentenced to Die for Selling Real Estate to a Jew
Discussion: Jerusalem Post and Israpundit