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Sen. Arlen Specter Will Swith Parties, Run as Democrat in 2010 Philadelphia Inquirer | Specter shakes up the Senate, puts Democrats near the 60-vote mark and goes from underdog to favorite in his re-election race.
Swine Flu Spreads to Middle East, Asia-Pacific Associated Press | Right now, WHO says "containment is not a feasible option." That can't be good.
Obama Is Nudging Views on Race, a Survey Finds New York Times | Black respondents, in particular, are much more optimistic than they were pre-Obama.
Liberals Push Bybee Impeachment Politico | It's not going to happen, but it provides critics of Bush's interrogation policies with another outlet for their anger.
Past 100 Days Rough for GOP as it Seeks Message USA Today | McCain says the party is making "small inroads" since its 2008 defeat. Emphasis on "small."
Cheney for President New York Times | Ross Douthat argues that a Cheney candidacy would have been the true test of conservatism and the Bush legacy that McCain's campaign wasn't.

By Ben Pershing  |  April 28, 2009; 3:19 PM ET
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