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Michael D. Shear and Ann Scott Tyson write in The Washington Post: "White House press secretary Robert Gibbs pointedly refused to rule out a firing in the case of the Air Force One backup's flight that terrified some in New York City on Monday....Gibbs reiterated that President Obama was 'furious' about the decision, and he said the deputy chief of staff will conduct the review."

Anne Gearan writes for the Associated Press: "The taxpayer bill for Monday's presidential plane flight over Manhattan was $328,835. The political cost to the Obama White House will be harder to calculate."

Lauran Neergaard writes for the Associated Press: "President Barack Obama suggested Wednesday that school closings may be necessary, in an escalating global health emergency...Obama said the federal government is 'prepared to do whatever is necessary to control the impact of this virus.' He noted his request for $1.5 billion in emergency funding to ensure adequate supplies of vaccines."

Steven Mufson writes in The Washington Post that "the Obama administration finds itself in control of many of the pillars of U.S. finance and industry, but it is playing its role reluctantly. Obama's goal is to fix them, not run them, the White House says. With regard to GM, for example, one official said this week that the administration's 'goal is to exert as little influence as possible' and 'to exit as quickly as possible.' Yet the Obama administration, on behalf of American taxpayers, has become -- or will soon become -- the controlling shareholder of General Motors and Chrysler, mortgage behemoths Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, and insurance giant AIG, not to mention the 29 banks taken over this year by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. And that puts the president in the awkward position of balancing public policy goals with the financial interests of taxpayers as investors in these ailing corporations."

Neil A. Lewis writes in the New York Times: "Judge Jay S. Bybee broke his silence on Tuesday and defended the conclusions of legal memorandums he had signed as a Bush administration lawyer that allowed use of several coercive interrogation practices on suspected terrorists. Judge Bybee, who issued the memorandums as the head of the Office of Legal Counsel and was later nominated to the federal appeals court by President George W. Bush, said in a statement in response to questions from The New York Times that he continued to believe that the memorandums represented 'a good-faith analysis of the law' that properly defined the thin line between harsh treatment and torture....Judge Bybee said he was issuing a statement following reports that he had regrets over his role in the memorandums, including an article in The Washington Post on Saturday to that effect."

Al Kamen writes in The Washington Post: "President Obama's Cabinet was finally filled yesterday after the Senate, on the eve of President Obama's 100th day in office, voted 65 to 31 to confirm Kathleen Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services....As expected, Obama, with 102 nominations pending before the Senate and 65 officials confirmed, has far outpaced his modern predecessors back to Ronald Reagan in terms of overall appointment activity. Obama nearly beat the Reagan juggernaut in terms of confirmed nominees, though the Reagan White House still holds the record at 73 appointees confirmed, according to the White House Transition Project."

Christopher Drew writes in the New York Times that Obama's decision to halt an expensive program to build new presidential helicopters is being challenged by "several influential lawmakers and defense analysts" who "are now calling for a compromise that would salvage a simpler version of the helicopter that is already being tested."

New York Times opinion columnist Maureen Dowd writes bad fiction.

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 29, 2009; 11:40 AM ET
 
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"New York Times opinion columnist Maureen Dowd writes bad fiction."
I thought ALL of her work was fiction! Fact is, she's just a bad writer, period.

Posted by: stephenlouis | April 29, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Ummmm... The 747 jet is for exclusive use by The President of the USA. It doesn't go anywhere unless the Pres, the senior staff and/or the Secret Service give the orders.
The person that the WH is throwing under the bus could not by himself order this flight. Obama's inner circle and security detail have to work out the schedule for this flight so that it doesn't conflict with the Presidential schedule. So for Obama and his staff to be oblivious of the flight is down right lying. Emergency scenarios involving the availability of the plane have to be in place at all times.

Posted by: alutz08 | April 29, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

The 747 was not the plane regularly used by the President, but a back-up. And no plane is technically called Air Force One unless the President is on it.

Posted by: Sutter | April 29, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Re: Steve Mufson: "not to mention the 29 banks taken over by the FDIC"....umm, this is completely different from the other examples mentioned as these banks are taken over and sold to other private banks within days.

Posted by: scott1959 | April 29, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

alutz08:

You made the same stupid comment yesterday. This is a back-up plane. President Obama does not keep personal track of the back-up plane. It really is below his pay grade. Nor does the secret service. It's the BACK-UP.

Posted by: dickdata | April 29, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

alutz=bee esser conspiracy theorist. I'm sure the president sits around all day scheduling his own flight schedule. After praying to Mecca 5 times a day, damning America with Pastor Wright, conspiring to take your guns away and fomenting Christian Moslem Socialism while protecting the bankers and Wall Street. Lenin said we will sell the capitalists the rope with which we will hang them, so you're in interesting company at least.
Speaking of Bybee, if that is his good faith best judgment he is the most glaringly unsuited man for positions of authority in the entire world. Impeach, prosecute, hang if necessary, it is getting too late and the CIA and others are no doubt still destroying evidence. How hard is it to follow the clear legal requirements against torture?

Posted by: sparkplug1 | April 29, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Bybee keeps stepping in it, doesn't he? How do we deal with a federal circuit judge who has been disbarred?

Posted by: thrh | April 29, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

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