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Swine fluWhile it is still too early to claim that the swine flu outbreak is being overblown, events are beginning to suggest that may prove to be the case. As of Wednesday, the numbers of people seeking flu treatment in Mexico had dwindled markedly, and the death rate has nearly vanished; only one new death was announced on Wednesday by Mexican authorities.

UNITASMarines and sailors from a dozen different countries stormed a beach close to Jacksonville, displaying Mexican, Colombian, and other foreign flags. The operation was part of UNITAS — Latin for unity — a program with several objectives, including an increase in “interoperability.”

Update: Less than an hour after publishing our online story that The American Conservative would be ending its printed publication because of financial pressures, we received the following message from Daniel McCarthy of TAC: "We've had an outpouring of support from our readers (and writers), and we've made some financial cuts which will keep us going. There's still more work for us to do on shoring up our finances for the long term, but we will not be going out of print — much to the neocons' chagrin!" Mr. McCarthy added: "Please let readers of The New American blog know." We are delighted to share this encouragingng update  to our original story (see below), which unbeknowst to us was out of date before we even published it. Such is the fast-paced world in which we live! — Editor

Why would Louis Caldera, a member of the White House military office, okay a plan to have the 747 that's used as Air Force One, the president’s plane (the president was not on board), fly low over New York’s skyline on April 27, followed by a fighter jet, considering New Yorkers’ experiences with 9/11? Because image is important.

Information posted on the website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control on April 28 confirmed a total of 64 human cases of swine flu across the country. The count was up from 40 confirmed cases the previous day. New York leads the nation with 45 cases (attributed to students at a Queens, New York, high school who had spent spring break in Cancun, Mexico), California had10 cases, Texas 6 cases, Kansas 2 cases, and Ohio 1 case.

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