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9:20 AM ET, March 23, 2008

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Mickey Edwards / Washington Post:
Dick Cheney's Error  —  For at least six years, as I've become increasingly frustrated by the Bush administration's repeated betrayal of constitutional — and conservative — principles, I have defended Vice President Cheney, a man I've known for decades and with whom I served and made common cause in Congress.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Erica Jong / The Huffington Post:
Why am I so afraid that the Democratic Party is shooting itself in the foot?  —  The Dems are far from perfect—in any time—but here we are in what has to be a Democratic year and it looks again like we are self-destructing.  —  We have two great candidates—one a hard working …
Discussion: Althouse and James Wolcott's Blog
Matthew Yglesias:
Halleluja  —  This may be the greatest piece of surrealist performance art of the internet era:  —  I'm speechless.
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
Pope baptizes prominent Italian Muslim  —  VATICAN CITY - Italy's most prominent Muslim, an iconoclastic writer who condemned Islamic extremism and defended Israel, converted to Catholicism Saturday in a baptism by the pope at a Vatican Easter service.  —  An Egyptian-born …
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
To Keep and Bear Arms  —  Nearly 135 years ago, the United States experienced what may have been the worst one-day slaughter of blacks by whites in its history.  On April 13, 1873, in the tiny village of Colfax, La., white paramilitaries attacked a lightly armed force of freedmen assembled in a local courthouse.
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Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Constitution  —  Clarence Thomas leaps from his chair.
Discussion: Political Machine
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Gap in Life Expectancy Widens for the Nation  —  WASHINGTON — New government research has found “large and growing” disparities in life expectancy for richer and poorer Americans, paralleling the growth of income inequality in the last two decades.  —  Life expectancy for the nation …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and American Street
Matthew Yglesias:
Hillary Clinton in Bosnia  —  The former First Lady described her 1996 trip to the base at Tuzla earlier this week in a speech: … I don't recall that sniper incident, but I was only fifteen or so at the time, and now video has surfaced showing contemporary news coverage of the sniper attack on Clinton …
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Washington Post:
Sniper Fire, and Holes In Clinton's Recollection
Reuters:
Web host suspends site planned for anti-Koran film  —  Source: Reuters  —  A U.S.-based web service, which Islam critic and Dutch right-wing lawmaker Geert Wilders planned to use to show his film critical of the Koran, said on Saturday that it had inactivated the site due to complaints.
Michael Portillo / Times of London:
Tibetan revolt has China's empire fraying at the edge  —  For all its overwhelming force in the lonely mountain passes, where military convoys toil towards the clouds, or in the dark alleys of Chengdu's Tibetan quarter, where soldiers stand watch, the sour tang of a debacle for China is in the air.
Amy Driscoll / MiamiHerald.com:
Spitzer Miami tryst alleged  —  Almost four months before Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned in a sex scandal, a lawyer for Republican political operative Roger Stone sent a letter to the FBI alleging that Spitzer “used the services of high-priced call girls” while in Florida.
History News Network:
Deja vu — Judith Apter Klinghoffer  —  OBAMA ON HIS NOT “TYPICAL WHITE” GRANDPARENTS  —  To fully appreciate the venality of Obama's treatment of his grandmother, one needs to read the other stories he tells about her.  Yes, Obama does tell in his book the story of his grandmother fear of a man who accosted her on the bus (p.88):
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Edges Ahead of Clinton  —  Democratic nomination preference: Obama 48%, Clinton 45%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama has quickly made up the deficit he faced with Hillary Clinton earlier this week, with the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update on Democratic presidential …
 
 
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Michael Cooper / New York Times:
McCain Offers Soothing Tones in Trip Abroad
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BBC:
US air strike kills ‘Iraq allies’
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MORE ON UPSETTING THE APPLECART
Spiegel Online:
German Intelligence Was ‘Dishonest, Unprofessional and Irresponsible’
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Hot Air
Gail Shister / Philly.com:
Obama begins ad blitz in Philadelphia
Discussion: TalkLeft and Los Angeles Times
Carolyn Jones / San Francisco Chronicle:
Marine supporters on motorcycles roar in Berkeley
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
In Washington, a Split Over Regulation of Wall Street
Sacramento Bee:
Freed SLA member Olson arrested again
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Shadi Hamid / Washington Post:
Speech Translation  —  While Barack Obama's speech on race earlier …
Kate Bolduan / CNN:
CEO of passport contractor is Obama adviser
Colum Lynch / Washington Post:
Book Details U.S. Pressure On Allies Before War
 

 
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