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7:45 AM ET, March 25, 2006

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Augustine / RedState:
Red America Ends  —  Red America, my new blog at washingtonpost.com, has been under attack since its launch.  It is a conservative blog on a mainstream media site, so many of the attacks were expected.  If one bothers to read it, I believe it stands as a welcome addition to the opinion debate.
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Robert B. Bluey / Human Events:
Blogger Ben Domenech Strikes Back; Calls Post Editors 'Fools'  —  In his first public comments since resigning earlier today as a blogger for washingtonpost.com, Ben Domenech says his editors there were "fools" for not expecting an onslaught of attacks from the left.
National Review:
Holiday Music Guide 2000  —  The holiday season is upon us, and NRO is here to help you decide what to give (and ask for) this year.  We asked some of our editors and contributors to come up with their favorite CDs released in the last year or so.  The result is the list of recommendations you see before you.
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Washington Post Blogger Quits After Plagiarism Accusations  —  A 24-year-old blogger for The Washington Post, Ben Domenech, resigned yesterday after being confronted with evidence that he had plagiarized articles in other publications.  —  His resignation came after writing six blog items …
Discussion: Daily Kos, AMERICAblog and Eschaton
The Corner on National Review Online:
DOMENECH, CONTINUED [The Editors]  —  As we mentioned in our earlier editor's note, staff here at National Review Online are going through all of the pieces Ben Domenech has written for us (the most recent of which appears to have been published in 2002) in light of questions raised in the wake …
Augustine / RedState:
Contrition  —  I want to apologize to National Review Online, my friends and colleagues here at RedState, and to any others that have been affected over the past few days.  I also want to apologize to my previous editors and writers whose work I used inappropriately and without attribution.
Discussion: Roger Ailes and The Agonist
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
'Red America' Blogger Resigns  —  A 24-year-old conservative blogger hired by The Washington Post Co.'s Web site resigned today, three days after his debut, amid a flurry of allegations of plagiarism.  —  Ben Domenech, an editor with Regnery Publishing, relinquished the part-time position hours …
Ben Domenech / New York Press:
Capitol Shooter  —  •I walked out of the bright Friday sun and into the Capitol Bldg.'s Document Entrance two hours before the gunman arrived.  The back of my collar scratched sweat against my skin, and I loosened my tie in a vain effort to find relief from the sultry July heat.
Krempasky / RedState:
On behalf of RedState  —  A young man took something and called it his own.  He owes apologies to those writers, his editors, and especially his friends who have rushed to his defense in the past 48 hours.  It is an embarrassing offense — and one rightly criticized.
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Firedoglake
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Red America, RIP... and the Great Blogger Bake Off
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
Ben Domenech takes responsibility
Sanjoy Majumder / BBC:
Mood hardens against Afghan convert  —  Increasing international pressure over the case of Christian convert Abdul Rahman is forcing the Afghan government to play a careful balancing act between its Western allies and religious conservatives at home.  —  Under the interpretation …
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BREITBART.COM:
Afghan Christian 'likely to be released soon': official  —  An Afghan Christian facing possible execution for converting from Islam was likely to be released from jail "soon," a senior government official said following huge Western pressure over the case.  —  "He is likely to be released soon …
Abdul Waheed Wafa / New York Times:
Afghan Clerics, in Friday Prayers, Call for Convert's Execution
Mike Eckel / Associated Press:
Russian Spies Operated in Iraq Through '03  —  MOSCOW - Russia had a military intelligence unit operating in Iraq up through the 2003 U.S. invasion and fall of Baghdad, a Russian analyst said Friday as the Pentagon reported Moscow fed Saddam Hussein's government with intelligence on the American military.
Discussion: Flopping Aces
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Will Dunham / Reuters:
Pentagon report says Russia gave Iraq intelligence
Associated Press:
Pentagon: Russia Gave Saddam War Intel
Discussion: Expose the Left
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Russia, Unmasked  —  Thanks to the release of the captured …
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
DOJ: NSA Could've Monitored Doctor's Calls  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency could have legally monitored ordinarily confidential communications between doctors and patients or attorneys and their clients, the Justice Department said Friday of its controversial warrantless surveillance program.
Discussion: rawstory.com and Prairie Weather
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Oliver Poole / Telegraph:
Released hostages 'refuse to help their rescuers'  —  The three peace activists freed by an SAS-led coalition force after being held hostage in Iraq for four months refused to co-operate fully with an intelligence unit sent to debrief them, a security source claimed yesterday.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Matthews:They don't want the whole truth out and that's the fact.  "  —  Matthews: "They don't want the whole truth out and that's the fact."  —  Yes, I've had big problems with Chris as you all know.  On 3/16, he said that he was amazed that Bush was unpopular-which amazed me.  (readership request)
MSNBC:
FEMA breaks promise on Katrina contracts  —  Agency will extend, not rebid, deals with politically connected firms  —  WASHINGTON - FEMA has broken its promise to reopen four multimillion-dollar no-bid contracts for Hurricane Katrina work, including three that federal auditors say wasted significant amounts of money.
 
 
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