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11:10 AM ET, March 24, 2006

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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Some Readers See Red Over Post.com's New Blogger  —  The Washington Post Co.'s Web operation has touched off an online furor by hiring as a blogger a 24-year-old former Bush administration aide who co-founded a conservative site and recently referred to Coretta Scott King as a "communist."
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Erick / redstate.org:
We Must Defend.  —  It's true.  Ben Domenech is Augustine.  And I stand behind him 100%.  He has said nothing filled with racism or hate, or bigotry.  In fact, Ben has been a leader in keeping those he dubs the "evilcons" off RedState.  Unbeknownst to all of you, RedState continually self-polices …
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Plagiarism  —  I really hadn't intended to write another post on puzzling things conservatives have recently said or done.  However, the story of Ben Domenech (aka Augustine)'s apparent plagiarism made me change my mind.  If you haven't seen it yet, here are some of the examples:
Gavin M. / Sadly, No!:
Ben Caught Stealing (Dance Remix)
Discussion: Eschaton
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Bush Is Facing a Difficult Path on Immigration  —  WASHINGTON, March 23 — In the days before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, immigration policy was going to be President Bush's signature issue.  It was central to his thinking as the former governor of a border state, key to his relationship …
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Washington Post:
Immigration Debate Is Shaped by '08 Election  —  Presidential Hopefuls Offer Their Proposals Ahead of Senate Vote  —  President Bush's effort to secure lawful employment opportunities for illegal immigrants is evolving into an early battle of the 2008 presidential campaign …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Of Course It's a Civil War  —  Today's big debate over Iraq seems to be: Is there or is there not a civil war?  Yes, say the defeatists, citing former prime minister Ayad Allawi, a man with an ax to grind against the current (elected) government, which excluded him.
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Washington Post:
Envoy Accuses Iran Of Duplicity on Iraq
Discussion: Informed Comment and War and Piece
Associated Press:
U.S. Hiring Hong Kong Co. to Scan Cargo  —  WASHINGTON - In the aftermath of the Dubai ports dispute, the Bush administration is hiring a Hong Kong conglomerate to help detect nuclear materials inside cargo passing through the Bahamas to the United States and elsewhere.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Back when I first arrived in Washington, almost eight years ago now …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Associated Press:
Top Muslim clerics: Convert must die  —  Religious leaders urge courts to ignore West, hang Christian  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Senior Muslim clerics are demanding that an Afghan man on trial for converting from Islam to Christianity be executed, warning that if the government caves …
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The Ugly American / The Real Ugly American.com:
Pundit In Chief: An Interview with Fred Barnes  —  Well I am a day late but here is "The big story" I was working on.  Yesterday I was very honored to have the opportunity to speak for a bout 45 minutes with Fred Barnes (whose notable work will be detailed in just a moment) about his new book Rebel in Chief.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Mark Steyn / Jerusalem Post:
Down with stability  —  Three years ago, in the weeks before the invasion of Iraq, it fell to the then prime minister of Canada to make the most witless public statement on the subject by any G7 leader.  —  "Your president has won," Jean Chretien told ABC News in early March 2003.
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Challenge for U.S.: Iraq's Handling of Detainees  —  CAMP JUSTICE, Iraq — The blindfolded detainees in the dingy hallway line up in groups of five for their turn to see a judge, like schoolchildren outside the principal's office.  —  Each meeting lasts a few minutes.
Discussion: Penraker
Norma Cohen / Financial Times:
Backlash over new pensions legislation  —  Employers will be able to slash their contributions to underfunded pension schemes by tens of billions of dollars over the next five years under proposed legislation before Congress that was expected to have the opposite effect.
Discussion: Sirotablog
Opinion Journal:
Foreign Exchange  —  Why did Yale slam the door on Afghan women?  —  A statement from Yale University, defending its decision to admit former Taliban spokesman Ramatullah Hashemi, explained that he had "escaped the wreckage of Afghanistan."  To anyone who is aware of the Taliban's barbaric treatment …
Michael A. Livingston / from milan to mumbai:
"Diversity," the ABA, and the law schools  —  The issue of faculty governance has been in the air lately, with even some liberal deans rebelling against excessive ABA/AALS interference in admissions and hiring policy, and a move to strip the relevant organizations of their accreditation power.
John / AMERICAblog:
Wash Post ombudsman blows off complaints about blogger, says the .com is not her issue, even though she's criticized "liberal" writers at the .com  —  Isn't this interesting.  The Washington Post ombudsman is now saying she'll have nothing to do with the Post's Republican blogger scandal because it's not her jurisdiction.
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Stonewalling At Yale  —  Yesterday, Evan Maloney was on the Yale campus hoping to interview administrators and allow them to give a fuller accounting of their decision to admit an ex-Taliban official with very little previous education to the hallowed halls of one of America's elite universities.
Robin Toner / New York Times:
Women Wage Key Campaigns for Democrats  —  NARBERTH, Pa. — If the Democrats have their way, the 2006 Congressional elections will be the revenge of the mommy party.  —  Democratic women are running major campaigns in nearly half of the two dozen most competitive House races where their party hopes …
Discussion: Althouse and BrothersJudd Blog
 
 
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Cheney's Needs on the Road: What, No NPR?
Jason R. Wiles / arktimes.com:
The missing link  —  Scientist discovers that evolution …
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
In Charge, Except They're Not  —  Is President Bush the leader …
radioblogger.com:
Victor Davis Hanson on the tripartheid nexus of Congressional …
Discussion: The RCP Blog
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Pentagon Orders Investigation Of Cunningham's MZM Earmark
Discussion: War and Piece
James Robison / Ray Robison:
Russia provides Saddam with U.S. military strength at start of Iraq War
Daniel Henninger / Opinion Journal:
Pour It On  —  Whatever Laura's feeding George, it's working.
Discussion: Blogs for Bush
thewesterlysun.com:
STATE BANS ABSTINENCE PROGRAM
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Jim Romenesko / poynter.org:
No dinners until the war is over
Discussion: PSoTD
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Media Contortionism  —  I have never been much for blog triumphalism.
Jim Heintz / Associated Press:
Belarusian police round up protesters
Discussion: RedState
ABCNEWS:
ABC News Listens to Viewers' Concerns About Iraq Coverage
Voltaire / March for Free Expression:
Muslims are Welcome: No Danish cartoons, please
Kenneth R. Timmerman / Front Page Magazine:
Russia's Double Game
Discussion: Reuters and Daily Pundit
New York Times:
To All the Girls I've Rejected  —  A FEW days ago I watched …