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2:45 PM ET, March 24, 2006

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Wpnieditor / washingtonpost.blog:
Ben Domenech Resigns  —  In the past 24 hours, we learned of allegations that Ben Domenech plagiarized material that appeared under his byline in various publications prior to washingtonpost.com contracting with him to write a blog that launched Tuesday.  —  An investigation into these allegations …
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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."
Rick Moran / The American Thinker:
It appeared to be the beginning of something new and exciting for the mainstream press.  The Washington Post hired a conservative blogger ostensibly to give the view from the right on issues covered by the paper's news department.  The Post has proven it self innovative in other ways when it comes …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Media Contortionism  —  I have never been much for blog triumphalism.  Aside from being self-aggrandizing, it didn't seem to me to be particularly true that blogs would replace the mainstream media.  But I am actually beginning to think that what we know as the mainstream press might end up going the way of the Dodo bird after all.
Discussion: Eschaton, Oliver Willis and azerbic
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 …
Editor and Publisher:
Conservatives Turn on New 'Wash Post' Blogger, Urge Him to Step Down
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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 …
Discussion: TAPPED
James Robison / Ray Robison:
Russia provides Saddam with U.S. military strength at start of Iraq War  —  For the second day in a row, as we were "going to press" ABC News put a gist of a newly released Iraq Regime document on their website.  But again Sammi provides a full translation of the document CMPC-2003-001950.
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
On The Fence Films:
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.
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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 …
Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
Bush shuns Patriot Act requirement  —  In addendum to law, he says oversight rules are not binding  —  WASHINGTON — When President Bush signed the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act this month, he included an addendum saying that he did not feel obliged to obey requirements …
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.
thewesterlysun.com:
STATE BANS ABSTINENCE PROGRAM  —  PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island education officials have banned from public schools a federally funded abstinence program that civil rights advocates said embraced sexist stereotypes and included a voluntary student health survey that violated privacy laws.
 
 
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Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Saddam, Al Qaeda Did Collaborate, Documents Show
Discussion: Power Line, Solomonia and Wizbang
SayUncle:
Scoot update - 2  —  Programming note: Instead of multiple posts …
Discussion: Lean Left
Mark Henderson / Times of London:
London 'under water by 2100' as Antarctica crumbles into the sea
Cynthia Leonor Garza / Houston Chronicle:
Former first lady's donation aids son
Peter Spiegel / Los Angeles Times:
Bush's Requests for Iraqi Base Funding Make Some Wary of Extended Stay
Discussion: Air America Radio
New York Times:
Secretary of Homeland Insecurity
Discussion: The Mahablog
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Red Cross Sifting Internal Charges Over Katrina Aid
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E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
In Charge, Except They're Not  —  Is President Bush the leader …
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Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
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Women Wage Key Campaigns for Democrats
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Challenge for U.S.: Iraq's Handling of Detainees
Norma Cohen / Financial Times:
Backlash over new pensions legislation
Discussion: Sirotablog
Jim Heintz / Associated Press:
Belarusian police round up protesters
Discussion: Publius Pundit and RedState
ABCNEWS:
ABC News Listens to Viewers' Concerns About Iraq Coverage