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9:15 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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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.
Michelle Malkin:
THE DOMENECH DEBACLE  —  ***scroll for updates...statement from NRO...Domenech speaks to Human Events Online...Ben's statement up at Red State (there is no explanation of the apparent cribbing in the NRO piece)***  —  I just got home from Pittsburgh and am late heading out the door …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Your Logo Here
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Red America, RIP... and the Great Blogger Bake Off  —  "Now that Ben Domenech has resigned from washingtonpost.com I hope Jim Brady will do the right thing, the creative thing, the thing that would turn this sorry episode around and allow the post.com to come out with a win for its readers and in the blogosphere..."
Salon:
What hath Domenech done?  —  If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, young conservative Ben Domenech was apparently flattering Salon plenty back in college.  On Thursday several bloggers examined the controversial Domenech's stint as a schoolboy columnist at the College …
Patrick / mediabistro.com:   Ben Domenech, Pt. 2?
Chris Kromm / Facing South:
Coretta a "communist"? There's a history here
Discussion: KnoxViews and Majikthise
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 …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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New York Times:
Kabul Judge Rejects Calls to End Trial of Christian Convert
Abdul Waheed Wafa / New York Times:
Afghan Clerics, in Friday Prayers, Call for Convert's Execution
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Madeleine Albright / Los Angeles Times:
Good versus evil isn't a strategy  —  Bush's worldview fails to see that in the Middle East, power politics is the key.  —  THE BUSH administration's newly unveiled National Security Strategy might well be subtitled "The Irony of Iran."  Three years after the invasion of Iraq and the invention …
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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 …
Cynthia Leonor Garza / Houston Chronicle:
Former first lady's donation aids son  —  Katrina funds earmarked to pay for Neil Bush's software program  —  Former first lady Barbara Bush donated an undisclosed amount of money to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund with specific instructions that the money be spent with an educational software company owned by her son Neil.
Anthony Browne / Times of London:
Chirac flees summit in a fury over use of English  —  Read Charles Bremner's Paris weblog on Chirac's walk-out  —  PRESIDENT CHIRAC stormed out of the first session of a European Union summit dominated by a row over French nationalism because a fellow Frenchman insisted on speaking English.
Discussion: chicagoboyz.net and In the Bullpen
Helen / Dr. Helen:
What Goes Around, Comes Around  —  One of my commenters pointed out this op-ed piece in the NYT (thanks) entitled, "To All of the Girls I've Rejected."  The Times piece is an apology to all of the girls who are being turned away from their pick of colleges due to "demographic realities."
 
 
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