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5:55 AM ET, March 25, 2006


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Augustine / RedState:
Red America Ends  —  Red America, my new blog at, 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.
Wpnieditor /
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 contracting with him to write a blog that launched Tuesday.  —  An investigation into these allegations …
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, 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 …
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.
Chris Kromm / Facing South:
Coretta a "communist"? There's a history here
Discussion: Majikthise
Patrick /
Ben Domenech, Pt. 2?
Discussion: Norwegianity
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 …
Sanjoy Majumder / BBC:
Mood hardens against Afghan convert
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.
Will Dunham / Reuters:
Pentagon report says Russia gave Iraq intelligence
Discussion: Right Wing News and A Blog For All
Associated Press:
Pentagon: Russia Gave Saddam War Intel
Discussion: Expose the Left
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
DoJ Responds To Congressional FISA Questions  —  *** Welcome Powerline readers - always a pleasure to have you fine folks grace our blog.  Powerline noted my over use of the word 'bombshell' - fair enough.  I had to use something to pull out the really important news.
Discussion: Power Line and Stop The ACLU
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.
Discussion: Gina Cobb and The Belmont Club
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.
Danish Imam Abu Laban knew about planned Martyr operation  —  This just in.  One down.  One being tackled as we speak.  Imam Abu Laban of pig-eared fame apparently knew about a planned "Martyr action" on February 21st.  Quoting from my transcript of previously unreleased footage from Mohammed Sifaoui …
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Bollinger on the Spot  —  Columbia University and its president …
Tim Molloy / Associated Press:
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Garance Franke-Ruta / TAPPED:
BLOGS & THE REGULATORS Note to self: never pick a fight …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Daily Kos and Eschaton
Molly Moore / Washington Post:
Protest Turns Violent in Heart of Paris
Discussion: Tim Blair and Daimnation!
FEMA breaks promise on Katrina contracts
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Matthews:They don't want the whole truth out and that's the fact. "
White House:
President's Remarks at Mike Sodrel for Congress and Indiana Victory 2006 Reception
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Paul Kiel / TPM Muckraker:
The DeLay-Abramoff Money Trail, Part 2
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
How to Be a Lobbyist Without Trying
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Gillian Flaccus / Associated Press:
Calif. City to Enforce Immigration Law
James Robison / Ray Robison:
Russian scientists in Iraq hide during surprise U.N. inspection
Mark / Liberty Just In Case:
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New York Post:
NOT EVEN CLOSE  —  March 24, 2006 — IF surgeons wielded scalpels …