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3:20 PM ET, March 15, 2008


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Alegre / Daily Kos:
Writers Strike at DailyKos  —  This is an open letter to the progressive blogosphere...  I've been posting at DailyKos for nearly 4 years now and started writing diaries in support of Hillary Clinton back in June of last year.  Over the past few months I've noticed that things …
Marc Ambinder:
Pro-Hillary Writers “On Strike” At DailyKos  —  There's a movement afoot by prominent pro-Clinton diarists at  —  Writes Alegre, in what is now the featured post on the site, one of the founding sound boards of the Democratic netroots movements:
Chicago Sun Times:
More Rezko dough found  —  For the first time, Sen. Barack Obama put a figure Friday to the amount of campaign contributions that indicted political fund-raiser Tony Rezko raised for the senator's campaigns, and the number — about $250,000 — was far more than he previously acknowledged.
Chicago Tribune:   Obama's Rezko narrative
Terry Trippany /
The AP Style Guide on Defending Barack Obama  —  The Associated Press editors tasked in-house “writer” Phillip Elliott to write an article that dispels the “rumors and outright lies” concerning Barack Obama and the perception that Mr. Obama's support of Israel is questionable.
James Fallows:
Tibet info-flow update  —  As of Saturday night, March 15, China time, in Beijing:  — The screen goes black on CNN one second after any report about the situation in Lhasa begins;  — Similar coverage on BBC World TV has, oddly, come through unmolested — though BBC has often been blacked out in the past.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Rukmini Callimachi / Associated Press:
Muslims nations: Defame Islam, get sued?  —  DAKAR, Senegal - The Muslim world has created a battle plan to defend its religion from political cartoonists and bigots.  —  Concerned about what they see as a rise in the defamation of Islam, leaders of the world's Muslim nations …
Anthony J. Diaz / Washington Post:
Hard-Won Progress In Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD — Since I arrived here last August, I have been struck by four things: the financial commitment we have made to reconstruction; the precipitous decline in violence; the inklings of representative government; and the small yet significant progress …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
George Speaks, Badly  —  Watching George W. Bush address the New York financial community Friday brought back many memories.  Unfortunately, they were about his speech right after Hurricane Katrina, the one when he said: “America will be a stronger place for it.”
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Saddam's Dangerous Friends  —  What a Pentagon review of 600,000 Iraqi documents tells us.  —  This ought to be big news.  Throughout the early and mid-1990s, Saddam Hussein actively supported an influential terrorist group headed by the man who is now al Qaeda's second-in-command …
Dean Baker / American Prospect:
Robert Rubin Still Doesn't Know that People Warned About the Bubble  —  Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin was at a session at the Brookings Institution this morning at which said that “few, if any” people anticipated the sort of meltdown that we are seeing in the credit markets at present.
Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:
Obama Converts to Judaism  —  Buffeted by criticism of his controversial Christian pastor while continuing to quell rumors that he is a Muslim, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) took a bold step today to settle questions about his religious faith once and for all.  —  “I am converting to Judaism …
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Obey lays down the law on procedural votes
Ben / Think Progress:
AP Says McCain Is A ‘Man Of The People’ …