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5:30 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 …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Daily Kos “Bloggers' Strike” Shows Increasingly Bitter Obama Clinton Democratic Rift  —  In yet the latest sign of how bitter the divisions in the Democratic party are getting in the epic battle between Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama for their party's presidential nomination …
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:
New York Post:
SONGS HAVE A CATCHY ‘HOOK’  —  SPITZER'S CALL GIRL RAKING IT IN WITH ONLINE TUNES  —  Ashley Alexandra Dupre has already made an estimated $200,000 - worth nearly four dozen four-hour trysts with the “gov of love” - from online music downloads in the wake of the Gov. Spitzer sex scandal - and she is poised to make millions more.
Daryl Lang /
Press Taps MySpace For Photos Of Spitzer Call Girl
Discussion: snapped shot and TVNewser
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.
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 …
Discussion: Liberal Values
Gerald Posner / The Huffington Post:
Rev Wright and Barack  —  I am a Barack Obama supporter.  I liked Senator John Edwards, think Hilary Clinton would make a super president, but have been persuaded ever since the start of the campaign that Barack offers the greatest chance for substantive, and greatly over needed, change.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
The story behind the story: Obama's pastor  —  Politicians know a troublesome story has “broken through” the Eastern media echo chamber when Jay Leno is laughing at them.  —  In the case of the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., retiring pastor and outgoing spiritual adviser to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), it took less than 48 hours.
Discussion: Clive Crook and Sweetness & Light
John McCormick / Baltimore Sun:
Obama invokes RFK in distancing self from pastor
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Tammy Bruce
New York Times:
A Wall Street Domino Theory  —  The Federal Reserve's unusual decision to provide emergency assistance to Bear Stearns underscores a long-building concern that one failure could spread across the financial system.  —  Wall Street firms like Bear Stearns conduct business with many individuals …
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.”
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
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.
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 …
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Charles Ornstein / Los Angeles Times:
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Cass R. Sunstein / Chicago Tribune:
The Obama I know  —  Terrific listener goes wherever reason takes him
Discussion: L.A. Times
Greg Palast:
Eliot's Mess  —  The $200 billion bail-out for predator banks …
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Obey lays down the law on procedural votes
Ben / Think Progress:
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