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11:45 AM ET, March 23, 2008


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Paul Berman / New York Times:
Why Radical Islam Just Won't Die  —  THE big surprise, viewed from my own narrow perspective five years later, has taken place in the mysterious zones of extremist ideology.  In the months and weeks before the invasion of Iraq, I wrote quite a lot about ideology in the Middle East …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Haunting Obama's Dreams  —  It is a tribute to Hillary Clinton that even though, rationally, political soothsayers think she can no longer win, irrationally, they wonder how she will pull it off.  —  It's impossible to imagine The Terminator, as a former aide calls her, giving up.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
One of Instapundit's favorite bloggers speaks on race  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds today linked to what he called “EASTER THOUGHTS” from one of his favorite right-wing bloggers, his namesake, “Instapunk.”  That Easter post has a large picture …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Wake up America and KnoxViews
Mickey Edwards / Washington Post:
Dick Cheney's Error  —  For at least six years, as I've become increasingly frustrated by the Bush administration's repeated betrayal of constitutional — and conservative — principles, I have defended Vice President Cheney, a man I've known for decades and with whom I served and made common cause in Congress.
John Coles / The Sun:
Tatt's harsh for cop wannabe  —  PATRIOTIC squaddie Craig Briggs has been barred from joining the police — because he's got an ENGLAND tattoo on his arm.  —  The Iraq veteran, 22, had wanted to be a cop since childhood and was advised to join the Army to get experience first.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Gap in Life Expectancy Widens for the Nation  —  WASHINGTON — New government research has found “large and growing” disparities in life expectancy for richer and poorer Americans, paralleling the growth of income inequality in the last two decades.  —  Life expectancy for the nation …
Jonny Paul / Jerusalem Post:
BBC admits inaccuracies in coverage  —  The BBC has apologized for significant errors in two recent news reports on Israel.  —  In a news item on March 7, following the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva attack, the BBC showed a bulldozer demolishing a house, while correspondent Nick Miles told viewers …
Matthew Yglesias:
Halleluja  —  This may be the greatest piece of surrealist performance art of the internet era:  —  I'm speechless.
Megan McArdle:
Political misstatement of the week  —  Oh my.  The Plank makes a rather startling error: … To the vast, vast majority of Irish-Americans who are Catholics (or descended from same), Scots-Irish≠Irish.  Scots-Irish are also known as the Protestant bastards who were resettled in Ireland …
Discussion: The Debatable Land
Victoria Cherrie / Charlotte Observer:
17-year-old dies after shock from police Taser gun  —  CMPD says teenager advanced toward officer  —  A 17-year-old died at Carolinas Medical Center Thursday after a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer shocked him with a Taser during a confrontation at a grocery store in northeast Charlotte.
Discussion: Pandagon
Erica Jong / The Huffington Post:
Why am I so afraid that the Democratic Party is shooting itself in the foot?  —  The Dems are far from perfect—in any time—but here we are in what has to be a Democratic year and it looks again like we are self-destructing.  —  We have two great candidates—one a hard working …
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
To Keep and Bear Arms  —  Nearly 135 years ago, the United States experienced what may have been the worst one-day slaughter of blacks by whites in its history.  On April 13, 1873, in the tiny village of Colfax, La., white paramilitaries attacked a lightly armed force of freedmen assembled in a local courthouse.
Discussion: Prometheus 6
Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Constitution  —  Clarence Thomas leaps from his chair.
Discussion: Althouse and Political Machine
Jay Newton-Small / Swampland:
Passport to Trouble  —  Last Thursday the Obama campaign was up in arms over the news that the Illinois senator's passport information had been breached. … Well, be careful what you wish for.  Turns out, one of the three people who accessed the candidate's files works for... wait for it …
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Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Pakistan to Talk With Militants, New Leaders Say
Mark Magnier / Los Angeles Times:
Taiwan opposition leader gets landslide election victory
Discussion: Hot Air
Janny Scott / New York Times:
What Politicians Say When They Talk About Race
Discussion: The Page and If I Ran the Zoo
Michael Portillo / Times of London:
Tibetan revolt has China's empire fraying at the edge
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
McCain Offers Soothing Tones in Trip Abroad
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and The Page
Web host suspends site planned for anti-Koran film
US air strike kills ‘Iraq allies’
Discussion: Biased BBC
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German Intelligence Was ‘Dishonest, Unprofessional and Irresponsible’
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Obama begins ad blitz in Philadelphia
Discussion: TalkLeft and Los Angeles Times
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
Pope baptizes prominent Italian Muslim
'70s radical-turned-housewife back in prison
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In Washington, a Split Over Regulation of Wall Street
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