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6:20 AM ET, March 24, 2008


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Associated Press:
U.S. death toll in Iraq hits 4,000  —  Grim milestone reached when IED kills 4 U.S. soldiers in Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb killed four U.S. soldiers in Baghdad on Sunday, the military said, pushing the overall American death toll in the five-year war to at least 4,000.
Erica Goode / New York Times:
At Least 51 Die in Attacks Across Iraq  —  BAGHDAD — The shelling started just before 6 a.m., mortar fire shaking buildings and sending early risers in the Green Zone here running for shelter.  Sirens went off, and loudspeakers blared, “Duck and cover!  Duck and cover!”
Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:   Attacks Kill 57 in Iraq; Green Zone Hit
Gateway Pundit:
EASTER MASS ATTACK!!  Protesters Scream & Spray Fake Blood at Churchgoers  —  NOT JUST ANTIWAR...  Leftist Protesters Attack Catholic Worshippers at Easter Mass in Chicago  —  The Leftists squirted fake blood around on the Catholics attending Easter Mass this morning.!!
Chicago Tribune:
Protesters arrested during Easter services at Holy Name's auditorium  —  Anti-war protesters are led out of the auditorium after disrupting Easter services at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago on Sunday, March 23, 2008.  (Tribune photo by Stacey Wescott / March 23, 2008)
Discussion: Redstate
Robin Toner / International Herald Tribune:
Obama's promise of a new majority, and the question it prompts  —  WASHINGTON: At the core of Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign is a promise that he can transcend the starkly red-and-blue politics of the last 15 years, end the partisan and ideological wars, and build a new governing majority.
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
2 Divergent McCain Moments, Rarely Mentioned  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain never fails to call himself a conservative Republican as he campaigns as his party's presumptive presidential nominee.  He often adds that he was a “foot soldier” in the Reagan revolution and that he believes …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Taming the Beast  —  We're now in the midst of an epic financial crisis, which ought to be at the center of the election debate.  But it isn't.  —  Now, I don't expect presidential campaigns to have all the answers to our current crisis — even financial experts are scrambling to keep up with events.
The Day, New London, CT:
We Don't Know This Sen. Joe  —  Sen. Lieberman has been too busy burning bridges to build any.  —  When The Day endorsed Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman for re-election in November 2006 it was supporting a candidate who demonstrated a history of pragmatic leadership and a willingness to seek bipartisan solutions.
Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News:   State Democratic Party postpones district conventions
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Connecticut Newspaper Apologizes For Lieberman Endorsement
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and toohotfortnr
Cigarette display ban considered  —  Displaying cigarettes in shops could be banned in England under government plans being considered to cut smoking and discourage children from starting.  —  Ministers are also considering tougher controls on vending machines in pubs and restaurants.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘This is not a crackpot church’  —  Carrie Budoff Brown sends over the transcript from Obama's appearance, airing tomorrow, on the Michael Smerconish Show on 1210 AM WPHT in Philadelphia, from audio the show provided.  —  In the interview, Obama says he's talked to Wright in the past about …
Patterico's Pontifications:
L.A. Times Has Hit Piece on McCain — Which Resurrects the Old Canards About Ties Between Saddam and Al Qaeda  —  The L.A. Times saves space on its Sunday front page for a hit piece on John McCain.  The main thrust of the piece is to say, in essence, “Nyaah, nyaah, John McCain said that Iraq would be a cakewalk, but it wasn't.”
Doug Kmiec / Convictions:
Endorsing Obama  —  Today I endorse Barack Obama for president of the United States.  I believe him to be a person of integrity, intelligence and genuine good will.  I take him at his word that he wants to move the nation beyond its religious and racial divides and to return United States …
March 23: Maria Bartiromo, Erin Burnett, political roundtable  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: The Federal Reserve cuts interest rates again.  But Wall Street and Main Street are still nervous about talk of recession, bankruptcy, bailouts and more.  What now?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Glenn Reynolds /
EASTER THOUGHTS, from InstaPunk.  —  UPDATE: Jeez, get a clue, Greenwald.  I don't know why you felt you had to bring me into this — well, actually, I think I do — but the post you're bitching about is by a different blogger than the post linked above.  I know it's hard to get your mind around …
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Politics = Torture  —  McCain says the Keating Five ordeal …
Discussion: Herald
Jonathan Ellis / Argus Leader:
Poll may gauge Obama fallout
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Matthew Yglesias:
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
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Obama says he'll bring Iowa tactics to Pa.race
Discussion: The Page
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Let's define ‘national controversy’
Judson Berger / Fox News:
In Easter Sermon, New Obama Pastor Charges Rev. Wright Victim of ‘Lynching’

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Meta says it is testing its Meta AI chatbot with WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger users in India and parts of Africa

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