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12:40 AM ET, March 30, 2008


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New York Times:
Shiite Militias Cling to Swaths of Basra and Stage Raids  —  BAGHDAD — Shiite militias in Basra openly controlled wide swaths of the city on Saturday and staged increasingly bold raids on Iraqi government forces sent in five days ago to wrest control from the gunmen, witnesses said …
Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
Shiite leader al-Sadr defies Iraq gov't
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Washington Post:
Clinton Vows To Stay in Race To Convention  —  She Stresses Finding Solution On Michigan, Florida Votes  —  In her most definitive comments to date on the subject, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton sought Saturday to put to rest any notion that she will drop out of the presidential race …
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Party fears tight Obama-Clinton finish
Discussion: Donklephant
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain seeks his share of the spotlight
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Times
James Carville / Washington Post:
Disloyalty That Merits An Insult  —  Last Friday the New York Times asked me to comment on New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama for president.  For 15 years, Richardson served with no small measure of distinction as the representative of New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District.
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Who'll Stop the Pain?  —  Gore and Edwards may have the most party clout.  But there's only one person Hillary will finally listen to.  Her name isn't Bill.  —  In the days after John Edwards's withdrawal from the Democratic race, the political world expected his endorsement of Barack Obama would be forthcoming tout de suite.
Will / Attytood:
Liberal bloggers declare war in Philly over media, McCain  —  The primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama seems far from over (no matter what the numbers say), the war in Iraq just marked its grim 5th anniversary with renewed bloodshed, and a host of issues from domestic spying …
Gallup Daily: Obama Still on Top, 50% to 43%  —  McCain beats Clinton in fall ballot, but is in a statistical tie with Obama  —  RINCETON, NJ — For the second consecutive Gallup Poll Daily tracking report, Barack Obama holds a statistically significant lead over Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: MyDD and The Jed Report
Diann Burns / WBBM-TV:
Rev. Jeremiah Wright Makes Surprise Appearance  —  Sen. Obama's Controversial Former Pastor Spoke In Public For First Time Since Scandal Broke  —  CHICAGO (CBS) ― The Rev. Jeremiah Wright made a surprise appearance in Chicago Friday night.  —  Wright, Sen. Barack Obama's former pastor appeared …
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Phillip Martin / Burnt Orange Report:
BOR Exclusive: TX Presidential Primary Convention Results  —  TIP JAR - If you've enjoyed our coverage, please donate to TexBlog PAC and support our efforts across Texas!  —  The following is the reporting of the entire BOR staff.  —  How to Submit Convention Results to Burnt Orange Report
Philly Mayor: Obama Pastor Talk Beyond Pale  —  Mayor Michael Nutter Tells ABC News He Would Have Quit Church if His Pastor Made Such Remarks  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton's most prominent African-American supporter in Pennsylvania says that had he been a member of Sen. Barack Obama's church …
Discussion: Hot Air, Macsmind and Booman Tribune
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
The Chickens of Identity Politics Come Home to Roost?
Discussion: American Power and Fausta's blog
Crunchy Con:
Neither McCain nor Obama  —  “So what are you thinking about November?” my friend asked me on the walk to Chipotle today.  —  “Well, Obama's going to be the Democratic nominee, and I can't see voting for him,” I said.  “He's just too liberal on abortion and other issues that mean a lot to me.
Dean Esmay / Dean's World:
Obama's Latest Ad  —  I have never entirely understood the urge to specially tax so-called “windfall profits.”  And I'm not sure that I believe that the Senator has the best plan to achieve energy independence.  Still, it's a pretty good commercial, and should appeal to a lot of voters, including a lot of centrists.
Nikki Finke / Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily:
‘21’ Holds Winning Hand At Box Office; ‘Superhero’ Is Superflop; ‘Stop-Loss’ DOA  —  SATURDAY AM: Friday's domestic gross showed that Hollywood can't boost the slumping box office this spring break even though 30% of students are out of school.  No. 1 is Sony Pictures's based-on-a-true-story 21 …
Allen Salkin / New York Times:
Why Blog?  Reason No. 92: Book Deal  —  THIS is how it happens.  —  A guy starts a clever blog in January and calls it Stuff White People Like.  The site contains a list of cultural totems, including gifted children, marathons and writers' workshops, that a certain type of moneyed and liberal American might be expected to like.
Discussion: PoliGazette
Carrie Budoff Brown / Ben Smith's Blogs:
“Stop these abortions.”  —  Out in western Pennsylvania, the issue of abortion can strike a nerve.  Democrats there often describe themselves economic liberals and social conservatives who favor gun rights and oppose abortion rights.  —  So, it was not unusual to see a woman stand near …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
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New York Times:
In Treasury Plan, a Reluctant Eye Over Wall Street
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Culture Wars Continuing (Continued)
Discussion: Crunchy Con and The Corner
Gary Gross / Let Freedom Ring:
The Indictment Against John Murtha
Merkel to boycott Olympic ceremony
Eve Fairbanks / The New Republic:
Wiki Woman  —  The battle to define Hillary online.
Discussion: The New Editor
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
I Knew Gene Kelly. The President Is No Gene Kelly.
Discussion: Liberty Street
Matthew Yglesias:
Phil Gramm, Hero of Deregulation
Lynn Sweet:
Obama did NOT “hold the title” of a University of Chicago law school professor.
 Earlier Items: 
Carol Rosenberg /
Lawyer: Gitmo trials pegged to '08 campaign
Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:
Sexism, Real and Perceived
Randall Patterson / New York Times:
Students of Virginity  —  There was a time when not having sex consumed …
Mike Lux / Open Left:
The Fear Factor  —  No, I'm not talking about the daily Bush …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and MSNBC
Mario M. Cuomo / Boston Globe:
How to avoid a Democratic disaster
Zbigniew Brzezinski / Washington Post:
The Smart Way Out of a Foolish War
Wall Street Journal:
At the Barricades In the Gender Wars
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Asking a Judge to Save the World, and Maybe a Whole Lot More

From Mediagazer:

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Tucker Carlson launches the Tucker Carlson Network, or TCN, a $9-per-month streaming video service with access to “5 brand-new shows, speeches, films, and more”

Max Tani / Semafor:
Tel Aviv-based, one of the most visited global financial news websites, uses AI to rewrite stories published just hours earlier by competitors

Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Altice USA is in talks to sell Cheddar News to private equity firm Regent; Altice paid $200M for Cheddar in 2019 and may be compensated via an earn-out

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