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3:40 PM ET, March 30, 2008


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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Cash-strapped Clinton fails to pay bills  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton's cash-strapped presidential campaign has been putting off paying hundreds of bills for months — freeing up cash for critical media buys but also earning the campaign a reputation as something of a deadbeat in some small-business circles.
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
Senior Democrats mull Al Gore's nomination  —  Plans for Al Gore to take the Democratic presidential nomination as the saviour of a bitterly divided party are being actively discussed by senior figures and aides to the former vice-president.  —  The bloody civil war between Hillary Clinton …
Richard M. Scaife /
Hillary, reassessed  —  TRIBUNE-REVIEW  —  Hillary Clinton walked into a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review conference room last Tuesday to meet with some of the newspaper's editors and reporters and declared, “It was so counterintuitive, I just thought it would be fun to do.”  —  The room erupted in laughter.
Washington Post:
Don't Stop Campaigning  —  THE GROWING chorus among some Democrats and other interested observers for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) to get out of the race for the Democratic Party's nomination for president is troubling.  We're not promoting Ms. Clinton over Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) …
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Obama: Clinton ‘can run as long as she wants’
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
The Game's Not Over, Clinton Backers Agree
Discussion: Associated Press and TalkLeft
Iraq's al-Sadr orders fighters to stop  —  Iraq leader calls move ‘step in the right direction’ after hundreds killed  —  Shortly before Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his followers to desist from attacking Iraqi forces, his militia stormed this TV facility in Basra on Sunday, forcing Iraqi troops to flee.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Remind me again — who's losing in Basra?  —  When the Iraqi government finally took the long-expected action to establish control of Basra after the British pullback left it in the hands of militias and gangsters, suddenly the media declared that the country had reached the brink of collapse.
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Breaking - Sadr Plays “Good Guy” Card [Updated]  —  There's breaking news that Muqtada has issued a nine point statement, the most immediately important of which is the one ordering his supporters to stop attacking government forces and clear the streets.  —  The BBC:
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Mahdi Army taking significant casualties in Baghdad, South  —  About 200 demonstrators held a rally to support the military operations in Basra and Maliki's government, in Diwaniya on Saturday.  Reuters Photograph.  —  With the fifth day of fighting in Baghdad, Basrah and the South completed …
Iraq's Sadr orders armed followers off the streets
Discussion: Redstate and Balloon Juice
Sholnn Freeman / Washington Post:
Shiite Cleric Sadr Offers Conditions for Cease-Fire
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Alexandra Zavis / Babylon & Beyond:   IRAQ: Not quite the surrender Maliki had in mind
Peter Spiegel / Los Angeles Times:
Questions of timing emerge on Iraq offensive
Discussion: Angry Bear and Washington Monthly
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Dith Pran, ‘Killing Fields’ Photographer, Dies at 65  —  Dith Pran, a photojournalist for The New York Times whose gruesome ordeal in the killing fields of Cambodia was re-created in a 1984 movie that gave him an eminence he tenaciously used to press for his people's rights, died in New Brunswick, N.J., on Sunday.
RIP, Dith Pran
Discussion: Dean's World
Michael Dobbs / Washington Post:
Obama Overstates Kennedys' Role in Helping His Father  —  Addressing civil rights activists in Selma, Ala., a year ago, Sen. Barack Obama traced his “very existence” to the generosity of the Kennedy family, which he said paid for his Kenyan father to travel to America on a student scholarship and thus meet his Kansan mother.
Dallas Morning News:
‘This is crazy’  —  With tens of thousands of participants, Saturday's conventions were expected to be chaotic - and they were.  —  The District 23 convention, one of the largest in the state, was stalled for hours because the credentials of thousands of delegates were either challenged or could not immediately be verified.
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Muslims more numerous than Catholics: Vatican  —  VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Islam has overtaken Roman Catholicism as the biggest single religious denomination in the world, the Vatican said on Sunday.  —  Monsignor Vittorio Formenti, who compiled the Vatican's newly-released 2008 yearbook of statistics …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs, Gawker and PoliGazette
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BRAZILE EXPLAINS CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE  —  Donna Brazile was on This Week this morning and explained how the credentials committee works.  If she's right, and I'm sure Brazile knows this stuff like the back of her hand, it's even worse for Clinton than I thought.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Balloon Juice
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CLINTON: ALL THE WAY TO DENVER  —  Sen. Clinton gave a pretty astonishing interview to the Washington Post in which she appears to say she will stay in the race till the convention in August, where she will take her fight to the credentials committee to have the delegates from the non-sanctioned Michigan and Florida primaries seated.
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