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10:40 AM ET, March 31, 2008


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Leila Fadel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Iranian general played key role in brokering Iraq cease-fire  —  BAGHDAD — Iraqi lawmakers traveled to the Iranian holy city of Qom over the weekend to win the support of the commander of Iran's Qods brigades in persuading Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr to order his followers to stop military operations …
USA Today:
Iranians help reach Iraq cease-fire
Discussion: The Page and Middle Earth Journal
James Glanz / New York Times:
Alley Fighters  —  BAGHDAD — Sometime during my four years …
Discussion: Scholars and Rogues
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Obama had greater role on liberal survey  —  During his first run for elected office, Barack Obama played a greater role than his aides now acknowledge in crafting liberal stands on gun control, the death penalty and abortion- positions that appear at odds with the more moderate image he's projected during his presidential campaign.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Politico: Obama lied about survey  —  Politico has caught Barack Obama in another misstatement about his past, and this one goes right to the heart of his posing as a New Politics candidate.  Working on a tip from opposition sources, Kenneth Vogel found a survey with Obama's handwriting that he had previously denied handling.
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
New Backing for Obama As Party Seeks Unity  —  WASHINGTON — Slowly but steadily, a string of Democratic Party figures is taking Barack Obama's side in the presidential nominating race and raising the pressure on Hillary Clinton to give up.  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is expected …
Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
Minn. Sen. Amy Klobuchar endorses Barack Obama, giving him another …
Discussion: New York Times and The Caucus
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Hillary Clinton portrays calls to quit as chauvinism
The New / New York Times:
Report Says HUD Secretary Will Resign
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State
Embattled HUD chief resigns
Discussion: American Street
Selim Algar / New York Post:
FROM BAD TO VERSE FOR HILL  —  AIRPORT'S GIRL POET STUNNED BY SNIPER TALE AS INSULTED FELLOW BOSNIANS RIP ‘LOW BLOW’ LIE  —  SARAJEVO, Bosnia - The Bosnian girl who famously read a poem to Hillary Rodham Clinton during her 1996 visit to the war-torn country is shocked - and her countrymen infuriated …
Avi Zenilman / The Politico:
Superdelegates: A guide to the undecided  —  In a Democratic nominating contest that could ultimately be decided by their votes, divining the intentions of the 794 Democratic superdelegates has become something of a Washington parlor game.  —  By nearly all counts — generally measured …
Los Angeles Times:
Ickes is Clinton's not-so-secret weapon
Discussion: Wonkette
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Dilbert Strategy  —  Anyone who has worked in a large organization — or, for that matter, reads the comic strip “Dilbert” — is familiar with the “org chart” strategy.  To hide their lack of any actual ideas about what to do, managers sometimes make a big show of rearranging the boxes and lines that say who reports to whom.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gore launches $300 million campaign  —  Former Vice President Al Gore is launching a $300 million, bipartisan campaign to try to push climate change higher on the nation's political agenda.  —  The three-year campaign by the Alliance for Climate Protection will begin Wednesday …
Discussion: QandO and Hot Air
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Gore Launches Ambitious Advocacy Campaign on Climate
Discussion: MSNBC, The Swamp and
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Blogger outreach boosts McCain  —  Even as talk radio was brutalizing Sen. John McCain in the Republican presidential primaries, conservative bloggers reached a respectful truce with the Arizona senator over touchy issues and gave him what the campaign called a “tremendous positive psychological” boost.
Discussion: Hot Air and Balloon Juice
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Interviewing Six Conservative Female Bloggers On Dating  —  One of the great things about my other blog, Conservative Grapevine, is that I get to link a wide variety of articles and see which links draw the most clicks.  While doing that, one of the things that I've found is that any article about dating tends to do really well.
Ezra Klein / Los Angeles Times:
There's nothing funny about prison rape  —  Smirking at sexual attacks on inmates makes us all less safe.  —  'From the studio that brought you ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ " intones the preview for the light comedy “Let's Go To Prison,” “comes a penetrating look at the American penal system.
Discussion: Unfogged
Lawrence Summers / Financial Times:
Steps that can safeguard America's economy  —  Neither US financial institutions nor the economy are likely to suffer from a lack of central bank liquidity provision.  New lending facilities are coming along almost weekly, the safety net has been expanded to include non-bank primary dealers …
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Government rebuffed on Capitol Hill searches
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Kelefa Sanneh / New Yorker:
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Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
Race and the Social Contract
Associated Press:
Remains of Soldier Missing Since '04 Are Found in Iraq
Discussion: INTEL DUMP
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McCain Faces Test in Wooing Elite Donors
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Air Force seeks jets powered by liquefied coal
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Was Barack Obama a “law professor”?
Drake Bennett / Boston Globe:
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Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Food Stamp Use at Record Pace as Jobs Vanish
Kelley Beaucar Vlahos / Fox News:
Clinton Pushes Housing Market Fixes As Campaign Manager Sits …
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Say It Ain't So, Joe  —  It's not news that Sen. Joe Lieberman …