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7:50 AM ET, April 1, 2008

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Malcolm Nance / SWJ Blog:
The Basrah Gambit - Defining Moment for Iraq or the Jaysh al-Mahdi?  —  Engaging the Mahdi Militia in Basrah and labeling them as equal to Al-Qaeda in Iraq is a deadly gamble that may leave Iran the winner.  —  On 19 March, 2008 CNN's Iraq war correspondent, Kyra Phillips gave a live interview …
Discussion: The Belmont Club
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Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
McCain ‘Surprised’ by Iraq Developments
Discussion: Firedoglake
David Usborne / The Independent:
USA 2008: The Great Depression  —  Food stamps are the symbol of poverty in the US.  In the era of the credit crunch, a record 28 million Americans are now relying on them to survive - a sure sign the world's richest country faces economic crisis  —  Disadvantaged Americans queue for aid in New York
Fox News:
Report: Bob Barr Weighing Presidential Run  —  Former Republican Georgia Rep. Bob Barr is considering a run for president on the Libertarian Party ticket, according to FITNews.  —  Barr, who joined the Libertarian Party after leaving Congress in 2003, is looking to attract conservatives …
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Kevin Rollins / Free For All:
Is Taxation Voluntary?
Discussion: Betsy's Page and The American Mind
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
CIA enlists Google's help for spy work  —  US intelligence agencies are using Google's technology to help its agents share information about their suspects  —  Google has been recruited by US intelligence agencies to help them better process and share information they gather about suspects.
Media Matters for America:
Scarborough on Obama's “dainty” bowling performance: “Americans want their president, if it's a man, to be a real man”  —  During the March 31 edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist repeatedly mocked Sen. Barack Obama's bowling performance — which Scarborough called …
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The Tall Tale of Tuzla  —  HILLARY CLINTON'S BOSNIAN MISADVENTURE SHOULD DISQUALIFY HER FROM THE PRESIDENCY, BUT THE AIRPORT LANDING IS THE LEAST OF IT.  —  The punishment visited on Sen. Hillary Clinton for her flagrant, hysterical, repetitive, pathological lying about her visit to Bosnia …
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Obama Is Moving to Down-to-Earth Oratory for Working People  —  STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The Speech is his finely polished sword, a transcendent weapon.  Seen and heard on a thousand YouTube postings, Senator Barack Obama's speeches have made a happening of that hoariest of campaign forms, the stump speech.
Discussion: The RBC
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Paul West / Baltimore Sun:
Obama dons a blue collar
Elise Castelli / FederalTimes.com:
Subpoenas issued for IBM, employees over EPA probe  —  IBM and several of its employees have been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury on interactions between Environmental Protection Agency and IBM employees, a company spokesman said today.  —  The subpoenas, which were issued March 28 …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Holds Lead Over Clinton, 51% to 43%  —  Longest stretch as front-runner for either candidate since late February  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking conducted March 28-30 finds Barack Obama leading Hillary Clinton in national Democratic preferences for the nomination, 51% to 43%.
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Mark Blumenthal / Pollster.com:
DAY-OF-WEEK EFFECT IN GALLUP DAILY?
Dr. Maya Angelou / blog.hillaryclinton.com:
Celebrating Women: A Note from Dr. Maya Angelou  —  This entry is part of a series in celebration of Women's History Month.  —  You may write me down in history  —  With your bitter, twisted lies,  —  You may trod me in the very dirt  —  But still, like dust, I'll rise.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and TalkLeft
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Military Report: Secretly ‘Recruit or Hire Bloggers’  —  A study, written for U.S. Special Operations Command, suggested “clandestinely recruiting or hiring prominent bloggers.”  —  Since the start of the Iraq war, there's been a raucous debate in military circles over how to handle blogs …
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
Poll: You Can Fool Some of the People All of the Time  —  A new survey I commissioned demonstrates how McCain's malarkey about supporting enforcement has succeeded in duping a significant number of voters.  The poll (complete results are here) found that only 34 percent of people who voted …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
CNN:
Pelosi calls on Bush to boycott Olympic opening ceremonies  —  (CNN) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Bush should consider boycotting the opening ceremony of the Olympics Games in Beijing this summer to protest China's human rights record.  —  “I think boycotting the opening ceremony …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jon Henke / Megan McArdle:
Where does he go to get his years back?  —  Mistakes happen, particularly in war, but this was not a mistake.  It was policy.  Or the lack of policy. … If charges won't be filed against him, when will charges be filed against the person or people who caused or allowed this to occur?
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org and Crooks and Liars
Neville Thurbeck / News of the World:
F1 boss Max Mosley has sick Nazi orgy with 5 hookers  —  Son of fascist Hitler lover in sex shame  —  FORMULA One motor racing chief Max Mosley is today exposed as a secret sado-masochist sex pervert.  —  The son of infamous British wartime fascist leader Oswald Mosley is filmed romping …
Discussion: The Corner and SUGIERO
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John R. Lott, Jr / Fox News:
The ‘Recession’ Is a Media Myth  —  During the 2000 election, with Bill Clinton as president, the economy was viewed through rose-colored glasses.  According to polls, voters didn't realize that the country was in a recession.  Although the economy started shrinking in July 2000 …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Slate:
The Military  —  HOW TO FIX THE U.S. MILITARY. … The next president will inherit a military in strange shambles.  Its soldiers fight extremely well, but its army is on the brink of breaking.  Its budget is enormous, but most of the money goes to weapons that have little to do with promoting real security.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and INTEL DUMP
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Jane Harman / Los Angeles Times:
Rapists in the ranks  —  Sexual assaults are frequent …
Discussion: Think Progress
 
 
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Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
Saudi woman killed for chatting on Facebook
Discussion: FP Passport
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
The Love Affair Between McCain and the Press Sprains the Brain …
Howard Wilkinson / Cincinnati Enquirer:
Keith Maupin: ‘My boy is coming home’
Discussion: KIKO'S HOUSE
Jeffrey Rosen / The New Republic:
Legal Bondage
Discussion: The Corner and Free For All
Sewell Chan / City Room:
Council Votes 30-20 for Traffic Fees
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Life in A Cocoon  —  A problem for Barack Obama-after living …
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
McCain: Obama Has No Experience in National Security, Warfare
Discussion: The Washington Note and Salon
Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:
Barack Obama calls for Cesar Chavez holiday
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Zimbabwe Opposition Insists Mugabe Lost
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Gov. Rendell: Fox is ‘most objective’ cable network
Megan McArdle:
Is local governance a good idea?
Discussion: The Corner
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Fitna Website Hacked by Cyberterrorists!
Wayne Barrett / The Huffington Post:
Could the Republicans Pick the Democratic Nominee? …
The Politico:
Dem elite working for June solution
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
The World According to John McCain