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9:10 AM ET, April 1, 2008

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Michael Powell / New York Times:
Obama Is Moving to Down-to-Earth Oratory  —  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 Swamp, Associated Press and The RBC
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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 …
Paul West / Baltimore Sun:
Obama dons a blue collar
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 …
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E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Clinton's Real Choice
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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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
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Clinton's convention strategy in doubt  —  If the fight over whether to count the results in Florida and Michigan makes it to the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton will not have enough pledged votes on the 169-member Credentials Committee to deliver a majority decision in her favor …
Discussion: Washington Wire
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.
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 …
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, TalkLeft and Don Surber
Alice Walker / Guardian:
Obama is our Mandela  —  Only one candidate offers the radical departure for the 21st century the US needs, for its own sake and the rest of the world's  —  I have come home from a long stay in Mexico to find - because of the presidential campaign, and especially because of the Obama-Clinton race …
Discussion: URGENT AGENDA and protein wisdom
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
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Mugabe told not to declare his victory  —  A crisis meeting of Robert Mugabe's security cabinet decided to block the opposition from taking power after what appears to have been a comprehensive victory in Zimbabwe's elections but was divided between using a military takeover to annul the vote and falsifying the results.
Discussion: Hot Air and normblog
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New York Times:
Zimbabwe Opposition Insists Mugabe Lost
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Seminal
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
Mark Blumenthal / Pollster.com:
DAY-OF-WEEK EFFECT IN GALLUP DAILY?  —  I received some interesting charts this afternoon from Harrison Hickman and Ben Margolis, both of the Democratic firm Global Strategy Group that polled for John Edwards until he withdrew from the race (full disclosure: Hickman was my employer longer ago than either of us wants to admit).
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
In Gaza, Hamas's Insults to Jews Complicate Peace
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
Jon Henke / Megan McArdle:
Where does he go to get his years back?  —  Mistakes happen …
Jane Harman / Los Angeles Times:
Rapists in the ranks  —  Sexual assaults are frequent …
Jeffrey Rosen / The New Republic:
Legal Bondage
Discussion: The Corner and Free For All
John R. Lott, Jr / Fox News:
The ‘Recession’ Is a Media Myth
 Earlier Items: 
Sewell Chan / City Room:
Council Votes 30-20 for Traffic Fees
Neville Thurbeck / News of the World:
F1 boss Max Mosley has sick Nazi orgy with 5 hookers
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
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
McCain ‘Surprised’ by Iraq Developments
Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:
Barack Obama calls for Cesar Chavez holiday
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Gov. Rendell: Fox is ‘most objective’ cable network
 

 
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Wes Davis / The Verge:
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Samuel Stolton / Bloomberg:
Microsoft says its investment in Mistral AI amounts to €15M; EU regulators plan to analyze the investment, which could eventually lead to a formal investigation

Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Nvidia plans to start showing free-tier GeForce Now users “up to two minutes” of video ads on February 28 while they are queuing to start a cloud gaming session

 
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