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12:50 AM ET, April 6, 2008

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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop  —  SAN FRANCISCO — They work long hours, often to exhaustion.  Many are paid by the piece — not garments, but blog posts.  This is the digital-era sweatshop.  You may know it by a different name: home.
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AMERICAN DIGEST:
Pinched to Death at the New York Times … Ironman @ Political Calculations: The Accelerating Decline of the New York Times notes, with data to back him up, … Here's what the years from 1993 to 2007 looked like at the New York Times:  —  Click to enlarge
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Bonney Kapp / FOX Embeds:
Obama Campaign: “McCain Is Not A Warmonger”  —  Yesterday evening, Senator Barack Obama dropped by a fundraiser for North Dakota Democrats.  The campaign arranged with the state party to allow a print pool reporter to accompany the senator, but no cameras were allowed, which has been typical at fundraisers …
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Larry Rohter / The Caucus:
McCain Called a ‘Warmonger’ at Obama Appearance  —  Mr. Schultz, whose program is syndicated nationally, made the remarks while revving up a group of Obama supporters at a $100-a-head fund raiser at the North Dakota Democratic Party's convention in Grand Forks.
Bonney Kapp / FOX Embeds:
Obama Visits State #48
Discussion: New York Times and Booman Tribune
Rasmussen Reports:
North Carolina Democratic Primary  —  North Carolina: Obama 56% Clinton 33%  —  In North Carolina, Barack Obama has opened up a twenty-three percentage point lead over Hillary Clinton.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that Obama attracts 56% of the vote while Clinton earns 33%.
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Clay Barbour / Charlotte Observer:
Bill Clinton: N.C. now crucial  —  He says wife's bid to get nomination will hinge on Tar Heel state  —  Like it did in Texas and Ohio, the Clinton campaign for president has drawn a line in the sand, down the middle of the Tar Heel state.  —  Bill Clinton said Friday in Charlotte …
Discussion: Donklephant and MyDD
Jim Morrill / Charlotte Observer:
N.C. voters' top concern: Trust
Discussion: TalkLeft and Public Policy Polling
John M. Broder / The Caucus:
Colombia to Penn: You're Fired  —  More fallout from the Mark Penn Colombia episode:  —  The Colombian government said on Saturday that it was ending its relationship with Burson-Marsteller, the global public relations firm headed by Mark Penn, who is also Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's pollster and chief strategist.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Colombia fires Penn
Hamza Hendawi / Associated Press:
Analysis: Iraqi PM wins rare support  —  BAGHDAD - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's faltering crackdown on Shiite militants has won the backing of Sunni Arab and Kurdish parties that fear both the powerful sectarian militias and the effects of failure on Iraq's fragile government.
Discussion: Power Line
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Basra offensive a key step towards reconciliation?
Discussion: Dean's World
INSTAPUTZ:
I Did Not Make This Up.  —  Hugh Hewitt really wrote this: … The man is completely cracked.  I guess if I were a family member I'd be worried, but since I'm not, I just think it's funny.  —  If you have the time and inclination, I strongly suggest you e-mail Hugh “evidence” and for the love of god, cc me.
Discussion: World-O-Crap and First Draft
Mark Silva / Baltimore Sun:
MCCAIN, OBAMA, CLINTON, PETRAEUS  —  Gen. David Petraeus' return engagement on Capitol Hill next week will be of particular interest to a few of the senators on committees hearing his testimony: Sens. McCain, Obama and Clinton.  —  McCain, as the AP's Liz Sidoti points out today …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Army Worried by Rising Stress of Return Tours to Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — Army leaders are expressing increased alarm about the mental health of soldiers who would be sent back to the front again and again under plans that call for troop numbers to be sustained at high levels in Iraq for this year and beyond.
Mike Hall / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Walls close in on Phelpses  —  Judge orders liens on church building, law office  —  A federal judge in Maryland on Thursday ordered liens on the Westboro Baptist Church building and the Phelps-Chartered Law office.  —  If the case presided over by U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Bennett …
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
British fear US commander is beating the drum for Iran strikes  —  British officials gave warning yesterday that America's commander in Iraq will declare that Iran is waging war against the US-backed Baghdad government.  —  A strong statement from General David Petraeus about Iran's intervention …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
The Media's defense of McCain's 100-years in Iraq comment  —  It's not surprising that McCain's Media must defend him at every turn.  Here's a typical example from emailer Candice: … We know that wasn't the case, Mr.Williams.  —  Bob Somerby asks: “Are these life-forms actually human?”
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State
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Media Matters for America:
“Media Matters”; by Jamison Foser
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Hindrocket / Power Line:
“PINK SLIP NATION”  —  That's how the Minneapolis Star Tribune headlined its story on last month's decline in payroll jobs in its print edition: … I'm sorry to see unemployment climb to 5.1%, but by historic standards, that's not exactly a “grim picture.”
Jeremy Waldron / lrb.co.uk:
Reality Check  — Worst-Case Scenarios by Cass Sunstein Buy this book  —  Two months after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, Dick Cheney was told about a meeting that Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri had had a month before the attacks around a campfire in Kandahar …
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Karl / protein wisdom:
The “Moderate” Voice calls Phil Gramm a terrorist  —  At the so-called Moderate Voice, Sean Mullen has an interesting concept of terrorism.  Former Sen. Phil Gramm, now an adviser to John McCain's presidential campaign, is a “terrorist in pinstripes” for his sponsorship of the Financial Services Modernization Act.
Discussion: Redstate
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Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
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Rick Maze / Army Times:
Lawmaker apologizes for comment on Iraq guard
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
80,000 Jobs Lost; Democrats Urge New Aid Package
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Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Looks like last call for Hillary