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5:55 AM ET, April 6, 2008


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Los Angeles Times:
Charlton Heston, 84; actor played epic figures  —  Charlton Heston, the Oscar-winning actor who achieved stardom playing larger-than-life figures including Moses, Michelangelo and Andrew Jackson in historical epics and went on to become a best-selling author, a contentious Hollywood labor leader …
PR Newswire:
Statement by the Family of Charlton Heston  —  Legendary actor, civil rights leader and political activist Charlton Heston passed away today, at the age of 84.  He died at his home with Lydia, his wife of 64 years, at his side.  Mr. Heston was loved by his two children …
Bob Thomas / Associated Press:
Film legend Charlton Heston dead at 84  —  LOS ANGELES - Charlton Heston, who won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the chariot-racing “Ben-Hur” and portrayed Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in movie epics of the '50s and '60s, has died.  He was 84.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Jawa Report
Robert Berkvist / New York Times:   Charlton Heston, Epic Film Star and Voice of N.R.A., Dies at 83
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.
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: alicublog
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 …
Bonney Kapp / FOX Embeds:
Obama Visits State #48
Discussion: New York Times and Booman Tribune
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
Dave Price / Dean's World:
This Is What Real Political Progress Looks Like  —  Ever since Nouri Al-Maliki came to office, we've been told he represented only Shia interests, or perhaps even Iran's.  We were told he needed Sadr.  We were told Iraq's irreconcilable sectarian differences would inevitably plunge the country into civil war, sooner or later.
Discussion: Associated Press and Daily Pundit
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Basra offensive a key step towards reconciliation?
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%.
Clay Barbour / Charlotte Observer:
Bill Clinton: N.C. now crucial
Jim Morrill / Charlotte Observer:
N.C. voters' top concern: Trust
Discussion: Public Policy Polling and TalkLeft
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
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Housing Crisis Hits Its Own  —  Mortgage Bankers Group Faced With Tougher Terms  —  A year ago, the Mortgage Bankers Association was thrilled to sign a contract to buy a fancy new headquarters building in downtown Washington.  Interest rates were low, the group's revenues were steady …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Calculated Risk
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.”
Andrew Samwick / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Two Questions for the Supply Siders  —  Troy posted a link to the video of the CRFB dinner's panel discussion on “Are Fiscally Responsible Elections Possible?”  From the lineup, you might have expected this to get interesting.  Mark Halperin was the moderator.
Discussion: Megan McArdle
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
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Framing Petraeus  —  This week is a tremendous messaging opportunity …
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
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
Media Matters for America:
“Media Matters”; by Jamison Foser
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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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Beverly Gage / New York Times:
Our First Black President?  —  Will Americans vote for a black president?
Discussion: The G Spot and TigerHawk
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Discussion: TalkLeft and Liberty Street
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British fear US commander is beating the drum for Iran strikes
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Discussion: Crooked Timber
Associated Press:
Sen. Biden: Troop buildup is failure
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Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Army Worried by Rising Stress of Return Tours to Iraq
The Daily Howler:
HOW WE GOT HERE! McCain could still win it. Here's why:
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, TalkLeft and MyDD
Little Green Footballs:
British Muslims Wanted to Take Families on Suicide Missions
Discussion: Wake up America and Daily Mail
Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TalkLeft
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