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7:50 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 …
Hollywood legend Charlton Heston dead at 84  —  LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Actor Charlton Heston died at Beverly Hills home at the age of 84 Saturday, his family said.  —  Heston, known for portrayals of larger than life figure including Moses and Ben Hur, was suffering the late stages of Alzheimer's Disease.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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: The Jawa Report and TalkLeft
Robert Berkvist / New York Times:
Charlton Heston, Epic Film Star and Voice of N.R.A., Dies at 83  —  Charlton Heston, who appeared in some 100 films in his 60-year acting career but who is remembered chiefly for his monumental, jut-jawed portrayals of Moses, Ben-Hur and Michelangelo, died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 83.
Discussion: Althouse
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
There He Goes Again  —  Why can't we just have a civilized debate about important issues, such as the war Islamic extremists continue to wage against us?  —  The Democrats just won't do it.  During the 2004 presidential campaign, Kerry started the negative campaign.
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
Hamza Hendawi / Associated Press:
Analysis: Iraqi PM wins rare support
Discussion: Power Line
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
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
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
In Massachusetts, Universal Coverage Strains Care  —  AMHERST, Mass. — Once they discover that she is Dr. Kate, the supplicants line up to approach at dinner parties and ballet recitals.  Surely, they suggest to Dr. Katherine J. Atkinson, a family physician here, she might find a way to move …
Don Surber:   Just ask me  —  Question: What's the latest proof that the …
Come, O Come, Emanuel  —  It ain't over till it's over.  But at some point soon, someone may have to not-so-gently tell Hillary time is up.  Enter ‘Rahmbo.’  —  Rahm Emanuel has been described as a street fighter with a killer instinct—as explosive, profane, wired and ruthless—sometimes as a compliment, sometimes not.
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
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.”
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