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12:55 PM ET, April 6, 2008

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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.
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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
Discussion: Wizbang and The Colossus of Rhodey
CNN:
Hollywood legend Charlton Heston dead at 84
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Fernando Suarez / CBS News:
Fiery Clinton Fields Tough Questions at Campaign Rally  —  From CBS News' Fernando Suarez:  —  EUGENE, ORE. — During a campaign stop in Oregon, Hillary Clinton fielded testier questions from the audience, more so than she has in quite a while.  It was a typical campaign rally …
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Times of London:
Iran joined militias in battle for Basra  —  IRANIAN forces were involved in the recent battle for Basra, General David Petraeus, the US commander in Iraq, is expected to tell Congress this week.  —  Military and intelligence sources believe Iranians were operating at a tactical command level …
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Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
George Bush rules out further Iraq troop cuts
Discussion: War in Context
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
British fear US commander is beating the drum for Iran strikes
Discussion: Babylon & Beyond and Daily Pundit
Newsweek:
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.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Karl / protein wisdom:
Down goes Yglesias!  Down goes Yglesias!  —  TNR's James Kirchick is not impressed by Matthew Yglesias's new book on foreign policy: … RTWT at City Journal, because — for some reason — it is not posted at Kirchick's home base, TNR.  —  (h/t Donald Douglas, who also has a delightlful …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
McCain is “implicitly attacking Obama for basking in self-glory, when the Obama campaign is very much predicated on ‘we’ and not 'I.'"  —  Bill Scher perceives irony in McCain's ad — which depicts his life story, including his service in Vietnam — because it is “very much about ‘I.’” …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
The Chris Matthews Show: Andrew Sullivan Calls Rumsfeld, Addington & Yoo War Criminals  —  Every week on The Chris Matthews Show, Matthews has a segment where he asks his panel of pundits to “Tell Me Something I Don't Know.”  This week, Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic spoke as bluntly …
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
Discussion: alicublog
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Associated Press fails to reveal Mukasey's favorite color  —  (updated below)  —  In the short time he's been Attorney General, Michael Mukasey has become one of the most divisive political figures in the country.  He's been in the middle of numerous controversies …
Eli Sanders / Slog:
Oh, Those 43rd District Democrats  —  I sat through about four hours of today's legislative district caucus in Seattle's 43rd District.  I wish I could bring you pictures—of the yawns, the shouts, and the American Idol style campaigning for those coveted spots as a state convention delegate …
Discussion: Donklephant and Ben Smith's Blogs
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
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
McCain Is Vocal on War, but Silent on Son's Service  —  One evening last July, Senator John McCain of Arizona arrived at the New Hampshire home of Erin Flanagan for sandwiches, chocolate-chip cookies and heartfelt talk about Iraq.  They had met at a presidential debate …
Discussion: Hot Air and PoliGazette
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: The Strata-Sphere and Daily Pundit
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Hamza Hendawi / Associated Press:
Analysis: Iraqi PM wins rare support
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
Don Surber:
Just ask me  —  Question: What's the latest proof that the patriarchy indoctrinates boys by forcing them to play with trucks?  —  Answer: This.  —  Question: How many lies did Chelsea tell in West Virginia yesterday?  —  Answer: I counted 5, of course there were only 5 direct quotes in the story, so there may have been more.
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Jaketapper / Political Punch:
In Oregon, Clinton Makes False Claim About Her Iraq Record Vs. Obama's
Discussion: Eschaton and Oliver Willis
Adam Cohen / New York Times:
The Already Big Thing on the Internet: Spying on Users
Discussion: Citizen Crain
Nigel Lawson / Daily Mail:
The REAL inconvenient truth: Zealotry over global warming …
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
A Town Under Fire Becomes a Symbol for Israel
Discussion: Soccer Dad
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Wisconsin's Judicial Revolution
Discussion: Althouse
Dan Spencer / CALIFORNIA YANKEE:
There He Goes Again
Washington Post:
The War's Expiration Date
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Andrew Samwick / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Two Questions for the Supply Siders
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Beverly Gage / New York Times:
Our First Black President?  —  Will Americans vote for a black president?
Larisa Alexandrovna / The Huffington Post:
It's official, Alabama is the Soviet Union...
Discussion: New York Times and Macsmind
Hindrocket / Power Line:
“PINK SLIP NATION”
Discussion: Say Anything
INSTAPUTZ:
I Did Not Make This Up.  —  Hugh Hewitt really wrote this:
Larry Rohter / The Caucus:
McCain Called a ‘Warmonger’ at Obama Appearance