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1:55 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.
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 …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
CHARLTON HESTON, RIP  —  The death of Charlton Heston represents a great loss for American art.  It's possible to imagine other fine actors of his era playing the roles Heston made unforgettable, but it's not possible to imagine the other actors making them unforgettable.
Discussion: The New Nixon Blog
Bob Thomas / Associated Press:
Film legend Charlton Heston dead at 84
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Hollywood legend Charlton Heston dead at 84
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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 …
Aaron Bruns / FOX Embeds:   Clinton: Democratic Primary a Contest, Not a Coronation
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 …
Hugh Hewitt / TownHall Blog:   Senator Obama: What Would You Do About The Qods Force?
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
Jaketapper / Political Punch:
In Oregon, Clinton Makes False Claim About Her Iraq Record Vs. Obama's  —  In Eugene, Ore., Saturday.  Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., attempted to change the measure by which anyone might assess who criticized the Iraq war first, her or Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., by saying those keeping records …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Dan Morain / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's lawyer days were effective but brief  —  The head of his former firm says he did good work.  But not all of it was related to voting and civil rights.  —  CHICAGO — In his books, speeches and campaign commercials, Sen. Barack Obama often harks back to his days as a civil rights attorney.
Discussion: The Page
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Cancer-survivor McCain will get docs to say he's fit to be Prez  —  Seventy-one-year-old John McCain has used his age mostly as a laugh line on the campaign trail, joking he's as “old as dirt” and has “more scars than Frankenstein.”  —  But Team McCain is quietly starting to get serious …
Ben / Think Progress:
Rove's Electoral Maps Highlight Cozy Relationship Between Rove, McCain, And Fox News  —  The Politco recently reported that Karl Rove, former top aide to President Bush and Fox News employee, is now “informally advising” Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) presidential campaign.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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
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