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The hot mike phenomenon continues to yield fruit. Here Peggy Noonan and former McCain strategist Mike Murphy lament the Palin pick, while they think no one is listening. As Taegan Goddard points out, Noonan contradicts her own column with the statement, "It's over." Update 2: Noonan strikes back

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If ever there was required reading, this article by Sherry Ricchiardi in the American Journalism Review would be it. News coverage about the Iraq war, whether measured in column inches or broadcast minutes, by American news outlets is becoming a mere blip on the proverbial radar, even as lives and resources are still lost every day.

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Semi-retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro thinks Barack Obama is "the most-advanced candidate in the presidential race," so he must have been disappointed to hear that Obama would continue an embargo against the island nation. That policy, Castro wrote in a column that appeared in state newspapers, is "a formula for hunger for [Cuba]."

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Conservative columnist Robert Novak initiated a scuffle between the Clinton and Obama campaigns over the weekend by reporting that "agents" of Hillary Clinton claimed to possess "scandalous" information about Barack Obama. Obama promptly accused the Clinton campaign of trying to "Swift-boat" him and demanded that the front-runner come clean.

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Chris Hedges' Truthdig column, which normally appears on Monday, will be posted on Wednesday this week Chris is busy preparing for his debate with Sam Harris on Tuesday at UCLA's Royce Hall, where he will present his companion essay, "I Don't Believe in Atheists" If you can't make it or you just can't wait, here is a preview of the column.

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NBC's Tim Russert grilled White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten on Sunday about an Oval Office press release that praised an L.A. Times Op-Ed calling for Israel to attack Syria. Watch as Bolten tries to prevaricate his way out of it. (h/t: Alternet, Think Progress)

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The proprietor of a pro-life blog railed with righteous indignation against a column from The Onion titled "I'm Totally Psyched About This Abortion!" Apparently lines from the column like "I seriously cannot wait for all the hemorrhaging and the uterine contractions" didn't tip the blogger off to the column's satirical intent--and he has since become the laughingstock of the blogosphere.

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