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March 20, 2006
CQ Media Links For Today

Captain's Quarters gets mentioned today in a couple of media outlets ...

* First is today's Star-Tribune, where John Reinan gives me a brief mention regarding the efforts to regulate political speech on the Internet. Reinan interviewed me last week and does a nice job of capsulizing the controversy. The Strib doesn't provide links from its web content but it does mention the blog by name. The article also quotes former FEC commissioner Brad Smith on the pending regulation. I enjoyed speaking with Reinan, who used probably the wittiest thing I was able to say while driving on the 494 Eastbound Highway Of Doom.

* Our old friend from Salem Communications, Eric Hogue, also mentioned me today on his blog and on his regular morning show in Sacramento. Eric often fills in for Hugh Hewitt when Hugh goes into mourning for his Cleveland Browns -- a regular occurrence -- and today reviews the troubling financial arrangements enjoyed by Rep. John Doolittle and his wife, Julie. Eric agrees with me that any system which allows a politician's spouse to pocket commissions for political contributions to the politician's PAC and campaign is a system that needs drastic changes:

I'm a defender of raising as much campaign cash (free speech) as a candidate can collect, but it is somewhat unethical in my eyes - the voters too - to have a novice spouse performing as the professional consultant, just so you can gather 15% commission of off thousands of donated dollars. It may not be illegal, but it doesn't pass the 'smell test' in my opinion.

This is something that the Republicans might want to address as they drive toward campaign finance reform.

Eric also notes the great comment section on this post -- but that could apply to any of the great debates in which CQ readers engage here. Eric also has posted his interview with Rep. Richard Pombo.

* CNN's Situation Room mentions me and links to me from their site regarding Russ Feingold's censure motion. Abbi Tatton, by the way, is a class act and treats bloggers as peers, instead of ... well ... bloggers.

Other media links of note:

* Michelle Malkin and Bryan Preston will have video of their coverage at the UPJ protest at the Pentagon. Be sure to see Michelle's pictures from the event, and watch for her interview of Cindy Sheehan.

* Brian Maloney tries to find out how many affiliates Air America has ... and discovers some inflation in the liberal talk-show network's figures.

* The Washington Post has started a new conservative blog, Red America. It doesn't appear that the blogger, former Regnery editor Ben Domenech, has started posting yet, but the RSS feed link is posted for when he begins. I'm not surprised that the Post has given Domenech the opportunity to balance out their blog efforts -- I've always found the Post to be a pretty classy organization. I'm looking forward to seeing what he has to say.

* Just a reminder that one of the best tools for following the debate on the blogosphere is Memeorandum, which should be open in your browser at all times (easily done in Firefox with its tabs). And William Beutler at the National Journal has a must-read compendium of the hottest topics each weekday with the Blogometer. Be sure to catch up with both on a regular basis.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 20, 2006 5:35 PM

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