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Big 12 Will Rule the Weekend
CNNSI.com’s Grant Wahl predicts that Oklahoma and Kansas will win their Final Four games, setting up a rematch of the 1988 NCAA championship game. Everyone else agrees with only half that prediction. CNNSI.com’s Larry Smith, CNNSI.com’s Seth Davis, and ESPN.com’s Dick Vitale  all foresee a Maryland-Oklahoma matchup for Monday’s game.

From Bad to Worse
Vice President Dick Cheney’s trip to the Middle East “has resulted in a new rapprochement between Iraq and the other Arab dictatorships; it has allowed the Arab dictators to announce that they are ready for ‘peace’ with Israel, while they funnel the arms for the necessary war; and recent events have been manipulated to make it seem now as if Arafat is the man genuinely seeking a cease-fire while the Israelis are preparing for a new assault,” Andrew Sullivan writes. “This is one of the biggest diplomatic messes the United States has managed to help bring about in many a long year.”

The Smoke Machine
Paul Krugman takes issue with Tim Noah’s pan of David Brock’s Blinded by the Right. Click here for the “Chatterbox” column he mentions.