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3:30 PM ET, March 10, 2006

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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Burning Allies — and Ourselves  —  DUBAI — Officials here heard late Thursday that Karl Rove had decided to pull the plug.  President Bush's political adviser was said to have conveyed to a top manager of Dubai Ports World in Washington that the White House couldn't hold out any longer …
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ABCNEWS:
White House Asked Dubai Ports to Pull Out  —  Stunning Defeat for Bush, but Republicans in Congress Promise to Put It Behind Them  —  March 10, 2006 — The White House asked Dubai Ports World, a company owned by the United Arab Emirates, to give up its management stake in U.S. ports …
Discussion: TAPPED, Waveflux and Daily Kos
Online NewsHour:
Transfering U.S. operations to a U.S. company  —  MARGARET WARNER So, Simon Romero, let me just — for our viewers, I will re-read the operative sentence, because there has been a lot of debate about what it means.  —  The — Senator Warner said, D.P. World will transfer fully the U.S. operations to a United States entity.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Under Pressure, Dubai Company Drops Port Deal
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
How the Clock Ran Out on the Dubai Ports Deal
Paul Blustein / Washington Post:
Overseas Firms Entrenched in Ports
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
Bush's Approval Rating Falls to New Low  —  WASHINGTON - More and more people, particularly Republicans, disapprove of President Bush's performance, question his character and no longer consider him a strong leader against terrorism, according to an AP-Ipsos poll documenting one of the bleakest points of his presidency.
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Peter Baker / Washington Post:
In an Election Year, GOP Wary of Following Bush  —  When President Bush and senior adviser Karl Rove mapped out plans for a political comeback in 2006, this was nowhere on the script.  Suddenly, the collapse of a port-management deal neither even knew about a month ago has devastated …
Mike Soraghan / Denver Post:
Gale Norton to resign from Cabinet  —  Washington - Gale Norton is announcing her resignation today after serving more than five years as secretary of the Interior and overseeing a dramatic expansion of drilling, logging and development on the public lands of the West.
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John Heilprin / Associated Press:
Interior Secretary Gale Norton Resigns  —  WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Gale Norton resigned Friday after five years in President Bush's Cabinet and at a time when her agency is part of a lobbying scandal over Indian gaming licenses.  —  In a letter to Bush, Norton said the resignation would be effective at the end of March.
rawstory.com:
Retired Supreme Court Justice hits attacks on courts and warns of dictatorship  —  RAW STORY  —  Via NPR.  Rush transcript by RAW STORY.  Listen to the audio report here.  —  Supreme Court justices keep many opinions private but Sandra Day O'Connor no longer faces that obligation.
Discussion: MyDD, AMERICAblog and TalkLeft
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Will / Attytood:   Breaking: Sandra Day O'Connor rips into GOP, DeLay, Cornyn …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Kurd Card  —  Lost amid the news of all the bloodletting in Iraq is an important political development: The Kurds have switched sides.  In the first parliament after the first set of elections, they allied themselves with the Shiite slate to produce the current Shiite-dominated government led by Ibrahim al-Jafari.
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
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Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
U.S. Sets Plans to Aid Iraq in Civil War  —  The U.S. military will rely primarily on Iraq's security forces to put down a civil war in that country if one breaks out, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told lawmakers yesterday.  —  Sectarian violence in Iraq has reached a level unprecedented since …
Jesse / Jesse Berney dot com:
Elizabeth Dole is a racist  —  Check out FancyFord.com, a racist attack site created by the National Republican Senatorial Committee to oppose Rep. Harold Ford, Jr., who's running for Senate in Tennessee.  —  What's the message behind this site?  The line of white women on the front page …
Vichy Democrats:
ROOTS PROJECT: Pennsylvania  —  (Last updated: Friday March 10 @ 11:30 am Penna. time)  —  The Roots Project  —  The Roots Project is a coordinated effort by national and local bloggers to develop the netroots in each state, and convert them into what I call "netboots" …
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MSNBC:
Pentagon admits errors in spying on protesters  —  NBC: Official says peaceful demonstrators' names erased from database  —  The Department of Defense admitted in a letter obtained by NBC News on Thursday that it had wrongly added peaceful demonstrators to a database of possible domestic terrorist threats.
Lynn Bartels / Rocky Mountain News:
Racially charged e-mail stirs outrage  —  Rep. Welker cites his 'poor judgment' in forwarding essay  —  A Loveland lawmaker has been blasted by his colleagues for e-mailing an essay written by someone else that accused "welfare-pampered blacks" of waiting for the government to save them from Hurricane Katrina.
Opinion Journal:
The New Protectionists  —  How to create a real security crisis.  —  Dubai Ports World finally threw in the kaffiyah on its American operations yesterday, agreeing to sell them "to a U.S. entity."  We hope that entity turns out to be Halliburton, if only for the torment that would cause certain eminences on Capitol Hill.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Vernon Robinson's sick commercial  —  Vernon Robinson's sick commercial  —  This is isn't a joke or a parody commercial.  It's just insane.  Robinson is running for Congress in North Carolina and he uses the Twilight Zone theme to attack gays, judges, African Americans and just about anything or anyone else you can think of.
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
UPDATE #3: Pulitzer Finalists—Here's Likely List  —  NEW YORK With leaks pouring in, all confirmed by two or more sources, E&P presents below a list of alleged/likely finalists for this year's Pulitzer prizes in journalism.  Those apparently doing very well with multiple nods include The Washington Post …
Discussion: FishBowlDC and LA Observed
 
 
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Ker Than / livescience.com:
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Daren Fonda / Time:
The Dubai Deal You Don't Know About  —  Even as one company gives …
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Washington Post:
Barry Sentenced to Three Years of Probation
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William Saletan / Slate:
My Secret Burden  —  The abortion-rights movement grapples with repression.
Kevin Vaughan / Rocky Mountain News:
Bennish decision near
Pakistan Daily Times:
VIEW: Colonisation of Palestine precludes peace— Jimmy Carter
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Arendt / volpac.org:
Internet Freedom  —  Senator Frist remarks on Online Freedom of Speech Act
Discussion: RedState and Beltway Blogroll
 Earlier Items: 
Bassem Mroue / Associated Press:
Some Sunnis Targeting al-Qaida in Iraq
White House:
President Signs USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act
Jill Gardiner / New York Sun:
Alarm Spreads Over Remarks Of Jail Imam
Digby / Hullabaloo:
They Mean It  —  It's pretty clear that the assault …
Reuters:
Unexpected Rise in Jobless Claims
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Nancy Pelosi's House Democratic Caucus and Its Insular Stubbornness
Kevin Sites / Agence France Presse:
Pakistan arrests 1,000 kite-flyers under terror laws
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and PoliBlog
Jim Hoagland / Washington Post:
Two Leaders' Power Failures