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12:55 AM ET, March 3, 2006


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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
03/02/06 FOX Poll: Most Oppose Port Deal; Republicans Lose Ground  —  NEW YORK — Most Americans oppose allowing a Dubai company to run some U.S. ports, even as a majority understands the U.S. would continue to control port security, according to a new FOX News poll.
USA Today:
Americans oppose port deal  —  WASHINGTON — Americans overwhelmingly oppose the proposed sale of cargo operations at six major U.S. seaports to a Dubai firm, calling it a threat to the nation's security, according to a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Tuesday and Wednesday.  (Related:Ports poll results)
Ronald Brownstein / Los Angeles Times:
Poll Finds Americans Overwhelmingly Disapprove of Port Deal  —  WASHINGTON — Americans, by a greater than 3 to 1 margin, oppose the proposed deal that would allow a state-owned Arab firm to assume control of operations at several U.S. ports, a Times/Bloomberg poll has found.
Nicole Gaouette / Los Angeles Times:
Bush Is Warned on Katrina in Video  —  Footage of a briefing full of dire predictions renews criticism of the government's response.  —  WASHINGTON — Newly released video footage taken just hours before Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast shows that federal officials delivered stark warnings …
Associated Press:
Tape: Bush, Chertoff Warned Before Katrina  —  WASHINGTON - In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, risk lives in New Orleans' Superdome …
Associated Press:
New Video Shows Blanco Saying Levees Safe
Discussion: A Blog For All
Cartoonist's Daughter Hunted by 12 Jihadists  —  Update: I have now posted the transcript of the interview with Jens Rohde at the bottom of this post.  —  Update: See below for comments from the Police Intelligence Service  —  Hmmm.. It seems that all I had to do to get back to blogging was getting my indignation recharged.
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
The President's Indian Fantasy  —  The rash nukes pledge is typical of Bush's strategic shortsightedness.  —  It takes a great strategic mind, something like a chess master's, to think three or four moves ahead in plotting international diplomacy.  It would be nice if the Bush administration, now and then, could think one move ahead.
Murray Waas /
What Bush Was Told About Iraq  —  Two highly classified intelligence reports delivered directly to President Bush before the Iraq war cast doubt on key public assertions made by the president, Vice President Cheney, and other administration officials as justifications for invading Iraq …
Kevin Vaughan / Rocky Mountain News:
Students protest teacher's suspension  —  Hundreds of students walked out of Overland High School this morning in protest after a controversy involving a geography teacher and his statements about President Bush.  —  Many of the students supported the teacher, Jay Bennish …
Jason / Generation Why?:
Schools Gone Wild  —  If you can't win in the marketplace of ideas, the next best strategy is to try and indocrinate the future voters before they learn to think critically.  That seems to be the strategy for the liberals and socialists who continue to see their philosophies rejected by a majority of Americans.
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Senate Approves Patriot Act Renewal  —  WASHINGTON - The Senate on Thursday gave its blessing to the renewal of the USA Patriot Act after adding new privacy protections designed to strike a better balance between civil liberties and the government's power to root out terrorists.
David Stout / New York Times:
Senate Approves Renewal of Antiterrorism Bill
Steven G. Vegh / Virginian-Pilot:
Religious broadcasters fear lost viewership under pay-by-channel idea  —  The idea of paying for only the cable channels they want might have strong appeal for consumers, but to religious programmers, the prospect seems just short of apocalyptic.  —  Pay-per-channel pricing …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Prisons Often Shackle Pregnant Inmates in Labor  —  Shawanna Nelson, a prisoner at the McPherson Unit in Newport, Ark., had been in labor for more than 12 hours when she arrived at Newport Hospital on Sept. 20, 2003.  Ms. Nelson, whose legs were shackled together and who had been given nothing stronger …
Robert D. Kaplan / Washington Post:
We Can't Force Democracy  —  Creating Normality Is the Real Mideast Challenge  —  The whiff of incipient anarchy in Iraq in recent days has provided a prospect so terrifying as to concentrate the minds of Republicans and Democrats, Iraq's sectarian political factions, and even the media.
Discussion: TAPPED, Decision '08 and uggabugga
Associated Press:
Rice shows off her fitness regime  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Condoleezza Rice, the nation's top diplomat, is appearing in a three-part TV interview in which she rides a bike, works on her abs, pumps iron and talks about her weight.  —  Public figures usually do not go public when they work on their figures …
Jamie Glazov / Front Page Magazine:
Iraqi WMD Mystery Solved  —  Frontpage Interview's guest today is Ryan Mauro, who spoke at the recent 2006 International Intelligence Summit on Iraq.  He is the 19-year old author of Death to America: The Unreported Battle of Iraq and founder of
Associated Press:
Miss. House Advances Bill to Ban Abortion  —  JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gov. Haley Barbour said Wednesday he would probably sign a bill under consideration in the state House that would ban most abortions in Mississippi.  —  The measure, which passed the House Public Health Committee on Tuesday …
Discussion: firedoglake and Liberty Street
Gabriel Sherman / The New York Observer Media Mob:
Times Diversity Report: "A Newspaper at Risk"  —  After a 10-month study, the New York Times Diversity Council issued its confidential internal report yesterday.  The 39-page document, made available to staffers, describes The Times as "a newspaper at risk" on diversity matters and says the paper is …
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Seth Borenstein / Knight Ridder:
Obama suggests money for fuel economy deal for automakers
National Review:
Huh?  —  Nearly 50 years ago, Whittaker Chambers famously …
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John Derbyshire / The Corner on National Review Online:
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Embarrassing the Angels  —  Or, that's no way to treat a lady.
Discussion: The Anchoress and alicublog
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
New York Is Sued by U.S. on Delay of Vote System
Mike McKee /
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Lawmakers still angered, but growing resigned over ports deal