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2:15 PM ET, March 10, 2006

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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 …
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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Paul Blustein / Washington Post:
Overseas Firms Entrenched in Ports
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Under Pressure, Dubai Company Drops Port Deal
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 …
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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: AMERICAblog and TalkLeft
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Will / Attytood:   Breaking: Sandra Day O'Connor rips into GOP, DeLay, Cornyn …
Mike Soraghan / denverpost.com:
Gale Norton resigns from Cabinet  —  Washington - Gale Norton resigned 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.  —  But the former Colorado attorney general …
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 …
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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
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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PSoTD:
The Critical Questions  —  The entire NSA spy scandal boils …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jill Gardiner / New York Sun:
Alarm Spreads Over Remarks Of Jail Imam  —  Extremist remarks made by the head imam of the city's jail system are generating alarm about whether inmates are being recruited as Islamic fundamentalists.  —  Mayor Bloomberg announced yesterday that the city has suspended Imam Umar Abdul-Jalil …
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
ON THE HOME FRONT  —  The single most important recent article …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Jim Hoagland / Washington Post:
Two Leaders' Power Failures  —  When does a senior government official decide that the bosses can no longer be trusted or expected to change for the better?  That they must instead be restrained by the force of political opposition from causing more damage?  —  The question ceased to be academic for Andrei Illarionov some time ago.
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.
Pakistan Daily Times:
VIEW: Colonisation of Palestine precludes peace— Jimmy Carter  —  This is obvious to most Israelis, who also view this as a distortion of their moral and religious values  —  For more than a quarter century, Israeli policy has been in conflict with that of the United States and the international community.
Discussion: A Blog For All
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.
Discussion: firedoglake
 
 
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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
Arendt / volpac.org:
Internet Freedom  —  Senator Frist remarks on Online Freedom of Speech Act
Discussion: RedState and Beltway Blogroll
Bassem Mroue / Associated Press:
Some Sunnis Targeting al-Qaida in Iraq
White House:
President Signs USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Vernon Robinson's sick commercial
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
UPDATE #3: Pulitzer Finalists—Here's Likely List
Discussion: FishBowlDC and LA Observed
Ogged / The Washington Monthly:
The Pie Strategy  —  You bastards already hate me.  Probably.
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
They Mean It  —  It's pretty clear that the assault …
Reuters:
Unexpected Rise in Jobless Claims
USA Today:
China: Criticism of human rights record is 'hypocrisy'
Discussion: QandO and TalkLeft
Xeni Jardin / New York Times:
Exporting Censorship  —  AMERICAN technology firms are taking heat …
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
GOP evokes budget promise
Discussion: QandO and The Club For Growth
David Rennie / Telegraph:
Artists try not to offend Muslims as satire festival treads softly
Discussion: In the Bullpen
The New Republic:
Moral Imperative  —  Over the last 25 years, liberalism has lost …
Sean Callebs / CNN:
No room at the inn for New Orleans dog search team