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8:30 PM ET, March 10, 2006

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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 …
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Burning Allies — and Ourselves
Washington Post:
Happy Now?  —  THEY SPEND drunkenly, they fail at oversight …
Discussion: Below The Beltway
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
How the Clock Ran Out on the Dubai Ports Deal
Cassandra / villainouscompany.com:
Congress to UAE: Can You Hear Me Now?
Discussion: Donklephant
Daren Fonda / Time:
The Dubai Deal You Don't Know About  —  Even as one company gives …
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Daimnation!
CBS News:
Bush: Ports Storm Sends Bad Message
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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, ACSBlog and TalkLeft
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Will / Attytood:
Breaking: Sandra Day O'Connor rips into GOP, DeLay, Cornyn …
Discussion: The Left Coaster
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 …
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John Heilprin / Associated Press:
Interior Secretary Gale Norton Resigns
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.
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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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 …
Rachel Shteir / Slate:
Former Bush Aide Charged in Felony Theft  —  Claude Allen had recently resigned as White House domestic-policy adviser.  —  When Claude Allen, President Bush's longtime domestic-policy adviser, resigned suddenly on Feb. 9, it baffled administration critics and fans.
bls.gov:
THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION: FEBRUARY 2006  —  Nonfarm payroll employment grew by 243,000 in February, and the unemploy-  —  ment rate was little changed at 4.8 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics  —  of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.  Job gains occurred in con-
Andrew Selsky / Associated Press:
Anti-Castro Sign at Ballgame Causes Stir  —  1cbeabdc2ba6@news.ap.org While Cuba played the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, a spectator in the stands raised a sign saying: "Down with Fidel," sparking an international incident that escalated Friday with the velocity of a major league fastball.
Discussion: Dr. Sanity and JunkYardBlog
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.
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.
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Nancy Pelosi's House Democratic Caucus and Its Insular Stubbornness  —  A few weeks ago, Representative Louise Slaughter came out with a report called 'America for Sale' on the cost of Republican corruption.  The link is no longer working, and I'll explain why in the next paragraph.
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
'Washington Post' To Cut 80 Newsroom Jobs, Sources Say  —  NEW YORK The Washington Post plans to cut at least 80 newsroom jobs through attrition and buyouts, according to sources at the paper who said editors began giving staffers the bad news on Thursday in meetings and continued today.
Discussion: FishBowlDC and BizzyBlog.com
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.
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
'Silent Tort Reform' Is Overriding States' Powers  —  SUPPORTERS and detractors call it the "silent tort reform" movement, and it has quietly and quickly been gaining ground.  —  Across Washington, federal agencies that supervise everything from auto safety to medicine labeling have waged …
 
 
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Rick Lyman / New York Times:
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P O'Neill / Best of Both Worlds:
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Twenty Questions — Baby Killing Edition
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Bush Urges More Money for Religious Charities
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NY Daily News:
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Bassem Mroue / Associated Press:
Some Sunnis Targeting al-Qaida in Iraq
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
UPDATE #3: Pulitzer Finalists—Here's Likely List
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
They Mean It  —  It's pretty clear that the assault …
Vichy Democrats:
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