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11:55 AM 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 …
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Panel on Eavesdropping Is Briefed by White House  —  The new seven-senator intelligence subcommittee created to review the Bush administration's domestic surveillance program had its first White House briefing yesterday and is scheduled to visit the National Security Agency's headquarters Monday …
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  —  Despite Dubai Company's Withdrawal, Others Are Likely to Stay Put  —  The decision by Dubai Ports World to abandon its effort to take over terminal operations at six U.S. seaports was a victory for the numerous politicians who have thundered in recent days …
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.
Tom Bevan / The RCP Blog:   The DPW Post Mortem
KN@PPSTER:
Prepare to reap the Dubai whirlwind
Discussion: The Fat Guy, PunditGuy and Mia Culpa
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.
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Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
DP World and U.S. Trade: A Zero-Sum Game
Discussion: phronesisaical and The Heretik
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
$25,000 to Lobby Group Is Tied to Access to Bush  —  WASHINGTON, March 9 — The chief of an Indian tribe represented by the lobbyist Jack Abramoff was admitted to a meeting with President Bush in 2001 days after the tribe paid a prominent conservative lobbying group $25,000 at Mr. Abramoff's direction …
White House:
President Signs USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act  —  Fact Sheet: Safeguarding America: President Bush Signs Patriot Act Reauthorization  —  THE PRESIDENT: Welcome.  Thanks for the applause.  Glad you're here in the people's house.  —  I'm going to sign …
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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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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 …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
ON THE HOME FRONT  —  The single most important recent article …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Ogged / The Washington Monthly:
The Pie Strategy  —  You bastards already hate me.  Probably. … This is not only depressing, it's boring.  We're playing out everyone's favorite dynamic of suspicion vs. grievance.  Right-wingers like to pretend that they're the only ones who dare say that we were attacked by MUSLIMS!
Kevin Sites / Agence France Presse:
Pakistan arrests 1,000 kite-flyers under terror laws  —  LAHORE, Pakistan (AFP) - Pakistan has detained 1,000 people for flying kites and warned they could be tried as terrorists after 10 people were killed in a week by strings coated with glass or made from metal.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and PoliBlog
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.
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.
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 …
Reuters:
Unexpected Rise in Jobless Claims  —  WASHINGTON, March 9 (Reuters) — The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week, to 303,000, the highest level this year, a government report showed on Thursday.  —  The increase of 8,000 took the number …
Xeni Jardin / New York Times:
Exporting Censorship  —  AMERICAN technology firms are taking heat from the public and Congress for helping China's government police the Internet.  But this controversy extends well beyond China and the so-called Internet Gang of Four: Google, Yahoo, Cisco and Microsoft.
 
 
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Better fascist that gay - Mussolini's granddaughter
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Eric Leach / L.A. Daily News:
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Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Republican Leaders Are Their Racist, Cowardly Base
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
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Matt Stoller / MyDD:
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USA Today:
China: Criticism of human rights record is 'hypocrisy'
Discussion: QandO and TalkLeft
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
GOP evokes budget promise
Discussion: QandO and The Club For Growth
 Earlier Items: 
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Frist turns back on Reporters over the Dubai port deal
Forkum / Cox & Forkum Editorial Cartoons:
The Three T's  —  FIRST PANEL: From The Wall Street Journal …
David Rennie / Telegraph:
Artists try not to offend Muslims as satire festival treads softly
Discussion: In the Bullpen
Jim Hoagland / Washington Post:
Two Leaders' Power Failures
The New Republic:
Moral Imperative  —  Over the last 25 years, liberalism has lost …
BBC:
Doctors attack US over Guantanamo
Discussion: TalkLeft
Aleksander Boyd / vcrisis.com:
North American opinion Research Inc. replies to Vcrisis
Sean Callebs / CNN:
No room at the inn for New Orleans dog search team