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9:20 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 …
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
GOP evokes budget promise
Discussion: QandO and The Club For Growth
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.
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Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
DP World and U.S. Trade: A Zero-Sum Game  —  DP World's decision yesterday to transfer a handful of American port terminals, rather than chilling interest in investing in the United States, may actually have made it safer for foreigners by relieving some of the political pressure that was building up against them.
Discussion: phronesisaical and The Heretik
Michelle Malkin:
BREAKING PORT NEWS: DUBAI YIELDS  —  ***scroll for updates...230pm EST Dem Senators Schumer, Clinton, Reid scrambling to organize press conference...248pm EST.  Harry Reid looks irked at being outmaneuvered: "We want an up-and-down vote...the devil is in the details."
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 …
Washington Post:
Ex-Justice Lawyer Rips Case for Spying  —  White House's Legal Justifications Called Weak  —  A former senior national security lawyer at the Justice Department is highly critical of some of the Bush administration's key legal justifications for warrantless spying, saying …
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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 …
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 …
Aleksander Boyd / vcrisis.com:
North American opinion Research Inc. replies to Vcrisis  —  Julio Makarem and Ricardo Valbuena have published today a two page communiqué in Venezuela's most read newspaper Ultimas Noticias (see below).  In it they accuse me, among other things, of being part, together with Gustavo Coronel …
Discussion: Publius Pundit
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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
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.
Will / Attytood:
Santorum: Where in the world is Barbara Bonfiglio?  —  People who've been following our Rick Santorum coverage lately may know the name Barbara Bonfiglio.  She's a one-time inside-the-Beltway lobbyist who still works for a leading governmental affairs shop, and who has pulled triple-duty …
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Hank Shaw / recordnet.com:
Pombo replaces PAC's lobbyist treasurer
Discussion: TPM Muckraker
Sean Callebs / CNN:
No room at the inn for New Orleans dog search team  —  NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) — One of three canine search-and-rescue teams trained to look for bodies left by Hurricane Katrina plans to leave New Orleans after just a few days on the job, because there won't be a hotel room to stay in, the men said Wednesday.
BBC:
Doctors attack US over Guantanamo  —  More than 250 medical experts have signed a letter condemning the US for force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  —  The experts, from seven nations, said physicians at the prison had to respect inmates' right to refuse treatment.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Teri Figueroa / nctimes.com:
Woman sues for alleged firing over talk show bumper sticker  —  VISTA —  A San Diego County woman is suing her former employer, accusing her manager of firing her on the spot when she saw the woman's car had a bumper sticker advertising a progressive talk radio station.
Discussion: SpeakSpeak News and The Sideshow
 
 
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David Stout / New York Times:
U.S. to Rely on Iraqi Forces to Quell Civil War, Rumsfeld Says
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USA Today:
China: Criticism of human rights record is 'hypocrisy'
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Dan / Daniel W. Drezner:
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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 …
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Mark Steyn drawing lines in the sand.
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The Ugly American / The Real Ugly American.com:
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BREITBART.COM:
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Discussion: NewsBusters.org