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1:20 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 …
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 …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Under Pressure, Dubai Company Drops Port Deal
Tom Bevan / The RCP Blog:   The DPW Post Mortem
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
David Stout / New York Times:
U.S. to Rely on Iraqi Forces to Quell Civil War, Rumsfeld Says
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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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Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Republican Leaders Are Their Racist, Cowardly Base
Discussion: KnoxViews and Seeing the Forest
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, and warns of the "beginnings" of dictatorship  —  NPR's Nina Totenberg aired an amazing story this morning about a talk that just-resigned Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor gave at Georgetown University.
PSoTD:
The Critical Questions  —  The entire NSA spy scandal boils down to personal questions that each American ought to be asking themselves and their members of Congress:  — Most importantly - is it legal for the NSA to be spying on me?  — What are the minimum requirements to meet for the NSA to spy on me?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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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" …
Jane Hamsher / firedoglake:
Roots Pennsylvania  —  Now that the Senate Intelligence Committee …
Discussion: Vichy Democrats
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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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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Scott Lemieux / firedoglake:
After South Dakota Pt. II: Stand Up For Roe  —  Drink to his health.  —  As most of you know, pro-life rhetoric in the U.S. is, more than anything, focused on diversion, using the language of states' rights or "reasonable regulations" to advance their agenda of banning abortion entirely.
Discussion: Lean Left and The Sideshow
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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!
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.
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 …
The New Republic:
Moral Imperative  —  Over the last 25 years, liberalism has lost both its good name and its sway over politics.  But it is liberalism's loss of imagination that is most disheartening.  Since President Clinton's health care plan unraveled in 1994—a debacle that this magazine, regrettably …
 
 
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Bassem Mroue / Associated Press:
Some Sunnis Targeting al-Qaida in Iraq
Eric Leach / L.A. Daily News:
Roberts breaks silence in Simi
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
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Reuters:
Unexpected Rise in Jobless Claims
Opinion Journal:
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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 …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Frist turns back on Reporters over the Dubai port deal
Kevin Sites / Agence France Presse:
Pakistan arrests 1,000 kite-flyers under terror laws
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and PoliBlog
Jim Hoagland / Washington Post:
Two Leaders' Power Failures
Sean Callebs / CNN:
No room at the inn for New Orleans dog search team