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10:50 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.
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 …
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Bush Signs Renewal of Patriot Act
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Dubai Firm Backs Out of U.S. Ports Deal
Discussion: Gina Cobb and King of Zembla
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 …
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.
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
Prepare to reap the Dubai whirlwind  —  Thanks, guys.  Really.  70% of America yawned, stretched and decided it was opposed to Dubai Ports World operating six ports on America's east coast — despite the fact that "security concerns" were just so much hot air.
Tom Bevan / The RCP Blog:   The DPW Post Mortem
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 …
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!
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: firedoglake
Vichy Democrats:   ROOTS PROJECT: Pennsylvania
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Weakling Republican Liddy Dole Fully Embraces Racism  —  I often receive resistance on the point of whether the Republican Party profits from a deeply racist institutional nature.  I don't think all Republicans are racist, but it is undeniable that racism plays a part in the voting habits of a substantial part of the Republican base.
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
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 …
Discussion: First Draft
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.
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.
Aleksander Boyd /
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 …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Frist turns back on Reporters over the Dubai port deal  —  Frist turns back on Reporters over the Dubai port deal  —  There's a big split happening in the GOP (primarily over political positioning) and it was magnified by Hastert's view of the "port deal" who did take questions from reporters …
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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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
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Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Nancy Pelosi's House Democratic Caucus and Its Insular Stubbornness
Scott Lemieux / firedoglake:
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David Stout / New York Times:
U.S. to Rely on Iraqi Forces to Quell Civil War, Rumsfeld Says
Discussion: AMERICAblog
USA Today:
China: Criticism of human rights record is 'hypocrisy'
Discussion: QandO and TalkLeft
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Bush Facing Rancor Over U.S. Port Security
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
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Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
GOP evokes budget promise
Discussion: QandO and The Club For Growth
Forkum / Cox & Forkum Editorial Cartoons:
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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 …
Doctors attack US over Guantanamo
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Mark Steyn drawing lines in the sand.
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic: