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1:45 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 …
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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KN@PPSTER:
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.
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
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
DP World and U.S. Trade: A Zero-Sum Game
Discussion: phronesisaical and The Heretik
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
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 …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
They Mean It  —  It's pretty clear that the assault on women's reproductive rights is in full swing.  I suspect that many Republicans know that their legislative majority days may be numbered and they are trying to deliver for their constituents before they lose their perch.  —  This one's a twofer.
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Scott Lemieux / firedoglake:
After South Dakota Pt. II: Stand Up For Roe
Discussion: Lean Left and The Sideshow
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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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
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 …
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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Mike Soraghan / Denver Post:
Gale Norton to resign from Cabinet  —  Washington - Gale Norton is announcing her resignation 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.
Discussion: CorrenteWire and RedState
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.
Discussion: A Blog For All
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.
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!
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 …
 
 
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Kevin Vaughan / Rocky Mountain News:
Bennish decision near
Arendt / volpac.org:
Internet Freedom  —  Senator Frist remarks on Online Freedom of Speech Act
Discussion: RedState and Beltway Blogroll
Bassem Mroue / Associated Press:
Some Sunnis Targeting al-Qaida in Iraq
White House:
President Signs USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Vernon Robinson's sick commercial
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
UPDATE #3: Pulitzer Finalists—Here's Likely List
Discussion: FishBowlDC and LA Observed
Reuters:
Unexpected Rise in Jobless Claims
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Opinion Journal:
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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
The New Republic:
Moral Imperative  —  Over the last 25 years, liberalism has lost …