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3:40 PM ET, March 10, 2006

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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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ABCNEWS:
White House Asked Dubai Ports to Pull Out  —  Stunning Defeat for Bush, but Republicans in Congress Promise to Put It Behind Them  —  March 10, 2006 — The White House asked Dubai Ports World, a company owned by the United Arab Emirates, to give up its management stake in U.S. ports …
Discussion: TAPPED, Waveflux and Daily Kos
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.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Under Pressure, Dubai Company Drops Port Deal
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
How the Clock Ran Out on the Dubai Ports Deal
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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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.
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John Heilprin / Associated Press:
Interior Secretary Gale Norton Resigns  —  WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Gale Norton resigned Friday after five years in President Bush's Cabinet and at a time when her agency is part of a lobbying scandal over Indian gaming licenses.  —  In a letter to Bush, Norton said the resignation would be effective at the end of March.
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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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: MyDD, AMERICAblog and TalkLeft
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Will / Attytood:   Breaking: Sandra Day O'Connor rips into GOP, DeLay, Cornyn …
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
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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 …
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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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.
Lynn Bartels / Rocky Mountain News:
Racially charged e-mail stirs outrage  —  Rep. Welker cites his 'poor judgment' in forwarding essay  —  A Loveland lawmaker has been blasted by his colleagues for e-mailing an essay written by someone else that accused "welfare-pampered blacks" of waiting for the government to save them from Hurricane Katrina.
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.
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
UPDATE #3: Pulitzer Finalists—Here's Likely List  —  NEW YORK With leaks pouring in, all confirmed by two or more sources, E&P presents below a list of alleged/likely finalists for this year's Pulitzer prizes in journalism.  Those apparently doing very well with multiple nods include The Washington Post …
Discussion: FishBowlDC and LA Observed
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
 
 
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Daren Fonda / Time:
The Dubai Deal You Don't Know About  —  Even as one company gives …
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William Saletan / Slate:
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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
Jill Gardiner / New York Sun:
Alarm Spreads Over Remarks Of Jail Imam
Digby / Hullabaloo:
They Mean It  —  It's pretty clear that the assault …
Reuters:
Unexpected Rise in Jobless Claims
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Nancy Pelosi's House Democratic Caucus and Its Insular Stubbornness
Kevin Sites / Agence France Presse:
Pakistan arrests 1,000 kite-flyers under terror laws
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and PoliBlog