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8:10 PM ET, March 15, 2006


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Associated Press:
Poll: U.S. Backs Congress in Ports Dispute
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
On George Clooney's Blog  —  The George Clooney blog that was posted on the Huffington Post Sunday was published only after we received written approval from his representative to do so.  Here's the story:  —  When I first invited George Clooney to blog after a screening of Good Night …
Discussion: firedoglake and Expose the Left
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
A stirring defense of indecision and inaction  —  Since Democratic Senators are afraid to talk about Sen. Feingold's censure resolution, Kevin Drum provides a public service by trying to explain and defend the "rationale" for Democrats not to support the resolution.
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Everything you ever wanted to know about how our government and media work
Opinion Journal:
The Impeachment Agenda  —  Russ Feingold reveals what many Democrats really want.
Associated Press:
College paper's editor fired over Mohammed cartoons  —  CHAMPAIGN, Illinois (AP) — An editor who chose to publish caricatures of Prophet Mohammed in the University of Illinois' student-run newspaper last month has been fired, the paper's publisher announced Tuesday.
Sources: Bush urged to bulk up inner circle  —  Friends suggest changes needed to counter missteps  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A move is afoot among some friends and confidantes of President Bush to persuade him to bring in at least one seasoned Republican to help his struggling staff, CNN has learned.
Congressman writes White House: Did President knowingly sign law that didn't pass?
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senate G.O.P. Blocks Tight Budget Rule  —  WASHINGTON, March 14 — Senate Republicans on Tuesday narrowly defeated an effort to impose budget rules that would make it harder to increase spending or cut taxes, a move that critics said that showed Republicans were posturing in their calls for greater fiscal restraint.
"The Final Word Is Hooray!"  —  Remembering the Iraq War's Pollyanna pundits  —  Weeks after the invasion of Iraq began, Fox News Channel host Brit Hume delivered a scathing speech critiquing the media's supposedly pessimistic assessment of the Iraq War.  —  "The majority of the American media …
Discussion: The Road To Surfdom and azerbic
Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:
Best supporting neocon  —  Congratulations on that best supporting actor Oscar you picked up last week.  I couldn't be happier for you.  Not only because I admire your Cary Grant-esque panache but because I admire your politics.  As an advocate of a hawkish but high-minded foreign policy …
Discussion: BrothersJudd Blog
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic Congressional Lead Among Registered Voters Largest Since '82 Midterm  —  Lead by 55% to 39% on generic ballot  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll finds the Democratic Party leading the Republican Party 55% to 39% among registered voters in the generic Congressional ballot.
Krempasky / RedState:
Get on the Damn Phone  —  "Seriously folks - it's gameday.  Get on the horn. "  —  Friends,  —  We've been working for a long time on HR 1606 - The Online Freedom of Speech Act.  It will come up for a vote on the floor of the House TOMORROW but as you read this - the campaign regulation community …
Top Iraq war correspondents discuss risking their lives to tell a truth that few want to hear — or believe  —  BERKELEY - "I have lost all faith in the media," says the National Guardsman narrating "The War Tapes," the first war documentary to be filmed entirely by soldiers.
Discussion: News Blog, azerbic and
Michelle Malkin / Jewish World Review:
7-year-old poisonous 'poet' is in demand  —  Autum Ashante' of Mount Vernon, N.Y., has performed at HBO's Def Poetry Jam, The Cotton Club in L.A., The Apollo Theater in Harlem, the African Street Festival, Caroline's on Broadway, the Russell Simmons Phat Farm Fashion Show, Steve Harvey's …
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
Security Clearance Rules May Impede Gays  —  WASHINGTON - The Bush administration last year quietly rewrote the rules for allowing gays and lesbians to receive national-security clearances, drawing complaints from civil rights activists.  —  The Bush administration said security clearances cannot be denied …
Washington Post:
Federal Prosecutor Says 'No Point' in Continuing Moussaoui Trial  —  Prosecution's Case Gutted After Judge Bars Federal Aviation Witnesses  —  A federal prosecutor in the death penalty trial of Zacarias Moussaoui told the judge in the case that he saw "no point" in going ahead …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Philadelphia Inquirer:
Weldon 9/11 tale unravels, but wait  —  Congressman has more allegations, one on bin Laden.  —  WASHINGTON - Late one night in June, Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.) stood up in a largely empty House chamber and made an incendiary charge.  —  With dramatic rhetorical flourish …
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Times of London:
Five arrested over London cartoons protest
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Marty Lederman / SCOTUSblog:
Balkin, Rumsfeld v. FAIR, and Schools' Right to Protest the Military (Commentary)
Discussion: YARGB
Frank Bass / Associated Press:
Democrats: Bush Rejects Needed Storm Loans
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
85 Bodies Found in Baghdad in Sectarian Strife
Discussion: Washington Post and TAPPED
The Anchoress:
Meyer and the Futility of Political Debate - UPDATED
Discussion: ShrinkWrapped and News Blog
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Get me rewrite  —  In the post below about the Knight Ridder sale …
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Roy / alicublog:
PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE.  I see Dr. Mrs. Ole Perfesser has gotten …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Observer:
Times Brushes Up On Hillary Races With New Beat Star
Discussion: FishBowlDC
Axel Bojanowski / Spiegel Online:
A Continent Splits Apart
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
What Kind of Hater Are You?  —  Consider the portraits …
New York Times:
Many Utilities Collect for Taxes They Never Pay
Discussion: Tim Worstall and Norwegianity
Tom Lasseter / Knight Ridder:
U.S. military airstrikes significantly increased in Iraq
New York Times:
A Stumble a Day ...  Every second-term presidency tends to get tired and falter a bit.
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The Conservative Case Against John McCain In 2008