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10:30 PM ET, March 15, 2006


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Pew Research Center:
Bush Approval Falls to 33%, Congress Earns Rare Praise  —  Dubai Ports Fallout  —  Summary of Findings  —  In the aftermath of the Dubai ports deal, President Bush's approval rating has hit a new low and his image for honesty and effectiveness has been damaged.
Associated Press:
Poll: U.S. Backs Congress in Ports Dispute
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
A stirring defense of indecision and inaction  —  (updated below)  —  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.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Bad Instincts  —  There is still a lot of angst, it appears …
Discussion: firedoglake and Interesting Times
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Everything you ever wanted to know about how our government and media work
Jane Hamsher / firedoglake:
Why Can't The AP Count?
Discussion: and MyDD
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 …
Esnead / Styles and Scenes by Elizabeth Snead:
Clooney to Arianna: I Did Not Blog  —  Oscar-winner George Clooney may make politically provocative films like "Syriana."  But he doesn't write politically provocative blogs.  —  So imagine his ire when Arianna Huffington used some of his recent answers to political questions in a way that makes …
Congressman writes White House: Did President knowingly sign law that didn't pass?  —  RAW STORY  —  Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) has alleged in a letter to White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card that President Bush signed a version of the Budget Reconciliation Act that, in effect, did not pass the House of Representatives.
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.
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.
"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 …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The Conservative Case Against John McCain In 2008  —  There is no Republican up on Capitol Hill more disliked by his own GOP brethren than John McCain.  That's why, despite the size of his fan club in the mainstream media, McCain seems rather unlikely to capture the party's nomination for President in 2008.
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
Bill Brubaker / Washington Post:
Top U.S. Military Official: No Evidence of Iran Involvement in Iraq  —  Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, said today he has no evidence the Iranian government has been sending military equipment and personnel into neighboring Iraq.
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 …
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
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.
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
HILL FOE REGISTERS OFTEN, VOTES RARELY  —  ALBANY - Just-announced Republican Senate hopeful Kathleen McFarland has repeatedly failed to vote in some elections and is registered at two addresses - a possible violation of state law, The Post has found.  —  McFarland, a wealthy Park Avenue matron …
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 …
The Anchoress:
Meyer and the Futility of Political Debate - UPDATED  —  Well, Dick Meyer at CBS has done it again!  I'm not kidding, this fellow manages to find the most interesting things to write about - stuff no one else is looking at because most of us (and 99% of the press) run like lemmings …
Discussion: ShrinkWrapped and News Blog
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
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Grover's Laundering Tax
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Boston Legal to the rescue
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Pelosi Hints at Democrats' 'Unified' Agenda
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Shocker: Senate Republicans Screw Veterans Again
Times of London:
Five arrested over London cartoons protest
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Marty Lederman / SCOTUSblog:
Balkin, Rumsfeld v. FAIR, and Schools' Right to Protest the Military (Commentary)
Frank Bass / Associated Press:
Democrats: Bush Rejects Needed Storm Loans
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Amanda / Think Progress:
EXCLUSIVE: Matthews Received $35K In Speaking Fees From Interest Group …
Philadelphia Inquirer:
Weldon 9/11 tale unravels, but wait
St. Petersburg Times:
More signs of disarray in Harris campaign
Axel Bojanowski / Spiegel Online:
A Continent Splits Apart
New York Times:
Many Utilities Collect for Taxes They Never Pay
Discussion: Tim Worstall and Norwegianity
New York Times:
A Stumble a Day ...  Every second-term presidency tends to get tired and falter a bit.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senate G.O.P. Blocks Tight Budget Rule

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