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12:00 AM ET, March 16, 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
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 …
Amanda / Think Progress:
EXCLUSIVE: Matthews Received $35K In Speaking Fees From Interest Group, In Violation Of NBC Policy  —  ThinkProgress has learned that NBC anchor Chris Matthews has received tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for delivering speeches to corporate interest groups.
Matt Stoller / Open Letter To Chris Matthews:
Matthews, Kaplan on the Ropes
Discussion: MyDD
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
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush to Restate Terror Strategy  —  2002 Doctrine of Preemptive War To Be Reaffirmed  —  President Bush plans to issue a new national security strategy today reaffirming his doctrine of preemptive war against terrorists and hostile states with chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, despite the troubled experience in Iraq.
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
CBS News:
Is This Column Futile?  —  Is political persuasion mostly useless?  Is the percentage of people essentially immune to rational argument about political things increasing?  —  A psychologist in Atlanta and a business school professor in Syracuse, N.Y., have interesting observations …
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 …
Media Matters for America:
Wash. Post falsely reported that Americans approve of Bush's "wiretapping tactics" … In a front-page March 15 article on Sen. Russ Feingold's (D-WI) call to censure President Bush for "authoriz[ing] an illegal program to spy on American citizens on American soil," Washington Post staff …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Discussion: Overlawyered and How Appealing
Paul Kiel / TPM Muckraker:
Grover's Laundering Tax
Hugh Hewitt:
Like A Hole In The Head  —  A new panel formed by Congress …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Boston Legal to the rescue
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Pelosi Hints at Democrats' 'Unified' Agenda
Bob Geiger /
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)
 Earlier Items: 
Frank Bass / Associated Press:
Democrats: Bush Rejects Needed Storm Loans
Washington Post:
Federal Prosecutor Says 'No Point' in Continuing Moussaoui Trial
Discussion: TalkLeft
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
Philadelphia Inquirer:
Weldon 9/11 tale unravels, but wait
Krempasky / RedState:
Get on the Damn Phone  —  "Seriously folks - it's gameday.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic Congressional Lead Among Registered Voters Largest Since '82 Midterm
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
What Kind of Hater Are You?  —  Consider the portraits …
Bill Brubaker / Washington Post:
Top U.S. Military Official: No Evidence of Iran Involvement in Iraq