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9:00 AM ET, March 16, 2006

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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Call for Censure Is Rallying Cry to Bush's Base  —  WASHINGTON, March 15 — Republicans, worried that their conservative base lacks motivation to turn out for the fall elections, have found a new rallying cry in the dreams of liberals about censuring or impeaching President Bush.
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Bad Instincts  —  There is still a lot of angst, it appears, both in Washington and the blogosphere over Feingold's censure motion.  It seems that substantively, the party agrees that Bush broke the law and deserves to be censured, but there is a division among most of the blogosphere …
AMERICAN DIGEST:
Dems Get Busy Breeding Little Republicans
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
John / AMERICAblog:   The lesson, my friends...
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.
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Report Backs Iraq Strike and Cites Iran Peril  —  WASHINGTON, March 15 — An updated version of the Bush administration's national security strategy, the first in more than three years, gives no ground on the decision to order a pre-emptive attack on Iraq in 2003, and identifies Iran …
Discussion: AMERICAN FUTURE and JustOneMinute
Reuters:
Bolton compares Iran threat to Sept 11 attacks
Discussion: THE CUNNING REALIST
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.
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
'Temporarily Relieved'  —  Yale suspends the anonymous emailer who blasted Taliban critics.  —  Yale University still isn't talking about why it admitted a former top Taliban official as a student, but yesterday the Yale Law School issued an apology to two alumni whom one of its officials …
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Steve Gorman / Reuters:
Jessica Simpson snubs Bush  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Concerned about politicizing her favorite charity, singer-actress Jessica Simpson on Wednesday turned down a invitation to meet with U.S. President George W. Bush, a snub that left Republicans dismayed.  —  The apparent final word …
Matt Stoller / Open Letter To Chris Matthews:
Matthews, Kaplan on the Ropes  —  We released this report last week on Chris Matthews, detailing his outside speaking appearances, including appearances before several lobbying groups.  —  What we couldn't confirm at the time was the official NBC ethics policy regarding acceptance of outside speaking fees …
Discussion: MyDD
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The Hill:
Impeachment is a shortcut for oversight  —  Since talk of impeachment is in the air, it seems incumbent on all vocal critics of the president to go on the record with their points of view on this momentous question.  So let me devote this column to explaining why I think it's a bad idea on both policy and political grounds.
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and Pandagon
John Solo / Associated Press:
First Declassified Iraq Documents Released  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration Wednesday night released the first declassified documents collected by U.S. intelligence during the Iraq war, showing among other things that Saddam Hussein's regime was monitoring reports that Iraqis and Saudis …
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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Lawyers for Libby Subpoena Reporter and New York Times  —  Lawyers for I. Lewis Libby Jr., a former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney who faces charges of obstruction of justice, served subpoenas on Tuesday on The New York Times Company and a former reporter for The Times, Judith Miller.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and TalkLeft
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Congress forms panel to study Iraq war  —  Panel to recommend Iraq policy to Congress, White House  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Congress unveiled an independent panel on Wednesday assigned to study the U.S.-led war in Iraq and to make policy recommendations for both Capitol Hill and the White House.
Washington Post:
Embattled Lawyer Had Limited Role in 9/11 Trial  —  The government lawyer who has thrown the death penalty trial of Sept. 11, 2001, conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui into turmoil by improperly contacting witnesses was supposed to be playing a limited role and was never to be involved with legal strategy or litigating the case.
Solvej Schou / Associated Press:
Clooney, Huffington Clash Over Blog Posting  —  Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES It's George Clooney versus Arianna Huffington in a standoff worthy of "Good Night, and Good Luck."  —  The newly minted Oscar winner says he did not write a blog posted Monday on commentator Huffington's Web site …
 
 
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Charles Levinson / San Francisco Chronicle:
Ordinary Iraqi families getting ready to fight They're stockpiling …
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
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John / AMERICAblog:
Republican talk of "activist judges" …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Mr. Right / The Right Place:
Results of New In-Depth Study Revealed: Bush May Actually Be Hitler!
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Bush ratings continue to drop to new lows
Associated Press:
Crapo donations questioned
Discussion: The Left Coaster and Daily Kos
Philadelphia Inquirer:
Weldon 9/11 tale unravels, but wait
Discussion: Rook's Rant and The Agonist
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Kids take back seat to gay agenda
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