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2:00 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
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.
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, 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 …
Kevin Drum / The Washington Monthly:
FEINGOLD'S CENSURE MOTION....Everyone wants to know how I feel about Russ Feingold's motion to censure President Bush over the NSA's domestic spying program.  I'll give you two and a half answers:  —  First, substantively: Sure, censure away.  God knows Bush deserves it.
Jane Hamsher / firedoglake:
Why Can't The AP Count?  —  The GOP-obedient media is once again providing cover for George Bush rather than, you know, reporting the truth.  —  Laurie Kellman, Associated Press: … What a lazy, dishonest hack job.  John Kerry has been saying right out of the gate he would support the resolution …
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.
"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 …
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.
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
Vicki Allen / Reuters:
Abizaid says U.S. may want to keep bases in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States may want to keep a long-term military presence in Iraq to bolster moderates against extremists in the region and protect the flow of oil, the Army general overseeing U.S. military operations in Iraq said on Tuesday.
Roy / alicublog:
PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE.  I see Dr. Mrs. Ole Perfesser has gotten into the gay-straightening racket.  It takes a little effort to navigate her plausible-deniability screens, but readers of her husband's work will recognize the method.  —  We can say one thing for the group for whom Dr. Helen shills …
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.
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.
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Ted Barrett / CNN:
Congress forms panel to study Iraq war
CBS News:
Is This Column Futile?  —  Is political persuasion mostly useless?
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Pelosi Hints at Democrats' 'Unified' Agenda
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Shocker: Senate Republicans Screw Veterans Again
Frank Bass / Associated Press:
Democrats: Bush Rejects Needed Storm Loans
Washington Post:
Federal Prosecutor Says 'No Point' in Continuing Moussaoui Trial
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Weldon 9/11 tale unravels, but wait
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Get me rewrite  —  In the post below about the Knight Ridder sale …
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
Security Clearance Rules May Impede Gays
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Get on the Damn Phone  —  "Seriously folks - it's gameday.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic Congressional Lead Among Registered Voters Largest Since '82 Midterm

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Daniel Ek says Spotify is working on a deluxe Spotify tier, around a $17-$18 price point, that has “a lot more control, a lot higher quality across the board”

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
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Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

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