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5:02 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 …
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.
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.
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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 …
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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 …
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
Discussion: AMERICAN FUTURE and JustOneMinute
rawstory.com:
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.
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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.
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Hugh Hewitt:
Like A Hole In The Head  —  A new panel formed by Congress …
Discussion: The Anchoress
fair.org:
"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 …
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 …
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
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Pelosi Hints at Democrats' 'Unified' Agenda  —  (CNSNews.com) - The Republican Party has wondered what's taking Democrats so long to unveil their election-year agenda.  Amid press reports that it will happen any day now, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday offered what amounts to a draft version.
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.
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 …
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 …
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