How low will he go..?

Huffington Post

AP Poll: Bush Public Approval at New Low

Public approval of President Bush has dipped to a new low in the Associated Press-Ipsos poll, driven by dissatisfaction with his handling of the economy.

A survey released Thursday showed 28 percent approve of the overall job Bush is doing. That was statistically tied with his previous low in the poll of 30 percent last month and in February.

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Worst. President. Ever.

Yoo who?

MarjorieCohn.com

National Lawyers Guild Calls on Boalt Hall to Dismiss Law Professor John Yoo, Whose Torture Memos Led to Commission of War Crimes

New York. In a memorandum written the same month George W. Bush invaded Iraq, Boalt Hall law professor John Yoo said the Department of Justice would construe US criminal laws not to apply to the President’s detention and interrogation of enemy combatants. According to Yoo, the federal statutes against torture, assault, maiming and stalking do not apply to the military in the conduct of the war.

The federal maiming statute, for example, makes it a crime for someone “with the intent to torture, maim, or disfigure” to “cut, bite, or slit the nose, ear or lip, or cut out or disable the tongue, or put out or destroy an eye, or cut off or disable a limb or any member of another person.” It further prohibits individuals from “throwing or pouring upon another person any scalding water, corrosive acid, or caustic substance” with like intent.

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Bush halts Iraq troop cuts but shortens tours

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Shell game anyone..?

Reuters

President George W. Bush said on Thursday he would suspend U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq this summer but cut the length of tours of duty, as he defended his war policy that will leave any resolution of the conflict to his successor.

Bush endorsed a recommendation by his commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, to complete a limited withdrawal of combat forces by July but then impose a 45-day freeze on the total number of troops at about 140,000 to assess the security situation before considering more cuts.

“I’ve told him he’ll have all the time he needs,” Bush said.

Hmmm… Apparently Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki disagrees..

Huffington Post

A U.S. airstrike targeted a building in Baghdad’s Sadr City on Thursday, hours after American soldiers clashed with Shiite militants in fighting that left 15 people dead, police and the U.S. military said.

The renewed violence coincided with the Congressional testimony of the Bush administration’s top two officials in Iraq _ Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker. Petraeus recommended a pause in drawing down U.S. troops in Iraq while the security situation remains unstable and President Bush is expected to follow his recommendation.

But Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki disagreed with Petraeus’ proposal to delay further U.S. troop withdrawals, citing the growing capabilities of Iraq’s own security forces.

Petraeus wants the U.S. to complete by the end of July the withdrawal of the 20,000 troops that were sent to Iraq last year, leaving about 140,000 in the country. Beyond that, the general proposed a 45-day evaluation period to be followed by an indefinite period of assessment before any further pullouts.

Al-Maliki, however, has said he disagrees with that decision.

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Randi Rhodes leaves Air America

RawStory

Update: Rhodes leaves station after suspension over comments

Air America Radio host Randi Rhodes has left the network after it suspended her over comments she made at a station fundraiser last week.

A statement from the station’s chairman, Charlie Kireker, and president, Mark Green, to be released Thursday says the popular progressive host decided to leave after the station suspended her over the off-air comments.

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I am really upset to hear this. I don’t like the terms she chose to use in her comments, only because its not language I normally use, but she has been a very strong voice for Progressives and Liberals, and she never shied away from speaking truth to power. She was a strong voice for change and accountability. She’ll definitely be sorely missed.

Here is one of the most memorable Randi-moments I can think of.

UPDATE: From Huffington Post

Apparently Rhodes quit rather than apologize. And apparently, she won’t be missed by everyone..

The Huffington Post has learned that Randi Rhodes quit Air America after being asked by the network to apologize for her inflammatory remarks against Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro.

A source at Air America, who asked to remain anonymous, said, “Many people screw up and then apologize and move on. Like Imus. Like David Shuster. Like Jay Rockefeller on McCain. Like Obama on Rezko. Like Hillary on Bosnia. Randi Rhodes refused to apologize for her obscene comments and has chosen instead to terminate her relationship with Air America.”

The source also said that there is no love lost between Rhodes and her colleagues at the network. “No one is upset. She made the move but there’s relief and joy.”

UPDATE 2: Rhodes signs on with Nova M Radio Network (RawStory)

On Thursday, April 10, Nova M Radio Network announced that it has added The Randi Rhodes Show to its syndication lineup effective Monday, April 14. It is scheduled to air 3pm-6pm Eastern, Monday through Friday.

“I just can’t stop smiling,” says Nova M CEO John Manzo. “Randi is simply the biggest and the best. Randi Rhodes and Mike Malloy under one roof – talk about TALENT!”