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8:20 PM ET, March 3, 2010

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The Politico:
Massa to retire amid allegations he sexually harassed a male staffer  —  First-term Rep. Eric Massa announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection, saying his doctors have told him that he can't continue to “run at 100 miles an hour.”  —  But several House aides told POLITICO …
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Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
Dem Source: Massa Won't Run (Updatedx2)  —  Rep. Eric Massa is poised to announce this afternoon that he will not seek re-election in the 29th Congressional District this fall as planned, a Democratic source confirms.  —  The freshman congressman is going to make his announcement at 3 p.m., according to the source.
Roll Call:
Massa Has Cancer, Won't Run for Re-Election  —  Freshman Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) is expected to announce on a 3:30 p.m. conference call that he will not run for a second term in November.  —  A source who has spoken to Massa said the Congressman will announce he is leaving because of a recurrence of cancer.
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Harkin: Reconciliation is a go  —  Sen. Tom Harkin told POLITICO that Senate Democratic leaders have decided to go the reconciliation route.  The House, he said, will first pass the Senate bill after Senate leaders demonstrate to House leaders that they have the votes to pass reconciliation in the Senate.
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Mike Madden / Salon:
Key House liberal may vote against healthcare bill  —  Rep. Raúl Grijalva, co-chairman of a progressive caucus, says he's “leaning toward” opposing the legislation  —  WASHINGTON — An influential House progressive says he's less likely to vote for the final healthcare reform bill …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
For It Before He Was Against It: Arcuri Will Likely Vote No On Health Care  —  Rep. Michael Arcuri (D-NY) voted for House health care legislation in November.  But he says he's almost certain to vote no on the Senate bill when it comes up for a vote in the House later this month, according to a report in the Utica Observer-Dispatch.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Gregg talks repealing health reform  —  A top Republican senator on Wednesday proposed the possibility of repealing any healthcare law that is passed by congressional Democrats using the reconciliation strategy.  —  Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee …
The New Republic:
A Blue Dog Dream
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Stupak says 12 previous health bill supporters could flip over abortion
Mike Madden / Salon:
Rep. Brian Baird still not sold on healthcare reform
Discussion: Political Punch
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Exclusive: RNC document mocks donors, plays on ‘fear’  —  The Republican National Committee plans to raise money this election cycle through an aggressive campaign capitalizing on “fear” of President Barack Obama and a promise to “save the country from trending toward socialism.”
Mike Levine / Liveshots:
Exclusive: Unknown DOJ Lawyers Identified  —  A day after a conservative group released a video condemning the Justice Department for refusing to identify seven lawyers who previously represented or advocated for terror suspects, Fox News has uncovered the identities of the seven lawyers.
Tom Watson / My Dirty Life & Times:
A Death in the Blogging Family  —  The great Jon Swift has died.  That's the “blogging” angle to a personal tragedy.  In reality, the voice of Jon Swift - the hilarious faux conservative blogger whose talent and passion were evident in every post - belonged to Al Weisel …
The Hill:
Pelosi picks fellow Californian to take gavel after Rangel bows out  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi has picked liberal firebrand Rep. Pete Stark to replace ousted Chairman Charles Rangel on the tax-writing committee, according to a House leadership aide.  —  The decision was made during …
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New York Times:
Rangel Steps Aside From Post During Ethics Inquiry
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
New chairman is one of Congress' most controversial members
Discussion: Pajamas Media
The Huffington Post:
Palin Does Stand-Up On Leno's “Tonight Show” (VIDEO)  —  AP / Huffington Post  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  BURBANK, Calif. — Sarah Palin says she's going to play Tina Fey in an upcoming Las Vegas show.  —  Just kidding.  —  The former Republican vice presidential nominee turned …
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Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Palin: ‘I joined Fox’ …
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
With Leno, Palin Pushes Back Against ‘Family Guy’
National Enquirer:
GRAND JURY TO INDICT EDWARDS  —  The ultimate fall from grace, a Federal grand jury is about to indict John Edwards, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively.  —  In another shocker, close sources say Edwards' estranged wife Elizabeth could help send the former presidential candidate to jail!
Ezra Klein:
Did Republicans use reconciliation for significantly bipartisan bills?  —  Among the odder arguments Republicans are making against the reconciliation process is that the process should only be used for bipartisan bills, and since they refuse to vote for health-care reform, Democrats can't give their package of fixes an up-or-down vote.
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Dr. Melissa Clouthier:
Crazytown Watch: Charles Johnson Conflates Some Fringe Group With Rick Perry  —  Now why would he do that?  A little preventative, cyber guerrilla warfare, I'd say.  —  Here's the things about moderates, independents, or leftists in moderate name only (LIMNO-hey, it's better than FCINO) …
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The Chief  —  You think it's so great being Rahm Emanuel?  —  One of the enduring mysteries about White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is why he took the job in the first place.  At the time he accepted it, he was the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, a position he'd attained with considerable effort.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Obama Now Selling Judgeships for Health Care Votes?  —  Obama names brother of undecided House Dem to Appeals Court.  —  Tonight, Barack Obama will host ten House Democrats who voted against the health care bill in November at the White House; he's obviously trying to persuade them to switch their votes to yes.
Discussion: Hot Air
CBS News:
Fee to Overthrow the Government: Five Dollars  —  Posted by Brian Montopoli Leave Comment - Share - - - Share - E-mail - Print - Font Since 1951, South Carolina has had a law on its books requiring anyone looking to overthrow the government to, well, register with the government.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Word From the Wise  —  I was traveling via Los Angeles International Airport — LAX — last week.  Walking through its faded, cramped domestic terminal, I got the feeling of a place that once thought of itself as modern but has had one too many face-lifts and simply can't hide the wrinkles anymore.
CBS News:
Military to Review Sodomy Ban  —  As Part of Examination of Repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” Plans to Review Prohibition on Sodomy and Oral Sex  —  (CBS/ AP) The Pentagon's chief legal counsel said a nine-month study on gays in the military will likely review rules for troops on sodomy and oral sex.
McHenry:
Rep. McHenry Announces Legislation to Put President Reagan on the $50 Bill  —  “Every Generation Needs Its Own Heroes”  —  Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC) announced new legislation today, H.R. 4705, that would redesign the face of the $50 bill to include the likeness of our 40th President, Ronald Reagan.
Los Angeles Times:
Toyota's fix is a bust, owners claim  —  New complaints allege sudden acceleration and other problems after recall work.  —  Erick Garcia inspects his work at Toyota of Hollywood while perfecting the fix for shortening the gas pedal of recalled Toyota vehicles.  (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times / February 3, 2010)
Discussion: ProPublica and KCBS-TV
Michael Shedlock / Mish's Global Economic …:
Governor Christie: “Time to Hold Hands and Jump Off the Cliff” - Chris Christie For President?  —  In an amazingly candid appraisal of the sorry state of affairs in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie laid it on the line in a speech to about 200 mayors at the New Jersey League of Municipalities.
Paul Krugman:
Fantasies of the Chicago Boys  —  Ah, Chile.  Remember how, during the Social Security debate, Chile's retirement system was held up as an ideal — except it turned out that it actually yielded very poor results for many people, and the Chileans themselves hated it?
Discussion: Guardian and Marginal Revolution
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Health Insurance Industry Looks Forward to $300 Billion Victory Over the Public Option  —  When Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), and the entire Republican Senate caucus stepped up to kill the public option in the Senate …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin writing second book  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will write another book, her publisher announced Wednesday.  —  The new book will “reflect on the key values—both national and spiritual—that have been such a profound part of her life and which continue to inform her vision of the future,” according to HarperCollins.
 
 
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Bob Parks / Big Government:
Comedy Rap Video Slams Obama as O.T.P. (One Term President)
Asher Price / Austin American-Statesman:
Incumbent loses Railroad Commission seat
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Off the Kuff
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
O'Donnell Considering Congressional Run
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and Advocate
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
FIRED-UP PRESIDENT DEMANDS ‘UP-OR-DOWN VOTE’ …
Anna Schecter / ABCNEWS:
Dobbs, Beck, Palin, Bachmann Share Blame For Rise in Right-Wing …
Discussion: Think Progress and Hatewatch
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Blizzard of bad jobs news to hit Friday