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5:10 PM ET, March 3, 2010

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The Politico:
Massa to retire amid allegations he sexually harassed a male staffer  —  According to several House aides - on both sides of the aisle - the House ethics committee has been informed of allegations that Massa, who is married with two children, sexually harassed a male staffer.
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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.
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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Manu Raju / The Politico:
GOP casts doubt on parliamentarian  —  Senate Republicans are waging a pre-emptive strike against the Senate's parliamentarian — a hitherto little-known official who could determine the fate of the Democrats' health care reform efforts.  —  In interviews with POLITICO …
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.
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 …
Mike Madden / Salon:
Rep. Brian Baird still not sold on healthcare reform  —  The Washington Democrat is retiring after this year, but he still may not vote for the healthcare bill  —  WASHINGTON — As House Democratic leaders cast around for votes to pass the Senate's healthcare reform bill …
Discussion: Political Punch
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HARKIN GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO RECONCILIATION.... There really …
Discussion: The Hill and The New Republic
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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
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Palin: ‘I joined Fox’ because there's too much ‘opinion interjected in hard news’ in the mainstream media.  —  In January, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) joined paid contributer.  Last night, she appeared on Jay Leno's show and decried the state of the mainstream media as “quite broken …
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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!
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.”
Jonathan Bernstein / The Daily Dish:
For Tuesday I Walk to the Village  —  Yesterday was election day in Texas, and I voted.  And I voted.  And then I voted some more.  If my count was correct, I voted fifty-two times.  I voted for Governor, and I voted for U.S. House and Texas House and Texas Senate...OK …
Sahil Kapur / The Raw Story:
Michael Moore: 'Democrats are a bunch of wusses...It's disgusting... I'm sick of them'  —  America's top documentary filmmaker talks “Capitalism,” politics and Oscars with Raw Story  —  Just over a year ago, Michael Moore vigorously campaigned for President Obama and the Democratic Party.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: The Plum Line
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Blizzard of bad jobs news to hit Friday  —  The White House is bracing for an ugly unemployment report on Friday that is expected to be worse because of the three winter storms that hit the East Coast last month.  —  Goldman Sachs predicted the economy will lose as many as 100,000 jobs …
Little Green Footballs:
The Texas Taliban  —  There's been talk lately in Texas about seceding from the US.  Even Republican Governor Rick Perry has broadly hinted that Texas should exercise its “tenth amendment” rights.  —  Well, here's a website that makes me think it might be a good idea to let them do it: Repent Amarillo.
New York Times:
Paterson Broke Ethics Law on Receiving Gifts, Panel Charges  —  The state Commission on Public Integrity charged Gov. David A. Paterson on Wednesday with violating state ethics laws when he secured free tickets to the opening game of the World Series from the Yankees last fall for himself and others.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dem will push for public option in separate bill if not included in existing package  —  If a public health insurance option is not added to existing healthcare reform legislation, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said Wednesday that he would push for one using a separate bill.
Discussion: TPMDC
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Mitt Romney's 12 Hour Flip-Flop  —  How absurdly plastic are Mitt Romey's political views?  He starts in the morning praising Barack Obama's Afghanistan policy on NBC and then a bit more than 12 hours later he's bashing Obama's Afghanistan policy on Fox News:  —  It makes sense of course.
Jeff Biggers / The Huffington Post:
Bogus Award of the Week: Humane Society Honors Rahall Tonight for Mustangs, While Appalachia Burns  —  “I watched you suffer a dull aching pain  —  Now you've decided to show me the same  —  But no sweet, vain exits or offstage lines  —  Could make me feel bitter or treat you unkind
Anna Schecter / ABCNEWS:
Dobbs, Beck, Palin, Bachmann Share Blame For Rise in Right-Wing Extremism, Says Activist Group  —  Southern Poverty Law Center Cites Violent Incidents; Lou Dobbs Calls SPLC Director ‘Paranoid’  —  Anti-government sentiments in the U.S. have reached levels so high they could result …
Discussion: Wilshire & Washington
 
 
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
In Final Push, Obama Urges ‘Up-or-Down’ Vote on Health
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