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4:00 AM ET, March 4, 2010


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The Politico:
Hoyer knew of Massa allegations  —  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 that the House ethics committee has been informed …
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.
Chad Pergram / The Speakers Lobby:
Massa Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations
Discussion: Hot Air
Roll Call:
Massa Has Cancer, Won't Run for Re-Election
Discussion: MyDD and Democratic Strategist
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 …
Melissa McEwan / Shakesville:
RIP Jon Swift  —  The great blogger Jon Swift, who, in addition to writing his own amazing blog, was a contributor to Shakesville and my colleague at newcritics, and whose real name was Al Weisel, has died.  —  I found out via our mutual friend Tom Watson, who reports that Al's mother posted …
James Wolcott / Vanity Fair:
Life Is Unfair, Death Even More So (Updated)  —  Comes the terrible, saddening news that Al Weisel, who blogged under the name Jon Swift (an homage to the author of A Modest Proposal and the tip-off that Swiftian irony was his gambit, though newcomers to his site often missed the joke*) …
Kevin K. / Rumproast:   RIP Al Weisel (aka the blogger Jon Swift)
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.
The New Republic:
A Blue Dog Dream
Mike Madden / Salon:
Rep. Brian Baird still not sold on healthcare reform
Discussion: Political Punch
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Stupak: 12 previous health bill supporters could flip over abortion
Dan / Riehl World View:   When In The Course Of Human Events
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.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
The New McCarthyism  —  How a smearing of Justice Department lawyers as “terrorist sympathizers” traveled from the conservative media to the United States Senate.  —  The “Gitmo Nine” aren't terrorists.  They weren't captured fighting for the Taliban.  They've made no attempts to kill Americans.
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 …
Associated Press:
Palin working on book about virtues and strengths  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Palin is ready for the next chapter of her publishing career.  —  Publisher HarperCollins announced Wednesday that the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate is working on a “celebration of American virtues and strengths.”
Lynette Rice / Hollywood Insider:
Exclusive: Sarah Palin shopping Alaska TV docudrama with Mark Burnett
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Palin: ‘I joined Fox’ …
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.
John / Power Line:
Off the Track  —  In general, I'm not a big fan of right track/wrong track polling, even though some say that it is very useful in predicting election results, since the party perceived as being in power bears the brunt of the “wrong track” sentiment.  If that's true, this Rasmussen survey …
Rasmussen Reports:
Right Direction or Wrong Track
Kaiser Health News:
Full Speech: Obama On Insurance Reform  —  President Obama presented his new proposal on health reform, Wednesday afternoon.  Read his full speech, below.  —  THE WHITE HOUSE  —  Office of the Press Secretary  —  Washington, D.C.  —  Good afternoon.
Discussion: Hot Air and AmSpecBlog
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:   Health Insurance Industry Looks Forward to $300 Billion Victory …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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!
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The fable of Emanuel the Great  —  In the space of 10 days, thanks in no small part to my own newspaper, the president of the United States has been portrayed as a weakling and a chronic screw-up who is wrecking his administration despite everything that his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, can do to make things right.
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Fringe Benefits — By: Mark Steyn  —  Gee, prosecuting Geert Wilders for “Islamophobia” in a politically rigged show trial seems to be working out just swell for the Dutch establishment.  Local election watch from EuroNews:  —  Attention is also on Geert Wilders' far-right Freedom Party …
Discussion: Financial Times and Jay Currie
Ian Traynor / Guardian:
Big gains for Dutch leader Wilders
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Rove blames himself for administration's response to lack of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq  —  Former president George W. Bush did not mislead the nation about weapons of mass destruction as a way to “lie us” into war, his former top political aide, Karl Rove, asserts in a new memoir, “Courage and Consequence.”
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 …
Richard Simon / Los Angeles Times:
Proposal would put Ronald Reagan's face on the $50 bill
Dow Jones Newswires:
Fed's Fisher: Too-Big-To-Fail Banks Should Be Dismantled  —  NEW YORK (Dow Jones)—Large, systemically important “too-big-to-fail” banks should be dismantled and broken up before regulators have to deal with another crisis, Richard Fisher, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, said Wednesday.
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Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Joint Chiefs Chairman Readjusts Principles on Use of Force
Chester E. Finn Jr / Forbes:
School's Out  —  On Diane Ravitch's “The Death and Life …
Discussion: New York Times and Joanne Jacobs
CBS News:
Military to Review Sodomy Ban
Dr. Melissa Clouthier:
Crazytown Watch: Charles Johnson Conflates Some Fringe Group With Rick Perry
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Then-Senator Obama dumps on “50-plus-one” approach to governance
Paul Krugman:
Fantasies of the Chicago Boys
Discussion: Guardian and Marginal Revolution
 Earlier Items: 
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
O'Donnell Considering Congressional Run
Discussion: Advocate
Anna Schecter / ABCNEWS:
Dobbs, Beck, Palin, Bachmann Share Blame For Rise in Right-Wing …
Discussion: Think Progress and Hatewatch
The Hill:
Pelosi picks fellow Californian to take gavel after Rangel bows out