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10:40 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 …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
House Democrats approach danger zone with retirements  —  1. The political import of New York Democratic Rep. Eric Massa's surprising retirement on Wednesday was largely eclipsed by the controversy surrounding why he decided to depart Congress after a single term.  It shouldn't be.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Daily Kos
The Note:
Swamp Things: Eerie Memories of '06 Haunt Democrats in '10  —  The swamp, it turns out, is still wet.  And it's muddy enough to create a muddle.  —  What if 2010 isn't 1994 or 1982, but 2006?  —  Congress lurches forward on health care haunted by old memories: If you're not thinking about Tom DeLay …
Chad Pergram / The Speakers Lobby:
Massa Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations
Discussion: Hot Air and Scared Monkeys
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.”
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The Politico:
New York gone wild  —  Once a source of national leaders of both political parties, New York state has descended into a bizarre, riveting spectacle of corruption and political debasement, with its governor facing calls to resign and new charges of accepting illicit perks and lying under oath …
Discussion: The Awl
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Stupak: 12 Dems ready to oppose health care bill  —  WASHINGTON - A congressman who has played a key role in the long-running health care debate says he and 11 other Democrats will vote against the overhaul unless a provision subsidizing abortion is removed.
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CBS13/CW31:
Sources: Lawmaker At Gay Club Before DUI Arrest  —  SACRAMENTO (CBS13) ― Sources tell CBS13 a state senator from Southern California was arrested for allegedly driving drunk after leaving Faces, a gay nightclub in midtown Sacramento, early Wednesday morning.
Discussion: TPMMuckraker, KMPH-TV and Advocate
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Christine Bedell / Bakersfield Californian:
Sen. Roy Ashburn “deeply sorry” after DUI arrest
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 …
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James Wolcott / Vanity Fair:
Life Is Unfair, Death Even More So (Updated)
Discussion: The Reaction
Melissa McEwan / Shakesville:
RIP Jon Swift
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.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Woman charged with killing husband is lobbyist  —  A 45-year-old woman, charged with ending a domestic dispute by killing her 26-year-old husband of five days, is a registered lobbyist for a group fighting domestic violence.  —  Arelisha Bridges was ordered held without bond in the Fulton County Jail.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Ultimate Bush Insider Lifts Veil on Presidency  —  WASHINGTON — Karl Rove, the chief political adviser to President George W. Bush and architect of his two successful campaigns for the White House, says in a new memoir that Mr. Bush probably would not have invaded Iraq had he known there were no unconventional weapons there.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Page
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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.
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Republicans' big lie about reconciliation  —  For those who feared that Barack Obama did not have any Lyndon Johnson in him, the president's determination to press ahead and get health-care reform done in the face of Republican intransigence came as something of a relief.
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Sheelah Kolhatkar / Time:
Eliot Spitzer's Mission Impossible  —  Spitzer has the resources to tackle any challenge — except maybe another campaign  —  Eliot Spitzer was his usual agitated self.  It was a brisk Tuesday evening, and the former governor of New York was bundled in the back of a black sedan …
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: … From Time: … From the Financial Times: … From the Guardian:
Discussion: Financial Times and Jay Currie
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Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Darwin Foes Add Warming to Targets  —  Critics of the teaching of evolution in the nation's classrooms are gaining ground in some states by linking the issue to global warming, arguing that dissenting views on both scientific subjects should be taught in public schools.
The Atlantic Online:
Perfect Storm Nearly Killed Health Reform; Another Storm May Save It  —  It was a perfect storm that nearly killed health care reform in Congress last year — an elongated process, weak leadership from the White House, strong Republican opposition and the election of Scott Brown.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
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The Huffington Post:
Palin Does Stand-Up On Leno's “Tonight Show” (VIDEO)
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 …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Right Direction or Wrong Track
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Left rallies against Lincoln  —  Organized labor and liberals have committed more than $5 million to Sen. Blanche Lincoln's primary election opponent, Bill Halter, signaling that the Arkansas Democratic Senate primary is shaping up, for the left, as a hill to die on.
Discussion: Arkansas News
The White House:
Remarks by the President on Health Care Reform East Room  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much, all of you, for joining us today.  And I want to thank Julie, Barbara, Roland, Stephen, Renee, and Christopher, standing behind me — physicians, physicians assistants, and nurses who understand …
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Dennis Prager / Townhall.com:
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Murkowski wants ANWR ‘on the table’ in climate talks
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Joint Chiefs Chairman Readjusts Principles on Use of Force
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Chester E. Finn Jr / Forbes:
School's Out  —  On Diane Ravitch's “The Death and Life …
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs and New York Times
Bob Parks / Big Government:
Comedy Rap Video Slams Obama as O.T.P. (One Term President)
Paul Krugman:
Fantasies of the Chicago Boys
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
O'Donnell Considering Congressional Run
Discussion: Advocate