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10:30 PM ET, March 5, 2010


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Patterico's Pontifications:
Pentagon Shooter: Anti-Bush Nut Case and 9/11 Truther
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Massa To Resign  —  Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) will resign Monday at 5pm, a source close to the embattled incumbent tells Hotline OnCall.  —  Massa has been pressured by House Dems to step aside amid an ethics controversy that caused him to announce earlier this week he would not run for a second term.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Eric Massa to resign from Congress  —  New York Rep. Eric Massa will resign his House seat on Monday at 5 pm, his office confirmed Friday to the Fix, a move that comes just days after he announced his plans to retire at the end of the year.  —  Massa acknowledged in a statement that …
The Politico:
Rep. Eric Massa to resign
Discussion: CNN and Gateway Pundit
NY's Gov. Paterson Says He's Not Resigning
Discussion: CNN, Gothamist and The Note
Inside Cable News:
Craig Crawford leaves MSNBC...  Longtime MSNBC analyst Craig Crawford has left the network...according to Craig Crawford...  And Crawford saves the real venom, and dirt, for the thread comments...  Crawford was a mainstay on MSNBC for a very long time and also one of the more level headed analysts they had.
Craig Crawford / Craig Crawford's Trail Mix:
A Point of Personal Privilege  —  For those who might be interested - and you have every reason not to be - I am no longer with MSNBC.  Three months short of my current contract I sent the following to the boss, Phil Griffin: “Phil, Just wanted to give you the heads up that my situation …
Discussion: Mediaite and
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Strategy: Bleed Reconciliation Fix To Death With Byrd Rule  —  Senior Senate GOP leadership aides have settled on a new strategy that, they hope, will stall or kill the Dem health reform push: They are going to use the arcane “Byrd rule” to try to bleed the reconciliation fix to death and ensure that it never passes.
Christina Romer / White Blog Feed:
Statement on the Employment Situation in February  —  Although the labor market remains severely distressed, today's report on the employment situation is consistent with the pattern of stabilization and gradual labor market healing we have been seeing in recent months.
Michael Muskal / D.C. Now:
Obama administration encouraged by steady unemployment rate [Updated]
Discussion: Hot Air
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Is the Recovery Losing Steam?
Discussion: Calculated Risk and The Confluence
The Huffington Post:
Conservatives Turn Against Liz Cheney - As Bad As McCarthy  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The backlash is growing against Liz Cheney after she demonized Department of Justice attorneys as terrorist sympathizers for their past legal work defending Gitmo detainees — and now it's coming from within deeply conservative legal circles.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
CBO: Deficits to average $1 trillion per year over the next decade  —  President Barack Obama's budget will lead to deficits averaging nearly $1 trillion over the next decade, the CBO estimated Friday.  —  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said President Barack Obama's budget would lead …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama Prepping KSM Cave-In  —  Big win for the Cheney family: … I'm not going to attempt to defend this.  I'll merely note that it's hard enough to have any kind of civil liberties in this country when the opposition party is pushing for them.  When what you have is an opposition that's …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Siberian Methane Feedback Loop  —  As I mentioned yesterday, there's mounting evidence that global warming is about to reach a very dangerous feedback point in which thawing of the Arctic Ocean seabed allows increased levels of methane to leak into the atmosphere.
Joe / Climate Progress:
Science stunner: Vast East Siberian Arctic Shelf methane stores …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McCain calls for new ‘Gang of 14’ to stop Obama push on healthcare  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is seeking bipartisan support to block Senate Democrats from using special parliamentary tactics to pass healthcare reform.  —  The Democratic strategy of using reconciliation to pass changes …
The Note:
Romney on Palin Besting Him in ‘Late-Night Primary’: 'I've Got to Come Up with Better Material, I'm Afraid'  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis and Matt Loffman report:  —  During his Friday appearance at the National Press Club, Mitt Romney was asked about Sarah Palin drawing bigger ratings Tuesday night on Leno than he did on Letterman.
Discussion: GOP 12, Taylor Marsh and CNN
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New Palin scandal: Leno might have piped in some laughter for her jokes  —  Can you believe it?  Next thing you know, we'll be told that she doesn't even write her own lines.  Come to think of it, we were already told that.  And that was treated as a “scandal” too.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
If The Founders Had Wanted a Supermajority Requirement for the Senate, They Could Have Put One in the Constitution  —  Here's some abject nonsense from Judd Gregg as he tries to foster the misperception that the de facto supermajority created by routine filibustering is part of the Framer's vision of the constitution:
Eric Zorn / Change of Subject:
End Saturday mail: U.S. Postal Service can save billions, join the 21st century  —  The postmaster general of the United States floated the idea of eliminating the delivery of mail on Saturdays to help boost our nation's sagging postal bottom line.  —  In 1957.
Wall Street Journal:
The Lost Wages of Youth  —  Raising the minimum wage has put teens out of work.  —  There's plenty of competition, but our vote for the recent act of Congress that has caused the most economic hardship goes to the May 2007 law raising the minimum wage in three stages to $7.25 an hour from $5.15.
John Cook / Gawker:
How ABC News' Brian Ross Staged His Toyota Death Ride  —  Brian Ross, America's Wrongest Reporter, has been credited with owning the Toyota recall story, including one memorable report with Ross behind the wheel of an out-of-control car.  He did it by splicing in staged footage to make it look scarier.
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