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12:10 PM ET, March 8, 2010

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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Massa Implicates Emanuel, Dem Leaders  —  Embattled Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) lashed out in an emotional radio appearance Sunday, accusing Dem leaders of what he suggested was an orchestrated campaign to force his resignation.  —  “There's a reason that this has all happened …
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Jennifer Yachnin / Roll Call:
Massa Hints He Could Rescind Resignation  —  Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) suggested on a New York radio station Sunday that he could rescind his resignation — scheduled to take effect at 5 p.m. Monday — after asserting that an ethics investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed …
Jennifer Yachnin / Roll Call:
Massa Details Ethics Case Against Him, Blames Democratic Leaders  —  Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) told a New York radio station Sunday that an ethics investigation into his behavior focused on sexually-charged comments he made to an aide at a New Year's Eve celebration, but claimed he was unaware …
Tim Grieve / The Politico:
Massa: Dems ousted me for ‘no’ vote  —  He says leaders “got rid of” him so that health care reform would pass.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Massa Details Nature of Harassment Charge, Suggests Plot Against Him  —  Eric Massa hosted his weekly radio show on his last day as the Congressman and intimated that the Democratic Party pushed him out of his seat to pick up a vote on health care.  He also detailed the charges …
Chris Bragg / cityhallnews.com:
Detailing Harassment, Massa Claims Democratic Conspiracy Forced Exit  —  Resigning congressman swings widely on last live radio show  —  In his final weekly radio show on Sunday morning, Rep. Eric Massa for the first time detailed the events he believes led to the sexual harassment complaint …
CNN:
Massa details conversation that led to ethics probe
Discussion: Townhall.com
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Massa blames House leadership for ethics probe
Mark Halperin / Time:
How Obama Is Making the Same Mistakes as Bush  —  Who would have thought that one of Barack Obama's biggest missteps as president would be repeating some of the bad habits of George W. Bush?  No single factor was more instrumental in Obama's 2008 victory than his pledge to completely reverse the nation's course once in the White House.
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Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Where are Obama's foreign confidants?
Discussion: QandO and Commentary
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama warns staff: Ignore palace intrigue  —  The spate of news stories delving into West Wing palace intrigue has become so relentless that President Barack Obama warned his team against fueling the blaze.  —  “Don't get absorbed in the Washington finger-pointing and intrigue,” …
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Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg:
Faux White House Intrigue Obscures Deeper Disarray: Albert Hunt  —  Late last week, the best topic for this column seemed to be warfare inside the White House: dueling op-eds, blogs and articles debated whether Rahm Emanuel was the cause of Barack Obama's winter of discontent …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Unrest within Democratic Party plays out in controversy over Rahm Emanuel's role
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Obama to push White House vision for NASA in April
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE GOP STILL JUST DOESN'T LIKE THE UNEMPLOYED.... It's astounding, but in the midst of an unemployment crisis, prominent Republicans continue to castigate those struggling to find jobs.  —  Yesterday, for example, disgraced former Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) argued that unemployment benefits …
Kerry Lauerman / Salon:
The story behind Oscar's “Kanye moment”  —  We talk to the two filmmakers whose personal fight became one of the ceremony's weirdest moments … People are already saying you “pulled a Kanye.”  What happened?  —  BURKETT: What happened was the director and I had a bad difference …
CBS News:
U.S.-Born al Qaeda Arrest News Incorrect  —  Confusion Over Militant's Identity Sparked Reports of Gadahn Arrest; Some Media Say It is Another U.S.-Born Terrorist  —  An “important Taliban militant” was arrested today in Pakistan.  But that is where the confusion started.
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New York Times:
Qaeda Operative Arrested in Pakistan
Chris Brummitt / Associated Press:
Pakistan seeks identity of American suspect
Discussion: Associated Press and Firedoglake
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Obama to appeal for public support on health care  —  WASHINGTON — With the fate of his signature legislative initiative far from certain, President Barack Obama is taking his last-ditch push for health care reform on the road.  —  In a speech Monday in Philadelphia, Obama will try to persuade …
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Los Angeles Times:
Healthcare overhaul comes down to Pelosi and Obama
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Officials Step Up Enforcement of Rights Laws in Education  —  Seeking to step up enforcement of civil rights laws, the federal Department of Education says it will be sending letters in coming weeks to thousands of school districts and colleges, outlining their responsibilities on issues of fairness and equal opportunity.
Discussion: Flypaper and The Page
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Nick Anderson / Washington Post:
Duncan will pressure schools to enforce civil rights laws
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Death Of Conservatism, Ctd  —  The chattering classes at this moment are declaring the rebirth of conservatism in the energy on the Republican ideological right, the likelihood of major Democratic losses this fall, the success of the Republican party in defining the essentially pragmatic …
Hillel Fendel / Arutz Sheva:
Turkish Police Accost Sabbath Worshipers in Synagogue  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  (IsraelNN.com) A Turkish newspaper reports that police burst into an Istanbul synagogue during recent Sabbath services and demanded worshipers' ID's.  —  The Turkish Milliyet newspaper reported …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
An Irish Mirror  —  Everyone has a theory about the financial crisis.  These theories range from the absurd to the plausible — from claims that liberal Democrats somehow forced banks to lend to the undeserving poor (even though Republicans controlled Congress) to the belief …
 
 
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
What Obama will say today at Arcadia University
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Mass-Market Epiphany  —  Mysticism is dying, and taking true religion with it.
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John Cassidy / New Yorker:
NO CREDIT  —  Timothy Geithner's financial plan is working—and making him very unpopular.
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Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
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New York Times:
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
A bipartisan push to clean up the Supreme Court's mess
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Six Reasons Barack Obama is Still the Odds-on Favorite in 2012
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Low-tax Texas beats big-government California
Discussion: Wizbang and theblogprof
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Arkansas's Senator in Middle, Hit on All Sides
Discussion: msnbc.com and MyDD