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6:30 PM ET, March 8, 2010

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Peter Baker / New York Times:
The Limits of Rahmism  —  AS A DOZEN or so top White House officials gathered in Rahm Emanuel's corner West Wing office one morning in early January, the president's political director, Patrick Gaspard, reported on the latest poll numbers in Massachusetts.  With less than two weeks until …
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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 …
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 …
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Massa: Rahm Emanuel “Would Sell His Own Mother” For Votes  —  “Rahm Emanuel is son of the devil's spawn, Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) said. ”  He is an individual who would sell his mother to get a vote.  He would strap his children to the front end of a steam locomotive.
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 …
drop.io:
PLEASE DON'T QUIT  —  We were promised HOPE AND CHANGE but what we got is more of the dirtiest  —  politics in history.  Please don't let them get away with running you off.  —  Stay and do your part to save America from ruin.  —  Judy Niedzwiecke  —  541-389-6012  —  Total Agreeement
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Eric Massa to Rip Democrats on Glenn Beck's Fox News Show  —  Rep. Eric Massa's (D-N.Y.) scorching attack on Democrats — while a lot of attention is going to a silly story about Rahm Emanuel, he accuses his party of trying to “shove the [health care] bill down our throats” …
Fox News:
Massa Details ‘Salty’ Comment That Led to Resignation, Slams Dem Leaders
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Unapologetic Steny disputes Massa account
Discussion: CNN
Jason Markusoff / Inside Alberta Politics:
Sarah Palin heads north.  Er, south.  Er, to Calgary.  - UPDATED  —  It was little surprise that Sarah Palin's first visit to our home and native land (of public health care and gay marriage) would be in Calgary.  It also shouldn't be surprising that she was able to curry favour …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin, as a child, went to Canada for care [CORRECTED]  —  Sarah Palin told a Canadian audience Saturday that, as a child in Alaska, her family brought her across the border for medical care under the single-payer Canadian system.  —  “We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada …
Globe and Mail:
Shannon Montgomery  —  Sarah Palin drew a straight line …
Discussion: Wonk Room and Obsidian Wings
Mark Halperin / Time:
Obama-Bush Same Mistakes: President Repeats Stumbles  —  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 …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Washington Bulls**t Watch  —  No one does it better than Mark Halperin.  Every single thing he cites in his latest brain-dead critique is, I believe, tangibly false, and the moronic attempt to grab some pageviews by a counter-intuitive and utterly dumb analogy - Obama is like Bush, guys!
Denis / GayPolitics.com:
Conservative California state senator comes out  —  California State Sen. Roy Ashburn, a conservative Republican with a solidly anti-gay voting record, came out as gay today on a Bakersfield radio station talk show.  Ashburn's sexual orientation had been the talk of Sacramento since …
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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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama To Dems: Reform Will Kick In This Year.  This Year.  This Year.  —  One striking thing about the speech Obama just gave at the big health care rally in Pennsylvania is how many times he stressed that if reform passes, voters will begin enjoying the benefits this year.
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Wendell Goler / Row 2, Seat 4:
Obama's “Closing Argument” on Health Care Reform
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Simon Heffer / Telegraph:
The end of the road for Barack Obama?  —  Barack Obama seems unable to face up to America's problems, writes Simon Heffer in New York.  —  It is a universal political truth that administrations do not begin to fragment when things are going well: it only happens when they go badly …
Discussion: neo-neocon and QandO
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Republicans scold Liz Cheney  —  A group that includes leading conservative lawyers and policy experts, former Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and several senior officials of the last Bush Administration, is denouncing as “shameful” Republican attacks on lawyers who came to the Obama Justice Department …
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Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Where are Obama's foreign confidants?  —  I recently asked several senior administration officials, separately, to name a foreign leader with whom Barack Obama has forged a strong personal relationship during his first year in office.  A lot of hemming and hawing ensued.
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Business Lobbyists Push to Revive Estate Tax They Tried to Kill  —  Lobbyists for small businesses, construction companies, manufacturers and other trade groups are racing the clock to convince Congress to reinstate the federal estate tax they've fought for years to abolish.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Illinois Democrat Lipinski Will Switch from Yes to No if Health Bill Lacks Stupak Amendment  —  Add Congressman Dan Lipinski of Illinois to the coalition of pro-life Democrats standing firmly with Bart Stupak in the fight over taxpayer-funding of abortion in the health care bill.
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Punch
Ezra Klein:
Health-care reform is progressive  —  Reading Chris Bowers's excellent list of the progressive priorities fulfilled or partially fulfilled by the health-care bill's sidecar amendments is a reminder of how peculiar the framing of this debate has been.  There's no doubt that progressives …
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Alabama Dem lawmaker will break from campaign trail to oppose health reform  —  Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.), who opposed the House version of the healthcare reform bill last year, will make sure to take a break from his campaign for governor to travel to Washington to vote against the final version of the bill.
Discussion: The Politico and National Review
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 …
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
Déjà vu all over again … A Republican on Capitol Hill points out that we're going through a health care press coverage time warp.  In each of the following four headline pairs, one is from this morning.  The other is from last year.  See if you can guess which is which.
Discussion: Townhall.com
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Mass-Market Epiphany  —  Mysticism is dying, and taking true religion with it.  Monasteries have dwindled.  Contemplative orders have declined.  Our religious leaders no longer preach the renunciation of the world; our culture scoffs at the idea.  The closest most Americans come …
Discussion: Brilliant at Breakfast and TBogg
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Program Will Pay Homeowners to Sell at a Loss  —  In an effort to end the foreclosure crisis, the Obama administration has been trying to keep defaulting owners in their homes.  Now it will take a new approach: paying some of them to leave.  —  This latest program, which will allow owners …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Abortion Views Getting More Partisan  —  Here's an interesting bit of survey analysis from Gallup.  Americans' views on abortion aren't changing but are getting more sorted by party.  —  Here's the overall picture:  —  But here's a glimpse at the underlying changes:
Discussion: Gallup
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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Michael Cieply / Media Decoder:
Variety Lets Go of 2 of Its Top Critics
Discussion: New York Magazine
Michael C. Bender / Palm Beach Post:
Florida bill to reward ‘family-friendly’ …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
House liberals want to tie on Senate health bill to vote on fixes
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CONCERN TROLLING GONE AWRY (AGAIN).... You know who's really looking …
Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Sen. Kerry lobbies for climate compromise; actual bill to come
Discussion: Climate Progress
The Note:
Senate GOP Campaign Chief: We Will Run on Health Care Repeal
Discussion: CNN
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Wisconsin AG charges five with election fraud, two from ACORN
 Earlier Items: 
City Journal:
In Defense of Political Anonymity
Discussion: Hit & Run
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Biden brings Chris Matthews to Israel
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
They Lie: Abortion In Obamacare
Discussion: Hot Air
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to rule on funeral pickets
Discussion: ACS Blog, Above the Law and PrawfsBlawg
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
UPDATING OUR POLITICAL DICTIONARIES.... Josh Marshall …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Hullabaloo
Richard Ganey / Michael Yon:
Of Concern  —  Yesterday, an American involved in the war effort handed me a document.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Hillel Fendel / Arutz Sheva:
Turkish Police Accost Sabbath Worshipers in Synagogue