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1:40 AM ET, March 9, 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 …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Massa & mdash; New conservative media hero  —  He's spent only 431 days in Congress, has never seen any of his bills pass out of subcommittee and was best known for voting against major pieces of legislation because they weren't liberal enough for him — at least until he was accused of sexually harassing a male staffer.
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 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 …
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Eric Massa to Rip Democrats on Glenn Beck's Fox News Show
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Unapologetic Steny disputes Massa account
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Palin Crossed Border For Canadian Health Care
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT, Hit & Run and Hullabaloo
United Arab Emirates to Follow Third Reich Policies against Jews  —  Pages: 12  —  The authorities of the United Arab Emirates made an unusual decision.  Dubai police chief Dahi Khalfan al-Tamim said on March 1 that anyone who looks or sounds like a citizen of Israel will be blocked …
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
United Arab Emirates to Follow Third Reich Policies against Jews  —  So now it comes to this.  —  It is natural that the Muslim world would follow the policies of the Third Reich, as they were the allies of Hitler.  The Muslim world was the only member of the axis to walk away unpunished …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
The Health Care Whip Count  —  Dems are aiming to pass health care legislation, once and for all, by Easter recess.  But for all their optimistic talk, one thing remains clear: They don't have the votes just yet.  Then again, they don't have a bill yet, either.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Illinois Democrat Lipinski Will Switch from Yes to No if Health …
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Punch
Geoffrey Dickens /
Dan Rather: ‘Articulate’ Obama Couldn't Even ‘Sell Watermelons’  —  HDNet's Dan Rather stepped on one mine after another in the racial minefield that exists when talking about the nation's first black President as the former CBS anchor, on the syndicated Chris Matthews Show over the weekend …
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and Scared Monkeys
Megan McCarthy / Mediagazer News:
Introducing Mediagazer  —  Mediagazer presents the day's must-read media news on a single page.  —  The media business is in tumult: from the production side to the distribution side, new technologies are upending the industry.  What do news organizations need to do to survive?  Will books become extinct?
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CONCERN TROLLING GONE AWRY (AGAIN).... You know who's really looking out for congressional Democrats' electoral fortunes?  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).  While you and I might think, “Wait, isn't that the guy trying to destroy Democrats as part of his drive for power?” …
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Poll shows Obama, Dems losing ground  —  A majority of Americans say the United States is less respected in the world than it was two years ago and think President Obama and other Democrats fall short of Republicans on the issue of national security, a new poll finds.
Kbh /
Health care reform CPR  —  Can Speaker Pelosi bring health care reform back from the dead?  Did it ever really die? … In addition to my last health care post, Nate Silver summarizes well the forces pushing in both directions.  John Podhoretz also has a good strategic overview.
Denis /
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Crist Poll Preview  —  We are going to have absolutely brutal numbers out on Charlie Crist tomorrow.  —  Here's a little preview: among Republican primary voters 19% would like to see him as Governor a year from now, 14% want him in the Senate, and 56% want him out of elected office.
Discussion: Liveshots, MyDD, TPMDC and Don Surber
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Cheneyites Lose Stimson, Rivkin, Casey in al-Qaeda Shark-Jump  —  David Rivkin and Lee Casey are an op-ed-writing team of former GOP legal officials who defend practically every terrorism-related policy pushed by the Bush administration.  Here they are saying that warrantless surveillance “has always been on firm legal ground.”
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Health Care Reform And Our Myopic Polity  —  One day, I hope, we will look back at the health care debate as a low point in our national political psyche.  The Obama administration and its allies in Congress are on the cusp of bringing some measure of reason to the health care system …
Wall Street Journal:
That Other Government Takeover  —  What else may go into ‘reconciliation.’  —  Everyone knows Democrats are planning to use the budget reconciliation process to get ObamaCare through the Senate.  Less well known is that Democrats are plotting add-ons to that bill to get other liberal priorities enacted …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Senate Approval Ratings  —  The conventional wisdom has typically been that a politician's in trouble if their approval rating's below 50%.  We may need to rethink that assumption in this political climate though because the average approval rating of the 38 Senators we've polled …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel, MyDD and Daily Kos
Catholic School Rejects Child Because Of Lesbian Parents  —  BOULDER, Colo. — A preschooler is caught in the middle of a fight between religion and sexuality.  Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School, in Boulder, has refused to readmit a preschooler because the child has two moms.  Her parents are lesbians.
Fox News:
ACORN Registration Workers Charged With Felony Voter Fraud  —  Five Wisconsin residents, including two who worked for community organizing group ACORN, were charged Monday with election fraud relating to the 2008 presidential election.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and The Jawa Report
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.
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.
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Bill Clinton to headline Gridiron Dinner  —  With President Obama missing the Gridiron Club's dinner for the second year in a row, Washington's oldest journalism organization will bring back a former president to take his place: Bill Clinton.  —  Presidents have traditionally attended …
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Bruce Bartlett / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
David Malpass, U.S. Senator?
Discussion: The New Republic
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
What Iraq Costs Us
Discussion: The Daily Dish and TBogg
Ezra Klein:
Lessons from the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit vote
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: Daily Kos and Firedoglake
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Abortion Views Getting More Partisan
Discussion: Gallup
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama To Dems: Reform Will Kick In This Year. This Year. This Year.
City Journal:
In Defense of Political Anonymity
Discussion: Hit & Run
 Earlier Items: 
Michael J. Totten:
Twenty Years After the Fall of the Tyrant
Simon Heffer / Telegraph:
The end of the road for Barack Obama?
Discussion: neo-neocon and QandO
Kbh /
Déjà vu all over again
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Mass-Market Epiphany  —  Mysticism is dying, and taking true religion with it.
Discussion: Brilliant at Breakfast and TBogg