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11:10 AM 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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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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Times
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 …
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 …
Discussion: msnbc.com
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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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,” …
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 …
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
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Dems go to talking-terrorism school
Discussion: Riehl World View
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: Left Coast Rebel and Firedoglake
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
msnbc.com:
March 7: Kathleen Sebelius, roundtable  —  Kathleen Sebelius, Orrin Hatch, Harold Ford Jr., E.J. Dionne, Rich Lowry  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: This Sunday, healthcare reform's final act.  —  PRES. BARACK OBAMA: I do not know how this plays politically, but I know it's right.
Discussion: Commentary
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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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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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and driftglass
Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
Va. health bill could foil Obama proposal  —  State questions constitutionality  —  Obama dismissed the assertion of unconstitutionality as “talking points.”  (Susan Walsh/ AP)  —  RICHMOND - Here in the former capital of the Old Confederacy, where resistance to the supremacy of federal law …
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Arkansas's Senator in Middle, Hit on All Sides  —  HELENA, Ark. — When the subject of Senator Blanche Lincoln came up at a women's luncheon last week at the historic Pillow-Thompson House in this Mississippi River town, there was an awkward pause in the chatter.
Discussion: msnbc.com and MyDD
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 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and European Tribune
 
 
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