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1:20 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.
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.
Discussion: Rumproast
Chris Bragg / cityhallnews.com:
Detailing Harassment, Massa Claims Democratic Conspiracy Forced Exit
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Massa Details Nature of Harassment Charge, Suggests Plot Against Him
CNN:
Massa details conversation that led to ethics probe
Discussion: Townhall.com and The Hill
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
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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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,” …
Jason Markusoff / Inside Alberta Politics:
Sarah Palin heads north.  Er, south.  Er, to Calgary.  —  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 with the local crowd …
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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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
GOP Says No to KSM/Gitmo Deal
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 …
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 …
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: Political Punch
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
NO CREDIT  —  Timothy Geithner's financial plan is working—and making him very unpopular.  —  In the history of product launches, the rollout of the Obama Administration's plan to stabilize the financial system was in the category of “Ishtar,” smokeless cigarettes, and New Coke.
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Robbie Brown / New York Times:
Job Market Stabilizes for Business Students
Discussion: Dealbreaker, Above the Law and Gawker
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 …
Erin McPike / Hotline On Call:
Cornyn “Honor-Bound” To Stick With Crist  —  NRSC chair John Cornyn sounds less than enthusiastic about his once-ringing endorsement of FL Gov. Charlie Crist (R).  —  Meeting with reporters today, Cornyn said he is “honor-bound” to leave his endorsement as it is.
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 …
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 …
Voice of America:
Al-Qaida Suspect Arrested in Pakistan Not Gadahn  —  Pakistani intelligence agents say they have captured an American al-Qaida operative, but they have reversed their initial assertion that he is Adam Gadahn, who is wanted in the United States on a treason charge.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Pat G. / Think Progress:
Corker And Alexander Place Hold On Aviation Funding Bill To Prevent FedEx Drivers From Unionizing  —  Last year, the House of Representatives passed a bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration and devoting $70 billion to airport infrastructure through 2012.
Chris Frates / The Politico:
What Obama will say today at Arcadia University  —  In his continuing effort to sell reform to a divided public, President Obama will pound insurers today for annual premium increases and their decision to use their near monopoly status to raise rates high enough to price people out of the market.
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
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 …
 
 
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