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4:45 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 …
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 …
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.
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
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Massa Blames Vast Democratic Conspiracy For Forcing Him Out (AUDIO)
Tory Newmyer / Roll Call:
Majority Eyes Earmark Ban
Discussion: The Hill, Think Progress and msnbc.com
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 / 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 …
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Palin: Growing Up, I ‘Hustled Over the Border’ For Health Care  —  Medicine Hat News reports on a speech Sarah Palin gave in Calgary (tickets as low as $150), where a folksy monologue took a shocking turn — an admission about how her family once received health care.
Globe and Mail:
Shannon Montgomery  —  Sarah Palin drew a straight line …
Discussion: Think Progress and Obsidian Wings
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
Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:
The Cheney Government in Exile
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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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
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 …
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, QandO and The Hill
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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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
City Journal:
In Defense of Political Anonymity  —  Imagine if the George W. Bush administration, in its waning days, had introduced something called the Patriot II Act.  To prevent terrorists and foreign agents from influencing American governments and political parties, the act would require political campaigns …
Discussion: Hit & Run
 
 
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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
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Alabama Dem lawmaker will break from campaign trail to oppose health reform
Discussion: National Review
Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
Say It As Loud As You Can: The GOP Will Not Accept A GTMO-For-KSM Deal
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Biden brings Chris Matthews to Israel
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
They Lie: Abortion In Obamacare
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to rule on funeral pickets
Discussion: ACS Blog, Above the Law and PrawfsBlawg
CNN:
Rove denies leading 2000 ‘whisper campaign’ against McCain
Discussion: The Politico
Erin McPike / Hotline On Call:
Cornyn “Honor-Bound” To Stick With Crist
Discussion: Hot Air
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