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5:35 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 …
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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” …
CNN:
Massa details conversation that led to ethics probe
Discussion: The Hill and Townhall.com
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.  —  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
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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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
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
Wendell Goler / Row 2, Seat 4:
Obama's “Closing Argument” on Health Care Reform  —  At Arcadia University, outside Philadelphia, President Obama launched what his aides call the “closing argument” in his push for health care reform.  Two hours away from a Washington he says is “obsessed by the sport of politics,” …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama To Dems: Reform Will Kick In This Year. This Year. This Year.
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 …
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,” …
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Simon Heffer / Telegraph:
The end of the road for Barack Obama?
Discussion: QandO, neo-neocon and The Hill
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: 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 …
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.
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
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Wisconsin AG charges five with election fraud, two from ACORN  —  The state of Wisconsin faced serious problems of election fraud in the 2004 election in what some of us at the time called “The Silence of the Cheese.”  In the aftermath of the embarrassing scandal, the state pushed hard for reforms …
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.
 
 
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Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Sen. Kerry lobbies for climate compromise; actual bill to come
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Abortion Views Getting More Partisan
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The Note:
Senate GOP Campaign Chief: We Will Run on Health Care Repeal
Discussion: CNN
City Journal:
In Defense of Political Anonymity
Discussion: Hit & Run
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Biden brings Chris Matthews to Israel
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to rule on funeral pickets
Discussion: ACS Blog, Above the Law and PrawfsBlawg
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
Déjà vu all over again
Discussion: Townhall.com
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Rove denies leading 2000 ‘whisper campaign’ against McCain
Discussion: The Politico
Richard Ganey / Michael Yon:
Of Concern  —  Yesterday, an American involved in the war effort handed me a document.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Mass-Market Epiphany  —  Mysticism is dying, and taking true religion with it.
Discussion: Brilliant at Breakfast and TBogg
Hillel Fendel / Arutz Sheva:
Turkish Police Accost Sabbath Worshipers in Synagogue