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10:35 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 …
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 …
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 …
Fox News:
Massa Details ‘Salty’ Comment That Led to Resignation, Slams Dem Leaders
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Unapologetic Steny disputes Massa account
Discussion: CNN
Jennifer Yachnin / Roll Call:
Massa Details Ethics Case Against Him, Blames Democratic Leaders
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 …
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 …
Globe and Mail:
Shannon Montgomery  —  Sarah Palin drew a straight line from Alaska to Alberta as she told a sold-out, largely adoring crowd in Calgary that the province gets her message of less government, lower taxes and development of natural resources.  —  In what was billed as her first Canadian …
The Huffington Post:
Palin Crossed Border For Canadian Health Care
Discussion: Hit & Run, JOSHUAPUNDIT and Hullabaloo
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?” …
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 …
Left Coast Rebel:
Updated: Dan Rather Said that Obama 'couldn't sell watermelons'?  UPDATED, Video with Audio UPDATED Again: Transcript, Dan Rather/Watermelon Statement  —  Rush Limbaugh just mentioned that he has audio of Dan Rather saying that Obama 'couldn't sell watermelons' or some such thing.
Geoffrey Dickens /
Dan Rather: ‘Articulate’ Obama Couldn't Even ‘Sell Watermelons’
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
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.”
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
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: The Jawa Report and Gateway Pundit
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Wisconsin AG charges five with election fraud, two from ACORN
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Washington Bulls**t Watch
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.
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 …
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.
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 and QandO
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: MyDD and Daily Kos
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.
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 …
Ezra Klein:
Health-care reform is progressive  —  Reading Chris Bowers's excellent list of the progressive priorities fulfilled or partially fulfilled by the health-care bill's sidecar amendments is a reminder of how peculiar the framing of this debate has been.  There's no doubt that progressives …
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 /
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.
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Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
What Iraq Costs Us
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
United Arab Emirates to Follow Third Reich Policies against Jews
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Jihad Watch
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Bill Clinton to headline Gridiron Dinner
Ezra Klein:
Lessons from the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit vote
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Mark Blumenthal / National Journal Online:
Is Health Care Turnaround A Bad Bet?
Michael Cieply / Media Decoder:
Variety Lets Go of 2 of Its Top Critics
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Illinois Democrat Lipinski Will Switch from Yes to No if Health …
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Punch
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.