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5:50 AM ET, March 9, 2010

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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
The Health Care Whip Count  —  Dems are aiming to pass health care legislation, once and for all, by Easter recess.  But for all their optimistic talk, one thing remains clear: They don't have the votes just yet.  Then again, they don't have a bill yet, either.
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Kristen Abraham / WJRT-TV:
Bart Stupak holds town hall on health care reform  —  health care, president barack obama, local, kristen abraham  —  Congressman Bart Stupak says the health care legislation process should not be rushed.  —  Stupak has been playing a key role in blocking a health care bill passage.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
AP: Stupak “more optimistic” on ObamaCare deal
Discussion: RealQuiet's blog, Wizbang and RedState
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Illinois Democrat Lipinski Will Switch from Yes to No if Health …
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Punch
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Massa as conservative media hero  —  He's spent only 431 days in Congress, has never seen any of his bills pass out of subcommittee and was best known for voting against major pieces of legislation because they weren't liberal enough for him — at least until he was accused of sexually harassing a male staffer.
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Former congressman Massa says Democrats set him up over health care  —  Conservative activists rallied Monday to the side of a liberal New York Democrat who had resigned from the House, after he charged that his party's leaders had conspired to oust him over his opposition to President Obama's health-care legislation.
Discussion: Marbury and Big Think
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Eric Massa to Rip Democrats on Glenn Beck's Fox News Show
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Unapologetic Steny disputes Massa account
Discussion: CNN
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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RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Massa: Rahm Emanuel “Would Sell His Own Mother” For Votes
Simon Heffer / Telegraph:
The end of the road for Barack Obama?
Discussion: neo-neocon and QandO
Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
The Case Against the Case Against Rahm  —  Conservative Democrats are not his invention.
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 …
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Jason Markusoff / Inside Alberta Politics:
Sarah Palin heads north.  Er, south. …
Pravda.Ru:
United Arab Emirates to Follow Third Reich Policies against Jews  —  Pages: 12  —  The authorities of the United Arab Emirates made an unusual decision.  Dubai police chief Dahi Khalfan al-Tamim said on March 1 that anyone who looks or sounds like a citizen of Israel will be blocked …
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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
United Arab Emirates to Follow Third Reich Policies against Jews  —  So now it comes to this.  —  It is natural that the Muslim world would follow the policies of the Third Reich, as they were the allies of Hitler.  The Muslim world was the only member of the axis to walk away unpunished …
Megan McCarthy / Mediagazer News:
Introducing Mediagazer  —  Mediagazer presents the day's must-read media news on a single page.  —  The media business is in tumult: from the production side to the distribution side, new technologies are upending the industry.  What do news organizations need to do to survive?  Will books become extinct?
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org:
Dan Rather: ‘Articulate’ Obama Couldn't Even ‘Sell Watermelons’  —  HDNet's Dan Rather stepped on one mine after another in the racial minefield that exists when talking about the nation's first black President as the former CBS anchor, on the syndicated Chris Matthews Show over the weekend …
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and Scared Monkeys
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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.
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
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.
Stanley Fish / Opinionator:
Do You Miss Him Yet?  —  I know you're not supposed to, but I just love to say I told you so.  —  What I told you back on Sept. 28, 2008, was that within a year of the day he left office George W. Bush would come to be regarded with affection and a little nostalgia.
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: MyDD, TPMDC and Don Surber
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?” …
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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.”
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William La Jeunesse / Fox News:
California Man Took College Exams for Middle Eastern Students, ICE Officials Say  —  Daniel Higgins doesn't look like a Middle Eastern student, but officials say he routinely portrayed himself as one for almost a decade, getting paid up to $1,500 per student to attend their classes and take exams …
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Glenn Beck, think before you preach  —  UPDATE: Right Scoop grabbed the video:  —  Something very disturbing happened today on FOX.  Glenn Beck, who has, for the most part, steered clear of jihad, sharia and Islamic supremacism, put his toe in the water, and for the first time since I started fighting the long war, I got nervous.
Wall Street Journal:
That Other Government Takeover  —  What else may go into ‘reconciliation.’  —  Everyone knows Democrats are planning to use the budget reconciliation process to get ObamaCare through the Senate.  Less well known is that Democrats are plotting add-ons to that bill to get other liberal priorities enacted …
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 …
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Discussion: Daily Kos and Firedoglake
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
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Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
Déjà vu all over again
Discussion: Townhall.com