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9:40 PM ET, March 9, 2010

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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Massa under investigation for allegedly groping male staffers  —  Former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) has been under investigation for allegations that he groped multiple male staffers working in his office, according to three sources familiar with the probe.  —  The allegations surrounding …
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The Politico:
Massa: ‘I did nothing sexual’  —  A week after announcing he was retiring from Congress for health reasons, New York Democrat Eric Massa finds himself in the midst of a fast-growing sex scandal involving allegations that he had improper physical contact with several men who worked for him — including at least one intern.
Bob Lonsberry:
ERIC MASSA DUPES THE CONSERVATIVES  —  Eric Massa is a snake.  —  But he is a brilliant snake.  —  And in one of the most audacious p.r. moves ever, he has conned Limbaugh, Drudge and Beck - and untold millions of Americans.  From a little radio studio beside a swamp …
The Note:
Massa Drama: Democratic Congressman Muddles Rahm's Message  —  Since everything on health care apparently hasn't been said yet — or, at least, hasn't been said yet by Eric Massa...  The drama gets a voice.  And it's salty.  —  Massa, the soon-to-be-former Democratic congressman from upstate New York …
CNN:
Hoyer: Dems not on board with White House deadline
Raymond Hernandez / City Room:
I Tickled Aide, but That Was All, Massa Says
John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
Whose Side Is Eric Massa On?
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Stupak: There's No Deal, And I Won't Agree to a Promise to Fix the Bill in the Future  —  Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak said yesterday at a townhall in his home state, “I'm more optimistic than I was a week ago” that a deal could be reached to pass a health care bill that bans public funding of abortion.
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Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Hoyer rebuffs Gibbs on Mar. 18 deadline
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, Power Line and Hit & Run
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
A dizzying array of options to pass health care
Discussion: Hot Air
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Limbaugh vows to flee the country if health care passes.  —  Hate radio host Rush Limbaugh has been one of health care reform's most vociferous opponents, warning that “[h]uman beings will die earlier than normal” under the “freedom killing” and “life threatening” plan, and calling for it to be “aborted.”
Andy Alexander / Ombudsman Blog:
Readers react to photo of two men kissing  —  Powerful photographs can have lasting impact, and a Post photo of two men kissing is an image that many readers can neither forget nor accept.  —  The photo, which ran on the newspaper's front page and online last week, captured Jeremy Ames …
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
As Biden Visits, Israel Unveils Plan for New Settlements  —  JERUSALEM — Israel announced Tuesday its intention to build 1,600 new housing units in a Jewish neighborhood of East Jerusalem, infuriating Palestinians and upsetting the American administration, as Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. vowed …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Crist down big  —  Support for Charlie Crist from conservative voters has pretty much evaporated, and that's allowed Marco Rubio to build a 32 point lead in the Republican primary for Senate.  —  Rubio now leads Crist 60-28, including a staggering 71-17 lead with conservatives.
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Adam Smith / The Buzz:
NRSC still quietly helping Crist
Jay Reeves / Associated Press:
Roberts: Scene at State of Union ‘very troubling’  —  TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said Tuesday the scene at President Obama's State of the Union address was “very troubling” and the annual speech has “degenerated to a political pep rally.”
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Cable News Problem  —  If you live in Washington and work in politics, it's always almost shocking to read the truth about how low the ratings are for cable news.  Especially when you're talking about daytime cable news in a non-election year.  As Kevin Drum says “Take away the echo chamber …
Discussion: Mother Jones
CNN:
New senator bucks party to end filibusters  —  Washington (CNN) - Barely a month in office, Sen. Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, is putting some muscle behind his independent image by twice voting against his own party and questioning the use of the filibuster.
Drudge Report:
SENATE WARNS EMPLOYEES TO AVOID THE DRUDGE REPORT  —  Just as the healthcare drama in the capitol reaches a grand finale, congressional officials are warning employees to avoid the DRUDGE REPORT!  —  The Senate's Committee on Environment and Public Works issued an urgent email late Monday claiming …
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Fox News:
Senate Staffers Warned to Stay Clear of Drudge Report
Discussion: Big Journalism
ABCNEWS:
Ex-Edwards Aide Given Deadline Over Sex Tape  —  Andrew Young and his Wife Have Until Friday to Account for all Materials  —  Former John Edwards aide Andrew Young and his wife Cheri, dodged a trip to jail today over their handling of a purported sex tape allegedly made by the one-time presidential candidate …
The United States Department of Justice:
Pennsylvania Woman Indicted in Plot to Recruit Violent Jihadist Fighters and to Commit Murder Overseas  —  David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and Michael L. Levy, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, together with Janice K. Fedarcyk …
Discussion: mediaelites and Creeping Sharia
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Ezra Klein:
Why I'm not counting votes  —  I'm getting a lot of e-mails about this or that congressperson's latest hedge, or this or that effort to count the votes.  So let me take a second to explain why I'm not posting those articles: I don't trust them.  —  To a degree that's really under-appreciated …
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Todd Palin has surprising tie to Venezuela-owned oil company  —  Mystik Lubricants was a sponsor of the Davis-Palin team  —  As a vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin condemned Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez as a “dictator” and called for “energy independence …
Robert Montgomery / ESPN:
Culled out  —  Obama administration will accept no more public input for federal fishery strategy  —  The Obama administration will accept no more public input for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing the nation's oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., 45% Favor, 48% Oppose Obama Healthcare Plan  —  Growing sentiment among opponents that bill would raise costs, not address real problems  —  PRINCETON, NJ — As President Obama begins a final push on healthcare reform, slightly more Americans say they would advise their member …
Mark Benjamin / Salon:
Waterboarding for dummies  —  Internal CIA documents reveal a meticulous protocol that was far more brutal than Dick Cheney's “dunk in the water”  —  In background: Former Vice President Dick Cheney  —  Self-proclaimed waterboarding fan Dick Cheney called it a no-brainer in a 2006 radio interview …
Chavon Sutton / CNNMoney.com:
43% have less than $10k for retirement  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The percentage of American workers with virtually no retirement savings grew for the third straight year, according to a survey released Tuesday.  —  The percentage of workers who said they have less than $10,000 …
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Pelosi's grip on House slips  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not accustomed to the word she's been hearing far more frequently in recent days: “no.”  —  Over the past two weeks, Pelosi has faced a series of subtle but significant challenges to her authority — revolts from Democrats …
John / Power Line:
Where do the Lobbyists End, and the Obama Administration Begin?  —  The Competitive Enterprise Institute has uncovered, via a Freedom of Information Act request, a fascinating instance of the symbiotic relationship among 1) left-wing advocacy groups, 2) left-wing Obama administration officials …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Daniel de Vise / Washington Post:
Wide Web of diversions gets laptops evicted from lecture halls  —  On a windy morning in downtown Washington, a hundred Georgetown Law students gathered in a hall for David Cole's lecture on democracy and coercion.  The desks were cluttered with books, Thermoses and half-eaten muffins.
Discussion: ACS Blog and Outside The Beltway
Washington Post:
Are unemployment benefits no longer temporary?  —  Millions of Americans have been forced to rely on unemployment payments for extended periods as the nation struggles through its longest period of high joblessness in a generation, and critics are taking aim, saying that the Depression-era program created …
David M. Cutler / Wall Street Journal:
Health Reform Passes the Cost Test  —  The Obama plan will cut costs—$600 billion over the next decade.  Why walk away from it?  —  Many people are worried that the health-care reform proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats will fail to bend the “cost curve.”
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Paul Krugman
Victor Zapanta / Think Progress:
34 Of 41 Senate Republicans Supported Passing Major Domestic Policy Legislation Through Reconciliation  —  As the outlook on passage of health reform improves, Republicans have shifted to a new obstructionist strategy: attacking the process of reconciliation.
Discussion: Fired Up! Missouri
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Glenn Beck, think before you preach  —  UPDATE: Wow.  FOX News claimed copyright and had the video removed.  That's a first.  They never do that.  —  UPDATE: Right Scoop grabbed the video:  —  Something very disturbing happened today on FOX.  Glenn Beck, who has, for the most part …
 
 
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Lisa Russ Spaar / Opinionator:
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Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Soon-to-wed D.C. gay couple shares their journey
Peter Henderson / Reuters:
California watchdog sees climate policy job losses
Discussion: Maggie's Notebook and theblogprof
BBC:
Nigeria ‘ignored attack warnings’
Discussion: Truthdig
Lydia Polgreen / New York Times:
Uproar in India Over Quota for Female Lawmakers
Discussion: Economix
Kieran Crowley / New York Post:
Lindsay Lohan wants $100M over E-Trade ad
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Health Reform Gaining
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The Atlantic Online:
The Emanuel-Holder War  —  The mouthpiece for the pro-torture right …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Census hiring blitz of 750,000 to cut jobless rate, offer boost to Obama
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Speaker, Reid meeting with White House at 4:30
Discussion: CNN
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Judge kills off Filegate suits, 14 years on
Discussion: Althouse
Philly.com:
Troopers raid popular bars for unlicensed beers