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10:10 AM ET, March 10, 2010

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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Massa flirts with the right, but Beck isn't tickled  —  Just seven minutes into Glenn Beck's hour-long interview of Eric Massa on Tuesday evening, things had already gone very wrong.  —  Conservatives had hopes that the now-former Democratic congressman from Upstate New York …
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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 …
The Huffington Post:
Eric Massa And Glenn Beck Conspire For Train Wreck TV  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  It was train wreck television on Tuesday evening when now-retired Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) appeared on Fox News's Glenn Beck show and insisted that he had not crossed any ethical lines with staffers and was subjected …
Pareene / Gawker:
Glenn Beck Welcomes Salty Groping Congressman, Argues With Michelle Malkin
The Politico:
Massa: ‘I did nothing sexual’
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Pelosi Says Democrats Didn't Push Massa to Give Up House Seat
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.”
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Political Punch:
War of Words Continues Between White House, Supreme Court
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Chief justice unsettled by Obama's criticism of Supreme Court
Terry McDermott / CJR:
Dumb Like a Fox  —  Fox News isn't part of the GOP; it has simply (and shamelessly) mastered the confines of cable  —  Last December 10 was a big news day.  U.S. Senate negotiators announced they had agreed to a compromise on health care reform, final preparations were being made for a global conference …
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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: Dennis the Peasant and Eschaton
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Cable News Bubble
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Pennsylvania Woman Tied to Plot on Cartoonist  —  WASHINGTON — A Pennsylvania woman who called herself JihadJane was tied Tuesday to an alleged assassination plot against a Swedish cartoonist who depicted the prophet Muhammad atop the body of a dog.  —  In an indictment unsealed Tuesday …
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Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
JihadJane, an American woman, faces terrorism charges
Discussion: Politics Daily and The BLT
Wall Street Journal:
Why Obama Can't Move the Health-Care Numbers  —  For every voter who strongly favors the plan, two are strongly opposed.  —  One of the more amazing aspects of the health-care debate is how steady public opinion has remained.  Despite repeated and intense sales efforts by the president …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: 68% now oppose passing ObamaCare without Republican support
Discussion: Associated Press and Moonbattery
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 …
CNN:
House health care vote waits for CBO, Senate parliamentarian  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that before the House acts on final health care legislation, leaders are waiting for costs assessments from the Congressional Budget Office, and information from the Senate parliamentarian.
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The Huffington Post:
Markos Moulitsas To Kucinich: You'll Be Primaried If You Kill Reform  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas warned on Tuesday night that if Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) plays a role in killing health care reform, a Democratic primary challenger would almost certainly await him in the next election.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Attacks on Detainee Lawyers Split Conservatives  —  A conservative advocacy organization in Washington, Keep America Safe, kicked up a storm last week when it released a video that questioned the loyalty of Justice Department lawyers who worked in the past on behalf of detained terrorism suspects.
The Politico:
Dems: No thanks to new ‘Gang of 14’  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wants to revive the bipartisan Gang of 14 — this time for health care reform, not judicial nominees.  —  But most of his moderate Democratic colleagues aren't rushing to R.S.V.P.  —  Graham said Tuesday that a coalition …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
What happened to Obama's middle path on health reform?  —  Whatever the legislative fate of health reform — now in the hands of a few besieged House Democrats — the reformers have failed in their argument.  Their proposal has divided Democrats while uniting Republicans …
Discussion: Commentary
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.
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Obama Defies Pessimists as Rising Economy Converges With Stocks  —  The political consensus may be that President Barack Obama's handling of the economy has been weak.  The judgment of money in all its forms has been overwhelmingly positive, and that may be the more lasting appraisal.
Kristi Keck / CNN:
Anti-Whitman Web site turns to public for dirt  —  (CNN) — Democrats opposed to Meg Whitman's gubernatorial campaign are hoping to get an assist from the public in their latest bid to push voters away from the Republican candidate.  —  Level The Playing Field 2010, a group run …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Saddam Hussein weighed nuclear ‘package’ deal in 1990, documents show  —  As troops massed on his border near the start of the Persian Gulf War, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein weighed the purchase of a $150 million nuclear “package” deal that included not only weapons designs but also production plants …
Fox News:
Senate Staffers Warned to Stay Clear of Drudge Report  —  The Senate's official gatekeeper, said the Drudge Report, a conservative news aggregator, and whitepages.com “are responsible for the many viruses popping up throughout the Senate,” according to an e-mail to the Environment and Public Works Committee.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Health care overhaul's biggest threat?  A delay in the vote  —  WASHINGTON — Thousands of liberal public-option backers and conservative tea partiers launched last-chance campaigns Tuesday in the nation's capital to persuade Congress to pass — or reject — sweeping health care legislation.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 
 
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Washington Examiner:
Josh Blackman and Ilya Shapiro: Is Justice Scalia abandoning originalism?
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Associated Press:
Pope's brother: I ignored physical abuse reports
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Hutchison: No announcement yet
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
It's Up to Iraqis Now. Good Luck.
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Bank of America to End Overdraft Fees on Debit Purchases
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Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com Pro-Life Headlines:
Republican Poll of Iowa Caucus Voters: Mike Huckabee Leads Romney, Palin
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Ian Traynor / Guardian:
Brussels considers derivatives ban
Discussion: The Agonist and AMERICAblog News
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Todd Palin has surprising tie to Venezuela-owned oil company
CNN:
New senator bucks party to end filibusters
ABCNEWS:
Ex-Edwards Aide Given Sex Tape Deadline