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7:40 AM ET, March 10, 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 …
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.
Raymond Hernandez / City Room:
I Tickled Aide, but That Was All, Massa Says  —  Representative Eric J. Massa, who resigned from Congress amid allegations of sexual misconduct, vehemently denied any wrongdoing during a television appearance late on Tuesday even as he described having tickle fights with staffers in a house they shared.
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Pelosi Says Democrats Didn't Push Massa to Give Up House Seat  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed claims by former Democratic Representative Eric Massa that he was pressured to leave Congress because of his opposition to health-care legislation.  —  Pelosi, interviewed on “Charlie Rose …
Fox News:
Massa: ‘I Forced Myself Out’ of Congress
Discussion: Hot Air and Gateway Pundit
Pareene / Gawker:
Glenn Beck Welcomes Salty Groping Congressman, Argues With Michelle Malkin
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 …
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: Eschaton
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Cable News Bubble  —  Terry McDermott takes a look at Fox News and notes the obvious: they don't tend to have a lot of Democratic guests: … I think McDermott's suggestion that this might not be politically motivated is a little silly, something that he pretty much concedes in the rest of his piece.
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 …
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.”
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.
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
A dizzying array of options to pass health care
Discussion: Hot Air and Open Congress
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Hoyer rebuffs Gibbs on Mar. 18 deadline
Discussion: Power Line, AmSpecBlog and Hit & Run
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 “are responsible for the many viruses popping up throughout the Senate,” according to an e-mail to the Environment and Public Works Committee.
Discussion: Big Journalism and Power Line
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 …
US apology for Gaddafi comments  —  The US State Department has apologised for comments made about Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's call for jihad, or holy war, against Switzerland.  —  Department spokesman PJ Crowley, who made the dismissive comments, said they did not reflect US policy and were not intended to offend.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Atlas Shrugs
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: Betsy's Page and Prairie Weather
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 …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 …
Ian Traynor / Guardian:
Brussels considers derivatives ban  —  José Manuel Barroso says European commission considering ban on credit default swaps to ease market pressure on Greece  —  The European commission announced moves today to shore up the euro and ward off market pressure on Greece by considering …
Discussion: The Agonist and AMERICAblog News
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: 68% now oppose passing ObamaCare without Republican support  —  There's no trendline in the AP's story so let's see if we can make our own.  Two weeks ago, Gallup found a 39/52 split opposed to reconciliation; on the same day, Fox News found just 34 percent wanted Obama to pass …
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.”
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
US ‘condemns’ Israeli construction  —  Strong language from Robert Gibbs, which comes just as U.S.-led, indirect talks seemed set to move about a quarter of an inch forward:  —  Gibbs:  —  The United States condemns the decision today by the Government of Israel on advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem. ....
John / Power Line:
Psycho D-Rahm-a  —  Michael Ramirez imagines a shower encounter with Rahm Emanuel, inspired by a classic of American culture.  Note that his vision has the virtue of allowing Rahm to remain fully clothed (not to say, costumed).  Does anyone know whether Rahm has a collection of stuffed birds?
Steven Ertelt / Pro-Life Headlines:
Republican Poll of Iowa Caucus Voters: Mike Huckabee Leads Romney, Palin  —  Washington, DC ( — With pro-life advocates longing for 2012 thanks to the extensive pro-abortion record of President Barack Obama, it's never too early to think about the next election.
Discussion: CNN
Alice Gomstyn / ABCNEWS:
Black Barbie Sold for Less Than White Barbie?  —  Walmart Says Lower Sales of Ballerina Theresa Barbie Prompted the Price Cut  —  Walmart is raising eyebrows after cutting the price of a black Barbie doll to nearly half of that of the doll's white counterpart at one store and possibly others.
Lisa Russ Spaar / Opinionator:
Seeing in the Dark  —  For me, sleep has never come easy — perhaps because I've never let it.  —  I can trace my reluctance to succumb to unconsciousness as far back as kindergarten, when Mrs. Casterol inked a firm “X” in the box marked “NO” next to “Sleeps at Naptime.”
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
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Peter Henderson / Reuters:
California watchdog sees climate policy job losses
Discussion: Maggie's Notebook and theblogprof
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Todd Palin has surprising tie to Venezuela-owned oil company
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Adam Smith / The Buzz:
NRSC still quietly helping Crist
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Victor Zapanta / Think Progress:
34 Of 41 Senate Republicans Supported Passing Major Domestic …
Discussion: Fired Up! Missouri and Daily Kos
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Health Reform Gaining
Discussion: Liberal Values
Chavon Sutton /
43% have less than $10k for retirement
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., 45% Favor, 48% Oppose Obama Healthcare Plan
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Census hiring blitz of 750,000 to cut jobless rate, offer boost to Obama
Discussion: QandO and The Political Carnival