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12:50 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 …
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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.
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.
CNN:
Hoyer: Dems not on board with White House deadline  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer spoke to reporters Tuesday about the latest deadline for passing health care reform set recently by the White House.  —  Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is pushing …
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 …
Discussion: Gawker and Inside Cable News
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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: 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.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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.
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Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Hoyer rebuffs Gibbs on Mar. 18 deadline
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
A dizzying array of options to pass health care
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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.”
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Nicholas Graham / The Huffington Post:
Limbaugh: I'll Leave US If Health Care Reform Passes (VIDEO)
Haaretz:
U.S. slams new East Jerusalem construction plan  —  The White House says the United States condemns Israel's approval of 1,600new homes in disputed east Jerusalem.  —  Spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters Tuesday that Vice President Joe Biden, visiting Israel, would issue a detailed statement about settlements shortly.
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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.
Discussion: Power Line
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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Graham Moves Forward With Indefinite Detention Proposal  —  Two weeks ago, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), in the midst of negotiations with the White House over trading a military tribunal for 9/11 conspirator Khalid Shaikh Mohammed for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility …
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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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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?
ABCNEWS:
Ex-Edwards Aide Given Sex Tape Deadline  —  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 …
BBC:
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
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
ID Card for Workers Is at Center of Immigration Plan  —  Lawmakers working to craft a new comprehensive immigration bill have settled on a way to prevent employers from hiring illegal immigrants: a national biometric identification card all American workers would eventually be required to obtain.
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
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 …
 
 
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Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
Showdown looms for financial reform
Discussion: Mother Jones and Hit & Run
Lisa Russ Spaar / Opinionator:
Seeing in the Dark  —  For me, sleep has never come easy …
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
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Pelosi's grip on House slips
Victor Zapanta / Think Progress:
34 Of 41 Senate Republicans Supported Passing Major Domestic …
Discussion: Fired Up! Missouri
Kieran Crowley / New York Post:
Lindsay Lohan wants $100M over E-Trade ad
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Health Reform Gaining
Discussion: Liberal Values
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
Daniel de Vise / Washington Post:
Wide Web of diversions gets laptops evicted from lecture halls
Discussion: ACS Blog and Outside The Beltway