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6:45 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: It was wrong, but it wasn't sexual  —  Former Rep. Eric Massa denied Tuesday that he'd engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with male staffers, insisting that his political enemies are twisting innocent high jinks into something sinister.  —  A source familiar with the matter …
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 …
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Hoyer pushes back at March 18 White House healthcare deadline
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
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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John Flesher / Associated Press:
Stupak: Health bill abortion fight can be resolved  —  TAWAS CITY, Mich. — Prospects are good for resolving a dispute over abortion that has led some House Democrats to threaten to withhold support of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a key Michigan Democrat said Monday.
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 …
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Hoyer rebuffs Gibbs on Mar. 18 deadline
Discussion: Power Line, AmSpecBlog and Hit & Run
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.”
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
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.
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Steve M. / No More Mister Nice Blog:
WOW, THAT'S SOME THOROUGHGOING RESEARCH YOU'VE DONE THERE, STANLEY
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.
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 …
Aron Heller / Associated Press:
Israel OKs 1,600 new homes in east Jerusalem  —  JERUSALEM — Israel approved the construction of 1,600 new homes for Jews in disputed east Jerusalem on Tuesday — a move that immediately clouded a visit by Vice President Joe Biden aimed at repairing strained ties and kickstarting Mideast peace talks.
Discussion: Politics Daily, CBS News and Swampland
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
US ‘condemns’ Israeli construction
Discussion: CNN, Haaretz and Laura Rozen's Blog
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
The Source of Obama's Trouble  —  The Obama administration and Democrats in general are in trouble because they are not urgently and effectively addressing the issue that most Americans want them to: the frightening economic insecurity that has put a chokehold on millions of American families.
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 and Eschaton
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 …
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 …
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
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
After Boom and Bust, Solar Power Has a Place in the Spanish Sun  —  PUERTOLLANO, Spain — Two years ago, this gritty mining city hosted a brief 21st-century gold rush.  Long famous for coal, Puertollano discovered another energy source it had overlooked: the relentless, scorching sun.
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 …
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 …
ABCNEWS:
Ex-Edwards Aide Ordered to Jail Over Sex Tape  —  North Carolina Judge Sends Andrew Young and Wife to Jail for Up to 75 Days for Contempt  —  Former John Edwards aide Andrew Young and his wife Cheri were ordered to spend up to 75 days in jail today over their handling of a purported sex tape allegedly …
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Graham blasts Cheney on ‘al Qaeda 7’ ad  —  Senior senators on both sides of the aisle leveled heavy criticism Tuesday against a controversial ad put forth by Liz Cheney and William Kristol, which labeled Justice Department lawyers as the “al Qaeda 7.”  —  The ad, paid for and produced …
Philly.com:
Troopers raid popular bars for unlicensed beers  —  Dozens of gallons seized after ‘citizen complaint’  —  IT WAS ELIOT NESS and the Untouchables, as played by the Keystone Kops.  —  More than a dozen armed State Police officers conducted simultaneous raids last week on three popular …
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
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Speaker, Reid meeting with White House at 4:30  —  White House officials will huddle with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and their respective leadership teams Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 in the speaker's Capitol Office to put some of the finishing touches on a final health care package, according to aides.
Discussion: CNN
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Health Reform Gaining  —  As this poll of polls shows, if Obama keeps up his performances like yesterday and campaigns like this day after day after day, the first poll - from YouGov/The Economist - showing a clear 53- 47 majority in favor of his reform will become a harbinger of the future.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Senate votes 100-0 to highlight spending  —  The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to tell the public when it isn't paying for new spending or tax cuts.  —  In a rare 100- roll call vote, the Senate adopted an amendment offered by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) that would create a running tally …
Discussion: CNN
Kieran Crowley / New York Post:
Lindsay Lohan wants $100M over E-Trade ad  —  The world revolves around Lindsay.  —  Lindsay Lohan is suing the financial company E-Trade, insisting that a boyfriend-stealing, “milkaholic” baby in its latest commercial — who happens to be named Lindsay — was modeled after her.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Remarks at the 2010 Legislative Conference for National Association of Counties  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered a speech this morning at the 2010 Legislative Conference for the National Association of Counties (NACo).  This year marks the 75th anniversary of the organization.
 
 
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Victor Zapanta / Think Progress:
34 Of 41 Senate Republicans Supported Passing Major Domestic …
Discussion: Fired Up! Missouri
Drudge Report:
SENATE WARNS EMPLOYEES TO AVOID THE DRUDGE REPORT
Discussion: Newsbroke and Raw Story
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
Ezra Klein:
A progressive win, but not a conservative loss
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Judge kills off Filegate suits, 14 years on
Discussion: Althouse
Ezra Klein:
More conservative misinformation on health-care reform
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WSJ Blogs - WSJ:
NY-23: Hoffman Runs Again
Discussion: Politics Daily
Reuters:
Goldman Sachs sued by big pension fund over pay
Discussion: Think Progress and Dealbreaker
Rasmussen Reports:
57% Predict Health Care Plan Will Hurt The Economy
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Michael Jackson's Secretive Life
Discussion: L.A. NOW
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Joy Behar's Unfortunate Slip Of The Tongue: Calls Karl Rove “Bad C*ck”
Discussion: Breitbart.tv