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10:20 AM ET, March 9, 2010

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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
The Health Care Whip Count  —  Dems are aiming to pass health care legislation, once and for all, by Easter recess.  But for all their optimistic talk, one thing remains clear: They don't have the votes just yet.  Then again, they don't have a bill yet, either.
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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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gibbs: Health reform will help Dems in November — Stupak ‘more optimistic’ — New tracking page for House D intentions — Chamber building grassroots army for fall — Peter Baker: Rahm's paradox  —  BREAKING — Robert Gibbs, to ABC's George Stephanopoulos, on “Good Morning America,” …
Kristen Abraham / WJRT-TV:
Bart Stupak holds town hall on health care reform
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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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Jim Meyers / NewsMax.com:
Bill Clinton Bests Former Presidents to Handle Crisis Today …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Massa as conservative media hero  —  He's spent only 431 days in Congress, has never seen any of his bills pass out of subcommittee and was best known for voting against major pieces of legislation because they weren't liberal enough for him — at least until he was accused of sexually harassing a male staffer.
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Former congressman Massa says Democrats set him up over health care  —  Conservative activists rallied Monday to the side of a liberal New York Democrat who had resigned from the House, after he charged that his party's leaders had conspired to oust him over his opposition to President Obama's health-care legislation.
Wall Street Journal:
The Deficit Commission Trap
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Roll Call:
Defiant Massa Points Fingers
Discussion: The Eye
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Poll shows Obama, Dems losing ground  —  A majority of Americans say the United States is less respected in the world than it was two years ago and think President Obama and other Democrats fall short of Republicans on the issue of national security, a new poll finds.
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Megan McCarthy / Mediagazer News:
Introducing Mediagazer  —  Mediagazer presents the day's must-read media news on a single page.  —  The media business is in tumult: from the production side to the distribution side, new technologies are upending the industry.  What do news organizations need to do to survive?  Will books become extinct?
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
House liberals force vote on pullout from Afghanistan  —  Liberals in the House, who have spent much of the past year complaining that other congressional Democrats and the White House are insufficiently progressive, will get a chance this week to vent about one of their biggest concerns: the war in Afghanistan.
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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.
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Glenn Beck, think before you preach  —  UPDATE: Right Scoop grabbed the video:  —  Something very disturbing happened today on FOX.  Glenn Beck, who has, for the most part, steered clear of jihad, sharia and Islamic supremacism, put his toe in the water, and for the first time since I started fighting the long war, I got nervous.
Nancy Scola / American Prospect:
Consider the Possibility that Congress Isn't Very Smart.  —  Matt Bai has a piece in this weekend's New York Times Magazine riffing off of Larry Lessig's important work in correcting both the perception and practice of Congress being horrifyingly warped by the money that flows into campaign coffers.
Pravda.Ru:
United Arab Emirates to Follow Third Reich Policies against Jews  —  Pages: 12  —  The authorities of the United Arab Emirates made an unusual decision.  Dubai police chief Dahi Khalfan al-Tamim said on March 1 that anyone who looks or sounds like a citizen of Israel will be blocked …
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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
United Arab Emirates to Follow Third Reich Policies against Jews
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.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
High standards at The Washington Post  —  By publishing a book that clearly and unapologetically defends the Bush torture regime, Marc Thiessen catapulted himself from obscure, low-level Bush speechwriter into regular Washington Post columnist, joining fellow torture defenders Charles Krauthammer and Bill Kristol.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Wonkette and Ben Smith's Blog
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Emotion of Reform  —  We all have our emotional hot and cold spots.  If you asked me about the New York Mets, you'd see a glow in my eyes.  If you asked me about banking reform, words might come out of my mouth, but you'd notice me nodding off midsentence.
Discussion: Commentary and Prairie Weather
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
Health care reform CPR  —  Can Speaker Pelosi bring health care reform back from the dead?  Did it ever really die? … In addition to my last health care post, Nate Silver summarizes well the forces pushing in both directions.  John Podhoretz also has a good strategic overview.
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
Sean Penn Suggests Prison Time for Journalists Who Call Hugo Chavez a Dictator  —  At the end of a discussion of Haiti on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, actor Sean Penn went on a rant in defense of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez, suggesting prison time for American journalists: “every day …
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Fed's Reach May Be Curbed Under Plan  —  Several high-ranking members of the Senate Banking Committee have reached a tentative consensus on a plan that would strip the Federal Reserve of regulatory powers over all but the very largest banks, those with more than $100 billion in assets …
Discussion: The Big Picture and The Page
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org:
Dan Rather: ‘Articulate’ Obama Couldn't Even ‘Sell Watermelons’  —  HDNet's Dan Rather stepped on one mine after another in the racial minefield that exists when talking about the nation's first black President as the former CBS anchor, on the syndicated Chris Matthews Show over the weekend …
William La Jeunesse / Fox News:
California Man Took College Exams for Middle Eastern Students, ICE Officials Say  —  Daniel Higgins doesn't look like a Middle Eastern student, but officials say he routinely portrayed himself as one for almost a decade, getting paid up to $1,500 per student to attend their classes and take exams …
Fox News:
Obama Confuses Decades, Inflates Estimated Health Care Savings by $868B  —  Obama boasted Monday that Democrats' health care proposals would cut deficits by $1 trillion “over the next decade,” a flub that inflated the actual estimate by $868 billion
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
In a Polarized Court, Getting the Last Word  —  A few times a year, Supreme Court justices go out of their way to emphasize their unhappiness by reading a dissent from the bench out loud, supplementing the dry reason on the page with vivid tones of sarcasm, regret, anger and disdain.
 
 
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Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Letter on Muslim radical roils GOP Senate race
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Commentary
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Republicans hope Christie victory translates into House seats in N.J.
James Sturcke / Guardian:
Canada returns seal meat to menu
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
One reason why the Progressive Block was largely ineffective
Discussion: TalkLeft and Democratic Strategist
Washington Post:
Immigrant rights group slam Obama, Democrats for slow action with legalization bill
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BBC:
US anti-gay rights senator comes out
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court to rule on anti-gay protests at military funerals
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Mark Krikorian / The Corner on National Review Online:
Sending a Message with the Census — By: Mark Krikorian
Discussion: Power Line and New York Times
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Crist Poll Preview
Discussion: MyDD, TPMDC and Don Surber
Fox News:
ACORN Registration Workers Charged With Felony Voter Fraud
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and The Jawa Report
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Senate Approval Ratings
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
House liberals want to tie on Senate health bill to vote on fixes
Discussion: Daily Kos and Firedoglake
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
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