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12:25 PM 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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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Health Care Whip Count Stands at 194-191  —  37 Democratic “No” votes to flip and counting (photo: mag3737 via Flickr)  —  Some movement since I last updated:  —  Dan Maffei and Bill Owens, two central New York Congressmen who voted yes last time, are undecided.  —  Larry Kissell is a confirmed no.
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.
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.
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 …
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John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Massa as conservative media hero
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, Post on Politics and The Buzz
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Maybe it was a back wax?  —  Only in the Sunshine State:  —  CRIST: He's trying to pawn himself off as a fiscal conservative.  And yet just in recent weeks, two weeks ago it has come out in news accounts he had a Republican Party of Florida credit card that he charged $130 haircut …
Discussion: CNN and AMERICAblog News
Fox News:
Crist vs. Rubio: Who's ‘Perpetrating a Fraud’ in Florida?
Discussion: Swampland
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
The politics of back waxing  —  Remember when we used to write …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TPMDC
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.
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?
The Hill:
Undecided committee chairmen add to pressure on healthcare reform vote  —  A handful of House committee chairmen are either undecided about or plan to reject the healthcare reform bill that is expected to be voted on as early as next week.  —  The prospect of several panel chairmen voting …
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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
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
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William Bender / Philly.com:
Obama stirs Arcadia U. crowd with fiery call for health-care vote now
Discussion: protein wisdom and Derek Wallbank
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.”
Jim Meyers / NewsMax.com:
Romney: Obama's Healthcare Plan ‘Makes No Sense at All’  —  Former Massachusetts governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney tells Newsmax that America needs to change course or face the “unthinkable consequences” of its decline.  —  He also asserts that President Obama's policies …
Discussion: CNN and USA Today
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Dems Hold Slight Advantage in 2010 Election Preferences  —  Republicans are significantly more enthusiastic than Democrats about voting  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Democrats lead Republicans by a slight 47% to 44% margin when registered voters are asked which party's congressional candidate …
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.
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.
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
Tim Cavanaugh / Hit & Run:
Kollege Kockup: Something Is Not Right In Higher Ed  —  As the U.S. economy's other vital systems continue to shut down, the college diploma system still seems to be going strong.  But a closer look indicates that higher ed may be heading into its final series of convulsions.  —  Student loan defaults are up.
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
Solar Industry Learns Lessons in 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.
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.
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.
Sam Graham-Felsen / The Huffington Post:
Why I'm Joining the Alliance for Youth Movements  —  Since my work as the lead blogger on the Obama campaign, I've spent a lot of time thinking about how the Internet both empowers and inhibits grassroots change.  While experts often credit the Internet as the major factor that lifted Obama …
Discussion: techPresident
 
 
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CNN:
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Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Joe Biden still has one foot in the Senate; may be key to healthcare
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Joy Behar's Unfortunate Slip Of The Tongue: Calls Karl Rove “Bad C*ck”
Discussion: Breitbart.tv
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Are unemployment benefits no longer temporary?
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Philly.com:
Troopers raid popular bars for unlicensed beers
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog and Hit & Run
David M. Cutler / Wall Street Journal:
Health Reform Passes the Cost Test
Discussion: Paul Krugman and The New Republic
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Letter on Muslim radical roils GOP Senate race
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
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