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3:35 AM ET, March 9, 2010


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John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Massa & mdash; New 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.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Eric Massa to Rip Democrats on Glenn Beck's Fox News Show
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Massa: Rahm Emanuel “Would Sell His Own Mother” For Votes
Jennifer Yachnin / Roll Call:
Massa Hints He Could Rescind Resignation
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin, as a child, went to Canada for care [CORRECTED]  —  Sarah Palin told a Canadian audience Saturday that, as a child in Alaska, her family brought her across the border for medical care under the single-payer Canadian system.  —  “We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada …
Jason Markusoff / Inside Alberta Politics:
Sarah Palin heads north. Er, south. Er, to Calgary. - UPDATED
Peter Baker / New York Times:
The Limits of Rahmism  —  AS A DOZEN or so top White House officials gathered in Rahm Emanuel's corner West Wing office one morning in early January, the president's political director, Patrick Gaspard, reported on the latest poll numbers in Massachusetts.  With less than two weeks until …
Simon Heffer / Telegraph:
The end of the road for Barack Obama?
Discussion: neo-neocon and QandO
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 …
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
United Arab Emirates to Follow Third Reich Policies against Jews  —  So now it comes to this.  —  It is natural that the Muslim world would follow the policies of the Third Reich, as they were the allies of Hitler.  The Muslim world was the only member of the axis to walk away unpunished …
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.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Illinois Democrat Lipinski Will Switch from Yes to No if Health …
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Punch
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?
Geoffrey Dickens /
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CONCERN TROLLING GONE AWRY (AGAIN).... You know who's really looking out for congressional Democrats' electoral fortunes?  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).  While you and I might think, “Wait, isn't that the guy trying to destroy Democrats as part of his drive for power?” …
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.
Kbh /
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
AP: Stupak “more optimistic” on ObamaCare deal  —  Remember, the Stupak bloc voted for Pelosi's bill in November so she wouldn't be picking up any new votes if they made a deal this time.  They'd be right around 216, still with no margin for error and plenty of fidgety Blue Dogs still thinking hard about November.
Discussion: RealQuiet's blog, Wizbang and RedState
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
House liberals want to tie on Senate health bill to vote on fixes
Discussion: Daily Kos and Firedoglake
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Crist Poll Preview  —  We are going to have absolutely brutal numbers out on Charlie Crist tomorrow.  —  Here's a little preview: among Republican primary voters 19% would like to see him as Governor a year from now, 14% want him in the Senate, and 56% want him out of elected office.
Discussion: MyDD, TPMDC and Don Surber
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Cheneyites Lose Stimson, Rivkin, Casey in al-Qaeda Shark-Jump  —  David Rivkin and Lee Casey are an op-ed-writing team of former GOP legal officials who defend practically every terrorism-related policy pushed by the Bush administration.  Here they are saying that warrantless surveillance “has always been on firm legal ground.”
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
That Other Government Takeover  —  What else may go into ‘reconciliation.’  —  Everyone knows Democrats are planning to use the budget reconciliation process to get ObamaCare through the Senate.  Less well known is that Democrats are plotting add-ons to that bill to get other liberal priorities enacted …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Health Care Reform And Our Myopic Polity  —  One day, I hope, we will look back at the health care debate as a low point in our national political psyche.  The Obama administration and its allies in Congress are on the cusp of bringing some measure of reason to the health care system …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Senate Approval Ratings  —  The conventional wisdom has typically been that a politician's in trouble if their approval rating's below 50%.  We may need to rethink that assumption in this political climate though because the average approval rating of the 38 Senators we've polled …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel, MyDD and Daily Kos
Catholic School Rejects Child Because Of Lesbian Parents  —  BOULDER, Colo. — A preschooler is caught in the middle of a fight between religion and sexuality.  Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School, in Boulder, has refused to readmit a preschooler because the child has two moms.  Her parents are lesbians.
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Bruce Bartlett / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
David Malpass, U.S. Senator?
Discussion: The New Republic
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
What Iraq Costs Us
Discussion: The Daily Dish and TBogg
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Bill Clinton to headline Gridiron Dinner
Fox News:
ACORN Registration Workers Charged With Felony Voter Fraud
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and The Jawa Report
Mark Blumenthal / National Journal Online:
Is Health Care Turnaround A Bad Bet?
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Abortion Views Getting More Partisan
Discussion: Gallup
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama To Dems: Reform Will Kick In This Year. This Year. This Year.
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Unapologetic Steny disputes Massa account
Discussion: CNN
Michael J. Totten:
Twenty Years After the Fall of the Tyrant
Discussion: City Journal
Kbh /
Déjà vu all over again