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3:40 PM ET, March 9, 2010

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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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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 …
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  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Tuesday pushed back against the White House's deadline for completing healthcare legislation.  —  “None of us has mentioned the 18th other than Mr. Gibbs,” Hoyer (D-Md.) …
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Hoyer rebuffs Gibbs on Mar. 18 deadline
Discussion: Power Line and AmSpecBlog
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Massa as conservative media hero
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)
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  —  You know, maybe the right-wingers have a point about the academy.  Here, blogging for The New York Times, is Stanley Fish, one of America's best-known academics — and take a gander at the careful research he's done …
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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Maybe it was a back wax?
Discussion: CNN and AMERICAblog News
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.
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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 …
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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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 …
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog and Hit & Run
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 …
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?
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Joy Behar's Unfortunate Slip Of The Tongue: Calls Karl Rove “Bad C*ck”  —  Joy Behar had on her regular guests Ann Coulter and Hilary Rosen to discuss, among other things, Karl Rove's controversial new book Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight.
Discussion: Breitbart.tv
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
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.
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.
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 and Outside The Beltway
MyFox New York:
White House Easter Egg Roll to Be Environmentally Friendly  —  (Fox News) - This year's White House Easter Egg roll will be eggs-actly what the bunny ordered.  The environmentally concerned bunny, that is.  —  A White House announcement Monday said the eggs at this year's April 5 roll …
 
 
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Emily Pierce / Roll Call:
Senators Spar Over Process
Discussion: Washington Post
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Judge kills off Filegate suits, 14 years on
Discussion: Althouse
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republican National Committee targets Dem ethics in new ad
Ezra Klein:
More conservative misinformation on health-care reform
Bryan Curtis / The Daily Beast:
Bush's Ghostwriter  —  Blogs and Stories  —  The inside story …
WSJ Blogs - WSJ:
NY-23: Hoffman Runs Again
Discussion: Politics Daily
Mark Benjamin / Salon:
Waterboarding for dummies  —  Internal CIA documents reveal …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Value of Anonymity  —  It's true that being briefed by anonymous …
Discussion: Mother Jones, Eschaton and Felix Salmon
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PRIMARY COLORS.... It's always fascinating to see what politicians …
Discussion: Associated Press
Ed Carson / Investor's Business Daily:
66% Of Independents Say Obama Is To Their Left
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Michael Jackson's Secretive Life
Discussion: L.A. NOW and National Review
David Brody / The Brody File:
Ralph Reed Decision Coming on Wednesday
Discussion: msnbc.com, TPMDC and Hotline On Call
Tim Cavanaugh / Hit & Run:
Kollege Kockup: Something Is Not Right In Higher Ed
Nancy Scola / American Prospect:
Consider the Possibility that Congress Isn't Very Smart.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias