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6:35 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?
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.”
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 …
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Hoyer rebuffs Gibbs on Mar. 18 deadline
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
The Health Care Whip Count
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
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 …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
High standards at The Washington Post
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
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: CBS News, Politics Daily and Swampland
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
US ‘condemns’ Israeli construction
Discussion: CNN, Haaretz and Laura Rozen's Blog
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
 
 
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Victor Zapanta / Think Progress:
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Kieran Crowley / New York Post:
Lindsay Lohan wants $100M over E-Trade ad
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Health Reform Gaining
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
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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
Rasmussen Reports:
57% Predict Health Care Plan Will Hurt The Economy
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PRIMARY COLORS.... It's always fascinating to see what politicians …
Discussion: Associated Press
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Michael Jackson's Secretive Life
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Joy Behar's Unfortunate Slip Of The Tongue: Calls Karl Rove “Bad C*ck”
Discussion: Breitbart.tv