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8:10 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 …
John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
Whose Side Is Eric Massa On?
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Stupak: There's No Deal, And I Won't Agree to a Promise to Fix the Bill in the Future  —  Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak said yesterday at a townhall in his home state, “I'm more optimistic than I was a week ago” that a deal could be reached to pass a health care bill that bans public funding of abortion.
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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
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, Power Line and Hit & Run
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.”
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
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
As Biden Visits, Israel Unveils Plan for New Settlements  —  JERUSALEM — Israel announced Tuesday its intention to build 1,600 new housing units in a Jewish neighborhood of East Jerusalem, infuriating Palestinians and upsetting the American administration, as Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. vowed …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
US ‘condemns’ Israeli construction
Discussion: CNN and Laura Rozen's Blog
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Cable News Problem  —  If you live in Washington and work in politics, it's always almost shocking to read the truth about how low the ratings are for cable news.  Especially when you're talking about daytime cable news in a non-election year.  As Kevin Drum says “Take away the echo chamber …
Discussion: Mother Jones
ABCNEWS:
Ex-Edwards Aide Given Deadline Over Sex Tape  —  Andrew Young and his Wife Have Until Friday to Account for all Materials  —  Former John Edwards aide Andrew Young and his wife Cheri, dodged a trip to jail today over their handling of a purported sex tape allegedly made by the one-time presidential candidate …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Value of Anonymity  —  It's true that being briefed by anonymous “senior” officials is largely an exercise in getting spun, but in its defense doing on the record interviews with senior officials is also largely an exercise in getting spun.  And I do think anonymity has some value …
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Anonymous SAO  —  Felix Salmon attended an off-the-record briefing …
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.
The United States Department of Justice:
Pennsylvania Woman Indicted in Plot to Recruit Violent Jihadist Fighters and to Commit Murder Overseas  —  David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and Michael L. Levy, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, together with Janice K. Fedarcyk …
Discussion: mediaelites and Creeping Sharia
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
CNN:
New senator bucks party to end filibusters  —  Washington (CNN) - Barely a month in office, Sen. Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, is putting some muscle behind his independent image by twice voting against his own party and questioning the use of the filibuster.
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.
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.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Remarks at the 2010 Legislative Conference for National Association of Counties  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered a speech this morning at the 2010 Legislative Conference for the National Association of Counties (NACo).  This year marks the 75th anniversary of the organization.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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.
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 …
 
 
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Pelosi's grip on House slips
Marist Poll:
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Lydia Polgreen / New York Times:
Uproar in India Over Quota for Female Lawmakers
Discussion: Economix
Victor Zapanta / Think Progress:
34 Of 41 Senate Republicans Supported Passing Major Domestic …
Discussion: Fired Up! Missouri
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
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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
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
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Senate votes 100-0 to highlight spending
Discussion: CNN
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Michael Jackson's Secretive Life
Discussion: L.A. NOW