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2:45 PM ET, March 9, 2010

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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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Adam Smith / The Buzz:
The politics of back waxing  —  Remember when we used to write about Charlie Crist's prospects as a presidential candidate?  Well, now we're writing about him accusing Marco Rubio of being a back waxer.  Excerpts from his appearance on Greta Van Susteren's show last night:
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Maybe it was a back wax?
Discussion: CNN and AMERICAblog News
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
FL-Sen: Crist Accuses Rubio Of Getting Back Waxes
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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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.
Ezra Klein:   Why I'm not counting votes  —  I'm getting a lot of e-mails …
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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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 …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Massa as conservative media hero
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.
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 …
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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Jared Allen / The Hill:   Hoyer pushes back at White House healthcare deadline
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 …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Poll: Nearly Half Of Dem Voters “Not Enthusiastic” About 2010
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
WSJ Blogs - WSJ:
NY-23: Hoffman Runs Again  —  Doug Hoffman, the conservative who threw the political landscape into turmoil last November with an insurgent candidacy in a special House race, has announced he is mounting another campaign to win the upstate New York congressional seat.
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Doug Hoffman Announces New Campaign For NY-23 (VIDEO)
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PRIMARY COLORS.... It's always fascinating to see what politicians are willing to do before they face a primary challenger and after. … It was just a couple of weeks ago when Lincoln said she'd oppose using reconciliation to pass a House-approved budget fix.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:   UPDATED In shift, Lincoln appears to soften opposition
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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?
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.
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
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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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republican National Committee targets Dem ethics in new ad
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Senate votes 100-0 to highlight spending
Ezra Klein:
More conservative misinformation on health-care reform
City Room:
Producer to Plead Guilty in Letterman Extortion Case
Discussion: Mediaite, The Wire and Gawker
Bryan Curtis / The Daily Beast:
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Daniel de Vise / Washington Post:
Wide Web of diversions gets laptops evicted from lecture halls
Discussion: ACS Blog and Outside The Beltway
Mark Benjamin / Salon:
Waterboarding for dummies  —  Internal CIA documents reveal …
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Philly.com:
Troopers raid popular bars for unlicensed beers
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
High standards at The Washington Post
Nancy Scola / American Prospect:
Consider the Possibility that Congress Isn't Very Smart.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias