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5:20 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:
New Massa allegations: groping, interns  —  The House ethics committee has received allegations that former Rep. Eric Massa groped at least three male staffers and conducted himself improperly with interns as well as full-time aides, a source familiar with the matter tells POLITICO.
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 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 …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
The Health Care Whip Count
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Hoyer rebuffs Gibbs on Mar. 18 deadline
Discussion: Power Line and AmSpecBlog
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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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.
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Jared Allen / The Hill:
Hoyer pushes back at March 18 White House healthcare deadline
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
Emily Pierce / Roll Call:
Senators Spar Over Process
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 …
The Atlantic Online:
The Emanuel-Holder War  —  The mouthpiece for the pro-torture right and triangulating left, the Washington Post, has been puffing up the genius of Rahm Emanuel in recent weeks.  Eric Holder himself has been publicly lamenting that he has not been “political” enough in his job, as attorney-general.
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Politicized Justice.  —  The Justice Department's restoration …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Anonymous SAO  —  Felix Salmon attended an off-the-record briefing at the Treasury Department today: … Having read a few posts from the bloggers in question, what I want to know is: Did they really learn anything?  Did Geithner and the anonymous SAOs say anything interesting that they wouldn't have said on the record?
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   The Value of Anonymity  —  It's true that being briefed by anonymous …
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Newsweek Blogs
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
 
 
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Chavon Sutton / CNNMoney.com:
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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
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
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Fox News:
Obama Confuses Decades, Inflates Estimated Health Care Savings by $868B
David Brooks / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: The Emotion of Health Care Reform
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