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12:30 AM ET, March 11, 2010


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Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
The Atlantic Home  —  Go  —  Joshua Green - Joshua Green has been a senior editor for The Atlantic since 2003.  Columbia Journalism Review named him one of ten young writers on the rise. … Eric Massa's Navy Files  —  A couple years ago, I got a tip about Eric Massa.
Dave Schnittger / GOP Leader Blog:
Democrats Prepare “Slaughter Solution” to Ram Unpopular Health Care Takeover Through Congress Without a Vote  —  Follow @GOPLeader on Twitter for updates.  —  The twisted scheme by which Democratic leaders plan to bend the rules to ram President Obama's massive health care legislation through Congress …
Scott / Power Line:
The Slaughter solution?  —  I've been dubious that Nancy Pelosi lacks the juice to muscle Obamacare through the House, but her enforcers must be running into a wall.  Minority Leader John Boehner's blog introduces us to the aptly named Slaughter solution via this Congress Daily report (PDF).
Charlie Rose:
Distribute this video:  —  Madam Speaker's take on Congressman Massa: “Poor Baby!”  A remarkable comment, indeed.  Eric Massa represented New York's 29th district: he was a thoughtful, honest and critical Congressman who wasn't glued to his seat.  I didn't share all of his views and wish …
Discussion: The Politico and The Daily Caller
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
House rejects Kucinich's Afghan withdrawal measure
The Politico:
Pelosi aide knew of Massa concerns
Discussion: Hot Air and The Wisdom of Soloman
Radio legend to run for president?  —  ‘I would not hesitate to make my birth certificate available’  —  Applicants for the Oval Office in 2012 already have begun lining up, just one year into President Obama's term, amid CBS poll results that overwhelming flunk the first-term Democrat …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Issa raises questions on Sestak  —  The top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says the Obama administration may have broken the law by offering Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) a job in order to persuade him not to mount a primary challenge against Sen. Arlen Specter.
Discussion: CNN and
The Huffington Post:
Gibbs Fires Back At Chief Justice Roberts Over Obama Criticism  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The White House fired back at Justice John Roberts Tuesday night, after the Supreme Court Chief told a crowd that he found it “very troubling” that President Barack Obama would criticize the court during his State of the Union address.
Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
White House Pounces on ‘Troubled’ Justice
Discussion: The Politico
National Review:
‘Acceptable’ Risk  —  Attorney General Eric Holder and others …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Political Punch:
Former Bush White House Officials Question Attorney General …
Discussion: Emptywheel and New York Times
The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid: Filibuster Rules ‘Likely’ To Change  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pledged on Wednesday to take a serious look at revising the filibuster rules at the beginning of the next Congress, calling the current level of obstruction in the Senate unacceptable.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Kyl says GOP has the votes to stop some health bill fixes in the Senate  —  Republicans have the votes in the Senate to prevent key changes to Democrats' healthcare package, Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) asserted Wednesday.  —  Kyl, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Entire Senate GOP vows to block policy changes in health bill
Discussion: Hot Air and Right Pundits
New York Times:
Parliamentary Hurdle Could Thwart Latest Health Care Overhaul Strategy
New York Times:
More Messages Link Senator to Job Effort  —  WASHINGTON — Previously undisclosed e-mail messages turned over to the F.B.I. and Senate ethics investigators provide new evidence about Senator John Ensign's efforts to steer lobbying work to the embittered husband of his former mistress and could deepen his legal and political troubles.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Glenn Beck on Massa: ‘I Almost Threw Him Out of the Studio’  —  On his radio show today, Glenn Beck lit into former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) for his disastrous, rambling appearance on the Tuesday episode of Beck's Fox News Show.  —  “America, have you ever heard of a 50-year old man having a tickle-fight …
The Hill:
Infighting is sparked by earmark ban  —  Democratic appropriators in the Senate and House are fighting over a ban on earmarks to for-profit companies, throwing a wrench in a House attempt to burnish its ethics record before the midterm elections.  —  Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) …
Discussion: The Politico
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
House GOP leaders to ask conference for immediate moratorium on earmarks
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
I turned in Colleen “Jihad Jane” LaRose to the FBI — A Jawa Report Exclusive  —  ***Exclusive***Sticky***  —  Here is The Jawa Report's exclusive report* from the person who notified the FBI about Colleen “Jihad Jane” La Rose's online activities in support of terrorism.
Discussion: Maggie's Notebook
StarCmc / StarCMC's Enemedia Roundup:   Colleen LaRose: YouTube's homegrown terrorist
Scott /
UNCOVERED SHOCKER: SEN. BYRD SINGLE-HANDEDLY STOPPED PRESIDENT CLINTON FROM USING RECONCILIATION  —  “President Clinton got on the phone and called me also and pressed me to allow his massive health care bill to be insulated by reconciliation's protection.”
Veronique de Rugy / Big Government:
Who Is The Stimulus Money Stimulating?  Teachers  —  Based on the data, more than two third of the 594,754.3 jobs “created or saved” with the stimulus funds were “created or saved” in the Department of Education (see chart).  Basically, what the administration meant …
Watch Video  —  Why did Ex-Congressman Massa really resign?  —  Over health issues  —  He was forced out of the House because of his NO vote on healthcare  —  He violated ethics rules  —  Who knows?  —  On Sunday night, Sandra Bullock won Best Actress at the 82nd Academy Awards …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Ethics committee closes investigation of Massa  —  The House ethics committee decided Wednesday to close its short-lived investigation into allegations that now-resigned congressman Eric Massa groped and sexually harassed younger male staffers in his office, according to two sources familiar with the decision.
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary  —  Technical information:  —  Employment: (202) 691-6559 * *  —  Unemployment: (202) 691-6392 * *  —  Media contact: (202) 691-5902 *
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Some Democrats shun Obama event in St. Louis  —  The Show Me State temporarily became the No-Show State on Wednesday as some prominent Missouri Democrats decided they'd rather be somewhere else when President Obama came to push his massive health care overhaul plan.
Internet up for Nobel Peace Prize  —  The internet is among a record 237 individuals and organisations nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.  —  The number of nominations surpasses last year's record of 205 nominations.  —  The internet's nomination has been championed …
Discussion: Mashable! and The New Editor
The Note:
Will Republican Senators Vote Pro-Choice to Kill Health Care Reform Bill?  —  ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports: All 41 Republican Senators vowed in a letter today to do everything in their power to kill Democrats' health care legislation and vote en bloc against procedural motions Democrats …
Florida Times Union:
Times-Union poll confirms Rubio with huge GOP senate lead  —  Crist trailing in all categories except voters from 18 to 29 years old  —  Former House Speaker Marco Rubio's stunning early lead in Florida's Republican U.S. Senate race was confirmed today by an Insider Advantage/Florida Times-Union poll …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Democrats' Turnout Emergency  —  Partisans on both sides have a tendency to want to believe that their party's troubles can be solved by moving away from the center and instead locking down the base.  It's usually not true.  In this case, however, there seems to be strong evidence …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Graham to Obama: Time to ‘step it up’  —  President Barack Obama is summoning two key senators to the Oval Office on Thursday for an update on immigration reform efforts — but one of them, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), thinks Obama should be the one giving the update.
James Pethokoukis:
How ObamaCare is killing free trade  —  Brazil's threat of tariff retaliation over U.S. cotton subsidies is only the latest eruption of rising protectionism around the world.  President Barack Obama isn't doing much to quell protectionist sentiment in the U.S., either.  His passivity could prove costly.
Discussion: TigerHawk, Mother Jones and Hit & Run
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Sebelius And Health Care Exec Clash At AHIP Conference  —  They were like yin and yang, oil and water.  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and America's Health Insurance Plans CEO Karen Ignagni couldn't agree on much today when they debated health care reform at AHIP's conference in downtown Washington, D.C.
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Discussion: The Daily Politics
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama approval rating at 43%: Rasmussen
WWII Women fliers honored
Discussion: Shakesville and The Caucus
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