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7:40 AM ET, March 11, 2010


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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 …
The Politico:
Pelosi aide knew of Massa concerns
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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.
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 AmSpecBlog
Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
White House Pounces on ‘Troubled’ Justice
Discussion: The Politico
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Immigration provision has Hispanic Caucus threatening ‘no’ health vote  —  A group of Hispanic lawmakers on Thursday will tell President Barack Obama that they may not vote for healthcare reform unless changes are made to the bill's immigration provisions.  —  The scheduled meeting comes …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Entire Senate GOP vows to block policy changes in health bill
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
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Leaders in House Block Earmarks to Corporations
Discussion: CNN and Prairie Weather
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney tops bestseller list  —  Mitt Romney's new book, “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness,” will debut on top of the New York Times bestseller list due out March 21, a source tells me.  —  Romney's book tour has, so far, attracted pretty large crowds, serving — along with the book sales …
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.
Arun Kristian Das / MyFox New York:
Chefs Call Proposed New York Salt Ban ‘Absurd’  —  MYFOXNY.COM - Some New York City chefs and restaurant owners are taking aim at a bill introduced in the New York Legislature that, if passed, would ban the use of salt in restaurant cooking.  —  “No owner or operator of a restaurant …
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.
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.”
Lois Romano / Washington Post:
Hillary Rodham Clinton widens her circle at the State Department  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton ran a presidential campaign notoriously insular and unhappy, managing a group of egos and backstabbers whose dysfunction may have cost her the White House.  Understandably, people wondered what kind …
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
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: Engadget, The New Editor and Mashable!
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
TARP Oversight Panel Finds Fault With GMAC Bailouts  —  WASHINGTON — A Congressional panel, in a report to be released Thursday, questioned the need for the Treasury Department's $17.2 billion bailout of GMAC as the company dealt with the collapsing mortgage market in 2008 and 2009.
Discussion: The Page
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
Police say suspect in terror plot attempted suicide in 2005  —  (CNN) — Colleen LaRose, the Pennsylvania woman indicted for allegedly conspiring to support terrorists and kill a person in a foreign country, attempted to commit suicide in 2005, according to a police report filed at the time.
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs and The Irish Times
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.
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 …
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Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Mission accomplished, indeed
Discussion: The Mahablog
Darren Samuelsohn / New York Times:
Obama, Key Senators Make Their Pitch for Climate and Energy Bill
Associated Press:
Whites in U.S. Edge Toward Minority Status
Discussion: Politics Daily and Wonkette
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Democrats' Turnout Emergency
 Earlier Items: 
Rove: Tea parties could hurt Republicans
Discussion: The Politico
National Review:
‘Acceptable’ Risk  —  Attorney General Eric Holder and others …
Florida Times Union:
Times-Union poll confirms Rubio with huge GOP senate lead
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama approval rating at 43%: Rasmussen
James Pethokoukis:
How ObamaCare is killing free trade
Discussion: TigerHawk, Hit & Run and Mother Jones