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5:55 PM ET, March 11, 2010


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David M. Drucker / Roll Call:
Ruling Kills an Option for Moving Health Bill  —  The Senate Parliamentarian has ruled that President Barack Obama must sign Congress' original health care reform bill before the Senate can act on a companion reconciliation package, senior GOP sources said Thursday.
The Note:
Dem Rep. Lynn Woolsey: House May Pass Senate Bill Without Recorded Vote  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: As House Democrats press for final passage of a health care bill, a legislative scenario has emerged whereby the House wouldn't have to take a formal roll call vote to endorse the Senate version of the legislation.
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
House Democrats' ‘no’ votes are piling up as healthcare reform moves forward  —  More than two dozen Democrats are expected to vote against the healthcare reform bill that will hit the House floor in the coming weeks.  —  At least 25 House Democrats will reject the healthcare reform legislation …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Capuano Suggests He's Leaning No On Health Care
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Immigration provision has Hispanic Caucus threatening ‘no’ health vote
Carl Cameron / Fox News:
Senate Health Care Bill Dead on Arrival, Pro-Life House Democrats Say
The Hill:
House GOP votes to ban all earmarks  —  House Republicans approved a conference-wide moratorium on earmarks on Thursday, one day after a House committee enacted a ban on for-profit earmarks.  —  The Republicans' moratorium is more extensive than the House Appropriations Committee's ban …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House memo argues health care support is increasing
The Note:
Pelosi: 'We'll Take Up the Bill When We Are Ready'
Discussion: The Politico
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Barney Frank confirms key detail in Massa saga  —  Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) confirmed a key detail that was allegedly reported to the office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) regarding allegations of Eric Massa's improper behavior.  —  The Washington Post reported Thursday that Joe Racalto …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi's office was told of concerns about Eric Massa
The Politico:
House votes to keep open Massa probe
Discussion: Swampland, Commentary, The Page and Hot Air
Reid, In Letter To McConnell, Outlines The Path Forward On Health Reform  —  Washington, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent a letter to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell explaining the path forward on health insurance reform.  In the letter, Senator Reid details the steps …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid to McConnell on healthcare: ‘We will finish the job’
Discussion: CNN
Ezra Klein:   Reid to McConnell: Reconcile this.
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
What Biden told Netanyahu behind closed doors: “This is starting to get dangerous for us”  —  Publicly, Vice President Joe Biden tried to keep up a positive tone in his good will visit to Israel this week.  But privately, the Israeli press reports, he had sharper words for Israeli decisions Biden …
Mike Levine / Liveshots:
Holder Failed To Alert Senate To Old Brief  —  During his confirmation more than a year ago, Attorney General Eric Holder failed to notify lawmakers he had contributed to a legal brief dealing with the use of federal courts in fighting terrorism, the Justice Department acknowledged on Wednesday.
New York Times:
Holder Failed to Disclose Brief on Detainee Policy  —  WASHINGTON — During his Senate confirmation hearings last year, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. failed to disclose that he had signed a brief urging the Supreme Court not to uphold President Bush's claim that he could imprison …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
Re: 'In preparing thousands of pages for submission, it was …
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
Roll Call:
Senate Liberals Dissed on Health Bill  —  Senate Democratic leaders are concerned about the amount of mischief their own Members could create if or when a health care reconciliation bill comes up for debate.  And sources said some supporters of creating a public insurance option are privately worried …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Bernie Sanders: I'm Prepared To Introduce Public Option Amendment
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Sex Scandals Aren't Interesting When They Involve Republicans  —  Interestingly John Ensign, like David Vitter but unlike Elliot Spitzer or Eric Massa, hasn't yet been driven from public life: … Man, that John Edwards sure is a scumbag!
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHERE'S OUR ENSIGN FRENZY?.... Matt Yglesias highlights …
Discussion: New York Times
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
The Scandalous Scott Brown Lawsuit that No One Told You About  —  Did you know that Scott Brown—the new star Republican Senator—was accused of harassing a female campaign worker in 1998?  We have the documents to prove it.  Did the Democrats blow an opportunity to keep their 60th Senate seat?
George F. Will / Washington Post:
As a progressive, Obama hews to the Wilsonian tradition  —  There are legislative miles to go before the government will be emancipated from its health-care myopia, but it is not too soon for a summing-up.  Whether all or nothing of the legislation becomes law, Barack Obama has refuted critics who call him a radical.
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Texas Hearing Considers Deeper Conservative Stamp on Textbooks  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — Even as a panel of educators laid out a vision Wednesday for national standards for public schools, the Texas school board was going in a different direction, holding hearings on changes to its social studies curriculum …
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 …
Noah Shachtman / Wired:
How Andrew Breitbart Hacks the Media  —  Andrew Breitbart has been waiting 45 minutes for a filet mignon.  He drums his fingers on the table in this plush Italian restaurant off Times Square, a place where the media types he regularly trashes used to flaunt their expense accounts — back when they still had them.
Mark Cannizzaro / New York Post:
Woods hires ex-Bush aide to prep for return in two weeks  —  MIAMI — Tiger Woods has summoned someone even more significant than swing coach Hank Haney to help facilitate his wildly anticipated comeback.  —  Two sources in the golf community have told The Post that Ari Fleischer …
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 …
Douglas Elmendorf / Director's Blog:
Estimate of the Budgetary Effects of the Senate-Passed Health Bill  —  CBO has just released an estimate of the budgetary effects of the health bill, H.R. 3590, that passed the Senate on December 24.  Today's estimate differs from the estimate for a slightly earlier version of the legislation …
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
What I Learned at the Tea Parties  —  Both the media and many high profile politicos still seem to be flailing around trying to find some way to label, quantify and pigeonhole the myriad tea party groups which are springing up all around the country.  Even Karl Rove, during a stop to promote his new book …
Discussion: QandO, Fausta's Blog and The Politico
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Paul Ryan: The Roadmap Warrior  —  The Wisconsin congressman on tax policy.  —  Paul Ryan's Roadmap for America's Future would drastically overhaul the American welfare state in a free-market direction.  The Congressional Budget Office says it would solve the entitlements crisis through …
Chris Joyner / USA Today:
Miss. prom canceled after lesbian's date request  —  JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi county school board announced Wednesday it would cancel its upcoming prom after a gay student petitioned to bring a same-sex date to the event.  —  “Due to the distractions to the educational process caused …
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Beck: Fox News executive told me ‘you are the key’ to surviving ‘a global economic holocaust.’  —  Fox News host Glenn Beck has made a trademark of propagating outlandish conspiracy theories and far-right rhetoric, but his employers at Fox have long claimed that his views do not reflect the network's.
Discussion: News Hounds and Daily Kos
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans' Global Warming Concerns Continue to Drop  —  Multiple indicators show less concern, more feelings that global warming is exaggerated  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's annual update on Americans' attitudes toward the environment shows a public that over the last two years …
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Eamon McNiff / ABCNEWS:
'Net Posse Tracked ‘Jihad Jane’ for Three Years
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Cuomo to Recuse Himself From Paterson Investigations
Discussion: NY Daily News and Gothamist
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Did Focus On The Family Board Force Dobson Out?
Amanda Covarrubias / L.A. NOW:
Divided appeals court rules Pledge of Allegiance doesn't violate Constitution
Ben Wolfgang / Republican Herald:
Conservatives urge Holden to oppose reform bill; Holden says he's …
Discussion: TPMDC
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama doles out $1.4 million in Nobel winnings to 10 charities
Discussion: CNN, Row 2, Seat 4 and VetVoice
Kos / Daily Kos:
CA-Sen, Gov: Lean D, but competitive
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Good Fences Make Bad Policy
Discussion: The New Republic and Wonk Room
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Nagourney expected to leave politics beat
Discussion: Gawker and Ben Smith's Blog
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Schumer, Durbin Senate Fight: Dems Vie for Reid's Seat
Discussion: Don Surber
Charlie Martin / Pajamas Media:
Climategate Stunner: NASA Heads Knew NASA Data Was Poor, Then Used Data from CRU
John / Power Line:
Why Don't Christians Care?  —  In a number of places around the world …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Ezra Klein:
The health-care bill is getting more popular
Dr. Milton R. Wolf / Washington Times:
Obama family health care fracas
Ed Henry / CNN:
Ex-Obama adviser: Dems may get ‘slaughtered’
Discussion: The Hill
Paul Krugman:
Fifty-One Herbert Hoovers