Stories You Should Know (3/9/10)

ABC News (USA)
The White House today dismissed comments from a retiring Democratic congressman who claimed his own party hounded him out of office because he had planned to vote against President Obama’s health care bill.

Tampa Bay Fox (Tampa Bay, FL)
Governor Charlie Crist took a stab at his opponent for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination during a national interview on Monday night. Crist used the opportunity to go after Marco Rubio, saying Rubio may have used a Republican Party credit card for personal expenses.

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
The White House is mounting a stinging, sustained broadside against health insurance rate increases as President Obama and his aides enter what they hope will be the final stretch of a year-long political war over health-care reform.

USA Today (USA)
Mark Critz, a former aide to the late Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., will be the Democratic candidate in a May 18 special election to fill out the remaining seven months of his former boss’ term.

The Hill (Washington, DC)
President Barack Obama will meet with a bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday to discuss energy issues. Obama will meet with Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) — the group working to craft a bipartisan climate change bill — along with 11 other senators and top administration officials.

Boston Globe (Boston, MA)
In his second campaign for governor, businessman Christy Mihos characterizes himself as a watchdog of taxpayers’ money. Yet the multimillionaire Republican is struggling with financial troubles: A bank rejected his company’s request for a line of credit, and he’s bounced multiple checks and repeatedly failed to pay business suppliers and political staffers.


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