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5:50 PM ET, March 15, 2010

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Lisa Depaulo / GQ Magazine: GQ:
Hello, America, My Name Is Rielle Hunter  —  We've heard from former senator John Edwards, we've heard from his soon-to-be-ex-wife, Saint Elizabeth, and we've heard (bleh) from Andrew Young, the former Edwards aide and faux father.  But through it all—the affair and the cancer-stricken spouse …
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Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Edwards Sex Tape Details  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Andrew Young tells The Daily Beast he's going on the offensive against his old boss, John Edwards.  Diane Dimond reveals how the sex tape imperils the ex-candidate-and what exactly is on it.
theview.abc.go.com:
Barbara on Her Phone Call From Rielle
Discussion: Pajamas Media
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Ohio Democrat to Skip Health Care Rally  —  Representative John Boccieri, Democrat of Ohio, whose vote on major health care legislation could be crucial to the outcome, will not be attending President Obama's health care rally on Monday in Strongsville, Ohio, not far from Mr. Boccieri's own district, a spokeswoman said.
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
In Ohio, Obama's Health Care Push Is Personal
Discussion: Power Line
Dennis Kucinich / Plain Dealer:
Latest health care reform bill leaves Americans vulnerable …
Laura Meckler / Washington Wire:
Getting Onboard? Obama Travels to Ohio With Kucinich
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Millions Spent to Sway Democrats on Health Care
Michelle Malkin:
Reverse Midas Touch: House Democrat won't attend Obamacare Road Show …
Ezra Klein:
Nancy Pelosi's strategy for passing health-care reform  —  “My biggest fight has been between those who wanted to do something incremental and those who wanted to do something comprehensive,” Nancy Pelosi said in a meeting with reporters this morning.  “We won that fight …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Pelosi: Passing Health Reform Will Set Stage For Great Debate With GOP  —  In her most expansive case yet for health reform, Nancy Pelosi argued in a small roundtable with bloggers today that passing it into law would set the stage for a great, long-term debate with the GOP over the proper role …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Pelosi: ‘I Have No Intention Of Not Passing This Bill’  —  At a roundtable meeting with several health care reporters and bloggers this morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once again predicted final passage of a far-reaching heath care bill by week's end—but she insisted that success …
John Feehery / Pundits Blog:
Pelosi to deploy a wide variety of tactics to win vote
Discussion: The Politico
The Huffington Post:
J.D. Hayworth: Gay Marriage Law Could Produce Man-Horse Nuptials  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) primary challenger, former Arizona congressman J.D. Hayworth, warned this past weekend that the same-sex marriage decision handed down by the Massachusetts Supreme Court …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Hayworth: ‘Could marry your horse’  —  Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that the expansion of state laws allowing gay marriage could lead to people marrying horses.  —  Hayworth, during an interview with an Orlando, Fla., radio station explained: “You see, the Massachusetts Supreme Court …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The Beck Factor at Fox: Staffers say comments taint their work  —  In just over a year, Glenn Beck's blinding burst of stardom has often seemed to overshadow the rest of Fox News.  —  And that may not be a good thing for the top-rated cable news channel, as many of its staffers are acutely aware.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Turn Against Israel  —  The U.S. makes a diplomatic crisis out of a blunder.  —  In recent weeks, the Obama Administration has endorsed “healthy relations” between Iran and Syria, mildly rebuked Syrian President Bashar Assad for accusing the U.S. of “colonialism,” …
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Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Israel envoy: U.S. ties at their worst in 35 years
Jake Sherman / The Politico:   Cantor: W.H. ‘irresponsible’ on Israel
Not Larry Sabato:
COOCH GONE WILD  —  Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has been in the news a lot recently for his lawsuit against the EPA, his letter to colleges telling them to change their non-discrimination policies and his efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.  But he's not done making news yet!
Paul Ryan / Washington Post:
Rep. Paul Ryan on what real health reform should look like  —  Today, the House Budget Committee is to mark up a “reconciliation” vehicle, initiating the greatest expansion in government and entitlement spending in a generation through a partisan process to push “health-care reform” across the finish line.
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Democratic leaders say health bill will pass
Michelle Malkin:   Liveblogging the House Budget Committee wreckonciliation mark-up
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
What will the Supreme Court be like without its liberal leader?  —  Supreme Court Justices are remembered for their opinions, but they are revealed by their questions.  For many years, Sandra Day O'Connor chose to open the questioning in most cases, and thus show the lawyers—and her colleagues …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Another billboard mystery in Minnesota?  —  Somehow, I think people will miss this man more than the one featured in the “Miss Me Yet?” billboard that appeared outside the Twin Cities in Minnesota last month.  Another anonymous advertisement has appeared on the roadside of a major interstate freeway …
Nancy Scola / American Prospect:
More of a National Broadband To-Do List, Really.  —  As Monica mentioned below, tomorrow was slated to be the day that the Federal Communications Commission would, finally, put out some version of a National Broadband Plan, the first of its kind for the United States.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Larry Downes / The Hill:
Net neutrality would end innovation, not preserve it
Discussion: The Politico
Daniel Foster / The Corner on National Review Online:
Dreier: Democrats ‘About 10 Votes Off’ from Passage in House — By: Daniel Foster  —  In a press conference on Capitol Hill today, Rep. David Dreier (R., Calif.), ranking Republican on the House Rules Committee, said the word around the House is that Democrats are still about 10 votes away …
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CNN:
Sanford invokes ‘Ides of March’ in health care fight  —  Gov. Sanford said Monday that the ‘Ides of March’ is remembered as ‘a day of reckoning and foreboding.’  —  (CNN) - As Capitol Hill Democrats make a final push to try to pass comprehensive health care reform legislation this week …
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Seanna Adcox / MiamiHerald.com:
DeMint and Fla. Senate candidate raise money in SC
Discussion: The Hill
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Social Security starts cashing in US debt  —  We've noticed the cash shortfalls at Social Security for more than a year, and now they appear to be permanent.  For the first time, the Social Security Administration will start cashing in its IOUs from the Treasury in order to meet its benefits obligations.
Discussion: Dow Jones Newswires
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David Jolly / New York Times:
Credit Agency Warns U.S. and Others of Risk to Top Rating
Discussion: Politics Daily
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Two Pictures Tell the Story on Health Care Debate  —  Gallup did something pretty cool in connection with their latest health care survey, which was to provide the verbatim responses (.xls) of the rationales given by people who would tell their Congressman to vote for or against the current health care bills, respectively.
Discussion: News Desk
William Saletan / Slate:
Your vote on health care is more important than your re-election. … - Why Are Humans Ticklish?  Are Animals Ticklish, Too?  - Wines Under $10 That Are Actually Pretty Good- Could You Go To Prison for Causing a Fatal NASCAR Crash?  - Jeffrey Gettleman: Why Africa's Bloodiest Wars Never Seem …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Taking On China  —  Tensions are rising over Chinese economic policy, and rightly so: China's policy of keeping its currency, the renminbi, undervalued has become a significant drag on global economic recovery.  Something must be done.  —  To give you a sense of the problem …
 
 
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CNN:
Palin's dad cuts radio ad in Nevada Senate race
Discussion: The Politico and TPM LiveWire
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama pollster: Revise process, not goals
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Obama's illusions of cost-control
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
New Health Care Whip Count: 190 Yes, 205 No (with Leaners: 202-207)
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
New MoveOn Ad Asks Dems: “Which Side Of History Will YOU Be On?”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Swampland
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Struggles of American Middle Class: Where Do You Fit In?
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
The Colorado Primaries  —  We wrap up our Colorado poll today …
Discussion: Swing State Project
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Andrew Gilligan / Telegraph:
Muslim gangs imposing sharia law in British prisons
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
NYT reminds freelancers of its ethics policies
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla and Mediaite
GOP.com:
The Buck-Oy State  —  Ohio Dems Are All Verklempt Thanks …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Hollywood's Political Fictions