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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
In Health Bill, Obama Attacks Wealth Inequality  —  For all the political and economic uncertainties about health reform, at least one thing seems clear: The bill that President Obama signed on Tuesday is the federal government's biggest attack on economic inequality since inequality began rising more than three decades ago.
Major Garrett / Row 2, Seat 4:
On Health Care Day, Obama Skips Signing Executive Order on Abortion; Stupak, on Defense, Compares Order to Emancipation Proclamation  —  President Obama signed the Senate health care bill into law Tuesday.  He did not sign the executive order on abortion negotiated with Michigan Democratic …
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The Politico:
The backlash: Reform turns personal
Discussion: Swampland
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:   Stupak pushes back against claims airport grant bought his vote
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll show health care plan gains favor  —  WASHINGTON — More Americans now favor than oppose the health care overhaul that President Obama signed into law Tuesday, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds — a notable turnaround from surveys before the vote that showed a plurality against the legislation.
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
By Slim Margin, Americans Support Healthcare Bill's Passage  —  Independents evenly split in their basic reactions, but more are “angry” than “enthusiastic”  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Nearly half of Americans give a thumbs-up to Congress' passage of a healthcare reform bill last weekend, with 49% calling it “a good thing.”
The Huffington Post:
NRSC's Cornyn: We Won't Call For Repealing All Of Health Care  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  In the wake of the passage of health care reform, nearly the entire slate of Republican senatorial candidates seems ready to run on a repeal of the bill.  But now, the lawmaker overseeing their election strategy is softening the message.
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Reuters:
'It's always the bush league schools,' Coulter contends  —  PHOTOS ( 4 )  —  VIDEO ( 2 )  —  More Images »  —  In this file photo, television personality Ann Coulter speaks to the audience.  —  OTTAWA — After protesters at the University of Ottawa prevented Ann Coulter from giving …
Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
Attorneys general in 14 states sue to block healthcare reform law  —  A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Florida includes 13 states and charges that the new healthcare reform law in unconstitutional.  Virginia's attorney general filed a separate lawsuit.  —  Audio: Warren Richey and Pat Murphy  —  Miami
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Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Cuccinelli sues federal government to stop health-care reform law
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
CNN:
States sue to block health care law
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
The Politico:
After meeting, deafening silence  —  The Obama administration shifted this week from red hot anger at Benjamin Netanyahu to an icier suspicion toward the Israeli Prime Minister, who made clear in a marathon of meetings with U.S. officials that he would give ground only grudgingly on their goal …
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Bloomberg:
Health-Care Overhaul Changes to Start Taking Effect This Year  —  Indoor tanning salons will charge customers a 10 percent tax beginning today in just one of the changes Americans will see as a result of the U.S. health-care overhaul signed into law by President Barack Obama.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Senate adjourns in first day of healthcare reconciliation debate  —  The Senate adjourned late Tuesday night after a chaotic seven hours of debate on a landmark healthcare reform reconciliation bill, with Democratic leaders inching towards a final vote by the end of the week.
Erin Geiger Smith / Law Review:
Al Franken Gets Alleged KBR Rape Victim Her Day In Court  —  Jamie Leigh Jones claims she was raped by fellow Halliburton employees when she was working in Iraq in 2005.  —  Her allegations are not pretty — she claims she was given a drink, after which she remembers nothing.
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Obama to overhaul Fannie, Freddie  —  Fresh off a procedural victory in Congress on Wall Street regulatory reform, the Obama administration Tuesday turned its attention to the next massive and controversial financial fight in Congress: overhauling Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Discussion: The Page
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
MEDIA FRAUD- More Proof That the Leftist Media Lied About Racist Attacks On Black Reps While They Ignored Vulgar Attacks By Lib Politicians  —  On Saturday the leftist media reported on a horrible story from their sources at the anti-military Jew-hating conservative-hating Huffington Post.
Bloomberg:
Wall Street Despised in Poll Showing Majority Want Regulation  —  Americans are leery about creating a new federal agency to make consumer-protection rules for mortgages and credit cards and would prefer to enhance the existing powers of banking regulators.  —  Most people interviewed …
Discussion: DailyFinance and The Big Picture
Brian C. Ledbetter / Snapped Shot:
Awesome Jobs: Meet Mr. Official Iranian Salute Guy!  —  In the interests of keeping you entertained, we here at Snapped Shot are always on the lookout for new and exciting things.  Fortunately for you, the world has plenty of dictatorships that provide hours of source material for this kind of thing.
WRAL-TV:
Having insurance ‘going to be like Christmas’  —  DURHAM, N.C. — Uninsured Triangle residents said Monday that they eagerly await the overhaul of the nation's health care system.  —  “It's just going to be like Christmas,” said DeCarlo Flythe, who lost health coverage for his family when he was laid off almost three years ago.
Azam Ahmed / Chicago Tribune:
How VIPs lobbied schools  —  Duncan's office tracked politicians and others  —  Often, students didn't get into their top choices but went to still desirable schools such as Lane Tech, according to a list obtained by the Tribune.  (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / March 21, 2010)
David Sirota / Open Left:
Earth to Sen. Bennet: You Now Have Absolutely No Reason to Not Offer the Public Option Amendment  —  NOTE: Tomorrow (Wednesday, 3/24) at 11am, I will be delivering a petition signed by at least 35,000 Americans in just four days asking Senator Bennet to follow through on his promise and introduce a public option amendment.
John Cook / Gawker:
SEC Employees Were Masturbating to Kiddie Porn While Your Economy Tanked  —  Over the past two years, more than a dozen Securities and Exchange employees and contractors have tried to view pornography on government computers at least 8,273 times.  Here's what they were looking at while the global financial system cratered.
Peter Barry Chowka / American Thinker:
Rep. Dingell: It's taken a long time to ‘control the people’  —  Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), the Dean of the House of Representatives for being the longest serving member of the body (he was first elected in 1955, succeeding his father, Rep. John Dingell, Sr.), made an amazing admission during …
Ian M. / Think Progress:
Why George Washington would disagree with the right wing about health care's constitutionality.  —  Yesterday, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced that he would join a growing list of right-wing attorneys general who are suing to have health reform declared unconstitutional.
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Scary New GOP Poll  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World  —  Blogs and Stories  —  On the heels of health care, a new Harris poll reveals Republican attitudes about Obama: Two-thirds think he's a socialist, 57 percent a Muslim—and 24 percent say “he may be the Antichrist.”
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Hail the Conquering Professor  —  The Democrats were walking around in a state of shock.  —  Holy cow, they were saying to themselves.  We're not total wimps!  We don't have to sit around and let ourselves be slapped silly by Republican bullies and Tea Party scaremongers.
Wall Street Journal:
Tax-Break Battle Flares  —  J.P. Morgan in Talks for $1.4 Billion; Stimulus Gives $12 Billion to 250 Firms  —  J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is nearing a deal that would allow it to benefit from a tax refund of as much as $1.4 billion, becoming the latest company to tap a little-noticed plank in an economic stimulus bill.
Discussion: DailyFinance and DealBook
 
 
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