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4:40 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
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 …
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 …
Michael W. McConnell / Wall Street Journal:
The House Health-Care Vote and the Constitution
Discussion: Big Government and Sister Toldjah
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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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Millions Spent to Sway Democrats on Health Care
Laura Meckler / Washington Wire:
Getting Onboard? Obama Travels to Ohio With Kucinich
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Michelle Malkin:
Reverse Midas Touch: House Democrat won't attend Obamacare Road Show …
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama to Congress: Pass reform now
Discussion: CNN
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Israel envoy: U.S. ties at their worst in 35 years  —  Israel's ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, has told the country's diplomats there that U.S.-Israeli relations face their worst crisis in 35 years, despite attempts by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office to project a sense of “business as usual.”
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:   Cantor: W.H. ‘irresponsible’ on Israel
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
The AIPAC Statement We Need But Have Not Gotten (Yet): Netanyahu …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Obama losing chance to reshape judiciary  —  Liberals had hoped he would counter a slew of conservative appointments in federal courts made by his Republican predecessors.  But that hasn't happened.  —  President Obama's appointment of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court is one high-profile success.
Andrew Gilligan / Telegraph:
Muslim gangs imposing sharia law in British prisons  —  Radical Muslim gangs are imposing a form of sharia law inside some of Britain's prisons, a BBC investigation has found.  —  Non-Muslim inmates at the high-security Long Lartin jail have been forced by the gangs to stop playing “Western” …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Rubio defends committee spending during South Carolina swing
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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?
Sydelle Moore / Congress Blog:
The Big Question: Should Republicans back financial reform?
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
The Colorado Primaries  —  We wrap up our Colorado poll today …
Discussion: Swing State Project
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gregg: Assurances from Reid, Pelosi eased decision to join debt commission
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
NYT reminds freelancers of its ethics policies
Discussion: Mediaite and Suburban Guerrilla
John Feehery / Pundits Blog:
Pelosi to deploy a wide variety of tactics to win vote
Discussion: The Politico
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Dennis Kucinich / Plain Dealer:
Latest health care reform bill leaves Americans vulnerable …
GOP.com:
The Buck-Oy State  —  Ohio Dems Are All Verklempt Thanks …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Senate Dems consider jobs all-nighter
Discussion: CNN
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Social Security starts cashing in US debt
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Bachmann: Obama is first “post-American” president
Discussion: City Pages
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Hollywood's Political Fictions