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11:00 PM ET, March 15, 2010

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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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The Note:
GOP's Dick Armey Predicts Democrats Will Probably Pass Health Care  —  ABC News' Matt Loffman reports:  —  Former Republican House Majority Leader and current Tea Party leader Dick Armey said today that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is “inept” but that Congress would likely still pass health care reform.
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Graham: Pelosi has House Dems ‘liquored up on sake’ ready for ‘suicide run’
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Pelosi: Controversial tactic an ‘option’ for moving healthcare
Discussion: Hot Air
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 and Reliable Source
Karen Travers / ABCNEWS:
Obama: We Will Get the Votes for Health Care Reform Bill  —  President Obama Tells ABC He Thinks Dems Will Pass Bill, in Exclusive Interview  —  President Obama told ABC News today he is confident that health care reform legislation will pass.  —  “I believe we are going to get the votes …
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Fox News:
Clinic: Cancer Patient Who Wrote to Obama Will Not Lose Home, May Get Aid  —  Natoma Canfield, the cancer-stricken woman who has become a centerpiece of President Obama's push for health care reform, will not lose her home over her medical bills and will probably qualify for financial aid …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
It Figures... Obama's Rally Prop ‘Natoma Canfield’ Qualifies For Financial Aid; Is Patient At Top US Cancer Center; Won't Lose Home  —  Obama's Health Care Rally Prop Is In Hospital... Getting Care... Despite No Insurance.  —  Natoma Canfield is 50 years old.  She was diagnosed with cancer 16 years ago.
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Fhardingj / CNN:
Hayworth: Gay marriage opens doors to bestiality
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 …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Cantor: W.H. ‘irresponsible’ on Israel  —  The second-ranking House Republican blasted the Obama administration as “irresponsible” in its dealings with Israel, accusing the White House of trying to curry favor with the Arab world by deriding America's closest ally in the Middle East.
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Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Israel envoy: U.S. ties at their worst in 35 years
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!
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.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The New Republic illustrates a serious piece about the Tea Party movement with a gross photograph that's meant to evoke the pejorative “teabagger.”  —  Here's the article.  Quite apart from the childishness of evoking the term “teabagger” and creating a image to convey the term (to those in the know) …
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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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann: We're Not Going To Obey Health Care Law — 'We Don't Have To' (VIDEO)  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is going a step beyond simply pledging to fight efforts to pass the health care bill — she's openly pronouncing that people should personally declare it unconstitutional and defy it …
Biz / Twitter Blog:
@anywhere  —  When we designed Twitter, we took a different approach—we didn't require a relationship model like that of a social network.  Keeping things open meant you could browse our site to read tweets from friends, celebrities, companies, media outlets, fictional characters, and more.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Democrats plan hospitable greeting for Tea Partiers  —  Tea Partiers are storming the Capitol tomorrow, and Democrats are preapring to roll out the red carpet.  —  In a memo sent to freshman and sophomore lawmakers, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the House leadership …
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
GOP Gov Candidate Admits Refusing To Salute Flag — Denies Hitting On Campaign Manager, Sex With Underage Girls  —  A far-right Republican candidate for governor of Georgia has issued what must be one of the most counter-productive — and flat-out hilarious — denials in the history of modern political campaigning.
Discussion: Political Insider and Peach Pundit
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 and Hullabaloo
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama pollster: Revise process, not goals  —  DNC pollster Joel Benenson, in a new poll and memo prepared for the Service Employees International Union and provided to POLITICO, is arguing that Democrats' political woes stem not from the scale of their agenda, but from the perception …
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 …
Kathie Bassett / The Telegraph:
Costello opposes heath care reform bill in its current form  —  With the proposed health care reform up for a vote this week, U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Belleville) said he is unsure of what the outcome will be.  —  “As of today, it looks like the process that will be followed …
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Internet Grew 20% More Hateful In 2009  —  A report by the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Tolerance shows that terrorists and hate groups are turning to Facebook and Twitter in greater numbers, and that the Internet got 20% nastier last year.  —  The report, based on some 11,500 problematic Web sites …
Discussion: Fox News
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Obama's illusions of cost-control  —  “What we need from the next president is somebody who will not just tell you what they think you want to hear but will tell you what you need to hear.”  —  One job of presidents is to educate Americans about crucial national problems.  On health care, Barack Obama has failed.
 
 
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Boxer blimp, the Demon Sheep and Fred Davis
Larry Downes / The Hill:
Net neutrality would end innovation, not preserve it
Discussion: The Politico
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
New Health Care Whip Count: 190 Yes, 205 No (with Leaners: 202-207)
Michelle Malkin:
Liveblogging the House Budget Committee wreckonciliation mark-up
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
New MoveOn Ad Asks Dems: “Which Side Of History Will YOU Be On?”
Discussion: Swampland
 Earlier Items: 
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
The Colorado Primaries  —  We wrap up our Colorado poll today …
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Andrew Gilligan / Telegraph:
Muslim gangs imposing sharia law in British prisons
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Social Security starts cashing in US debt