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6:25 AM ET, March 16, 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.
Washington Post:
House may try to pass Senate health-care bill without voting on it  —  After laying the groundwork for a decisive vote this week on the Senate's health-care bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Monday that she might attempt to pass the measure without having members vote on it.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Graham: Pelosi has House Dems ‘liquored up on sake’ ready for ‘suicide run’  —  Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Monday used language that compared House Democrats' efforts to pass healthcare reform legislation to a Japanese kamikaze mission.  —  “Nancy Pelosi, I think …
Bob Cusack / The Hill:   Stupak: House Dem leaders at least 16 votes short on healthcare reform
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Pelosi: Controversial tactic an ‘option’ for moving healthcare
Discussion: Hot Air
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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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 …
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 …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Kucinich in Obama's crosshairs  —  Air Force One took off from suburban Maryland today at 11:13 a.m. and landed 48 minutes later in Cleveland.  —  For Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) — who says he plans to vote no on the president's health-care bill — it must have felt like a much longer flight.
Discussion: PostPartisan and Corrente
Fhardingj / CNN:
Hayworth: Gay marriage opens doors to bestiality  —  J.D. Hayworth gave an interview Sunday to Florida radio station WORL, where he made comments about same-sex marriage.  —  Washington (CNN) - The man who wants to oust Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, is so worried about states allowing same-sex marriage …
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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!
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Josh / Right Wing Watch:
VIDEO: Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli Worried about the Government …
Discussion: TPMDC
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 …
Drew Wheatley / The Hill:
GOP leadership slams Obama stance on Israel  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner issued a statement Monday criticizing the Obama Administration's “escalated rhetoric” toward the Middle Eastern nation.  —  The attack came after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a list of demands …
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Cantor: W.H. ‘irresponsible’ on Israel
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) …
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 …
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
Jeremy Olshan / New York Post:
Rielle Hunter bares all in first interview about affair with John Edwards  —  John Edwards' mistress has revealed for the first time how the illicit lovers fell in lust and slept together the night they met — and claims the presidential candidate predicted the wild romp would cause his premature ejection from politics.
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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.
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
Larry Downes / The Hill:
Net neutrality would end innovation, not preserve it  —  Tomorrow, the Federal Communications Commission will issue its much-anticipated National Broadband Plan, making universal access to high-speed Internet connections a national priority.  —  That's a worthy goal, one that would go far toward rescuing …
Discussion: The Politico
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Nancy Scola / American Prospect:
More of a National Broadband To-Do List, Really.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 
 
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Daniel Dombey / Financial Times:
Congress letter urges action on renminbi
Discussion: Washington Post and The Agonist
Kyle Olson / Big Government:
Robert Gibbs' and Andy Stern's Purple Bracelets a Mark of Clintonesque Solidarity?
Discussion: Wonkette, YID With LID and Moonbattery
Kathie Bassett / The Telegraph:
Costello opposes heath care reform bill in its current form
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Boxer blimp, the Demon Sheep and Fred Davis
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
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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)
Andrew Gilligan / Telegraph:
Muslim gangs imposing sharia law in British prisons
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Two Pictures Tell the Story on Health Care Debate
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The Beck Factor at Fox: Staffers say comments taint their work