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9:25 AM ET, March 22, 2010

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Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Happy Dependence Day!  — By: Mark Steyn  —  Well, it seems to be in the bag now.  I try to be a sunny the-glass-is-one-sixteenth-full kinda guy, but it's hard to overestimate the magnitude of what the Democrats have accomplished.  Whatever is in the bill is an intermediate stage …
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The Politico:
History in sight for Democrats  —  A cadre of anti-abortion Democrats announced Sunday that they've reached an agreement with the White House to defuse the controversy over abortion in the health care bill and will now vote yes — effectively putting the Democrats over the 216-vote threshold to pass health reform by day's end.
New York Times:
House Approves Health Overhaul, Sending Landmark Bill to Obama  —  WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval on Sunday to legislation that would provide medical coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans and remake the nation's health care system along the lines proposed by President Obama.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fear Strikes Out  —  The day before Sunday's health care vote, President Obama gave an unscripted talk to House Democrats.  Near the end, he spoke about why his party should pass reform: “Every once in a while a moment comes where you have a chance to vindicate all those best hopes …
Los Angeles Times:
House passes healthcare overhaul  —  In a major victory for the president, Democratic leaders get the Senate version passed, then engineer passage of a package designed to reconcile that bill and the one OKd by the House last year.  —  Reporting from Los Angeles and Washington
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:   Analysis: Political lift of health bill uncertain
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Stunner... Pro-Life Democrat Stupak Was Lying All Along- Will …
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
NOW, NARAL displeased with Obama-Stupak deal
Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
One More Step Towards Health Insurance Reform
Discussion: The Democratic Daily and Blue Gal
Fox News:
Choice, Life Groups Slam Obama Order on Abortion Funding
The Atlantic Online:   Text of the Executive Order On Abortion
David Frum / FrumForum:
Waterloo  —  Conservatives and Republicans today suffered their most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s.  —  It's hard to exaggerate the magnitude of the disaster.  Conservatives may cheer themselves that they'll compensate for today's expected vote with a big win in the November 2010 elections.
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Future After Health Care  —  Regardless of what you think about health care, tomorrow we wake up in a different political world.  —  Parties have passed legislation before that wasn't broadly publicly supported.  But the only substantial instances I can think of in America are budget bills and TARP …
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John / Power Line:
Silver Linings  —  With Stupak's collapse, passage of the Democrats' government medicine bill is assured.  This is a dark day in American history; one of the darkest.  But there are many reasons for optimism.  Here are a few:  —  * The health care battle is just beginning.
The Politico:
Stupak called ‘baby killer’ in House  —  A health care debate marked by episodes of ugly rhetoric took another turn for the worse late Sunday night when a voice on the Republican side of the House shouted “baby killer” at Rep. Bart Stupak.  —  Stupak - a leader among anti-abortion Democrats …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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The Huffington Post:
‘Baby Killer’ Yelled At Bart Stupak During Health Care Debate (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A Republican members of Congress apparently called Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) a “baby killer” near the end of the day-long House debate on health care Sunday night.
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Inside the Pelosi Sausage Factory
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Democrats worried about Republicans' motion to recommit on Stupak language
Discussion: The Plum Line, Hot Air and The Hill
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The Eighteenth Brumaire of Barack Obama  —  First time tragedy, second time farce.  —  After his 1851 coup d'état, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, nephew of the real Napoleon, pronounced himself Napoleon III.  It was the rise to power of this great-man-wannabe that prompted the famous opening …
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The Hill:
House sends Senate healthcare bill to Obama's desk; 219-212
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Other McCain
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Ten immediate benefits of HCR  —  Here are ten benefits which come online within six months of the President's signature on the health care bill:  — Adult children may remain as dependents on their parents' policy until their 27th birthday  — Children under age 19 may not be excluded for pre-existing conditions
Discussion: MyDD
New York Times:
Legal and Political Fights Loom for Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — The battle over health care is poised to move swiftly from Congress back to the country as Democrats, Republicans and a battery of interest groups race to define the legislation and dig in for long-term political and legal fights.
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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama plans blitz to boost public opinion of health-care effort
Bloomberg:
Obama Pays More Than Buffett as U.S. Risks AAA Rating  —  The bond market is saying that it's safer to lend to Warren Buffett than Barack Obama.  —  Two-year notes sold by the billionaire's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in February yield 3.5 basis points less than Treasuries of similar maturity, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
James Randi / James Randi Educational Foundation:
How To Say It?  —  Well, here goes.  I really resent the term, but I use it because it's recognized and accepted.  —  I'm gay.  —  From some seventy years of personal experience, I can tell you that there's not much “gay” about being homosexual.  For the first twenty years of my life …
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Health Bill Aftermath: Rep. Kennedy Hails Dad's Dream, Sen. McCain Sees ‘Heavy Price’  —  Sen. John McCain: Democrats Will Pay ‘A Very Heavy Price’ in Elections  —  An emotional Rep. Patrick Kennedy hailed the passage of the $938 billion health care bill as Sen. John McCain vowed that Republicans …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Perspective  —  Now that it's done, Barack Obama will go down in history as one of America's finest presidents.  It's always possible of course that, like LBJ, he'll get involved in some unrelated fiasco that mars his reputation.  But fundamentally, he's reshaped the policy landscape …
 
 
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National Review:
Obamacare Isn't Inevitable  —  'Nil desperandum" — never despair.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Joan Nowaczyk / Breitbart.tv:
‘Hell No!’: Boehner Makes Impassioned Statement on House Floor
Discussion: theblogprof and Nice Deb
Paul Krugman:
Done  —  OK, nothing is sure in this world.  Intrade is still …
Discussion: The Page
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
The AIPAC Crowd  —  AIPAC's annual conference got under way today …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Maggie's Farm
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner to GOP lawmakers: ‘Behave like grown-ups’
Discussion: The Politico, Firedoglake and Daily Kos
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Why This Moment Matters
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Reaction
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés / The Moderate Voice:
Health Care Bill Already Passed, In “The Quiet People's” Hearts and Minds
Discussion: First Draft
The Politico:
Frank: ‘Mass hysteria’ on the Hill