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4:10 PM ET, March 22, 2010

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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Special Editorial: Repeal  —  The editors of National Review sensibly counsel conservatives, in the wake of last night's victory for Obamacare: “'Nil desperandum'—never despair.”  I agree, though I'm more inclined to the mock-Latin motto of the Harvard band: “Illegitimi non carborundum”—don't let the bastards get you down.
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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 …
New York Times:
Obama Plans to Sign Health Overhaul Bill on Tuesday  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats approved a far-reaching overhaul of the nation's health system on Sunday, voting over unanimous Republican opposition to provide medical coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans after an epic political battle …
David Frum / CNN:
How GOP can rebound from its ‘Waterloo’?
Discussion: Political Insider and INSTAPUTZ
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama to sign health care bill Tuesday
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and msnbc.com
Wall Street Journal:
The Doctors of the House  —  A landmark of liberal governance …
Discussion: The Note and Wake up America
Mark Halperin / Time:
Republican Plans to Repeal Health Care Bill Will Fail
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Eye
Howard Fineman / Newsweek Blogs:
Health Care Reform's Winners and Losers  —  It doesn't take a rocket scientist—or even an alleged expert such as this reporter —to see that the big political winner in tonight's House vote is the president of the United States.  After a year and a half of fitful but increasingly focused effort …
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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Through Tears, Tea Party Activists Vow to Keep Fighting Health Care Reform  —  Health Care Win Took Activists by Surprise  —  The Tea Party activists huddled on the south lawn of the Capitol got the news of health care reform's passage in the cruelest way.
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Rev. Jesse Jackson confronts Tea Partiers  —  Rev. Jesse Jackson confronted an angry crowd of approximately 200 Tea Party protesters outside the Capitol on Sunday evening while his son, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.), filmed the encounter on his cell phone.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Rep. Steve King floats secession as possible response to health care reform.  —  Yesterday as the House passed historic health care reform legislation, groups of Tea Party activists were still amassed on Capitol Hill protesting the bill.  When word reached them that they had lost their battle …
Associated Press:
Obama to sign health bill, take it on the road
Steve / Sweetness & Light:
Jesse Jackson ‘Confronts’ Tea Partiers
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Neugebauer: I yelled ‘baby killer’  —  Texas Republican Rep. Randy Neugebauer was the mysterious lawmaker who shouted “baby killer” during Rep. Bart Stupak's (D-Mich.) floor speech Sunday night, his office said Monday.  —  Rumors that Neugebauer was the yeller began swirling Sunday night …
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Texas Rep. Neugebauer: 'I Exclaimed The Phrase 'It's A Baby Killer"
Discussion: Raw Story, Wonkette and Jezebel
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney: ‘Unconscionable abuse of power’  —  Extremely strong language from Mitt Romney, who the administration and his Republican rivals love to note gets some credit for the shape of the health care plan.  —  Now, Romney is positioning himself as a leader of the charge to repeal it:
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Peterhamby / CNN:
DNC drills Romney over health care opposition
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
News Analysis: Obama's Health Care Victory Carries a Cost  —  WASHINGTON — The House's passage of health care legislation late Sunday night assures that whatever the ultimate cost, President Obama will go down in history as one of the handful of presidents who found a way to reshape the nation's social welfare system.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCain: Don't expect GOP cooperation on legislation for the rest of this year  —  Democrats shouldn't expect much cooperation from Republicans the rest of this year, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warned Monday.  —  McCain and another Republican senator decried the effect health reform legislation …
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
WaPo hires Weigel  —  David Weigel, who's been covering the right for the Washington Independent, will soon be heading to the Washington Post.  —  Weigel joins the Post on April 5, and will be launching a blog focused on the conservative movement, tea party activists, and how the GOP's preparing for November.
Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
Attorneys general in 12 states poised to challenge healthcare bill  —  As soon as President Obama signs the healthcare bill into law, the attorneys general say they will challenge its constitutionality.  The mandate to buy insurance is at the center of the controversy.
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
8 Predictions for Health Care  —  Obviously, yes, I was upset yesterday.  I'm glad that this could bring so much joy to peoples' hearts, and of course to know that for many people, the happiest part of passing health care reform seems to have been knowing that it made people like me unhappy.
Discussion: Roger Ailes
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Obama's Share Determined Dems' Votes on ObamaCare  —  What was the single biggest determinant of whether a Democrat voted yea or nay on the health care bill yesterday?  Actually, it isn't too hard to figure out:  —  This reflects the breakdown in the roll call based on the percentage …
Sahil Kapur / The Raw Story:
Chomsky: Health bill sustains the system's core ills  —  Despite its flaws, I'd have ‘held my nose’ to pass reform, renowned intellectual tells Raw Story  —  He's a hero of many progressives, but his enthusiasm for the passage of health care reform legislation this weekend was fairly muted.
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 …
The Official Google Blog:
A new approach to China: an update  —  On January 12, we announced on this blog that Google and more than twenty other U.S. companies had been the victims of a sophisticated cyber attack originating from China, and that during our investigation into these attacks we had uncovered evidence …
Los Angeles Times:
U.S. may expand use of its prison in Afghanistan  —  The White House is considering housing international terrorism suspects at Bagram air base, as is done at Guantanamo Bay.  —  The U.S. military recently opened this new prison at Bagram air base, north of Kabul, but the facility remains controversial …
What's New:
Why He Matters  —  Obama's 2008 presidential campaign slogan, “change you can believe in” could easily be the metaphor for his short but explosive political career.  The country has been watching to see if Obama can convert that catchphrase into sweeping change of the federal government.
Beau Friedlander / The Huffington Post:
WWFND?  Will Dems Lose In November To Right Wing Media?  —  While America gets used to the idea of an Obama win and the various punditocracies out there spelunk the finer points of what it means to call Barney Frank a f@—ot and John Lewis s ni—er. rest assured that the messaging spooks …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Famous Last Words  —  Fred Barnes, January 20: … As someone who makes a lot of bad predictions, I'm going to offer everyone advice that you want to try to make sure your predictions aren't totally categorical.  ObamaCare looks dead, for example.  Heck, if you're feeling super-confident, just go ahead and say ObamaCare is dead.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
The upwardly mobile  —  For those Democrats running statewide in swing or conservative states, there is also risk of political fallout from the health care bill.  —  In Indiana, Rep. Brad Ellsworth, who is running for the Senate seat left open by the retirement of Sen. Evan Bayh …
Discussion: Power Line
National Post:
University of Ottawa's letter to Ann Coulter  —  I understand that you have been invited by University of Ottawa Campus Conservatives to speak at the University of Ottawa this coming Tuesday.  We are, of course, always delighted to welcome speakers on our campus and hope that they will contribute positively …
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.
 
 
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Dave Johnson / The Huffington Post:
The Coming Republican Campaign For Medicare Buy-In
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Natasha Mozgovaya / Haaretz:
Dershowitz lays into J Street in AIPAC conference dust-up
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP quick to release ‘repeal’ bills
Discussion: CNN
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Lincoln officially a no  —  Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Neb.) …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Monthly
Clive Crook / The Atlantic Online:
A Tainted Victory
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David Hogberg / Investor's Business Daily:
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
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Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
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Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and FrumForum