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5:50 PM ET, March 22, 2010

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Mark Halperin / Time:
Republican Plans to Repeal Health Care Bill Will Fail  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California walks to the floor as the House prepares to vote on health care reform in Washington on March 21, 2010  —  In the seven and a half months between now and November's midterm elections …
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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 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.
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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Washington Wire:
Chamber Won't Push for Health Repeal  —  Republicans in Congress shouldn't look to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to support a repeal of the health-care overhaul, the group's chief executive said today.  —  In an interview with Wall Street Journal reporters and editors, U.S. Chamber …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
David Frum / CNN:
How GOP can rebound from its ‘Waterloo’?
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.
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Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Rev. Jesse Jackson confronts Tea Partiers
Steve / Sweetness & Light:
Jesse Jackson ‘Confronts’ Tea Partiers
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
National Review:
Enter Your E-Mail Address to Sign Up  —  A Campaign Begins Today [Mitt Romney]  —  America has just witnessed an unconscionable abuse of power.  President Obama has betrayed his oath to the nation — rather than bringing us together, ushering in a new kind of politics …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Romney + HCR = Toast
Peterhamby / CNN:
DNC drills Romney over health care opposition
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 …
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New York Times:
Google Will Redirect China Users to Uncensored Site
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"
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.
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
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.
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Acorn folds  —  The national group ACORN is folding, an official there, Kevin Whelan, said in an emailed statement:  —  The ACORN Association Board met on Sunday March 21 and approved a set of steps to responsibly manage the process of bringing its operations to a close over the coming months.
The Huffington Post:
New York Fed Warehousing Junk Loans On Its Books: Examiner's Report  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  As Lehman Brothers careened toward bankruptcy in 2008, the New York Federal Reserve Bank came to its rescue, sopping up junk loans that the investment bank couldn't sell in the market …
Jezebel:
Conservative Blogger Calls For Obama's Assassination On Twitter (Updated)  —  Earlier today, self-described conservative blogger Solomon “Solly” Forell posted a tweet that included a call for assassination, as well as this line: “We'll surely get over a bullet 2 Barack Obama's head!”  It gets worse:
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Liberal caucus leader will introduce new public option bill  —  A leader of the House liberals' caucus said Monday she'll introduce new legislation to revive the public option.  —  Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), the co-chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus …
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.
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 …
Ezra Klein:
The five most promising cost controls in the health-care bill  —  It's hard to overstate how important the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) — which makes the official judgments on how much bills cost and save — is in Washington.  But the rest of the country doesn't know what the CBO is, and it doesn't care.
Discussion: Ross Douthat and Left in the West
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.
David Hogberg / Investor's Business Daily:
20 Ways ObamaCare Will Take Away Our Freedoms  —  With House Democrats poised to pass the Senate health care bill with some reconciliation changes later today, it is worthwhile to take a comprehensive look at the freedoms we will lose.  —  Of course, the overhaul is supposed to provide us with security.
Phil Keisling / New York Times:
To Reduce Partisanship, Get Rid of Partisans  —  WANT to get serious about reducing the toxic levels of hyper-partisanship and legislative dysfunction now gripping American politics?  Here's a direct, simple fix: abolish party primary elections.  —  From now to September …
Michelle Malkin:
The gloater-in-chief: “Another stone laid in the foundation of the American dream;” Pelosi jokes: “No money exchanged hands (laughter);” Slaughter: “There is nothing now that we can't tackle”  —  President Obama actually said this in reaction to passage of the Demcare monstrosity:
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Healthcare, Tradeoffs, and the Road Ahead  —  Well, it appears certain that the healthcare reform bill will become law.  One thing I have been struck by in watching this debate is how strident it has been, among both proponents and opponents of the legislation.  As a weak-willed eclectic, I can see arguments on both sides.
 
 
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Jeff Poor / NewsBusters.org:
ObamaCare Opponents 'Probably Can't Spell Communism and Socialism …
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New York Times:
How the Health Care Overhaul Could Affect You
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: “Hell, no, you can't!”
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Why He Matters  —  Obama's 2008 presidential campaign slogan …
Dave Johnson / The Huffington Post:
The Coming Republican Campaign For Medicare Buy-In
Discussion: The Nation
Beau Friedlander / The Huffington Post:
WWFND? Will Dems Lose In November To Right Wing Media?
Natasha Mozgovaya / Haaretz:
Dershowitz lays into J Street in AIPAC conference dust-up
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP quick to release ‘repeal’ bills
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Los Angeles Times:
U.S. may expand use of its prison in Afghanistan
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
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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