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11:05 PM ET, March 22, 2010

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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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Brad Delong / The Week Magazine:
The curious triumph of RomneyCare  —  Neither Democrats nor Republicans have an incentive to discuss the Republican roots of Obama's health-care plan.  But that doesn't mean they're not real — and deep.  —  It has been a long slog, since those days in the early 1990s when right-wing policy …
Discussion: Guardian and AmSpecBlog
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Romney + HCR = Toast  —  You may have noticed that Mitt Romney is saying some pretty over-the-top stuff right now about the Health Care Reform law.  But cut him a little slack.  Unless Health Care Reform is a non-issue by 2012 (which I believe is a distinct possibility) …
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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Howard Fineman / Newsweek Blogs:
Health Care Reform's Winners and Losers
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: Pajamas Media and Roger Ailes
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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 …
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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Through Tears, Tea Party Activists Vow to Keep Fighting Health Care Reform
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Rev. Jesse Jackson confronts Tea Partiers
CNN:
CNN poll: Majority disapprove of Obama for first time  —  A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll reveals that 51 percent of respondents disapprove of President Obama's job performance.  —  Washington (CNN) - For the first time, a CNN poll has found that a majority of Americans disapprove of President Obama's job performance.
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CNN:
CNN poll: Americans don't like health care bill  —  Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans have a dim view of the sweeping health care bill passed by the House, saying it gives Washington too much clout and won't do much to reduce their own health care costs or federal deficits, according to a new poll released Monday.
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Key Gitmo Detainee Ordered Released  —  WASHINGTON—A suspected al Qaeda organizer once called “the highest value detainee” at Guantánamo Bay was ordered released by a federal judge in an order issued Monday.  —  Mohamedou Ould Slahi was accused in the 9/11 Commission report …
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Carol Rosenberg / MiamiHerald.com:
Detainee abused at Guantánamo ordered freed  —  A federal judge on Monday ordered the Pentagon to release a long-held Mauritanian captive at Guantánamo Bay who was once considered such a high-value detainee that former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld designated him for “special interrogation techniques.”
Discussion: TalkLeft, Raw Story and Emptywheel
Adam McDowell / National Post:
University to Ann Coulter: Please watch your mouth  —  Paul Drinkwater/NBC/Reuters As U.S. pundit Ann Coulter prepares to visit Canada this week, a senior University of Ottawa administrator has warned her to use “restraint, respect and consideration” when speaking at the school.
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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 …
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 …
RushLimbaugh.com:
America Hangs by a Thread  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: Today, as we start the radio program, America is hanging by a thread.  So we have to see what we can do with a thread.  At the end of the day, our freedom has been assaulted.  This is the kind of change that people …
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.
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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"
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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Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
The Allure of Bipartisanship
Joseph Huff-Hannon / The Huffington Post:
Students Go Gaga, Want Out of Bad Romance with Obama  —  It's a Friday afternoon at Farragut Square, a genteel park just a few blocks from the White House in downtown Washington.  Office workers, tourists and the occasional homeless person soak up the afternoon sun on one of the first pleasant days of spring.
Discussion: msnbc.com
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Pelosi Defends Health Care Fight Tactics  —  Pelosi Says Dems Must Stand Their Ground When There Is No Common Ground  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a muted victory lap today after the historic House vote on health care reform, but didn't dispute a description of her clout in helping win passage of the bill.
Discussion: The Note and NewsBusters.org
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Nelson to oppose reconciliation package, cites student lending bill  —  Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said Monday he would vote against a reconciliation package that included changes to healthcare reform and student lending legislation.  —  Nelson said he opposed the package because the student lending bill …
John / Power Line:
Democratic Party Corruption  —  Sometimes we assume that people are aware of how corrupt the Democratic Party is, but it isn't necessarily so.  I was surprised to learn that my well-informed wife didn't know about Alcee Hastings, the paradigm of liberalism.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid's goal: Wrap up final touches on healthcare package by Saturday  —  Senate Democrats are planning to pass the final changes to landmark healthcare legislation by the end of the week but must first get past a final Republican stand.  —  Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
Discussion: The Politico
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.
Senator Chuck Grassley:
Grassley says health care reform should apply to President Obama, top administration officials  —  WASHINGTON - Senator Chuck Grassley today said he will offer an amendment during Senate debate on the health care reconciliation bill this week to apply the reform legislation to the President …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Maggie's Farm
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The GOP's newfound love of public opinion  —  One Republican leader after the next stood up yesterday to depict the health care bill as a grave threat to democracy because it was enacted in the face of disapproval from a majority of Americans.  Minority Leader John Boehner mourned: “We have failed to listen to America.
Ezra Klein:
What does the health-care bill do in its first year?  —  As most of you know, the bulk of the bill kicks into effect in 2014.  But it's become a common GOP talking point to say that there are 10 years of taxes for six years of spending.  The graph above compares what the bill spends …
Discussion: EconLog and The Stranger …
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:
Rhonda Bodfield / Arizona Daily Star:
Rep. Giffords' Tucson office vandalized after health care vote  —  The front door was smashed out at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' congressional office last night.  —  At 2:40 a.m., just a few hours after staff left the building after the late-night vote, the alarm system went off, said spokesman C.J. Karamargin.
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.
Natasha Mozgovaya / Haaretz:
Dershowitz lays into J Street in AIPAC conference dust-up  —  Israel lobbyists face off as commentator accuses new group of dividing the Jewish community.  —  Rival Israel activists locked horns at Monday's AIPAC conference in Washington as leading pro-Israel commentator Alan Dershowitz launched …
 
 
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BBC:
Clinton warns Israel of choices
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Lawrence Lessig / The Huffington Post:
The Moment  —  President Obama will savor, and rightly so …
Mark McLaughlin / The Huffington Post:
Audiences Don't Pay for Content
Mark Axelrod / The Huffington Post:
Death Panels Revisited; Or, Why Americans Have to Fear Adam Carolla
CNN:
Senate panel starts work on Wall Street reform
Discussion: The Politico
Newt Gingrich / Human Events:
This Will Not Stand: Newt On the Passage of Obamacare
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Andrew Sullivan / The Huffington Post:
Health Care REACTION: Bill Passes, Analysts Weigh In
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Philly.com
Mike Thomas / Orlando Sentinel:
Alan Grayson trumps blowhard Chris Matthews on health care.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Liberal caucus leader will introduce new public option bill
Discussion: Daily Kos, Sister Toldjah and Nice Deb
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Wire:
Chamber Won't Push for Health Repeal
Los Angeles Times:
U.S. may expand use of its prison in Afghanistan
Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
Attorneys general in 12 states poised to challenge healthcare bill
Sahil Kapur / The Raw Story:
Chomsky: Health bill sustains the system's core ills