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4:10 AM ET, March 23, 2010


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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: Ross Douthat, Hit & Run and Blogcritics
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) …
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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 …
Carol Rosenberg /
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: Raw Story, TalkLeft and Emptywheel
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 …
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Acorn to Shut All Its Offices by April 1  —  The community organizing group Acorn announced Monday that it would close all its remaining state affiliates and field offices by April 1.  —  The organization is “developing a plan to resolve all outstanding debts, obligations and other issues,” said a statement released by the group.
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
ACORN plans to shut down
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.
Dana Loesch / Big Government:
The Socialists Won A Battle; Now It is Our Turn  —  Yesterday was my son's 9th birthday and for his present, the government jacked his future.  As he sat in the floor and happily opened his gifts, Bart Stupak appeared on television and revealed that he'd sold his soul.
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.
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Hot Air
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 …
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 …
Manavt / This Just In:
‘Baby killer’ heckler revealed  —  Texas Rep. Randy Neugebauer says he was the Republican House member who called out “baby killer” during the chamber's debate Sunday night on the health care reform bill.  —  Neugebauer issued a statement Monday apologizing for the outburst.
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
Eve Conant / Newsweek:
‘This Is My Mission’  —  Following his stint in jail for chaining himself to the White House gates, Lt. Dan Choi speaks about civil disobedience, gay rights, and how the Army made him a better activist.  —  John Aravosis  —  Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. Jim Pietrangelo handcuffed to the White House gates moments before they were arrested.
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.
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Bennett: Racial Epithet Yelled At Rep. John Lewis Is Proof That ‘Racism In America Is Dead’  —  On Saturday, conservative anger over the imminent passage of health care reform manifested itself in a series of bigoted exchanges with Democratic members of Congress.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Lindsey Graham's Air Ball  —  The Senator offers Obama a Gitmo reprieve.  —  With the basketball tournament season upon us, it's worth noting that Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is throwing up one of the political year's most embarrassing air balls.
Clinton warns Israel of choices  —  US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on Israel to make “difficult but necessary choices” if it wants a peace agreement with the Palestinians.  —  Mrs Clinton warned that the status quo was “unsustainable” in a speech to a pro-Israel lobby group.
Discussion: Truthdig and Think Progress
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Lawmakers gather at AIPAC dinner
Discussion: Laura Rozen's Blog
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
Culture Wars for as Far as the Eye Can See — By: Jonah Goldberg  —  A few points.  —  1. The Left, since the 1960s, has been the aggressor in the culture war.  Liberals often object when conservatives point this out, but they brag about it amongst themselves.
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
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Next Big Issue?  Social Security Pops Up Again  —  WASHINGTON — Now that landmark legislation overhauling the health insurance system is about to become law, addressing Social Security's solvency could well become the next big thing for President Obama and Congressional Democrats.
William Bradley / The Huffington Post:
The Ghost(s): Of Tony Blair, Roman Polanski, and A War on Terror  —  Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer is one of the best films I've seen in recent years.  It has masterful suspense, wit, humor, excellent casting and acting, fascinating design and music, and a highly relevant story which does not hit one over the head with a message.
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.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Eschaton
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 …
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 …
Lawrence Lessig / The Huffington Post:
The Moment  —  President Obama will savor, and rightly so, his extraordinary achievement in enacting fundamental health care reform.  He has done something few thought possible, and he may well have revived the enormous faith that his election gave millions.  But we should not miss the lesson in this fight.
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Prepared for Failure  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World  —  Blogs and Stories  —  The Democrats already have their excuse ready when their health-care reform falls short.  The solution, of course, will involve more spending.  —  During the Bush years …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Timothy Noah / Slate:
Student loan reform's lessons for health care reform. … - Shafer: What Ross Douthat Overlooks About Conspiracy Theorists- Why Do Investors Keep Making Bad Bets Against Obama?  - Strange YouTube Trend: The Girls Who Want To Show You the Clothes They Just Bought- Slate's Sports Experts Size …
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Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
A curious history of the C.I.A.'s secret interrogation program.
Discussion: TBogg
Ross Douthat:
A New Beginning, or a Last Hurrah?
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid's goal: Wrap up final touches on healthcare package by Saturday
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Support for Nuclear Power Climbs to New High of 62%
Discussion: New West Notes and The Foundry
Mark McLaughlin / The Huffington Post:
Audiences Don't Pay for Content
Rebecca Sive / The Huffington Post:
Abort the Executive Order
Discussion: News Desk and The White House
Mark Axelrod / The Huffington Post:
Death Panels Revisited; Or, Why Americans Have to Fear Adam Carolla
Mike Thomas / Orlando Sentinel:
Alan Grayson trumps blowhard Chris Matthews on health care.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Natasha Mozgovaya / Haaretz:
Dershowitz lays into J Street in AIPAC conference dust-up
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
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