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12:35 AM ET, March 23, 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: Blogcritics, 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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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.
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
Discussion: TalkLeft, Raw Story 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 …
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Steve Lohr / Bits:
Interview: Sergey Brin on Google's China Move
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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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.
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CNN:
ACORN plans to shut down
Discussion: Townhall.com
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Ben Domenech / The New Ledger:
Exempted From Obamacare: Senior Staff Who Wrote the Bill  —  For as long as the political fight took over the past year, the abbreviated review process on the health care legislation currently pending on President Obama's desk is unquestionably going to result in some surprises …
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.
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
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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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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
Mike Thomas / Orlando Sentinel:
Alan Grayson trumps blowhard Chris Matthews on health care.  —  I would like to see Chris Matthews publicly concede that Grayson was right during their hotly contested exchange on Hardball in January.  —  Say it Chris: I was wrong.  He was right.  —  Grayson argued that health care would pass through the reconciliation process.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
 
 
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
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Ross Douthat:
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Lawrence Lessig / The Huffington Post:
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Mark McLaughlin / The Huffington Post:
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Rebecca Sive / The Huffington Post:
Abort the Executive Order
Mark Axelrod / The Huffington Post:
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CNN:
Senate panel starts work on Wall Street reform
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Liberal caucus leader will introduce new public option bill
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Los Angeles Times:
U.S. may expand use of its prison in Afghanistan
Ezra Klein:
The five most promising cost controls in the health-care bill
Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
Attorneys general in 12 states poised to challenge healthcare bill
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Special Editorial: Repeal