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9:35 AM ET, March 23, 2010

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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Most Say Health Care Fight About Politics, Not Policy  —  Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Americans believe that both Republicans and Democrats were fighting about health care reform because of politics, not policy, a new CBS News poll finds.
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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Low Favorability Ratings For Pelosi, Reid  —  Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Most Americans don't have an opinion about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
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.
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
An Absence of Class  —  Some of the images from the run-up to Sunday's landmark health care vote in the House of Representatives should be seared into the nation's consciousness.  We are so far, in so many ways, from being a class act.  —  A group of lowlifes at a Tea Party rally in Columbus …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SOMEONE SEND BECK JOHN LEWIS' BIO.... Glenn Beck wasn't exactly pleased with Sunday's developments on health care reform.  On his Fox News program yesterday, he seemed especially incensed about images of Speaker Pelosi, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), and other Democratic leaders marching …
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.
Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:   Beck criticizes civil rights activist John Lewis for “comparing” …
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 …
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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Wall Street Journal:
Google Defies China
Discussion: FP Passport
Mark Halperin / Time:
Republican Plans to Repeal Health Care Bill Will Fail  —  Ohio Republican John Boehner, the House minority leader, walks toward the House as it prepares to vote on health care reform on March 21, 2010  —  In the 7½ months between now and November's midterm elections …
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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 …
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
G.O.P. Faces Drawbacks of United Stand on Health Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Passage of the health care legislation challenges the heart of the Republicans' strategy this year: To present a unified opposition to big Democratic ideas, in this case expressed in a stream of bristling anger …
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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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Lawmakers gather at AIPAC dinner  —  What does Congress do after passing a bitterly partisan bill after a year-long fight that ended late Sunday night?  Gather together for a nice bipartisan dinner.  —  Your humble blogress is sitting here listening to the roll call at the AIPAC dinner …
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and Guardian
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Netanyahu Takes Hard Line on Jerusalem Housing
Discussion: TPMCafe and Federal Eye
BBC:
Clinton warns Israel of choices
Discussion: Truthdig and Think Progress
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.
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 …
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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.
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
ABC's choice of Amanpour for ‘This Week’ has critics inside the network and beyond  —  If being the moderator of “This Week,” ABC's Sunday morning news-talk show, required Senate approval, then journalist Christiane Amanpour — recently named by ABC News President David Westin to take over the job — would already be in big trouble.
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.
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.
Discussion: The Caucus and The Page
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.
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 …
Robin Pogrebin / New York Times:
N.Y.U. Plans an Expansion of 40 Percent  —  New York University is proposing the largest expansion in its history, with a new tower on Bleecker Street and three million square feet of new classrooms, dormitories and offices in the Greenwich Village area.  The plans also call for creating …
Discussion: City Room and New Jersey Online
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
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 …
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.
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.
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
A curious history of the C.I.A.'s secret interrogation program.  —  On September 11, 2006, the fifth anniversary of Al Qaeda's attacks on America, another devastating terrorist plot was meant to unfold.  Radical Islamists had set in motion a conspiracy to hijack seven passenger planes departing …
Discussion: TBogg
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.
 
 
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Timothy Noah / Slate:
Student loan reform's lessons for health care reform.
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Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. Harry Reid's goal: Wrap up healthcare package by Saturday
Lawrence Lessig / The Huffington Post:
The Moment  —  President Obama will savor, and rightly so …
Mark McLaughlin / The Huffington Post:
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Abort the Executive Order
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Ezra Klein:
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Senator Chuck Grassley:
Grassley says health care reform should apply to President Obama …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The GOP's newfound love of public opinion
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Eschaton
Newt Gingrich / Human Events:
This Will Not Stand: Newt On the Passage of Obamacare
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
Mike Thomas / Orlando Sentinel:
Alan Grayson trumps blowhard Chris Matthews on health care.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
8 Predictions for Health Care
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
WaPo hires Weigel