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12:55 PM ET, March 22, 2010

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Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Happy Dependence Day!  — By: Mark Steyn  —  Well, it seems to be in the bag now.  I try to be a sunny the-glass-is-one-sixteenth-full kinda guy, but it's hard to overestimate the magnitude of what the Democrats have accomplished.  Whatever is in the bill is an intermediate stage …
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New York Times:
Legal and Political Fights Loom for Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — The battle over health care is poised to move swiftly from Congress back to the country as Democrats, Republicans and a battery of interest groups race to define the legislation and dig in for long-term political and legal fights.
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.
Thomas M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
History in the making: Healthcare bill cements President Obama's legacy
Discussion: Plain Dealer
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Inside the Pelosi Sausage Factory
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Bruce Kesler / Maggie's Farm:
Healthcare Bill Will Stir The Next Greatest Generation
Discussion: Riehl World View
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 …
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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.
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Future After Health Care  —  Regardless of what you think about health care, tomorrow we wake up in a different political world.  —  Parties have passed legislation before that wasn't broadly publicly supported.  But the only substantial instances I can think of in America are budget bills and TARP …
National Review:
Obamacare Isn't Inevitable  —  'Nil desperandum" — never despair.
Jim DeMint / USA Today:
Opposing view: ‘It must be repealed’
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and RedState
Wall Street Journal:   The Doctors of the House  —  A landmark of liberal governance …
David Frum / FrumForum:
Waterloo  —  Conservatives and Republicans today suffered their most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s.  —  It's hard to exaggerate the magnitude of the disaster.  Conservatives may cheer themselves that they'll compensate for today's expected vote with a big win in the November 2010 elections.
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David Frum / CNN:
How GOP can rebound from its ‘Waterloo’?
Discussion: Political Insider
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
FIRST THOUGHTS: GOING BIG  —  Obama and Democrats go big …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Associated Press:
Health bill to bring near-universal coverage  —  McCain says debate not over, angry Americans will challenge the law  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has scored the biggest victory of his presidency as Congress approved his signature health care reform bill, bringing near-universal coverage …
Discussion: Shakesville
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
How the GOP Made It Happen  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Perspective  —  Now that it's done, Barack Obama will go down in history as one of America's finest presidents.  It's always possible of course that, like LBJ, he'll get involved in some unrelated fiasco that mars his reputation.  But fundamentally, he's reshaped the policy landscape …
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Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Analysis: Political lift of health bill uncertain
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The Eighteenth Brumaire of Barack Obama
The Note:
Of the Land: After the vote, the sale, as health care stays where it's been
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney: ‘Unconscionable abuse of power’  —  Extremely strong language from Mitt Romney, who the administration and his Republican rivals love to note gets some credit for the shape of the health care plan.  —  Now, Romney is positioning himself as a leader of the charge to repeal it:
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
GOP pushes health care repeal
Discussion: The Swamp and Daily Kos
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Repealing healthcare: Republican refrain
Jonathan Tilove / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Obama's health-care overhaul passes the House … WASHINGTON — By a narrow, partisan margin of 219-212 the House approved massive health-care legislation tonight that supporters said would cover 32 million uninsured Americans, expand Medicaid, protect consumers from unfair insurance limits …
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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Through Tears, Tea Party Activists Vow to Keep Fighting Health Care Reform
Discussion: Think Progress
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:
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 …
Discussion: Don Surber
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCain: Don't expect GOP cooperation 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 has had on the Senate …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and ABCNEWS
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 …
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Famous Last Words  —  Fred Barnes, January 20: … As someone who makes a lot of bad predictions, I'm going to offer everyone advice that you want to try to make sure your predictions aren't totally categorical.  ObamaCare looks dead, for example.  Heck, if you're feeling super-confident, just go ahead and say ObamaCare is dead.
 
 
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