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11:00 AM 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 …
McCain repulsed by health care bill ‘euphoria’  —  After House vote, GOP senator says angry Americans will challenge the law  — staff and news service reports  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain said Monday morning that Democrats have not heard the last of the health care debate …
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
House Approves Health Overhaul, Sending Landmark Bill to Obama  —  WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval on Sunday to legislation that would provide medical coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans and remake the nation's health care system along the lines proposed by President Obama.
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 …
Robert Costa / National Review:
Paul Ryan Is Not Ready to Give Up on Health Care
The Politico:
History in sight for Democrats
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Health Bill Aftermath: Rep. Kennedy Hails Dad's Dream, McCain Sees ‘Heavy Price’
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate has some work left on health-care bill
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.
The Huffington Post:
‘Baby Killer’ Yelled At Bart Stupak During Health Care Debate (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A Republican members of Congress apparently called Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) a “baby killer” near the end of the day-long House debate on health care Sunday night.
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Inside the Pelosi Sausage Factory
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
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.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama plans blitz to boost public opinion of health-care effort
Discussion: The Plum Line and The Page
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Analysis: Political lift of health bill uncertain  —  WASHINGTON - The initial blush of President Barack Obama's health care triumph immediately gives way to a sober political reality — he must sell the landmark legislation to an angry and unpredictable electorate, still reeling from the recession.
Discussion: GayPatriot and JammieWearingFool
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The Eighteenth Brumaire of Barack Obama
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.
Discussion: Power Line and Wall Street Journal
National Review:
Obamacare Isn't Inevitable  —  'Nil desperandum" — never despair.  That is a sentiment that conservatives need to take to heart now that Congress has narrowly passed a bill that simultaneously undermines life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  —  It takes some ingenuity to add to the costs …
Stupak Stripped of “Defender of Life” Award  —  Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund Pledges to Drive Out Pro-life Betrayers in November  —  WASHINGTON, DC - In response to Rep. Bart Stupak's announcement that he and other self-labeled “pro-life” Democrats will vote in favor …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Stunner... Pro-Life Democrat Stupak Was Lying All Along- Will …
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Ten immediate benefits of HCR  —  Here are ten benefits which come online within six months of the President's signature on the health care bill:  — Adult children may remain as dependents on their parents' policy until their 27th birthday  — Children under age 19 may not be excluded for pre-existing conditions
Discussion: MyDD
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 …
Discussion: La Figa and Vox Popoli
Michelle Malkin:
Attorneys general launch lawsuit backlash against Demcare  —  In January, I blogged about the first line of defense against Demcare by the states: Opt-out initiatives.  —  The backlash continued over the last several weeks with state attorneys general signaling plans to sue the feds.
Jim Nolan / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Cuccinelli says Va. will sue over health-care bill
Discussion: Raw Story and Towleroad News #gay
CBS News:
Health Care Reform Bill Summary: A Look At What's in the Bill  —  Cost:  — $940 billion over ten years.  —  Deficit:  — Would reduce the deficit by $143 billion over the first ten years.  That is an updated CBO estimate.  Their first preliminary estimate said it would reduce the deficit by $130 billion over ten years.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Why This Moment Matters
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Obsidian Wings
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner to GOP lawmakers: ‘Behave like grown-ups’  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner told his conference to “behave like grown-ups” if the healthcare bill is passed by the House on Sunday.  —  The Ohio Republican made the warning at a quick closed-door meeting with fellow House GOP lawmakers at noon in the Capitol.
Discussion: The Politico, Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Next front: Selling what Congress did
Discussion: Slate, Politics Daily and Gothamist
Obama Pays More Than Buffett as U.S. Risks AAA Rating  —  The bond market is saying that it's safer to lend to Warren Buffett than Barack Obama.  —  Two-year notes sold by the billionaire's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in February yield 3.5 basis points less than Treasuries of similar maturity, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney: ‘Unconscionable abuse of power’
Discussion: CNN
Alan Reynolds / Cato @ Liberty:
It's NOT a Health Bill, NOT a Medicare Tax and It Can't Possibly Cost …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Health care vote ends, political fight begins
Discussion: The Huffington Post and KFYR-TV
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Fake statement on settlements
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Associated Press:
Bush, Clinton to visit rubble-filled Haitian city
Discussion: Politics Daily
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Media Notes: Journalism's slide into health-debate weariness
 Earlier Items: 
Conn Carroll / The Foundry:
The Heritage Foundation Responds to the Health Care Vote
Discussion: Moonbattery
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Has Germany just killed the dream of a European superstate?
Discussion: naked capitalism
Paul Krugman:
Done  —  OK, nothing is sure in this world.  Intrade is still …
Discussion: The Page