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12:15 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.
New York Times:
House Approves Health Overhaul, Sending Landmark Bill to Obama
Ryan J. Donmoyer / Bloomberg:
New Taxes for Health Care Help Obama ‘Spread the Wealth Around’
Discussion: The Swamp and Money & Company
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Show Time for Health Care
Discussion: JustOneMinute and pandagon.net
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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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, Obsidian Wings and The Page
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Analysis: Political lift of health bill uncertain
Discussion: GayPatriot and JammieWearingFool
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The Eighteenth Brumaire of Barack Obama
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: Associated Press
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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 …
Thomas M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
History in the making: Healthcare bill cements President Obama's legacy
Discussion: Plain Dealer
The Politico:
Stupak called ‘baby killer’ in House  —  A health care debate marked by episodes of ugly rhetoric took another turn for the worse late Sunday night when a voice on the Republican side of the House shouted “baby killer” at Rep. Bart Stupak.  —  Stupak - a leader among anti-abortion Democrats …
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Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:   Inside the Pelosi Sausage Factory
Bruce Kesler / Maggie's Farm:
Healthcare Bill Will Stir The Next Greatest Generation
Discussion: Riehl World View
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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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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Repealing healthcare: Republican refrain
Discussion: The Politico and Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: Hotline On Call and TPM LiveWire
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republican lawmakers stir up the ‘tea party’ crowd
The Note:
Of the Land: After the vote, the sale, as health care stays where it's been
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.
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National Review:
Obamacare Isn't Inevitable  —  'Nil desperandum" — never despair.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
House roll call on healthcare bill: 34 Dems vote against  —  The roll call of the House's vote on the Senate's healthcare bill has been released, which includes the names of the 34 Democrats who voted against the bill.  —  In one of the most closely watched votes in history …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Obama's Share Determined Dems' Votes on ObamaCare
Discussion: Don Surber
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 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
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.
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
legacy.com:
Shirley Eleanor Nash  —  Shirley Eleanor Nash, 93, died peacefully Thursday, March 11, 2010, at the Garden House in Morro Bay, her hand held, being told she was loved, her favorite Andres Segovia album was playing in the background, and her room was filled with flowers and cards from friends, family and the Marines.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 
 
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Some Dems walk plank with ‘yes’ vote
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Health care vote ends, political fight begins
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Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
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CBS News:
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