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3:25 PM ET, March 22, 2010

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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.
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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:
Obama Plans to Sign Health Overhaul Bill on Tuesday  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats approved a far-reaching overhaul of the nation's health system on Sunday, voting over unanimous Republican opposition to provide medical coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans after an epic political battle …
National Review:
Obamacare Isn't Inevitable  —  'Nil desperandum" — never despair.
Wall Street Journal:
The Doctors of the House  —  A landmark of liberal governance …
Discussion: The Note and Wake up America
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: Newshoggers.com and PERRspectives
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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Through Tears, Tea Party Activists Vow to Keep Fighting Health Care Reform  —  Health Care Win Took Activists by Surprise  —  The Tea Party activists huddled on the south lawn of the Capitol got the news of health care reform's passage in the cruelest way.
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Rev. Jesse Jackson confronts Tea Partiers  —  Rev. Jesse Jackson confronted an angry crowd of approximately 200 Tea Party protesters outside the Capitol on Sunday evening while his son, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.), filmed the encounter on his cell phone.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
Obama to sign health bill, take it on the road
Steve / Sweetness & Light:
Jesse Jackson ‘Confronts’ Tea Partiers
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Randy Neugebauer says he called out ‘baby-killer’ as Stupak spoke on House floor  —  Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Tex.) acknowledged Monday that he yelled out “baby killer” as Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) urged his fellow Democrats to vote down a Republican amendment on abortion services in the health-care legislation.
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Texas Rep. Neugebauer: 'I Exclaimed The Phrase 'It's A Baby Killer"
Discussion: Wonkette and Jezebel
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Neugebauer: I yelled ‘baby killer’
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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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Peterhamby / CNN:
DNC drills Romney over health care opposition
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.
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
8 Predictions for Health Care
Discussion: Roger Ailes
David Frum / CNN:
How GOP can rebound from its ‘Waterloo’?  —  Editor's note: David Frum writes a weekly column for CNN.com.  A resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, he was special assistant to President Bush in 2001-2.  He is the author of six books, including “Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again” and the editor of FrumForum.
Discussion: Political Insider
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David Frum / FrumForum:
Waterloo  —  Conservatives and Republicans today suffered …
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
FIRST THOUGHTS: GOING BIG  —  Obama and Democrats go big …
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Washington Monthly
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.
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.
Los Angeles Times:
U.S. may expand use of its prison in Afghanistan  —  The White House is considering housing international terrorism suspects at Bagram air base, as is done at Guantanamo Bay.  —  The U.S. military recently opened this new prison at Bagram air base, north of Kabul, but the facility remains controversial …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
John / Power Line:
Silver Linings  —  With Stupak's collapse, passage of the Democrats' government medicine bill is assured.  This is a dark day in American history; one of the darkest.  But there are many reasons for optimism.  Here are a few:  —  * The health care battle is just beginning.
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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 …
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, Vox Popoli and Advocate
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
The upwardly mobile  —  For those Democrats running statewide in swing or conservative states, there is also risk of political fallout from the health care bill.  —  In Indiana, Rep. Brad Ellsworth, who is running for the Senate seat left open by the retirement of Sen. Evan Bayh …
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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Lincoln officially a no  —  Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Neb.) …
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