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Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll show health care plan gains favor  —  WASHINGTON — More Americans now favor than oppose the health care overhaul that President Obama signed into law Tuesday, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds — a notable turnaround from surveys before the vote that showed a plurality against the legislation.
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
By Slim Margin, Americans Support Healthcare Bill's Passage  —  Independents evenly split in their basic reactions, but more are “angry” than “enthusiastic”  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Nearly half of Americans give a thumbs-up to Congress' passage of a healthcare reform bill last weekend, with 49% calling it “a good thing.”
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's healthcare ‘bump:’ Possible?
Discussion: D.C. Now
Major Garrett / Row 2, Seat 4:
On Health Care Day, Obama Skips Signing Executive Order on Abortion; Stupak, on Defense, Compares Order to Emancipation Proclamation  —  President Obama signed the Senate health care bill into law Tuesday.  He did not sign the executive order on abortion negotiated with Michigan Democratic …
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Stupak pushes back against claims airport grant bought his vote
Discussion: CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Pro-life Democrats, R.I.P.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and AmSpecBlog
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Patrick Kennedy leaves note for Ted on gravesite: “Dad, the unfinished business is done.”  —  The political odyssey of health care reform in many ways is the story of Ted Kennedy, and as President Obama signed the historic bill into law Tuesday, Kennedy's gravesite was a place of quiet celebration and poignant reflection.
Discussion: The Impolitic
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New York Times:
Obama Signs Health Overhaul Into Law
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
In Health Bill, Obama Attacks Wealth Inequality  —  For all the political and economic uncertainties about health reform, at least one thing seems clear: The bill that President Obama signed on Tuesday is the federal government's biggest attack on economic inequality since inequality began rising more than three decades ago.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Protesting Health Reform, GOP Attempts To Bring Senate Hearings To A Standstill By Blocking All Proceedings  —  There is a little-known rule in the Senate stating that hearings can't happen after 2:00 p.m. each day without unanimous consent.  However, every day, at the start of business …
Discussion: The Hill and Mother Jones
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Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation:
Transparency Testimony Interrupted by Reconciliation Obstructionism
Discussion: Open Congress and Daily Kos
The Huffington Post:
NRSC's Cornyn: We Won't Call For Repealing All Of Health Care  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  In the wake of the passage of health care reform, nearly the entire slate of Republican senatorial candidates seems ready to run on a repeal of the bill.  But now, the lawmaker overseeing their election strategy is softening the message.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Vandals hit at least five Dem offices nationwide, threaten to ‘assassinate’ children of pro-reform lawmakers.  —  Yesterday, ThinkProgress reported that several Democratic offices around the nation had been vandalized in the days surrounding the House health care vote.
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Judy L. Thomas / Kansas City Star:
Democratic offices vandalized across the country
Michael Schneider / Cynthia Littleton On The Air:
Discovery expected to land “Sarah Palin's Alaska”  —  Sarah Palin to Discovery?  You betcha.  —  Discovery Communications is expected to announce that it has won the Sarah Palin tourney.  The cabler had been a front-runner to land the untitled Alaska-themed series, to be produced by Mark Burnett Prods., along with A&E.
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The Live Feed | THR:
Sarah Palin near deal for reality show
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Tough Times for Dems in the Midwest  —  It's really looking like a brutal year for Democrats in the Big Ten states.  —  Barack Obama's approval numbers in the two places we polled this week- Wisconsin and Ohio- tell the story.  He won Wisconsin by 14 points in 2008 but we find his approval …
WRAL-TV:
Having insurance ‘going to be like Christmas’  —  DURHAM, N.C. — Uninsured Triangle residents said Monday that they eagerly await the overhaul of the nation's health care system.  —  “It's just going to be like Christmas,” said DeCarlo Flythe, who lost health coverage for his family when he was laid off almost three years ago.
Ian M. / Think Progress:
Why George Washington would disagree with the right wing about health care's constitutionality.  —  Yesterday, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced that he would join a growing list of right-wing attorneys general who are suing to have health reform declared unconstitutional.
Ezra Klein:
Republicans might reform health-care reform, but they won't repeal it  —  When people think about the GOP's threats to repeal the health-care bill, they need to think about the actual votes that Republicans would need, and when they would take place.  In the short term, they'd need …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:   Politics of Repeal
John Avlon / Yahoo! News:
Opinion: Scary new GOP poll  —  NEW YORK - On the heels of health care, a new Harris poll reveals Republican attitudes about Obama: Two-thirds think he's a socialist, 57 percent a Muslim—and 24 percent say “he may be the Antichrist.”  —  To anyone who thinks the end of the health-care vote means a return to civility, wake up.
Karen Tumulty / Swampland:
1,000 Words: Home Alone Edition  —  H/T to Christopher Roughton, who alerted me (via Twitter) to this AP Photo.  It shows House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers holding a Capitol Hill news conference today on health care legislation:
Discussion: The Impolitic
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Matt Finkelstein / Media Matters Action Network:
Rep. Gohmert Wants To Eliminate The Right To Elect Senators  —  After a bitter political fight lasting more than a year, President Obama signed health care reform into law today.  However, Republicans are still seeking to strike down a bill that will provide health insurance for over 30 million people …
Russell King / tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com:
An open letter to conservatives  —  The years have not been kind to you.  I grew up in a profoundly Republican home, so I can remember when you wore a very different face than the one we see now.  You've lost me and you've lost most of America.  Because I believe having responsible choices …
David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
At White House, Biden's Expletive Caught on Open Mike  —  Beyond the ebullient atmosphere, shout-outs and cheers at the White House signing ceremony of the health care bill, there's another moment that is being rewound and played again and again: Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s overheard, overly effusive aside to President Obama.
The Politico:
Health bill may exempt top Hill staff  —  The health care reform bill signed into law by President Barack Obama Tuesday requires members of Congress and their office staffs to buy insurance through the state-run exchanges it creates - but it may exempt staffers who work for congressional committees …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
No Viagra for sex offenders  —  Republicans are doing their best to use Senate procedure to derail the reconciliation bill.  And true to form, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn has introduced a few amendments that will be very hard for Democrats to vote against, including no Viagra for sex offenders.
Kevin Williamson / National Review:
Monday Morning Coming Down  —  Who has better credit than Uncle Sam?  If you ask the bond market, that elite list includes Berkshire Hathaway, Procter & Gamble, Lowe's, Johnson & Johnson, and a host of other blue-chip corporate borrowers.  The U.S. government has the ability to levy taxes …
Discussion: Guardian, PunditGuy and The New Editor
Reuters:
'It's always the bush league schools,' Coulter contends  —  PHOTOS ( 4 )  —  VIDEO ( 2 )  —  More Images »  —  In this file photo, television personality Ann Coulter speaks to the audience.  —  OTTAWA — After protesters at the University of Ottawa prevented Ann Coulter from giving …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and National Post
Sean Sullivan / Hotline On Call:
Bayh Gives $1M To IN Dems  —  Sen. Evan Bayh (D) announced today that he has contributed $1M of his campaign cash to help Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN) succeed him in the Senate.  —  “This is a million dollar vote of confidence in Brad Ellsworth and Indiana Democrats,” said Bayh.
Discussion: Swing State Project
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Vermont Governor  —  Vermont Governor: Dubie Leads Five Top Democrats  —  Republican Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie leads all five of his potential Democratic opponents in the first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 survey of this year's race for governor in Vermont.
 
 
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HEALTH CARE GENERATES ITS BIGGEST WEEK OF COVERAGE
Howard Fineman / Newsweek Blogs:
John Dingell's Journey
Discussion: Gothamist and NewsBusters.org
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
By Hook Or By Crook  —  One view of the politics of health care reform …
Sen. Michael Bennet / The Huffington Post:
A Major Victory, But the Fight Continues
Discussion: The Spot
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Kasich leads in Ohio
CNN:
Hoyer criticizes House Republicans' behavior during debate
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The End of Big Government Liberalism
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