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6:40 PM ET, March 23, 2010

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Susan Page / USA Today:
Opinions turn favorable on health care plan  —  WASHINGTON — Americans by 9 percentage points have a favorable view of 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 it.
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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
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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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Signs Health Care Overhaul Bill, With a Flourish  —  WASHINGTON —With the strokes of 20 pens, President Obama signed his health care overhaul — the most sweeping social legislation enacted in decades — into law on Tuesday during a festive, at times raucous, White House ceremony.
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
How Obama revived his health-care bill  —  It was the Barack Obama the American public rarely sees — irritated and wondering if he had arrived at the moment of defeat.  — Shortly after 6 p.m. on Jan. 19, with a political crisis about to explode, the president summoned the two top Democrats …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Is a Republican-controlled House better for President Obama in 2012?
Shannanb / CNN:
Steele defends ‘Fire Pelosi’ Web page
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
Think Progress:
Fox News Makes A ‘Big F—ing Deal’ Out Of Biden's Private Remark At Bill Signing Ceremony  —  Expressing his great enthusiasm for what he called “a historic day,” Vice President Biden turned to President Obama at this morning's health care bill signing ceremony and whispered, “This is a big f—ing deal!”
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The mother of all Biden moments  —  Biden appears, in this video, to have called the health care bill a “big f***ing deal” as he turned the podium over to President Obama.  —  As usual with his endless string of gaffes, if that is what he said, he's not wrong.
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 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.
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Republicans Face Drawbacks of United Stand on Health Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Passage of the health care legislation challenges the heart of the Republicans' strategy this year: To present a unified opposition to big Democratic ideas, in this case expressed in a stream of bristling anger …
The Huffington Post:
Republicans Scoff At Frum's Thesis, Demand More Obama Opposition
Discussion: Mediaite and Hullabaloo
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
An Absence of Class  —  Some of the images from the run-up to Sunday's landmark health care vote in the House of Representatives should be seared into the nation's consciousness.  We are so far, in so many ways, from being a class act.  —  A group of lowlifes at a Tea Party rally in Columbus …
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Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
Baby Killers! … Again apologize for the inattention to the blog.
Discussion: TalkLeft and GayPatriot
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   SOMEONE SEND BECK JOHN LEWIS' BIO.... Glenn Beck wasn't exactly pleased …
Ezra Klein:
Is there a legal case against the health-care bill?  —  With the votes counted and the legislative battle finishing, conservatives are turning to a different branch of government to fight health-care reform: the courts.  Their most promising tactic was to argue that “deem and pass” …
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Judy L. Thomas / Kansas City Star:
Democratic offices vandalized across the country  —  Authorities in Wichita and some other cities across the country are investigating vandalism against Democratic offices, apparently in response to health care reform.  —  And on Monday, a former Alabama militia leader took credit for instigating the actions.
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Emptywheel
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Vandals hit at least five Dem offices nationwide, threaten …
Discussion: Daily Kos, CNN and WHAM-TV
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Could SCOTUS Be The Death Panel For Health-Care Reform?  —  Now that President Obama has signed health-care reform into law, opponents of the bill are pinning their hopes of stopping it on a last-ditch legal strategy.  A group of 13 state attorneys general has filed suit (pdf), arguing that the law is unconstitutional.
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Nir Hasson / Haaretz:
New East Jerusalem homes approved hours before Netanyahu-Obama meet  —  The Jerusalem municipality has given final approval to a group of settlers construct 20 apartments in a controversial hotel in East Jerusalem, Haaretz learned on Tuesday.  —  The announcement comes as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama's SecEd manipulated school lists to favor powerful  —  Chicago Breaking News reported late last night that former Chicago schools chief and current Secretary of Education Arne Duncan manipulated a system to favor powerful political allies by placing their children in the schools of their choice.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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Chicago Breaking News:
Duncan's staff kept list of politicians' school requests
Discussion: The Foundry and Joanne Jacobs
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.
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
ABC's choice of Amanpour for ‘This Week’ has critics inside the network and beyond  —  If being the moderator of “This Week,” ABC's Sunday morning news-talk show, required Senate approval, then journalist Christiane Amanpour — recently named by ABC News President David Westin to take over the job — would already be in big trouble.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Leadership Aides Exempt From Bill?  —  House GOP aides and the non-partisan Congressional Research Service believe health care legislation passed this week requires lawmakers to enroll in government-run insurance programs — while exempting leadership staffers, many of whom were instrumental in crafting the bill.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Hot Air
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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.
Discussion: The Note, Prescriptions and AmSpecBlog
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Coburn sees difficulty forcing changes to reconciliation bill  —  Republicans are unlikely to force major changes to the measure making final tweaks to healthcare legislation, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Monday night.  —  Inhofe said the GOP would have a difficult time forcing changes …
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.
 
 
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Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Hoyer criticizes House Republicans' behavior during debate
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
The White House:
Remarks by the President and Vice President at Signing of the …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gates hopes to lay out ‘way ahead’ on 'Don't ask, don't tell' this week
Alan M. Dershowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Legacy and the Iranian Bomb
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
WaPo's Fainaru joins Bay Area start-up
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The End of Big Government Liberalism
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and Grist
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Ryan will push ‘repeal and replace’
Russell King / tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com:
An open letter to conservatives
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jonathan Gruber / Washington Monthly:
A Shot in the Arm  —  How today's health care reform can create tomorrow's entrepreneurs.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
The New Yorker corrects the Thiessen account on torture and interrogation
Discussion: New Yorker and The Daily Dish