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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.”
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: The Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Pro-life Democrats, R.I.P.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and AmSpecBlog
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.
Bloomberg:
Health-Care Overhaul Changes to Start Taking Effect This Year  —  Indoor tanning salons will charge customers a 10 percent tax beginning today in just one of the changes Americans will see as a result of the U.S. health-care overhaul signed into law by President Barack Obama.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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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: NY Daily News and The Impolitic
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New York Times:
Obama Signs Health Overhaul Into Law
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
Attorneys general in 14 states sue to block healthcare reform law  —  A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Florida includes 13 states and charges that the new healthcare reform law in unconstitutional.  Virginia's attorney general filed a separate lawsuit.  —  Audio: Warren Richey and Pat Murphy  —  Miami
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Politics of Repeal  —  We'll see how it develops but even though the health care bill is unpopular I think repealing it is going to end up being bad politics for Republicans.  —  One of the biggest problems for Democrats on this issue and one that has contributed to the bill's unpopularity …
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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.
Bloomberg:
Wall Street Despised in Poll Showing Majority Want Regulation  —  Americans are leery about creating a new federal agency to make consumer-protection rules for mortgages and credit cards and would prefer to enhance the existing powers of banking regulators.  —  Most people interviewed …
Discussion: DailyFinance and The Big Picture
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
MEDIA FRAUD- More Proof That the Leftist Media Lied About Racist Attacks On Black Reps While They Ignored Vulgar Attacks By Lib Politicians  —  On Saturday the leftist media reported on a horrible story from their sources at the anti-military Jew-hating conservative-hating Huffington Post.
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.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
By Hook Or By Crook  —  One view of the politics of health care reform is that President Obama and the Democrats crafted a centrist plan based on moderate Republican principles.  The GOP withdrew from serious negotiations over the program out of ideological radicalism and the political calculation …
Discussion: Marbury
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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 and PunditGuy
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.
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
 
 
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