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10:25 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
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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Wall Street Journal:
Pro-life Democrats, R.I.P.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and AmSpecBlog
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Stupak pushes back against claims airport grant bought his vote
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Hoyer criticizes House Republicans' behavior during debate
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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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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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Is a Republican-controlled House better for President Obama in 2012?
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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Ezra Klein:
Republicans might reform health-care reform, but they won't repeal it
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:   Politics of Repeal
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and PoliBlog
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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!”
ACLU:
Court Rules That Mississippi School Violated First Amendment Rights Of Lesbian Student  —  Alternative MSSC Prom Open To All Students Will Be Held May 8  —  CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org  —  ABERDEEN, MS - A Mississippi federal court today ruled that school officials violated …
Discussion: Hot Air, La Figa and Good As You
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Julie Hubbard / Macon Telegraph:
Bleckley school officials allowing gay prom date
Discussion: Perez Hilton and La Figa
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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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
A note from Congressman Randy Neugebauer  —  Congressman Neugebauer sent along the note below and asked if I'd post it.  Gladly.  I also sent him $30.00 yesterday.  — Erick
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Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:   Baby Killers! … Again apologize for the inattention to the blog.
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
An Absence of Class
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
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Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation:
Transparency Testimony Interrupted by Reconciliation Obstructionism
Discussion: Open Congress and Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: Gretawire
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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Leadership Aides Exempt From Bill?
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.
Discussion: WHAM-TV, Daily Kos and CNN
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Judy L. Thomas / Kansas City Star:
Democratic offices vandalized across the country
Discussion: Emptywheel, TPMMuckraker and Hullabaloo
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.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
WashPost: Christiane Amanpour can't be “objective”
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Sen. Michael Bennet / The Huffington Post:
A Major Victory, But the Fight Continues
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Kasich leads in Ohio
Dana Loesch / thedanashow.wordpress.com:
Missouri Joins Suit Against Health Control
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gates hopes to lay out ‘way ahead’ on 'Don't ask, don't tell' this week
Discussion: Wonk Room
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The End of Big Government Liberalism
Discussion: Open Left, Cato @ Liberty and Grist
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
The New Yorker corrects the Thiessen account on torture and interrogation
Discussion: New Yorker and The Daily Dish