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12:45 AM ET, March 24, 2010

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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
CNN:
Hoyer criticizes House Republicans' behavior during debate
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Wall Street Journal:
Pro-life Democrats, R.I.P.
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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The Note:
Kennedy Pens Note to Late Father: ‘Unfinished Business is Done’
Discussion: CNN
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.
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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 …
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Julie Hubbard / Macon Telegraph:
Bleckley school officials allowing gay prom date
Discussion: Perez Hilton, La Figa and Joe. My. God.
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 …
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Judy L. Thomas / Kansas City Star:
Democratic offices vandalized across the country
Discussion: Emptywheel, Hullabaloo and TPMMuckraker
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
WashPost: Christiane Amanpour can't be “objective”  —  To its credit, ABC News recently announced that Christiane Amanpour would replace George Stephanopoulos as host of its Sunday morning This Week program.  Today in The Washington Post, TV critic Tom Shales condemns this decision on several grounds …
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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.
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
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.
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 …
 
 
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Howard Fineman / Newsweek Blogs:
John Dingell's Journey
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
By Hook Or By Crook  —  One view of the politics of health care reform …
Tony Perry / L.A. NOW:
Marine charged in Haditha killings wins key ruling from judge
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
Dana Loesch / thedanashow.wordpress.com:
Missouri Joins Suit Against Health Control
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