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10:45 AM ET, March 23, 2010

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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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SOMEONE SEND BECK JOHN LEWIS' BIO.... Glenn Beck wasn't exactly pleased with Sunday's developments on health care reform.  On his Fox News program yesterday, he seemed especially incensed about images of Speaker Pelosi, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), and other Democratic leaders marching …
Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:
Beck criticizes civil rights activist John Lewis for “comparing” himself to a ... civil rights activist  —  Purporting to show how passage of the health care bill pales in comparison to other major events from our nation's history, Beck showed how his foaming-at-the-mouth hatred of all things …
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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Most Say Health Care Fight About Politics, Not Policy  —  Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Americans believe that both Republicans and Democrats were fighting about health care reform because of politics, not policy, a new CBS News poll finds.
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Pelosi Defends Health Care Fight Tactics  —  Pelosi Says Dems Must Stand Their Ground When There Is No Common Ground  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a muted victory lap today after the historic House vote on health care reform, but didn't dispute a description of her clout in helping win passage of the bill.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
G.O.P. Faces 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 …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
The worm turns: Politics of health care favor Dems for the moment — Domestic win strengthens Obama's hand abroad — Frum decries comparisons to Kansas-Nebraska Act — RNC depicts Pelosi in inferno  —  VICTORY LAP - David Axelrod will appear on “Today,” “Good Morning America” and CBS' …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Parliamentarian rules against first GOP objection to ‘fixes’ bill  —  Senate parliamentarian Alan Frumin ruled against Senate Republicans Monday night, setting aside the first of many expected procedural objections from the GOP.  —  The parliamentarian ruled that changes to a proposed excise tax …
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Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Key Gitmo Detainee Ordered Released  —  WASHINGTON—A suspected al Qaeda organizer once called “the highest value detainee” at Guantánamo Bay was ordered released by a federal judge in an order issued Monday.  —  Mohamedou Ould Slahi was accused in the 9/11 Commission report …
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Carol Rosenberg / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Judge orders detainee abused at Guantanamo to be freed
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Carol Rosenberg / MiamiHerald.com:
Detainee abused at Guantánamo ordered freed
Discussion: Raw Story, TalkLeft and Emptywheel
Ben Domenech / The New Ledger:
Exempted From Obamacare: Senior Staff Who Wrote the Bill  —  For as long as the political fight took over the past year, the abbreviated review process on the health care legislation currently pending on President Obama's desk is unquestionably going to result in some surprises …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Senate Dems brace for ‘poison pills’  —  Democratic Senate leaders are fiercely lobbying their rank and file to hold the line against GOP efforts to change the final piece of their yearlong push to overhaul the nation's health care system.  —  Knowing that they need only 51 votes to push …
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Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
How Obama revived his health-care bill
Discussion: The Politico and TPMCafe
Senator Chuck Grassley:
Grassley says health care reform should apply to President Obama …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Maggie's Farm
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Health-care vote looms as big issue for November elections  —  President Obama scheduled a Tuesday White House signing ceremony for landmark health-care legislation that passed the House on Sunday, as Democrats and Republicans began shifting their focus to November elections that seem certain …
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Ross Douthat:
A New Beginning, or a Last Hurrah?
Mark Halperin / Time:
Republican Plans to Repeal Health Care Bill Will Fail
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Why is Holder appearance to Congress delayed?  —  Byron York notes that the Department of Justice has delayed today's appearance of Eric Holder to the Senate Judiciary Committee after a “disastrous” hearing earlier this month.  The Attorney General made headlines when he dodged a question regarding …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and This Just In
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Holder Senate testimony postponed; delay raises questions
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.
The Official Google Blog:
A new approach to China: an update  —  On January 12, we announced on this blog that Google and more than twenty other U.S. companies had been the victims of a sophisticated cyber attack originating from China, and that during our investigation into these attacks we had uncovered evidence …
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Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
The First Corporate Ad  —  The first political ads bought by a corporation in Texas appeared in East Texas newspapers just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively ended the state's ban on that kind of spending.  —  The ads appear to mark the first instance of a corporation directly playing …
Dana Loesch / Big Government:
The Socialists Won A Battle; Now It is Our Turn  —  Yesterday was my son's 9th birthday and for his present, the government jacked his future.  As he sat in the floor and happily opened his gifts, Bart Stupak appeared on television and revealed that he'd sold his soul.
Duncan Gardham / Telegraph:
Nuclear terror risk to Britain from al-Qaeda  —  Britain faces an increased threat of a nuclear attack by al-Qaeda terrorists following a rise in the trafficking of radiological material, a government report has warned.  —  Bomb makers who have been active in Afghanistan may already …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Acorn to Shut All Its Offices by April 1  —  The community organizing group Acorn announced Monday that it would close all its remaining state affiliates and field offices by April 1.  —  The organization is “developing a plan to resolve all outstanding debts, obligations and other issues,” said a statement released by the group.
Wall Street Journal:
Bill Gates Start-Up in Talks on Reactor  —  An energy start-up backed by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates is in discussions with Toshiba Corp. on developing a small-scale nuclear reactor that would represent a long-term bet to make nuclear power safer and cheaper.
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
Culture Wars for as Far as the Eye Can See — By: Jonah Goldberg  —  A few points.  —  1. The Left, since the 1960s, has been the aggressor in the culture war.  Liberals often object when conservatives point this out, but they brag about it amongst themselves.
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Few Fled Companies Constrained by Pay Limits  —  For months, Wall Street banks and the troubled automakers feverishly protested that their top executives would flee if they were not lavishly rewarded for their talents.  New data, however, suggests the departures were more of a trickle than a flood.
John / Power Line:
Democratic Party Corruption  —  Sometimes we assume that people are aware of how corrupt the Democratic Party is, but it isn't necessarily so.  I was surprised to learn that my well-informed wife didn't know about Alcee Hastings, the paradigm of liberalism.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
It's back: Abortion debate reignites  —  After nearly derailing the health care bill that passed the House on Sunday, the abortion issue is poised to make a political comeback, returning the familiar wedge issue to the campaign trail after a brief hiatus.  —  Both abortion-rights …
Eve Conant / Newsweek:
‘This Is My Mission’  —  Following his stint in jail for chaining himself to the White House gates, Lt. Dan Choi speaks about civil disobedience, gay rights, and how the Army made him a better activist.  —  John Aravosis  —  Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. Jim Pietrangelo handcuffed to the White House gates moments before they were arrested.
 
 
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Ruben Navarrette Jr / CNN:
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Timing right for Dem midterm hopes
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Ezra Klein:
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