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9:25 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
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.
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
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
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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
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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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
An Absence of Class
Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:   Baby Killers! … Again apologize for the inattention to the blog.
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
Wall Street Journal:
Pro-life Democrats, R.I.P.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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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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”
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
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, CNN and Daily Kos
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Judy L. Thomas / Kansas City Star:
Democratic offices vandalized across the country
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Emptywheel
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.
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
How the bill will evolve  —  Many Americans will receive subsidies for insurance, from what I understand roughly in the range of 6k to 12k.  Many other Americans — namely those who already have health insurance — will not receive direct subsidies of this nature.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Kasich leads in Ohio  —  Despite continuing to be relatively unknown, John Kasich leads Ted Strickland 42-37 in his bid to be the next Governor of Ohio.  —  50% of voters have no opinion about Kasich and among those who do feelings about him are pretty evenly divided with 25% viewing him favorably and 24% unfavorably.
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The End of Big Government Liberalism  —  For the past 65-70 years—and especially for the past 30 years since the end of the civil rights argument—American politics has been dominated by controversy over the size and scope of the welfare state.  Today, that argument is largely over with liberals having largely won.
Discussion: Open Left, Cato @ Liberty and Grist
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 …
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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Sen. Michael Bennet / The Huffington Post:
A Major Victory, But the Fight Continues
Discussion: The Spot
Dana Loesch / thedanashow.wordpress.com:
Missouri Joins Suit Against Health Control
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CNN:
Hoyer criticizes House Republicans' behavior during debate
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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Leadership Aides Exempt From Bill?
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
The New Yorker corrects the Thiessen account on torture and interrogation
Discussion: New Yorker and The Daily Dish
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Coburn sees difficulty forcing changes to reconciliation bill