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3:20 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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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Signs Landmark Health Care Bill  —  WASHINGTON — With the stroke of President Obama's pen, his health care overhaul — the most sweeping social legislation enacted in decades — became law on Tuesday.  —  Mr. Obama affixed his curlicue signature, almost letter by letter, to the measure …
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?
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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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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   SOMEONE SEND BECK JOHN LEWIS' BIO.... Glenn Beck wasn't exactly pleased …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The mother of all Biden moments  —  Biden appears, in this video, to have called the health care bill a “big f***ing deal” as he turned the podium over to President Obama.  —  As usual with his endless string of gaffes, if that is what he said, he's not wrong.
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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!”
Discussion: Washington Monthly and ABCNEWS
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Joe Biden Drops F-Bomb During Historic Health Care Signing?  Yes He Did (Update)  —  Fox News was first to report that Vice President Joe Biden may have dropped an F-bomb during the signing of the Health Care bill in the White House today, and to be honest, we missed it.  But upon closer inspection, yes, he did.
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel, Gawker and Feministe
David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
At White House, Biden's Expletive Caught on Open Mic
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Republicans Face 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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Coburn sees difficulty forcing changes to reconciliation bill  —  Republicans are unlikely to force major changes to the measure making final tweaks to healthcare legislation, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Monday night.  —  Inhofe said the GOP would have a difficult time forcing changes …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Parliamentarian rules against first GOP objection to ‘fixes’ bill
John Fritze / USA Today:
‘Fix-it’ bill: Final fight on health care front
Discussion: PostPartisan
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Democrats Rejoice  —  Parties come to embody causes.  For the past 90 years or so, the Republican Party has, at its best, come to embody the cause of personal freedom and economic dynamism.  For a similar period, the Democratic Party has, at its best, come to embody the cause of fairness and family security.
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Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
Baby Killers! … Again apologize for the inattention to the blog.
Discussion: TalkLeft and GayPatriot
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Palin Supports Creation Of Third Party: ‘That Can Be Part Of A Healthy Process’
Discussion: PERRspectives
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.
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 …
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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Leadership Aides Exempt From Bill?
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Hot Air
Pete Williams / msnbc.com:
State attorneys general sue over health bill  —  They say bill's requirement to buy health insurance is unconstitutional  —  The ink is still drying on the health care overhaul bill signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama, but attorneys general from at least 14 states have filed lawsuits to challenge the legislation.
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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.
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Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
House Judiciary Chairman Says Constitution's Non-Existent ‘Good and Welfare Clause’ Authorizes Congress to Force Americans to Buy Health Insurance  —  (CNSNews.com) — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) said the “good and welfare clause” gives Congress the authority …
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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 …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
Ezra Klein:
Is there a legal case against the health-care bill?  —  With the votes counted and the legislative battle finishing, conservatives are turning to a different branch of government to fight health-care reform: the courts.  Their most promising tactic was to argue that “deem and pass” …
Jonathan Gruber / Washington Monthly:
A Shot in the Arm  —  How today's health care reform can create tomorrow's entrepreneurs.  —  This spring, some conservative and libertarian bloggers, aghast at Barack Obama's expansive government agenda, began calling on investors and entrepreneurs to protest by “going Galt”—that is …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Rasmussen Reports:
49% Support State Lawsuits Against Health Care Plan  —  Forty-nine percent (49%) of U.S. voters favor their state suing the federal government to fight the requirement in the new national health care plan that every American must obtain health insurance.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national …
Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
Warthog  —  23 March 2010  —  The mission required crossing a bridge that had been blown up a couple hours earlier by a suicide car bomber.  The attacker hit a convoy from the 82nd Airborne, killing American soldier Ian Gelig.  Now with a hole in the bridge and recovery operations underway, our mission was cancelled.
 
 
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