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4:45 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.”
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 …
Shannanb / CNN:
Steele defends ‘Fire Pelosi’ Web page
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
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!”
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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.
David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
At White House, Biden's Expletive Caught on Open Mike
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 …
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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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” …
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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
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and blogs.abcnews.com
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
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.
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
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.
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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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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's healthcare ‘bump:’ Possible?  —  It would seem unlikely that an event as historic — by both sides' accounts — as the signature of a healthcare bill delivering insurance to millons of Americans and improving it for those already insured, and, yes, taxing the wealthiest Americans for all of this …
Discussion: D.C. Now
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
 
 
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Ezra Klein:
Republicans might reform health-care reform, but they won't repeal it
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Jonathan Gruber / Washington Monthly:
A Shot in the Arm  —  How today's health care reform can create tomorrow's entrepreneurs.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
The New Yorker corrects the Thiessen account on torture and interrogation
Michael Crittenden / Washington Wire:
Democrat Pokes Neugebauer for ‘Baby Killer’ Remark
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Rasmussen Reports:
49% Support State Lawsuits Against Health Care Plan
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
A New Day  —  Here once again is the parking lot by the entrance …
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