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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.”
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: The Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Pro-life Democrats, R.I.P.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and AmSpecBlog
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
In Health Bill, Obama Attacks Wealth Inequality  —  For all the political and economic uncertainties about health reform, at least one thing seems clear: The bill that President Obama signed on Tuesday is the federal government's biggest attack on economic inequality since inequality began rising more than three decades ago.
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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Washington Post:
With Senate ‘fixes’ bill, GOP sees last chance to change health-care reform
Discussion: The Page
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: NY Daily News and The Impolitic
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New York Times:
Obama Signs Health Overhaul Into Law
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Obama to overhaul Fannie, Freddie  —  Fresh off a procedural victory in Congress on Wall Street regulatory reform, the Obama administration Tuesday turned its attention to the next massive and controversial financial fight in Congress: overhauling Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Discussion: The Page
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.
Reuters:
'It's always the bush league schools,' Coulter contends  —  PHOTOS ( 4 )  —  VIDEO ( 2 )  —  More Images »  —  In this file photo, television personality Ann Coulter speaks to the audience.  —  OTTAWA — After protesters at the University of Ottawa prevented Ann Coulter from giving …
Bloomberg:
Health-Care Overhaul Changes to Start Taking Effect This Year  —  Indoor tanning salons will charge customers a 10 percent tax beginning today in just one of the changes Americans will see as a result of the U.S. health-care overhaul signed into law by President Barack Obama.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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 …
Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
Attorneys general in 14 states sue to block healthcare reform law  —  A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Florida includes 13 states and charges that the new healthcare reform law in unconstitutional.  Virginia's attorney general filed a separate lawsuit.  —  Audio: Warren Richey and Pat Murphy  —  Miami
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Senate adjourns in first day of healthcare reconciliation debate  —  The Senate adjourned late Tuesday night after a chaotic seven hours of debate on a landmark healthcare reform reconciliation bill, with Democratic leaders inching towards a final vote by the end of the week.
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Bloomberg:
Wall Street Despised in Poll Showing Majority Want Regulation  —  Americans are leery about creating a new federal agency to make consumer-protection rules for mortgages and credit cards and would prefer to enhance the existing powers of banking regulators.  —  Most people interviewed …
Discussion: DailyFinance and The Big Picture
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Tired of waiting, Schumer seeks a deadline on China  —  Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday he would seek a vote by May on legislation that would punish China for currency manipulation.  —  The public call for a Senate vote before the Memorial Day recess builds pressure …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Politics of Repeal  —  We'll see how it develops but even though the health care bill is unpopular I think repealing it is going to end up being bad politics for Republicans.  —  One of the biggest problems for Democrats on this issue and one that has contributed to the bill's unpopularity …
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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.
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
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Vermont Governor  —  Vermont Governor: Dubie Leads Five Top Democrats  —  Republican Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie leads all five of his potential Democratic opponents in the first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 survey of this year's race for governor in Vermont.
Guardian:
Google chief appeals to US on China  —  • Obama administration urged to make issue high priority  —  • Brin says Microsoft co-operation with Beijing ‘disappointing’  —  Google co-founder Sergey Brin has called on Washington to take a stand against China's censorship of the internet …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
MEDIA FRAUD- More Proof That the Leftist Media Lied About Racist Attacks On Black Reps While They Ignored Vulgar Attacks By Lib Politicians  —  On Saturday the leftist media reported on a horrible story from their sources at the anti-military Jew-hating conservative-hating Huffington Post.
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 …
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.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
By Hook Or By Crook  —  One view of the politics of health care reform is that President Obama and the Democrats crafted a centrist plan based on moderate Republican principles.  The GOP withdrew from serious negotiations over the program out of ideological radicalism and the political calculation …
Discussion: Marbury
 
 
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CNN:
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