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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.
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
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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The Huffington Post:
Dems To Oppose The Most Alluring Of GOP Reconciliation Amendments
Discussion: Hot Air, Classical Values and Swampland
Washington Post:
With Senate ‘fixes’ bill, GOP sees last chance to change health-care reform
Discussion: The Hill, Gothamist and The Page
The Politico:
After meeting, deafening silence  —  The Obama administration shifted this week from red hot anger at Benjamin Netanyahu to an icier suspicion toward the Israeli Prime Minister, who made clear in a marathon of meetings with U.S. officials that he would give ground only grudgingly on their goal …
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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.
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 …
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Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation:
Transparency Testimony Interrupted by Reconciliation Obstructionism
Discussion: Open Congress and Daily Kos
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.
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
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 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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Conyers: O-Care is constitutional because of the “Good and Welfare Clause”  —  More fun from CNS News, which has been pressing Democrats on the constitutional question for months and as often as not receiving headache-inducing answers like this.  (When asked, Madam Speaker wittily retorted “Are you serious?” and went on her merry way.)
Erin Geiger Smith / Law Review:
Al Franken Gets Alleged KBR Rape Victim Her Day In Court  —  Jamie Leigh Jones claims she was raped by fellow Halliburton employees when she was working in Iraq in 2005.  —  Her allegations are not pretty — she claims she was given a drink, after which she remembers nothing.
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
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.
Azam Ahmed / Chicago Tribune:
How VIPs lobbied schools  —  Duncan's office tracked politicians and others  —  Often, students didn't get into their top choices but went to still desirable schools such as Lane Tech, according to a list obtained by the Tribune.  (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / March 21, 2010)
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.
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 …
John Cook / Gawker:
SEC Employees Were Masturbating to Kiddie Porn While Your Economy Tanked  —  Over the past two years, more than a dozen Securities and Exchange employees and contractors have tried to view pornography on government computers at least 8,273 times.  Here's what they were looking at while the global financial system cratered.
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
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Scary New GOP Poll  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World  —  Blogs and Stories  —  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.”
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 …
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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David Sirota / Open Left:
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Sean Sullivan / Hotline On Call:
Bayh Gives $1M To IN Dems
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Kevin Williamson / National Review:
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
By Hook Or By Crook  —  One view of the politics of health care reform …
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
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