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2:20 PM ET, March 23, 2011


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Mitt Romney / National Review:
If I Were President: Obamacare, One Year In  —  If I were president, on Day One I would issue an executive order paving the way for Obamacare waivers to all 50 states.  The executive order would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services and all relevant federal officials to return …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Time doesn't change views on health care law  —  (CNN) - One year after President Barack Obama signed the health care reform bill into law, a new national poll indicates that attitudes toward the plan have not budged.  —  According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday …
Ron Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare and Carey's Heart  —  My daughter probably wouldn't have survived in a system where bureaucrats stifle innovation and ration care.  —  Today is the first anniversary of the greatest single assault on our freedom in my lifetime: the signing of ObamaCare.
Health care law breaks promises
Discussion: The Note, Boehner and Daily Kos
Obama Tests Well at Start of Reelection Run  —  No Frontrunner in Slow-Starting GOP Race  —  Barack Obama currently fares as well against a generic opponent in the upcoming presidential election as George W. Bush did in April 2003, a time when Bush's job approval rating was much higher than Obama's is today.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pew poll: Obama would deliver shellacking to generic Republican  —  President Obama would deliver a shellacking to a generic Republican candidate if 2012's presidential election were held today, a new poll found Wednesday.  —  Forty-seven percent of registered voters said they would choose to reelect Obama …
Discussion: National Review
Fhardingj / CNN:
TRENDING: CNN Poll: Trump at 10 percent in hypothetical GOP battle  —  Washington (CNN) - If Donald Trump decides to run for the White House, he would just barely crack double digits in the crowded field of potential GOP candidates, but his entry into the race could hurt former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin …
Discussion: GOP 12
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Sununu: Romney at ‘head of the pack’ in New Hampshire
Sheila Marikar / ABCNEWS:
Hollywood Icon Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79  —  Elizabeth Taylor Dies Following Hospitalization for Congestive Heart Failure  —  Oscar winning actress Elizabeth Taylor died today at Los Angeles, Calif.'s Cedars-Sinai Hospital.  She was 79-years-old.  —  “She was surrounded by her children …
Mel Gussow / New York Times:
Elizabeth Taylor, Lifelong Screen Star, Dies at 79
Discussion: GayPatriot and The Gateway Pundit
Todd Leopold / CNN:
Elizabeth Taylor dead at 79
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
The damning contradictions of Obama's attack on Libya  —  Senior Political Analyst Follow Him @MichaelBarone  —  Let's imagine that all goes well in Libya.  The rebels, protected by airstrikes, recapture lost territory and sweep into Tripoli.  Moammar Gadhafi and his sons one way or the other disappear.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Kristol: Palin probably won't, shouldn't be nominee  —  Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol was among Sarah Palin's earliest Washington admirers, and helped bring her to the national stage, but he said this week that while he still admires her, he questions her choices and doesn't think she …
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Where are the health care all-stars?  —  Democrats are under siege as they mark the first anniversary of health care reform Wednesday — and they won't get much help from the star-studded, $125 million support group they were once promised.  —  Wal-Mart Watch founder Andrew Grossman unveiled …
Discussion: The Foundry and Cato @ Liberty
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Affordable Care Act, One Year Later
Discussion: and Washington Post
Washington Post:
As health-care law turns 1, supporters using occasion to shape its image
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Page
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Glenn Beck Contemplates Starting Own Channel  —  The possibility that Glenn Beck will exit the Fox News Channel at the end of the year has prompted a big question in media circles: if he leaves, how will he bring his considerable audience with him?  —  Two of the options Mr. Beck has contemplated …
Gov. LePage Orders Removal Of Labor Mural  —  Several Conference Rooms To Be Renamed  —  AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has ordered the removal of a 36-foot mural depicting the state's labor history from the lobby of the Department of Labor headquarters building in Augusta.
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes
Daily Mail:
Who's in charge?  Germans pull forces out of NATO as Libyan coalition falls apart  — Tensions with Britain as Gates rebukes UK government over suggestion Gaddafi could be assassinated  — No-fly zone called into question after first wave of strikes ‘neutralises’ Libyan military machine
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Fight of the Valkyries  —  They are called the Amazon Warriors, the Lady Hawks, the Valkyries, the Durgas.  —  There is something positively mythological about a group of strong women swooping down to shake the president out of his delicate sensibilities and show him the way to war.
Discussion: Salon, Mediaite and AmSpecBlog
New York Times:
4 Times Journalists Held Captive in Libya Faced Days of Brutality  —  As the four of us headed toward the eastern gate of Ajdabiya, the front line of a desperate rebel stand against the advancing forces of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, a car pulled up alongside.  —  “They're in the city!” the driver shouted at us.
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Criticized Obama For Not Intervening In Libya, But Now Criticizes Him For Intervening In Libya  —  Earlier this month, former Speaker of the House and current presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich was hammering President Obama for not intervening in Libya.  Asked, “what would you do about Libya?”
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Detroit Census Confirms a Desertion Like No Other  —  Laying bare the country's most startling example of modern urban collapse, census data on Tuesday showed that Detroit's population had plunged by 25 percent over the last decade.  It was dramatic testimony to the crumbling industrial base of the Midwest …
Jason Palmer / BBC:
Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says  —  Science and technology reporter, BBC News, Dallas  —  In the UK, Wales has the highest proportion of religiously “non-affiliated”  —  A study using census data from nine countries shows that religion there is set for extinction, say researchers.
Associated Press:
AP Interview: Kiss bassist Gene Simmons says boycotters of Israel are ‘fools’  —  JERUSALEM — Kiss' Israeli-born singer-musician Gene Simmons is shouting out loud at the string of musicians who refuse to perform in his homeland.  —  “They're fools,” the legendary bassist told The Associated Press …
Discussion: RedState and AmSpecBlog
Jason Millman / The Hill:
After Giffords shooting, Stupak's fears linger: 'I'm the face of healthcare'  —  After suffering through a “living hell” during negotiations on the healthcare law, former Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) finds it hard, a year later, to distance himself from his pivotal role.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Weasel Zippers
Washington Post:
Dana Milbank  —  Obama's quick trip from tyrant to weakling  —  After two years of being called a tyrant and a dictator, President Obama returns to Washington from a five-day overseas trip to find that he has become a weakling.  —  Would-be opponents such as Mitt Romney …
Discussion: Fox News, Hot Air and Prairie Weather
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Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
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Discussion: The Raw Story and Arizona Republic
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Crossroads GPS launches collaborative FOIA site
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GOP leads Senate recruitment battle
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
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Discussion: USA Today and Ballot Box
David Willman / Los Angeles Times:
Report faults Army in 2001 anthrax mailings
Discussion: The Politico and This Just In