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4:45 PM ET, March 23, 2011


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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.
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 …
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 …
David Weigel / Weigel:
Poll: One Year On, Most Favor Health Care Law or Wish It Was More Liberal
Health care law breaks promises
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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.
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pew poll: Obama would deliver shellacking to generic Republican
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?”
David Weigel / Weigel:
Newt Gingrich Completely Changes Position on Libya in 16 Days  —  A pretty direct hit from ThinkProgress, if you ask me.  Here's Newt Gingrich on March 7, on what he would do in Libya. … Here's Newt Gingrich from March 23. … Anyone want to try and reconcile these two interviews?
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
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 …
Steve Mistler / The Sun Journal:
LePage orders removal of labor mural, sparking outcry  —  AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage has ordered the removal of a 36-foot mural depicting Maine's labor history from the lobby of the Department of Labor.  —  Worker advocates described the move as a “mean-spirited” provocation amid …
Gov. LePage Orders Removal Of Labor Mural
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes
Libya: Gaddafi's air force ‘has been destroyed’  —  Allied forces successfully targeted Col Muammar Gaddafi's troops in the rebel-held city of Misurata on Wednesday, pushing back tanks as a senior British commander said the Libyan air force had been destroyed.  —  Gaddafi's tanks have been hit repeatedly by the coalition forces
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Former top economist: Economic inaction ‘shameful’  —  President Obama's former top economic advisor sharply criticized the federal government for failing to take more aggressive action against unemployment.  —  “I frankly don't understand why policy makers aren't more worried about the suffering …
Discussion: Yglesias
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.
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
Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Lawyers ask for review of ex-judge Camp's rulings, sentences  —  Before he was sentenced for crimes he committed with a stripper, Jack Camp made a striking disclosure: The former federal judge revealed he has long suffered from a misdiagnosed bipolar disorder and brain damage from an accident more than a decade earlier.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Law Blog
Steven Seagal, Sheriff Raid Valley Home In Tank  —  PHOENIX — Sheriff Joe Arpaio rolled out the tanks to take down a man suspected of cockfighting.  —  West Valley residents in the neighborhood are crying foul after armored vehicles, including a tank, rolled into their neighborhood to make the bust.
Discussion: Democracy in America
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Cantor hits administration's handling of Israel after Jerusalem bomb attack  —  The second-ranking House Republican on Wednesday accused the Obama administration of being too tough with Israel hours after a bombing in Jerusalem injured dozens.  —  Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) …
Jake Wagman / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
McCaskill's final airplane bill could include $80,000 in interest  —  ST. LOUIS — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's final bill for taxes on her airplane will likely be close to $320,000, including nearly $80,000 in interest, which the senator anticipated paying.
Discussion: Ballot Box
The Note:
John Sununu: Romney at ‘Head of Pack of Four’ in NH; Gingrich Supported ‘Crazy Legislation’ on Climate  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu sees four frontrunners in the early positioning for the Granite State's first-in-the-nation presidential primary …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, GOP 12 and The Hill
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Dem lawmaker says Supreme Court may nix individual mandate  —  On the one-year anniversary of the historic healthcare reform law, at least one Democratic Congressman disagrees with his party's prevalent opinion and believes the U.S. Supreme Court may well strike down the law's individual mandate as unconstitutional.
Sally Kohn / American Prospect:
McCain, Lieberman, and Gadhafi Walk Into a Bar ...  I wrote yesterday about how President Obama may be wrong to believe that he has “no permanent enemies” — especially when it comes to the Republican leadership hell-bent on destroying him.  Well, once he figures that out …
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 …
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 …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Senate Democrats defend Obama on Libya  —  Top Senate Democrats came to President Barack Obama's defense on the Libya bombing campaign Wednesday, insisting that the U.S. participation in the operation was limited and would soon end.  —  In an unusual conference call designed …
Discussion: The Note
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.
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Front Page Magazine:
Why I Am Not a Neo-Conservative  —  Posted by David Horowitz …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House panel plans hearing on US intervention in Libya
Discussion: Washington Post and Hot Air
Dana Vachon / The Awl:
Arms So Freezy: Rebecca Black's “Friday” As Radical Text
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Radley Balko / The Agitator:
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Felix Salmon:
The downside of companies staying private
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Public Employees Rush to Retire
Selwyn Duke / American Thinker:
Yes, Violence Can be the Answer
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Millman / The Hill:
After Giffords shooting, Stupak's fears linger: 'I'm the face of healthcare'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Booman Tribune
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Affordable Care Act, One Year Later
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
The damning contradictions of Obama's attack on Libya
Washington Post:
Dana Milbank  —  Obama's quick trip from tyrant to weakling
Discussion: Hot Air, Fox News and Prairie Weather
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Flake rejects comprehensive immigration fix
Discussion: CNN, USA Today and Ballot Box