The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday March 23, 2010

Mar 23, 2010 4:33am

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ABC News’ Margaret Aro and Mark Mooney: “EXCLUSIVE: Pelosi Defends Health Care Fight Tactics” LINK

ABC News’ Huma Khan: “Health Care Bill: What Does It Mean for You?” LINK

ABC News’ Kristina Wong: “Vicki Kennedy: Ted Would Have Benn ‘Exhilarated’ by Health Care Vote” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: Axelrod Says McCain’s ‘Disappointing Attitude’ Belong ‘On the Sandlot’” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Allen and Carol E. Lee and Patrick O’Connor: “After the vote, the selling begins” LINK

The New York Times’ Adam Nagourney: “G.O.P. Faces Drawbacks of United Stand on Health Bill” LINK

The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn and Robert Pear: “Health Vote Is Done, but Partisan Debate Rages On” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ceci Connolly: “How Obama revived his health-care bill” LINK

The Washington Post’s Dan Balz: “Health-care vote looms as big issue for November elections” LINK

The Washington Post’s Philip Kennicott: “For historic vote on health-care reform, Pelosi wielded potent symbol: The gavel” LINK

The New York Times’ Shery; Gay Stolberg: “Lessons for the Democrats, Some Perhaps Cautionary, After a Signal Triumph” LINK

The New York Times’ Kevin Sack: “Casting Vote, and Now Trying to Sell It Back Home” LINK

The Washington Post’s Peter Slevin and Rosaling Helderman: “GOP state leaders vow to fight health-care legislation” LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: “Reid’s goal: Wrap up final touches on healthcare package by Saturday” LINK

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane: “Abortion foe from Texas says he regrets outburst” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Jessica Van Sack and Jay Fitzgerald: “Health care gives GOP new life” LINK

Boston Herald Staff: “Key dates for health-care changes” LINK

McClatchy News Services: “Opponents plan fight in courts” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Parties Joust Over Next Steps on Health” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins and Greg Hitt: “Varied Incentives Helped Secure ‘Yes’ Votes on Health Care” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “Strict Abortion Rules Mean Fewer Insurers May Offer Coverage” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin: “Health-Overhaul Foes Ready Court Challenges” LINK

Bloomberg’s Laura Litvan: “Republicans Dealt Blow on Health Care by U.S. Senate Official” LINK

Bloomberg’s Pat Wechsler: “States Say Overhaul Will Bust Already Strained Medicaid Budget” LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf and Alison Young: “Health bill spreads the pain, benefits” LINK

USA Today: “After the health care vote, the agenda ahead” LINK

USA Today’s Susan Page and Mimi Hall: “Fight rages to define health care bill to public” LINK

USA Today’s John Fritze: “‘Fix-it’ bill: Final fight on health care front” LINK

USA Today’s Bruce Horovitz and Laura Petrecca: “Small-business owners unclear on health care impact” LINK

USA Today’s Adam Shell: “Investors upbeat about health care bill” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama to sign health care bill Tuesday” LINK

The Associated Press: “Ben Nelson plans to vote against health care bill” LINK

Boston Globe’s Political Intelligence: “Brown not ready to repeal health care yet” LINK

Time’s John Curran: “Healthcare and the Stock Market” LINK

Time’s Adam Sorensen: “Health Reform’s Incredible Significance And Why It Won’t Matter Much In November” LINK

Time’s Mark Halperin: “Can the G.O.P. Succeed by Running Against Health Care?” LINK

The Associated Press: “States Lining Up to Challenge Health Reform” LINK

Politics Daily’s Jill Lawrence: “‘Baby-Killer’ Shouter Says He Meant Health Care Deal, Not Bart Stupak” LINK

Politics Daily’s Jill Lawrence: “Which Party’s Risky Health Care Bet Will Pay Off in November?” LINK

Politics Daily’s Bruce Drake: “Americans Have Negative Expectations About Health Reform’s Impact” LINK


Politico’s Laura Rozen and Ben Smith: “Reform win may boost President Obama’s standing” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “And now, for the rest of Obama’s agenda” LINK

The Associated Press: “Obama, Calderon discuss drug trafficking issues” LINK


Politico’s Ben Smith: “Netanyahu, defiant, stands his ground” LINK

The Hill’s Bridget Johnson: “Netanyahu defiant on East Jerusalem on eve of talks with Obama” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Mark Magnier: “Divorce deals a cruel blow to Pakistani women” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jessica E. Vascellaro and Loretta Chao: “Google Defies China on Web” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan Gorman: “U.S. Aims to Bolster Overseas Fight Against Cybercrime” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s David Luhnow: “Mexico and U.S. Plot New Antidrug Strategy” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon: “Netanyahu Rebuffs Clinton Over East Jerusalem Construction” LINK

Bloomberg’s Brian Womack: “Google Ends Self-Censorship, Defies China Government” LINK

Time’s Eben Harrell: “Stakes Rise as U.S. and Russia Stall Over Nukes” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “New U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan Ignores Some Opium Production” LINK

Politics Daily’s David Sessions: “Google Will Shut Down China Site, Redirect Users to Hong Kong” LINK

Politics Daily’s David Wood: “In Afghan Bomb Blasts, New Evidence of Iran’s Influence” LINK


ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Treasury Secretary Geithner Makes The Case For Financial Reform: ‘This Is A Just War’” LINK

ABC News’ Karen Travers: “VP Biden: Average American Tax Refund Up Ten Percent Thanks to Recovery Act Benefits” LINK

The Washington Post’s David Cho and Brady Dennis: “Senate panel passes sweeping financial-regulation bill” LINK

The Washington Post’s Zachary Goldfarb: “White House to open a public debate on housing finance reform” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Deborah Solomon and Aaron Lucchetti: “Got TARP? If So, Pay Czar Plans Compensation Review” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta: “Financial Overhaul Advances” LINK

Bloomberg’s Alison Vekshin: “Dodd’s Financial Overhaul Bill Approved by Senate Banking Panel” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Nick Timiraos and Michael R. Crittenden: “New Plan to Reshape Mortgage Market” LINK

The Associated Press’ Jim Kuhnhenn: “Financial overhaul goes to full Senate” LINK

Time’s Barbara Kiviat: “Banks and Small Business: The Crunch is Still Ahead” LINK


Politics Daily’s Patricia Murphy: “Student Loan Changes on the Way — What Does It Mean for You?” LINK


ABC News’ Ariane de Vogue: “Supreme Court Battle Quietly Brews Over Possible Future Nominations” LINK


Politico’s Manu Raju: “Senate Democrats get favorable ruling” LINK

Politico’s Victoria McGrane and Lisa Lerer: “Financial reform bill sent to Senate” LINK

The New York Times’ Eric Lipton: “House Ethics Office Gains, Dismissals Aside” LINK

The Washington Post’s Perry Bacon Jr.: “Senate’s deliberate pace frustrates the house” LINK


The Wall Street Journal’s Stephanie Simon in Longmont, Colo., Douglas Belkin in Canton, Ohio, and Kris Maher in Pittsburgh: “In Swing Districts, Voters Take Stock” LINK


The Hill’s Ben Geman: “Reid faces new climate pressure” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Tankersley: “EPA moves to tighten safeguards on drinking water” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “EPA to Toughen Drinking Water Standards” LINK


“Pelosi: Most Powerful Woman in American History?” LINK

“McCain Wants to Repeal Health Care Bill” LINK

“Sen. Ted Kennedy’s Hope Realized” LINK


The Wall Street Journal’s August Cole: “Defense Industry Pursues Gold in ‘Smart Power’ Deals” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez: “In Holder’s Woes, a Déjà Vu” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “ACORN Disbands Over Money and Image Problems” LINK

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