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2:20 PM ET, March 25, 2010

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Fox News:
Cantor Says Campaign Office Was Shot At, Accuses Dems of Exploiting Threats  —  Republican Rep. Eric Cantor said Thursday that his Richmond campaign office has been shot at and that he's received “threatening e-mails” — but at the same time accused top Democrats of trying to exploit …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker now reports threat over healthcare stance  —  U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a threatening voicemail left in the office of Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio), her chief of staff said Thursday.  —  Schmidt's office was left a voicemail late Wednesday night in what appears …
Chad Pergram / The Speakers Lobby:
EXCLUSIVE: Shot Fired at House Minority Whip Cantor's Richmond Office  —  FOX has learned that the Richmond, VA campaign office of House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) was shot at Monday.  —  Cantor, is the highest-elected Jewish official in the country and the only Jewish Republican in the House.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Cantor Slams Dems For Politicizing, “Fanning Flames” Of Violence
Discussion: Daily Kos
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Congressman Eric Cantor's Office Shot At
New York Times:
G.O.P. Forces New House Vote on Package of Health Bill Changes  —  WASHINGTON — With the Senate working through an all-night session on a package of changes to the Democrats' sweeping health care legislation, Republicans early Thursday morning identified parliamentary problems with at least …
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The Huffington Post:
Byrd Rule To Send Health Care Back To House, Rules Parliamentarian  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Senate Republicans succeeded early Thursday morning in finding two flaws in the House-passed health care reconciliation package.  Neither is of any substance, but the Senate parliamentarian …
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Healthcare bill headed back to the House after marathon Senate push
Rasmussen Reports:
55% Favor Repeal of Health Care Bill  —  Just before the House of Representatives passed sweeping health care legislation last Sunday, 41% of voters nationwide favored the legislation while 54% were opposed.  Now that President Obama has signed the legislation into law, most voters want to see it repealed.
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Quinnipiac University:
Obama Gets Small Bounce From Health Care Win, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Net Disapproval Of Health Reform Drops 9 Points  —  Despite passage of his signature health reform bill, President Barack Obama still gets a split 45 - 46 percent approval from American voters …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Most Want GOP to Keep Fighting on Health Bill
John / Power Line:
Repeal It!  —  I've written elsewhere that we should wait …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Coward Russ Carnahan Pushes Bogus Tea Party Lie to Media- Claims Prayer Service With Coffin Was a Violent Threat (Updated)  —  Remember as you read this: There is nothing the democratic-media complex will not do to lie about the tea party patriots or to prop up these horrid leftists …
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Coffin placed on Carnahan's lawn  —  A coffin was placed on a Missouri Democrat's lawn, another in a string of incidents against lawmakers after their vote Sunday on a health care overhaul.  —  Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) had a coffin placed “near his home,” a spokesman said Wednesday evening.
Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
Social Security Payout to Exceed Revenue This Year  —  The bursting of the real estate bubble and the ensuing recession have hurt jobs, home prices and now Social Security.  —  This year, the system will pay out more in benefits than it receives in payroll taxes, an important threshold …
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
In Funds We Trust  —  Every time I write anything about Social Security …
Discussion: The Liberty Papers
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Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Vatican Declined to Defrock U.S. Priest Who Abused Boys  —  Top Vatican officials — including the future Pope Benedict XVI — did not defrock a priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys, even though several American bishops repeatedly warned them that failure to act on the matter …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Fair and Balanced  —  Having gone from trying to obstruct passage of the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republicans have now decided that they're just bitter that they lost and in retaliation are going to prevent the Senate from conducting any business whatsoever after 2PM.
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Aaron Gould Sheinin / Gold Dome Live:
Breaking: Perdue will sue feds over health care on his own  —  By Jim Tharpe/jtharpe@ajc.com and Aaron Gould Sheinin/asheinin@ajc.com  —  Gov. Sonny Perdue said Thursday he will appoint a “special attorney general” to challenge federal health care legislation signed into law this week by President Obama.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A FRIVOLOUS LAWSUIT.... When it comes to health care reform …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DCCC accuses NRCC of encouraging violence  —  An odd quote in a Roanoke Times story about the FBI investigation into Tom Perriello's brother's sliced propane line provoked a blistering response from the NRCC.  —  The comment:  —  While his organization doesn't condone such behavior …
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Janelle Rucker / The Roanoke Times:
Perriello's brother attacked after Tea Party posts wrong address …
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
Aljazeera:
Bin Laden threatens Americans  —  Osama bin Laden has in a new audio recording threatened to kill any Americans that al-Qaeda takes prisoner if Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, considered as one of the masterminds behind the September 11 attacks, is executed.  —  The latest recording purportedly …
Discussion: The Lede and Guardian
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BBC:
‘Bin Laden in 9/11 trial threat’
The Politico:
Health bill may exempt top Hill staffers  —  Tonight, as the Senate moved toward the process of debating the reconciliation bill, Grassley offered yet another amendment to force all congressional staffers, as well as the president, vice president, cabinet members and top White House staff to buy coverage through the exchanges.
Discussion: Congress Blog
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare Day One  —  Companies are already warning about higher health-care costs.  —  Democrats dragged themselves over the health-care finish line in part by repeating that voters would like the plan once it passed.  Let's see what they think when they learn their insurance costs will jump right away.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP senators warn Obama of using recess appointment for labor board  —  All Senate Republicans wrote President Barack Obama on Thursday, demanding he not use a recess appointment to fill spots on a labor board.  —  Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), joined …
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and The New Republic
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
What Republicans Should Do Now  —  Repeal and reform will be a winning issue this fall.  —  Democrats are celebrating victory.  The public outcry against what they've done doesn't seem to bother them.  They take it as validation that they are succeeding at transforming America.
Discussion: Commentary and Wake up America
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
W.H., labor to vote-switchers: We won't forget  —  Senior White House and organized labor officials are warning the handful of House Democrats who supported health care legislation last year only to oppose the final measure on Sunday that they shouldn't expect assistance for their reelection campaigns this fall.
Discussion: The Note, The Awl and AMERICAblog News
 
 
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