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11:35 PM ET, March 24, 2010

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Charlottesville Daily Progress / Daily Progress:
Severed gas line found at home of Perriello brother  —  Updated: 4:55 p.m. U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello's brother received a threatening letter in the mail on the same day that someone apparently severed a gas line at the home in Ivy.  —  Two conservative Tea Party activists posted the address …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
FBI investigates Virginia incident  —  Law enforcement authorities are investigating the discovery of a cut propane gas line at the Virginia home of Rep. Tom Perriello's (D-Va.) brother, whose address was targeted by tea party activists angry at the congressman's vote for the health care bill.
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Hoyer: Members are at risk  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is warning that some of his Democratic colleagues are being threatened with violence when they go back to their districts — and he wants Republicans to stand up and condemn the threats.  —  The Maryland Democrat …
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CNN:
House Democrats report rise in threats  —  Washington (CNN) — House Democrats are concerned about their security due to increased threats since Sunday's vote to pass the health care bill, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday.  —  Hoyer told a news conference that “a significant number …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:   Coffin placed on Carnahan's lawn
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Hoyer: Dem, GOP leaders worried about spike in lawmaker threats
The Huffington Post:
Wyden: Health Care Lawsuits Moot, States Can Opt Out Of Mandate  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has a message for all the attorneys general and Republican lawmakers who are threatening lawsuits and claiming that an individual mandate for insurance coverage is unconstitutional …
Discussion: The New Ledger and Wonk Room
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Boston Herald:
Republicans feeling blue as Scott Brown win backfires  —  Republican folk hero Sen. Scott Brown is being taunted by triumphant Democrats - and slammed by irked conservatives - after the historic health-care bill he was elected to kill was signed into law by President Obama yesterday.
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Quinnipiac University:
Tea Party Could Hurt GOP In Congressional Races, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Dems Trail 2-Way Races, But Win If Tea Party Runs  —  Only 13 percent of American voters say they are part of the Tea Party movement, a group that has more women than men; is mainly white and Republican …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Tea Party Without Nuts
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Most Want GOP to Keep Fighting on Health Bill  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  A CBS News poll released Wednesday finds that nearly two in three Americans want Republicans in Congress …
Jackson Diehl / PostPartisan:
Obama and Netanyahu: pointless poison  —  So it's now been two weeks since President Obama chose to seize on a poorly-timed Israeli announcement about new Jewish housing in Jerusalem to launch another public confrontation with the government of Binyamin Netanyahu.  The results, so far, are these:
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:
Israel: One of Many — By: Victor Davis Hanson
Discussion: Eunomia
The Politico:
After meeting, deafening silence
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Senate sliding inexorably toward procedural reform  —  Since Democrats took control of the Senate in 2007, Republicans have smashed all previous records for the number of cloture votes required to pass legislation.  Last month, a few Senators, led by Jim Bunning, used procedural moves to block …
Discussion: Eschaton
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Senate kicks off vote-a-rama
Discussion: The Politico
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Harkin: Public option backers eyeing second reconciliation bill
Discussion: Open Left
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Gap in health care law's protection for children  —  WASHINGTON — Hours after President Barack Obama signed historic health care legislation, a potential problem emerged.  Administration officials are now scrambling to fix a gap in highly touted benefits for children.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Bush wipes his hand on Clinton's shirt after shaking hands with Haitian residents.  —  After the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January, President Obama asked former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to lead the U.S. relief effort in that country.
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
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Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
George W. Bush Wipes Hand On Bill Clinton's Shirt, After Meeting Haitians
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Gothamist
SEK / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
What do you do in the wake of a crushing political defeat?  —  If you're Jeff Goldstein, you declare yourself to be way cooler than everyone else; if you're Darleen Click, you draw a cartoon in which the President rapes a woman, then tells her that he and friends will be back to rape her again later.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
GOP Lawmaker Darrell Issa Poised to Call for Special Prosecutor to Investigate White House  —  Rep. Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Oversight committee, told CBS News Wednesday that he will call for a special prosecutor to investigate the White House if it does not address …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Grassley: Look How Great This Health Care Bill Is  —  Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has long been a vocal critic of the Democrat's health reform efforts, but today he started taking credit for some provisions of the bill, and talking up his own role in crafting the legislation.
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Warned About Abuse, Vatican Failed to Defrock Priest  —  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 could embarrass the church …
Forbes:
Resisting ObamaCare, Gandhi Style  —  Americans will lose control over basic decisions if this law stands.  —  President Barack Obama came into office promising hope and change.  But he might get more change than he hoped for.  By foisting ObamaCare on a deeply unwilling country he might …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Ezra Klein:
Senate Republicans refuse to work past 2 p.m. [Updated!]  —  “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,” explains Amanda Terkel.  “However, every day, at the start of business, the Senate generally agrees …
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Patrick Yoest / Washington Wire:
Work to Rule: GOP Nixes Hearings to Protest Health Bill
Discussion: ACS Blog
Milton Wolf / Wolf Files:
HERE'S MY AMA REQUEST FOR MEMBERSHIP DUES:  —  Sunbeam?  Read this.
Alex Ben Block / Hollywood Reporter:
James Cameron trashes Glenn Beck  —  ‘Avatar’ director wants to debate Fox News host  —  “Avatar” director James Cameron lashed out at Glenn Beck at a news conference Tuesday, offering to debate the Fox News personality on environmental and political issues.
storyballoon.org:
Another Anti-Obama Jimmy Carter Billboard.  Carter: Miss Me Yet?  —  And yet ANOTHER billboard has popped up.  And it's our ol' buddy Jimmy Carter from my last billboard post.  —  I have to thank a reader/commenter for pointing me to this.  —  The picture is labeled: Ennis, TX.  I-45 and 287.
Ezra Klein:
The risk of health-care reform  —  The polarizing forces of a legislative debate have a tendency to amplify the certainty of supporters and magnify the doubts of advocates.  So I'd recommend Ruth Marcus's skeptical, pro-reform column.  I think she actually overstates the amount of disagreement …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
The Republican Health Care Failure  —  Much ink and many pixels are being expended on writing health care's political postmortems, but the focus should rightly be on the policy front — in the think tanks and in the legislative priorities of recent Republican administrations and Congresses.
Discussion: Riehl World View
 
 
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