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12:45 AM ET, March 25, 2010

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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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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
After Health Vote, Democrats Are Threatened  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers have received death threats and been the victims of vandalism because of their votes in favor of the health care bill, lawmakers and law enforcement officials said Wednesday, as the Congressional debate …
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.
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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh, by the way, O-Care lets states opt out of the individual mandate  —  Alternate headline: “Confirmed: No one read the bill.” … I went looking on Google to find out how Ed and I could have missed this, and it turns out we didn't.  Everyone missed it.  There were precisely two pages of results for …
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 …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Tea Party Without Nuts
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.
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 …
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.
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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
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
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 …
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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
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
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.
Kos / Daily Kos:
The “repeal” trap  —  Who knew Roger Ebert was a budding political consultant?  —  Ebert Twitter Kirk  —  In just those few characters, we see the difficulties Republicans will have — especially in Blue districts and states — in running on that repeal platform the teabagger base is demanding.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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.
Joel Provano / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Coulter speech canceled amid fears of violence  —  A speech by conservative pundit Ann Coulter was canceled at the University of Ottawa late Tuesday amid concerns that protesters would become violent.  —  The speech was called off moments before it began by organizers of the event …
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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.
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
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
China Says It Will Not Adjust Exchange Rate  —  WASHINGTON — Despite mounting pressure in Congress for the Obama administration to declare China a currency manipulator, the Chinese government is giving no indication that it will change its exchange rate policy.
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 …
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.
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