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5:25 PM ET, March 24, 2010

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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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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 …
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.
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 …
Jeffrey H. Anderson / National Review:
Repeal Means Repeal — By: Jeffrey H. Anderson  —  Less than three days after the passage of Obamacare, many Republicans are already losing their stomach for the fight.  As Ezra Klein gleefully — but aptly — observes over at the Washington Post, “In about 12 hours, the GOP's position …
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Bart Stupak Received Threatening Messages for Health Care Vote (Listen)
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Peter Hamby / CNN:
FBI investigating Perriello incident in Virginia
Discussion: Politics Daily
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.
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:   Oops: Health-Care Bill Does Not Cover Kids' Pre-Existing Conditions
The Politico:
After meeting, deafening silence  —  The Obama administration shifted this week from red hot anger at Benjamin Netanyahu to an icier suspicion of the Israeli prime minister, who made clear during marathon meetings with U.S. officials that he would give ground only grudgingly on their goal …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Hoyer: Dem, GOP leaders worried about spike in lawmaker threats  —  House Democratic and Republican leaders have conferred to discuss a response to a “significant” number of threats against lawmakers.  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that he, along with Democratic and Republican leaders …
Discussion: CNN
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Hoyer: Members are at risk
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Paul Thompson / Breitbart.tv:
SHOCKING AUDIO: REP. DINGELL SAYS OBAMACARE WILL EVENTUALLY ‘CONTROL THE PEOPLE’  —  “It takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps.”
CNN:
Source: Pentagon set to ease policy on gays in the military  —  Robert Gates is expected to announce changes to 'don't ask don't tell' on Thursday.  —  Washington (CNN) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to announce changes Thursday easing the Defense Department's controversial …
Discussion: The Politico and Truthdig
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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Gates Will Relax 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Enforcement This Week
The Politico:
The backlash: Reform turns personal  —  Louise Slaughter and Bart Stupak have received death threats.  —  A tea party participant published what he thought was Thomas Perriello's home address and urged disgruntled voters to “drop by” for a “good face-to-face chat.”
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.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
In Health Bill, Obama Attacks Wealth Inequality  —  For all the political and economic uncertainties about health reform, at least one thing seems clear: The bill that President Obama signed on Tuesday is the federal government's biggest attack on economic inequality since inequality began rising more than three decades ago.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Dingell: It will take a while for ObamaCare to “control the people”  —  Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) defended the ObamaCare bill on WJR's Paul W. Smith show yesterday when the host wondered why Democrats wait until 2014 to stop people from dying through lack of universal health care coverage.
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Thomas Goldstein / The Huffington Post:
A Hearing to Define “Mainstream” Judicial Views  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee today holds its most significant hearing on any of President Obama's judicial nominees, to consider a candidate who has received remarkably little attention.  Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who passed through …
Discussion: Confirm Goodwin Liu
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David Ingram / The BLT:
Hearing for 9th Circuit Nominee on Hold
Discussion: Bench Memos … and Law Review
Pat G. / Wonk Room:
Chief Justice Roberts: Why Isn't Obama Making Recess Appointments To The NLRB?  —  For two years now, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) — which is responsible for mediating disputes under the National Labor Relations Act — has been stuck with only two of its five members in place.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Tea Party Without Nuts  —  President Obama's winning passage of national health care is both exhilarating and sobering.  Covering so many uninsured Americans is a historic achievement.  But the president had to postpone trips, buy off companies and cut every conceivable side deal …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Hail the Conquering Professor  —  The Democrats were walking around in a state of shock.  —  Holy cow, they were saying to themselves.  We're not total wimps!  We don't have to sit around and let ourselves be slapped silly by Republican bullies and Tea Party scaremongers.
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 …
The Politico:
POLITICO Interview: Rep. Paul Ryan  —  ALLEN: Congressman, I was in the gallery when you gave your speech during the final debate and you were a little worked up.  —  RYAN: I was.  —  ALLEN: Are you surprised they finally sold this and why do you think the president clinched this?
Discussion: CNN and The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post:
Axelrod: Health Care Passed Because GOP Let Down Its Guard After Massachusetts  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  One of the president's closest advisers said on Tuesday that Republican opponents of health care reform let down their guard following Sen. Scott Brown's election in Massachusetts …
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
John Dorschner / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Health bill included big Republican idea: individual mandate  —  The lawsuit against the health care overhaul filed Tuesday by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is focused on a provision that has long been advocated by conservatives, big business and the insurance industry.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Shales On ‘Little Ms Politics.’  —  Just in case you were wondering if I was too hard on Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales yesterday for his shallow and pernicious critique of Christiane Amanpour as ABC's choice to replace George Stephanopoulos on This Week, this is what he had to say about her during his live chat with readers :
Kathleen Pierce / Boston Globe:
Men leave their own mark on veganism  —  SOMERVILLE — For most of his life Joe McCain subsisted on pepperoni and sausage pizza, steak bomb subs, and anything “fried, fried, or fried.”  In other words, says the Somerville police detective with a shaved head, snowy beard, and tattoos cascading up his arms …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Jezebel
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama signs executive order on abortion out of sight of media glare  —  There were no glaring lights or TV cameras when President Obama signed an executive order this afternoon affirming the continuing ban on federal funding for abortion.  No East Room speeches.  Not even a photo op handshake.
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Harkin: Public option backers eyeing second reconciliation bill  —  Public option supporters could offer a second reconciliation bill to establish the program, a top Democrat said Wednesday.  —  Supporters of creating a government-run public option health insurance program are considering moving …
 
 
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Fox News:
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 Earlier Items: 
Bob Willis / Bloomberg:
Sales of New U.S. Homes Dropped in February to Lowest on Record
Discussion: Hot Air and DailyFinance
Silla Brush / The Hill:
TARP watchdog blasts Obama housing program
Reuters:
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