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12:30 PM ET, March 24, 2010

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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 …
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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.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Tea Party Without Nuts
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Poll: Tea partiers like GOP
Discussion: CNN
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  —  Obama, yesterday, touted the centerpiece of the health-care reforms that will go into effect this year.  This is what he and Democrats are to run on for November.  These are the advantages of the bill that are to bring about public opinion's swift and total 180:
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.
Peter Barry Chowka / American Thinker:
Rep. Dingell: It's taken a long time to ‘control the people’  —  Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), the Dean of the House of Representatives for being the longest serving member of the body (he was first elected in 1955, succeeding his father, Rep. John Dingell, Sr.), made an amazing admission during …
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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.
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.
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Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
Attorneys general in 14 states sue to block healthcare reform law
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Cuccinelli sues federal government to stop health-care reform law
Discussion: Law Blog and AmSpecBlog
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Reinvigorated Democrats have flustered Republicans on their heels  —  The health-care bill that hung around Democrats' necks for the last several months - right up to the final vote Sunday when some vulnerable congressmen were convinced to support it - has suddenly become a weapon.
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Senate adjourns in first day of healthcare reconciliation debate  —  The Senate adjourned late Tuesday night after a chaotic seven hours of debate on a landmark healthcare reform reconciliation bill, with Democratic leaders inching towards a final vote by the end of the week.
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The Politico:
After meeting, deafening silence  —  The Obama administration shifted this week from red hot anger at Benjamin Netanyahu to an icier suspicion toward the Israeli Prime Minister, who made clear in a marathon of meetings with U.S. officials that he would give ground only grudgingly on their goal …
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Major Garrett / Row 2, Seat 4:
On Health Care Day, Obama Skips Signing Executive Order on Abortion; Stupak, on Defense, Compares Order to Emancipation Proclamation  —  UPDATE: PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL SIGN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER WEDNESDAY IN THE OVAL OFFICE.  —  President Obama signed the Senate health care bill into law Tuesday.
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Reuters:
'It's always the bush league schools,' Coulter contends  —  PHOTOS ( 4 )  —  VIDEO ( 2 )  —  More Images »  —  In this file photo, television personality Ann Coulter speaks to the audience.  —  OTTAWA — After protesters at the University of Ottawa prevented Ann Coulter from giving …
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.”
Silla Brush / The Hill:
TARP watchdog blasts Obama housing program  —  The Obama administration's $75 billion program to help homeowners risks failure by, “merely spreading out the foreclosure crisis,” a top government watchdog said Tuesday.  —  Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general over the $700 billion …
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.
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Scary New GOP Poll  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World  —  Blogs and Stories  —  On the heels of health care, a new Harris poll reveals Republican attitudes about Obama: Two-thirds think he's a socialist, 57 percent a Muslim—and 24 percent say “he may be the Antichrist.”
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CBS News:
Poll: Small Bump in Health Care Believers  —  CBS News Survey Shows Americans Giving Obama Credit for Legislation, but Still No Majority Support  —  (CBS) CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.
Bloomberg:
Wall Street Despised in Poll Showing Majority Want Regulation  —  Americans are leery about creating a new federal agency to make consumer-protection rules for mortgages and credit cards and would prefer to enhance the existing powers of banking regulators.  —  Most people interviewed …
Bloomberg:
Health-Care Overhaul Changes to Start Taking Effect This Year  —  Indoor tanning salons will charge customers a 10 percent tax beginning today in just one of the changes Americans will see as a result of the U.S. health-care overhaul signed into law by President Barack Obama.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Erin Geiger Smith / Law Review:
Al Franken Gets Alleged KBR Rape Victim Her Day In Court  —  Jamie Leigh Jones claims she was raped by fellow Halliburton employees when she was working in Iraq in 2005.  —  Her allegations are not pretty — she claims she was given a drink, after which she remembers nothing.
Calculated Risk:
New Home Sales at Record Low in February  —  The Census Bureau reports New Home Sales in February were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 308 thousand.  This is a new record low and a decrease from the revised rate of 315 thousand in January (revised from 309 thousand).
Discussion: Free exchange
 
 
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