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7:25 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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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.
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 …
Peter Hamby / CNN:   FBI investigating Perriello incident in Virginia
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 …
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The Politico:
The backlash: Reform turns personal  —  Reps. Louise Slaughter and Bart Stupak have received death threats.  —  A tea party participant published what he thought was Rep. Thomas Perriello's home address and urged disgruntled voters to “drop by” for a “good face-to-face chat.”
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 …
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.
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.”
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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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
Chris Bowers / Open Left:   Senate sliding inexorably toward procedural reform
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: Hot Air and The New Ledger
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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.
Milton Wolf / Wolf Files:
HERE'S MY AMA REQUEST FOR MEMBERSHIP DUES:  —  Sunbeam?  Read this.
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Gates Will Relax 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Enforcement This Week  —  When the Pentagon's leadership announced a process to end the military's ban on open gay service before Congress, Defense Secretary Robert Gates played the cautionary role.  Gates told senators that he would put together a study group …
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CNN:
Source: Pentagon set to ease policy on gays in the military
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: TalkLeft and The Huffington Post
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi: Keeping a Democratic House in November ‘too important to the country’  —  Keeping a Democratic majority in the House is “too important to the country,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday.  —  Pelosi, the leader of Democrats in the House, said she had no intention …
Discussion: Townhall.com
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: Jezebel and The Huffington Post
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 …
Discussion: Open Left
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 :
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.
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.
 
 
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
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The Politico:
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Washington Post:
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Fox News:
Terrorists Could Use Explosives in Breast Implants to Crash Planes, Experts Warn
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Thomas Goldstein / The Huffington Post:
A Hearing to Define “Mainstream” Judicial Views
Mark Tran / Guardian:
Airport worker given police warning for ‘misusing’ body scanner
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Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
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Bob Willis / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Hot Air and DailyFinance