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3:30 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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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 …
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.
Charlottesville Daily Progress / Daily Progress:
Severed gas line found at home of Perriello brother  —  Updated: 1:55 p.m. Federal and local authorities are investigating a severed gas line at the home of U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello's brother, discovered the day after Tea Party activists posted the address online so opponents could “drop by” …
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 …
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
How Does Obamacare Poll?
Discussion: The Fix, Politics Daily and Commentary
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
E.J. Dionne / PostPartisan:
An ebullient Pelosi: watch out insurance companies, and Rahm is a ‘softie’
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.
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 …
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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.”
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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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.”
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: Law Review
Sandra Sobieraj Westfall / People.com:
Sarah Palin to Host Alaska Reality-TV Series  —  Good news for Those Who Can't Get Enough of Saran Palin: The former Alaska governor - who's now a Fox News commentator, best-selling memoirist and Republican campaign machine - has a deal in the bag with the Discovery Channel, a source at the network confirms to PEOPLE.
Discussion: CNN and The Swamp
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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Bob Willis / Bloomberg:
Sales of New U.S. Homes Dropped in February to Lowest on Record  —  Sales of new homes in the U.S. unexpectedly fell in February to a record low as blizzards, unemployment and foreclosures depressed the market.  —  Purchases decreased 2.2 percent to an annual pace of 308,000 …
Discussion: Hot Air and DailyFinance
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.
New York Times:
Breakthrough Is Reported in U.S. Arms Pact With Russia  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama and his Russian counterpart, President Dmitri A. Medvedev, have broken through a logjam in their arms control negotiations and expect to sign a new treaty in Prague next month that would slash American …
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Page
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.
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 …
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
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
George W. Bush Wipes Hand On Bill Clinton's Shirt, After Meeting Haitians  —  Former President's George W. Bush and Bill Clinton made their first joint visit to Haiti this week, touring and helping out in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital city devastated by the January earthquake.
 
 
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Elana Schor / Streetsblog Capitol Hill:
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White House to 13 state attorneys general suing over health care …
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