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9:50 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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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.
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 …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Tea Party Without Nuts
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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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 …
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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Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Senate sliding inexorably toward procedural reform
Discussion: Eschaton
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
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
The Politico:
After meeting, deafening silence
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, Wonk Room and The New Ledger
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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 …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Most Want GOP to Keep Fighting on Health Bill  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  A CBS News poll released Wednesday finds that nearly two in three Americans want Republicans in Congress …
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.
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.
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
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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
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.
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
Milton Wolf / Wolf Files:
HERE'S MY AMA REQUEST FOR MEMBERSHIP DUES:  —  Sunbeam?  Read this.
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.
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
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
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: The Huffington Post
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 and SCOTUSblog
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 …
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
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 …
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Rep. Artur Davis seeks to become Alabama's first African American governor  —  Rep. Artur Davis, long regarded as one of the most promising of a younger generation of black politicians that has emerged over the past decade, took a bold stance this week as he seeks to become …
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
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Patrick Yoest / Washington Wire:
Work to Rule: GOP Nixes Hearings to Protest Health Bill
Discussion: ACS Blog
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama signs executive order on abortion out of sight of media glare
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Gates Will Relax 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Enforcement This Week
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi: Keeping a Democratic House in November ‘too important to the country’
Discussion: Townhall.com
Fox News:
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Thomas Goldstein / The Huffington Post:
A Hearing to Define “Mainstream” Judicial Views
Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
‘I Am Alive’: Justice Ginsburg Fires Back
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Bob Willis / Bloomberg:
Sales of New U.S. Homes Dropped in February to Lowest on Record
Discussion: Hot Air and DailyFinance