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10:25 AM ET, March 25, 2010


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New York Times:
G.O.P. Forces New House Vote on Package of Health Bill Changes  —  WASHINGTON — With the Senate working through an all-night session on a package of changes to the Democrats' sweeping health care legislation, Republicans early Thursday morning identified parliamentary problems with at least …
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Healthcare bill headed back to the House after marathon Senate push  —  Senate Democrats defeated 29 straight Republican amendments to the Democratic healthcare reconciliation bill before losing a key parliamentary ruling in Thursday's early hours that will force the legislation back to the House of Representatives.
Discussion: Washington Post
Bobbyclark /
Open letter to Senators Bennet and Udall: “No” on amendments is a “Yes” for healthcare reform  —  Earlier this morning, I helped deliver a letter to Senators Udall and Bennet from 11 organizations representing hundreds of thousands of Coloradans.  These are groups that have been working tirelessly …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Hoyer confident House will re-approve final fixes to healthcare bill
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
GOP challenges send health bill back to House
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
G.O.P. Forces Another House Vote on Package of Changes to Health Bill
Discussion: Open Left and TalkLeft
John / Power Line:
What Was That Line About the Tree of Liberty and the Blood of Tyrants?  —  Today's big news story, along with the epic debate on health care taking place in the Senate, is the Democrats' claim that some of their Congressmen have been threatened with violence after voting for the government's takeover of health care.
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 …
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 …
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Pentagon prepares to relax enforcement of 'don't ask, don't tell'  —  The Pentagon is scheduled to announce Thursday that it will relax enforcement of the “don't ask, don't tell” rules that prevent gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military, a decision that officials described …
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Military to Revise 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Rules
A ‘More Humane’ Don't Ask, Don't Tell?
Discussion: The Politico and Associated Press
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Vatican Declined to Defrock U.S. Priest Who Abused Boys  —  Top Vatican officials — including the future Pope Benedict XVI — did not defrock a priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys, even though several American bishops repeatedly warned them that failure to act on the matter …
Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
Social Security Payout to Exceed Revenue This Year  —  The bursting of the real estate bubble and the ensuing recession have hurt jobs, home prices and now Social Security.  —  This year, the system will pay out more in benefits than it receives in payroll taxes, an important threshold …
The Corner on National Review Online:
Krauthammer's Take — By: NRO Staff  —  On Vice President Biden's profane utterance at the signing ceremony for Obamacare ["This is a big f**n deal"]: … On Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington this week: … On how Israel was treated by President Obama during the Netanyahu visit:
Discussion: Israel Matzav, Marbury and AmSpecBlog
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
Meet your site host, 4 [updated]  —  More on yours truly, this time from the soft left pole of the progressive-"pragmatic conservative" axis of Jeff Hate.  “What do you do in the wake of a crushing political defeat?”: … Two things.  First, and for the record, I never declared myself to be “way cooler than everyone else.”
Discussion: POWIP, The Jawa Report and Vanity Fair
SEK / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
What do you do in the wake of a crushing political defeat?
Discussion: Alas, a blog
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
What Republicans Should Do Now  —  Repeal and reform will be a winning issue this fall.  —  Democrats are celebrating victory.  The public outcry against what they've done doesn't seem to bother them.  They take it as validation that they are succeeding at transforming America.
Discussion: Commentary
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
GOP Lawmaker Darrell Issa Poised to Call for Special Prosecutor to Investigate White House  —  Rep. Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Oversight committee, told CBS News Wednesday that he will call for a special prosecutor to investigate the White House if it does not address …
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Bienvenue au Canada — By: Mark Steyn  —  A couple of days ago, I mentioned François Houle, the leftist apparatchik and provost of the University of Ottawa who threatened Ann Coulter with criminal prosecution before she'd even set foot on Canadian soil.  —  M. Houle warned Miss Coulter not to “promote hatred.”
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Gibbs slams McCain, compares to six-year-old  —  White House press secretary Robert Gibbs took a swipe at Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) today, comparing the Arizona Republican to a child who wanted to “take his toys and go home.”  —  The dust up started Monday when McCain said the healthcare reform …
Washington Post:
United States and Russia reach nuclear-arms deal  —  The United States and Russia have reached a deal on their most extensive nuclear arms-control agreement in nearly two decades, the Kremlin announced Wednesday.  The pact appeared to represent President Obama's first victory in his ambitious agenda to move toward a nuclear-free world.
Tony Coelho / The Politico:
How Dems can win with health care  —  President Barack Obama and the Democrats have won the battle for health care reform.  Thanks to their leadership and perseverance, 32 million uninsured Americans emerged as victors from last weekend's ugly war of words on Capitol Hill.
Brendan Nyhan / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: Myths About Health Care Reform Remain  —  AT the White House signing ceremony for health care legislation on Tuesday, President Obama declared, “In a few moments, when I sign this bill, all of the overheated rhetoric over reform will finally confront the reality of reform.”
Discussion: The New Republic
Philip Klein / American Spectator:
Petraeus Sets the Record Straight on Israel  —  Earlier this month, a posting on the Foreign Policy website caused a firestorm by reporting that in January, Gen. David Petraeus “sent a briefing team to the Pentagon with a stark warning: America's relationship with Israel is important …
Andrew Blankstein / L.A. NOW:
Actor Robert Culp dies after falling at his Hollywood home  —  Actor Robert Culp, best known for his role as an international tennis star and globe-trotting secret agent in the hit 1960s television series “I Spy,” died Wednesday morning after a fall at his Hollywood home, authorities said.
Dan Gilgoff / CNN:
Blasted by left and right, Stupak appears safe back home  —  (CNN) — Inside the Washington beltway, Rep. Bart Stupak is taking heat from the left and right.  —  Three days after a major anti-abortion group took back its “Defender of Life” award from the Michigan Democrat over his support …
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Steve Clow / L.A. NOW:
Initiative to legalize marijuana qualifies for November ballot
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Bob Tita / Wall Street Journal:
Caterpillar Profit Hit by Health Care Law
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare Day One  —  Companies are already warning about higher health-care costs.
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Ben Nelson on ‘Cornhusker Kickback’: I Never Asked for Just Nebraska
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
W.H., labor to vote-switchers: We won't forget
Discussion: The Note, The Awl and Time
Dan Senor / NY Post: Knickerbocker:
EXCLUSIVE: Dan Senor won't run for Senate
Discussion: Gothamist and Salon
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Joe Biden update: Obama found VP's effing gaffe hilarious highlight of historic day
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Allen / The Politico:
McConnell: Repeal ‘top of our list’
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
China Says It Will Not Adjust Exchange Rate
Discussion: Free exchange
Kos / Daily Kos:
The “repeal” trap  —  Who knew Roger Ebert was a budding political consultant?
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Resisting ObamaCare, Gandhi Style