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12:55 PM 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 …
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The Huffington Post:
Byrd Rule To Send Health Care Back To House, Rules Parliamentarian  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Senate Republicans succeeded early Thursday morning in finding two flaws in the House-passed health care reconciliation package.  Neither is of any substance, but the Senate parliamentarian …
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.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:   Dems: No public option amendment
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Hoyer confident House will re-approve final fixes to healthcare bill
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Gateway Pundit
Rasmussen Reports:
55% Favor Repeal of Health Care Bill  —  Just before the House of Representatives passed sweeping health care legislation last Sunday, 41% of voters nationwide favored the legislation while 54% were opposed.  Now that President Obama has signed the legislation into law, most voters want to see it repealed.
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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 …
Quinnipiac University:
Obama Gets Small Bounce From Health Care Win, Quinnipiac University …
Discussion: Politics Daily and TPMDC
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Coward Russ Carnahan Pushes Bogus Tea Party Lie to Media- Claims Prayer Service With Coffin Was a Violent Threat (Updated)  —  Remember as you read this: There is nothing the democratic-media complex will not do to lie about the tea party patriots or to prop up these horrid leftists …
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Coffin placed on Carnahan's lawn  —  A coffin was placed on a Missouri Democrat's lawn, another in a string of incidents against lawmakers after their vote Sunday on a health care overhaul.  —  Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) had a coffin placed “near his home,” a spokesman said Wednesday evening.
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.
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Real problems of violence against members of Congress or self-victimization for the purpose of political argument.  —  I'm seeing all these stories about threats to members of Congress and wondering what to make of it.  An unpopular bill was passed, and the protests continue.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Exclusive: Steny Hoyer explains taxing Americans for lack of health insurance
Washington Post:
House members offered more security after vandalism attacks …
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 …
BBC:
‘Bin Laden in 9/11 trial threat’  —  A message said to be from Osama Bin Laden threatens to kill Americans if the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks is executed by the US.  —  Al-Jazeera news channel broadcast an audiotape reportedly from the al-Qaeda leader talking about Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other suspects.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCain: Blame Democrats for lack of Senate cooperation
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Gibbs slams McCain, compares to six-year-old
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Brave New Health Care World  —  Change is so traumatic.  —  There we were, minding our own business, when all of a sudden, whammo, health care got reformed.  —  Really, it was quite a shock.  I guess it was because of the new president, Barack Obama, who is so much more decisive …
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Tony Coelho / The Politico:   How Dems can win with health care
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Fair and Balanced  —  Having gone from trying to obstruct passage …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DCCC accuses NRCC of encouraging violence  —  An odd quote in a Roanoke Times story about the FBI investigation into Tom Perriello's brother's sliced propane line provoked a blistering response from the NRCC.  —  The comment:  —  While his organization doesn't condone such behavior …
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Janelle Rucker / The Roanoke Times:
Perriello's brother attacked after Tea Party posts wrong address …
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
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 …
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 and Wake up America
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
MSNBC's Schultz: Time For A Government Takeover Of Talk Radio  —  VIVA HUGO!  —  Libtalker: Time For Socialism In Broadcasting  —  *** CAUGHT ON TAPE EXCLUSIVE ***  —  Feeling emboldened by the Democratic Party's success in imposing ObamaCare on the American public …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
W.H., labor to vote-switchers: We won't forget  —  Senior White House and organized labor officials are warning the handful of House Democrats who supported health care legislation last year only to oppose the final measure on Sunday that they shouldn't expect assistance for their reelection campaigns this fall.
Discussion: The Note, AMERICAblog News and The Awl
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP senators warn Obama of using recess appointment for labor board  —  All Senate Republicans wrote President Barack Obama on Thursday, demanding he not use a recess appointment to fill spots on a labor board.  —  Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), joined …
Discussion: The Politico
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare Day One  —  Companies are already warning about higher health-care costs.  —  Democrats dragged themselves over the health-care finish line in part by repeating that voters would like the plan once it passed.  Let's see what they think when they learn their insurance costs will jump right away.
Discussion: Commentary and Wake up America
 
 
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