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8:10 PM ET, March 25, 2010


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David Frum / FrumForum:
AEI Says Goodbye  —  I have been a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute since 2003.  At lunch today, AEI President Arthur Brooks and I came to a termination of that relationship.  —  Below is the text of my letter of resignation. … Follow David Frum on twitter: @davidfrum
Bruce Bartlett / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
David Frum and the Closing of the Conservative Mind  —  As some readers of this blog may know, I was fired by a right wing think tank called the National Center for Policy Analysis in 2005 for writing a book critical of George W. Bush's policies, especially his support for Medicare Part D. In the years since …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
David Frum: AEI Says They Didn't Axe Me For Slamming GOP  —  I just got off the phone with writer David Frum, and he says the conservative American Enterprise Institute assured him today that he isn't being fired because of his recent blistering criticism of the GOP, as has been widely speculated this afternoon.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Embracing the freakshow  —  As Barack Obama's campaign for president heated up, the Secret Service fielded a stream of threats of various seriousness.  His canvassers sometimes encountered hostile, even racist, remarks and scary situations.  The long, ugly spring of 2008 produced a smashed window …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
President Obama to repeal-minded Republicans: ‘Go for it’  —  President Barack Obama on Thursday flipped into campaign mode and dared Republicans to repeal the healthcare law.  —  With his signature agenda item signed into law, Obama switched from selling the bill to aggressively promoting …
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  Now that President Obama has signed the legislation into law, most voters want to see it repealed.
Quinnipiac University:
Obama Gets Small Bounce From Health Care Win, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Net Disapproval Of Health Reform Drops 9 Points  —  Despite passage of his signature health reform bill, President Barack Obama still gets a split 45 - 46 percent approval from American voters …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   What's in the Affordable Care Act?
John / Power Line:
Repeal It!  —  I've written elsewhere that we should wait …
Fox News:
Cantor Says Campaign Office Was Shot At, Accuses Dems of Exploiting Threats  —  Republican Rep. Eric Cantor said Thursday that his Richmond campaign office has been shot at and that he's received “threatening e-mails” — but at the same time accused top Democrats of trying to exploit …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker now reports threat over healthcare stance  —  U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a threatening voicemail left in the office of Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio), her chief of staff said Thursday.  —  Schmidt's office was left a voicemail late Wednesday night in what appears …
Sarah Ebner / Times of London:
Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama ‘dumped him for dinner’  —  Giles Whittell, Washington, and James Hider, Jerusalem  —  For a head of state to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare.  For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
W.H., labor to vote-switchers: We won't forget
Discussion: CNN, The Awl and AMERICAblog News
Jonathan Dienst / NBC New York:
“White Powder” Package Sent to Congressman Weiner's Office  —  Letter references “health care” vote  —  Law enforcement officials say a package with white powder was sent to Congressman Weiner's Queens office today.  —  A preliminary review shows the letter in part complained …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Undying Shame  —  I'm not sure John Boehner making …
Washington Post:
Obama administration to order lenders to cut mortgage payments for jobless  —  The Obama administration plans to overhaul how it's tackling the foreclosure crisis, in part by requiring lenders to temporarily slash or eliminate monthly mortgage payments for many borrowers who are unemployed, senior officials said Thursday.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tea partiers air doubts about Armey  —  It seemed a strange fit to begin with - a former House Republican leader turned $750,000-a-year Washington lobbyist who resurfaced as perhaps the single most identifiable leader of a populist, anti-Washington movement.
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 …
Max Boot / Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare and American Power
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's healthcare: Iowa then and now  —  President Barack Obama returned to Iowa City, Iowa, today to tout the healthcare legislation that he signed into law today.  It was Iowa City, on May 29, 2007, where candidate Obama first proposed his vision of a healthcare overhaul for millions of uninsured Americans.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
‘Go for it,’ Obama tells GOP on health repeal
Joe Klein / Time:
Obama Health Care Bill: Political Victory for President
Discussion: New York Times
New York Times:
Senate Passes Set of Changes to Health Care Overhaul  —  WASHINGTON — After running through an obstacle course of Republican amendments and procedural objections, the Senate on Thursday afternoon approved of a package of changes to the Democrats' sweeping health care overhaul …
Ezra Klein:
Senate passes reconciliation fixes 56-43
Ezra Klein:
11 predictions for the health-care reform bill  —  I'm a little confused by this post Megan McArdle has written saying that I refuse to make testable predictions regarding the eventual impact of health-care reform.  As I told her in the e-mail exchange that led to her post …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
The Washington Independent:
Gates Sharply Limits 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  Changes Will Make It Difficult to Remove a Service Member Who Does Not Come Out as Gay  —  In a major victory for opponents of the military's ban on open homosexual service, Defense Secretary Robert Gates significantly revised how the Pentagon …
Nathaniel Frank / The Huffington Post:   What the Changes to DADT Mean: The Good, The Bad and the Politically Dangerous
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 …
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Aaron Gould Sheinin / Gold Dome Live:
Breaking: Perdue will sue feds over health care on his own  —  By Jim Tharpe/ and Aaron Gould Sheinin/  —  Gov. Sonny Perdue said Thursday he will appoint a “special attorney general” to challenge federal health care legislation signed into law this week by President Obama.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A FRIVOLOUS LAWSUIT.... When it comes to health care reform …
NPR Blogs:
NPR Changes Abortion Language  —  Last week, I wrote a post about how NPR identifies people who support or oppose abortion.  It engendered a lively debate inside and outside NPR.  Today, some top editors got together to review the 2005 policy and decided to no longer use “pro-choice” or “pro-life.”
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
OfA fundraises off threats  —  The Democrats continue to take political advantage of reports of Republican vandalism and threats, with the head of the Obama campaign organization, Mitch Stewart, referring to the incident at Tom Perriello's brother's house in a fundraising appeal.  —  He writes:
Discussion: CNN, and RedState
Paul Haven / Associated Press:
Cuban leader applauds US health-care reform bill  —  HAVANA — It perhaps was not the endorsement President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress were looking for.  —  Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Thursday declared passage of American health care reform “a miracle” …
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
2010: A Race Odyssey — Disproving a Negative for Cash Prizes or, How the Civil Rights Movement Jumped the Shark  —  As I have said over and over and over, the left has one trick that it will use again and again when its back is in the corner: shout ‘racist’ in a crowded country.
Discussion: Power Line
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Romney up in Ohio and Wisconsin
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
RNC Blackwater event is on
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Job Approval at 51% After Healthcare Vote
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Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Petraeus on Prez Talk: No Means No
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AR-Sen: Halter gains on Lincoln, strongest vs GOP
Discussion: Firedoglake and TPMDC
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Report: Senate Republicans Preparing Second Bunning-Style Showdown
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The Scent of Weakness
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Alexis Leondis / Bloomberg:
Bonus Pay Changes Put ‘Massive Wrench’ in Wall Street Divorces
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Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Coward Russ Carnahan Pushes Bogus Tea Party Lie to Media- Claims …
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
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