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4:20 PM ET, March 25, 2010


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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 …
The Politico:   Cantor: Dems ‘fanning flames’
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Congressman Eric Cantor's Office Shot At
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Cantor Slams Dems For Politicizing, “Fanning Flames” Of Violence
Associated Press:
Cantor says shot fired at campaign office building
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  Now that President Obama has signed the legislation into law, most voters want to see it repealed.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 …
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.
John / Power Line:
Repeal It!  —  I've written elsewhere that we should wait …
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  —  Of the Democrats, Blanche Lincoln, Ben Nelson, and Mark Pryor voted against the package.  Now, because it's slightly changed from the version the House considered, it will held back there for final passage.  The House vote is expected to be fairly smooth …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Facing South
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Senate sends healthcare ‘fixes’ bill back to House
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp and Riehl World View
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's healthcare: Iowa then and now
Discussion: The Politico
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
‘Go for it,’ Obama tells GOP on health repeal
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 …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
In Funds We Trust  —  Every time I write anything about Social Security …
Discussion: The Liberty Papers
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: CNN, The Awl and AMERICAblog News
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 …
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.
Janelle Rucker / The Roanoke Times:
Perriello's brother attacked after Tea Party posts wrong address for health care protest  —  A number of federal legislators are under tighter security because of threats they've received since Sunday.  —  981-3159  —  Opposition to massive health care reform has been building since …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Pelosi: Congress ‘undaunted’ by threats
Discussion: D.C. Now
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Fair and Balanced  —  Having gone from trying to obstruct passage of the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republicans have now decided that they're just bitter that they lost and in retaliation are going to prevent the Senate from conducting any business whatsoever after 2PM.
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Brave New Health Care World
Discussion: Washington Post and Obsidian Wings
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 …
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Mobs Are Born as Word Grows by Text Message  —  PHILADELPHIA — It started innocently enough seven years ago as an act of performance art where people linked through social-networking Web sites and text messaging suddenly gathered on the streets for impromptu pillow fights in New York …
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Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
The Scent of Weakness
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Pence: “Americans Have Every Right to Oppose Government Takeover …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Who's on first, Congressional-style
Alexis Leondis / Bloomberg:
Bonus Pay Changes Put ‘Massive Wrench’ in Wall Street Divorces
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Law Review
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tea partiers air doubts about Armey
The Politico:
Health bill may exempt top Hill staffers
Discussion: Congress Blog
Pussy Per Se / The Daily Caller:
Stripped by Massachusetts
Discussion: POWIP and Hit & Run
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Did Romney Endorse Federal Mandate?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
 Earlier Items: 
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP senators warn Obama of using recess appointment for labor board
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and The New Republic
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Exclusive: Steny Hoyer explains taxing Americans for lack of health insurance
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
MSNBC's Schultz: Time For A Government Takeover Of Talk Radio
Discussion: and
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Bienvenue au Canada — By: Mark Steyn
Discussion: five feet of fury.
The Corner on National Review Online:
Krauthammer's Take — By: NRO Staff
Discussion: Israel Matzav