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5:45 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’
Chad Pergram / The Speakers Lobby:
Shot Fired at House Minority Whip Cantor's Richmond Office
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Associated Press:
Cantor says shot fired at campaign office building
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Cantor Slams Dems For Politicizing, “Fanning Flames” Of Violence
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 …
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
David Frum: AEI Says They Didn't Axe Me For Slamming GOP
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  Now that President Obama has signed the legislation into law, most voters want to see it repealed.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 …
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
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's healthcare: Iowa then and now
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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 and The Daily Dish
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 …
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
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:   In Funds We Trust  —  Every time I write anything about Social Security …
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 …
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 …
US Senator Orrin Hatch:
Discussion: Washington Wire and The BLT
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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Discussion: CNN and The Awl
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
What Republicans Should Do Now  —  Repeal and reform will be a winning issue this fall.
Discussion: Des Moines Register
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
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