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11:45 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 …
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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 …
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 …
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.
Bobbyclark / ColoradoPols.com:   Open letter to Senators Bennet and Udall: “No” …
Washington Post:
GOP challenges send health bill back to House
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Hoyer confident House will re-approve final fixes to healthcare bill
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Gateway Pundit
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Exclusive: Steny Hoyer explains taxing Americans for lack of health insurance
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Real problems of violence against members of Congress or self …
Washington Post:
House members offered more security after vandalism attacks …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Hoyer: Members are at risk
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Gothamist
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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 …
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 …
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
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Republicans have their sights set to takeover another Kennedy seat  —  Republicans put themselves back on the map in the Northeast by stealing one Kennedy seat.  And now, the last vestige of the Kennedy legacy has become a cause célèbre.  —  Rhode Island state Rep. John Loughlin …
Discussion: Politics Daily
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.”
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, The Awl, Time and AMERICAblog News
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin ‘has been vocal about condeming violence,’ aide says  —  Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin's team is fighting back against some Democratic claims that the former Alaska governor is encouraging threats of violence against members of Congress who voted in favor of health care reform.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Did Romney Endorse Federal Mandate?  —  The DNC has a new Web vid out mocking Mitt Romney's increasingly contorted positions on the individual mandate.  As you know, he backs it on the state level as rooted in conservative principles (a la Romneycare), but he's been warning that implementing …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
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
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 …
Bob Tita / Wall Street Journal:
Caterpillar Profit Hit by Health Care Law  —  Caterpillar Inc. said Wednesday it will take a $100 million charge to earnings this quarter to reflect additional taxes stemming from newly enacted U.S. health-care legislation.  —  The world's largest construction equipment manufacturer by sales …
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 …
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
 
 
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Quinnipiac University:
Obama Gets Small Bounce From Health Care Win, Quinnipiac University …
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Discussion: Politics Daily
Wall Street Journal:
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Tony Coelho / The Politico:
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
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Discussion: RedState
Mike Allen / The Politico:
McConnell: Repeal ‘top of our list’
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Forbes:
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