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10:50 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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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.
Discussion: Washington Post
Bobbyclark / ColoradoPols.com:   Open letter to Senators Bennet and Udall: “No” …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Hoyer confident House will re-approve final fixes to healthcare bill
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
GOP challenges send health bill back to House
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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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Hoyer: Members are at risk
Washington Post:
House members offered more security after vandalism attacks …
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 …
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Des Moines Register:
Guest opinion: Why Republicans will fight to repeal health-care takeover  —  U.S. REP. JOHN BOEHNER, R-OHIO, IS THE MINORITY LEADER IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.  CONTACT: HTTP://GOPLEADER.GOV  • MARCH 24, 2010  —  It's fitting that President Obama returns to Iowa City today …
Discussion: Power Line and Political Punch
Rasmussen Reports:
55% Favor Repeal of Health Care Bill
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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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 …
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 …
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Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Military to Revise 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Rules
ABCNEWS:
A ‘More Humane’ Don't Ask, Don't Tell?
Discussion: The Politico and Associated Press
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
Meet your site host, 4 [updated]  —  More on yours truly, this time from the soft left pole of the progressive-"pragmatic conservative" axis of Jeff Hate.  “What do you do in the wake of a crushing political defeat?”: … Two things.  First, and for the record, I never declared myself to be “way cooler than everyone else.”
Discussion: POWIP, Vanity Fair and The Jawa Report
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SEK / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
What do you do in the wake of a crushing political defeat?
Discussion: Alas, a blog
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
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.
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Stephen Spruiell / The Corner on National Review Online:
Verizon to Employees: We Expect Our Health-Care Costs to Rise …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
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
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.”
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 …
Philip Klein / American Spectator:
Petraeus Sets the Record Straight on Israel  —  Earlier this month, a posting on the Foreign Policy website caused a firestorm by reporting that in January, Gen. David Petraeus “sent a briefing team to the Pentagon with a stark warning: America's relationship with Israel is important …
Tony Coelho / The Politico:
How Dems can win with health care  —  President Barack Obama and the Democrats have won the battle for health care reform.  Thanks to their leadership and perseverance, 32 million uninsured Americans emerged as victors from last weekend's ugly war of words on Capitol Hill.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Gibbs slams McCain, compares to six-year-old  —  White House press secretary Robert Gibbs took a swipe at Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) today, comparing the Arizona Republican to a child who wanted to “take his toys and go home.”  —  The dust up started Monday when McCain said the healthcare reform …
Dan Gilgoff / CNN:
Blasted by left and right, Stupak appears safe back home  —  (CNN) — Inside the Washington beltway, Rep. Bart Stupak is taking heat from the left and right.  —  Three days after a major anti-abortion group took back its “Defender of Life” award from the Michigan Democrat over his support …
 
 
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Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
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Brendan Nyhan / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: Myths About Health Care Reform Remain
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W.H., labor to vote-switchers: We won't forget
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 Earlier Items: 
Mike Allen / The Politico:
McConnell: Repeal ‘top of our list’
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Sewell Chan / New York Times:
China Says It Will Not Adjust Exchange Rate
Discussion: Free exchange
Kos / Daily Kos:
The “repeal” trap  —  Who knew Roger Ebert was a budding political consultant?
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Forbes:
Resisting ObamaCare, Gandhi Style