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2:55 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 …
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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 …
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Congressman Eric Cantor's Office Shot At  —  FOX News is reporting:  —  FOXWIRE: FOX has learned that the Richmond, VA campaign office of House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) was shot at overnight.  —  Cantor, is the highest-elected Jewish official in the country and the only Jewish Republican in the House.
Chad Pergram / The Speakers Lobby:
EXCLUSIVE: Shot Fired at House Minority Whip Cantor's Richmond Office  —  FOX has learned that the Richmond, VA campaign office of House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) was shot at Monday.  —  Cantor, is the highest-elected Jewish official in the country and the only Jewish Republican in the House.
Associated Press:
Cantor says shot fired at campaign office building
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and TPMDC
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Cantor Slams Dems For Politicizing, “Fanning Flames” Of Violence
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Healthcare bill headed back to the House after marathon Senate push
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.
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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 …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Most Want GOP to Keep Fighting on Health Bill
John / Power Line:
Repeal It!  —  I've written elsewhere that we should wait …
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Janelle Rucker / The Roanoke Times:
Perriello's brother attacked after Tea Party posts wrong address …
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Pelosi: Congress ‘undaunted’ by threats
Discussion: D.C. Now
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.
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 …
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
In Funds We Trust  —  Every time I write anything about Social Security …
Discussion: The Liberty Papers
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.
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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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A FRIVOLOUS LAWSUIT.... When it comes to health care reform, it makes sense that Republican opponents of the Affordable Care Act would vote against it.  It also makes sense that they'd complain about it now that it's law.  If you think voters are gullible rubes, it might even make sense …
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Aaron Gould Sheinin / Gold Dome Live:
Breaking: Perdue will sue feds over health care on his own
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.
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Aljazeera:
Bin Laden threatens Americans
Discussion: The Lede and Guardian
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.
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.
The Politico:
Health bill may exempt top Hill staffers  —  Tonight, as the Senate moved toward the process of debating the reconciliation bill, Grassley offered yet another amendment to force all congressional staffers, as well as the president, vice president, cabinet members and top White House staff to buy coverage through the exchanges.
Discussion: Congress Blog
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
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Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Breitbart.tv
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
W.H., labor to vote-switchers: We won't forget
Discussion: The Note, The Awl and AMERICAblog News
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
What Republicans Should Do Now  —  Repeal and reform will be a winning issue this fall.
Discussion: Commentary and Wake up America
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
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Discussion: five feet of fury.
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