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1:55 PM 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 …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:   Dems: No public option amendment
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 …
Chad Pergram / The Speakers Lobby:
EXCLUSIVE: Shot Fired at House Minority Whip Cantor's Richmond Office
Discussion: Think Progress and RedState
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Congressman Eric Cantor's Office Shot At
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  Now that President Obama has signed the legislation into law, most voters want to see it repealed.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  —  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 …
John / Power Line:
Repeal It!  —  I've written elsewhere that we should wait …
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.
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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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Real problems of violence against members of Congress or self …
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 …
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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Gail Collins / New York Times:
Brave New Health Care World
Tony Coelho / The Politico:   How Dems can win with health care
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
Aljazeera:
Bin Laden threatens Americans  —  Osama bin Laden has in a new audio recording threatened to kill any Americans that al-Qaeda takes prisoner if Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, considered as one of the masterminds behind the September 11 attacks, is executed.  —  The latest recording purportedly …
Discussion: The Lede and Guardian
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BBC:
‘Bin Laden in 9/11 trial threat’
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
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.
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 and Wake up America
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 …
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 and AMERICAblog News
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Exclusive: Steny Hoyer explains taxing Americans for lack of health insurance  —  Well, actually, he doesn't, although he should.  My good friend Jason Mattera graciously allowed us first crack at publishing his brief interview with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, taped by his colleague Alyssa Cordova …
Joe Solmonese / The Huffington Post:
New “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” Regulations a Positive Step Toward Repeal This Year  —  Today, the Department of Defense released regulations that will limit the circumstances under which a service member can be investigated and discharged from the military under “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
 
 
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