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Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) is keeping up his attack on Republicans, after saying that their policy is for Americans to "die quickly" and after calling the health care crisis a "holocaust" -- and now says that the GOP has willfully chosen to let tens of thousands of people without insurance die every year.

In a new fundraising appeal posted by Grayson on Daily Kos, he says:

And now the Republicans claim they are going to introduce a resolution "disapproving" of my behavior.

What is this, junior high school? Do they think my feelings are hurt? Just what do these people think health care means? It's not some abstract "issue", we're talking about life and death! And the Republicans, who ran the government in full or in part from 2001-2009, chose to let those 44,000 people die, every single year when they were in power. And George W. Bush, whom the Republicans somehow pretend was not President for the last eight years, just let them die. He even vetoed health care for poor children.

So apologize? I don't think so.


National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Andy Seré gave us this comment in response: "This is an unstable man who has come unhinged. The depths to which Alan Grayson will sink to defend his indefensible comments know no bounds."

We reported earlier this month that Newt Gingrich's 527 group had accidentally told porn exec Allison Vivas that she'd been awarded an "Entrepreneur of the Year" award and invited her to an "intimate event" with Gingrich. The group soon backtracked and said the whole thing was a mistake.

Well, they may have made a similar mistake again. The Dallas Morning News reports that the owner of a topless club in Texas was given the same award -- and then stripped of it.

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Last month, the Republican National Committee used Newsmax's email list -- probably for a fee -- to solicit donations and support.

Newsmax -- which published (and later unpublished) a column saying it's not "unrealistic" that there may be a "military intervention" against President Obama -- names the RNC as "our sponsor" in the email, which is signed by RNC chair Michael Steele.

The message, addressed to "Fellow conservative," asks readers to take a health care survey and contribute "$1,000, $500, $100, $50 or $25 to help support our efforts to combat the Democrats' attempt to impose 'Obamacare' on all of us."

"You and the RNC are all that stand between our sensible Republican plan for real health care reform and the Democrats' scheme to take more of your hard-earned income to pay for other people's health care while limiting yours," it reads.

The campaign of Gov. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) has a new ad against Republican former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, in their continuing battle over insurance company coverage of mammograms.

Christie has advocated the legalization of mandate-free insurance policies, in order to lower costs. The Corzine camp went on the attack, saying that this would mean the elimination of New Jersey's state mandate of mammogram coverage. Christie has called that attack "deceitful" and "awful," citing his own mother's fight against breast cancer.

But the Corzine ad is sticking with the attack, and calling Christie "deceitful," and pointing to what mandate-free policies would mean. "Christie's own website shows he'd let insurance companies end mammogram coverage," the announcer says. "Cut short 48 hour maternity stays. No wonder the insurance industry backs Christie's plan."

One of the most anticipated amendments to the Senate Finance Committee's health care bill was introduced by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME). If adopted, it would create triggered public options at the state level if private insurance companies didn't make insurance affordable and available everywhere. But yesterday, when the Committee considered a separate pair of public option amendments, Snowe's proposal wasn't on the agenda.

Senate sources suggest Snowe may withhold the amendment until health care legislation hits the floor next month. And a Snowe spokesperson confirms that, though the situation is very fluid right now, that is a possibility.

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Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), who yesterday said the Republicans' health care plan is "Die quickly," today doubled down on his rhetoric, calling the health care crisis a "holocaust."

"I call upon the Democratic members of the House, I call upon the Republican members of the House, I call upon all of us to do our jobs for the sake of America, for the sake of those dying people and their families," Grayson said.

"I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven't voted sooner to end this holocaust in America," he said.

Yesterday, he said, "If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly. That's right. The Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick."

A Republican representative had drafted a resolution to condemn the remarks, but decided not to introduce it, saying he'd give Grayson the chance to apologize first.

Video after the jump.

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The Connecticut Insurance Department has begun an investigation into that Medicare mailer we told you about yesterday that tries to scare seniors into buying extra insurance by claiming that Congress has cut benefits -- right when the health care debate is dominating the news.

A copy of the mailer that went to a senior in Washington was sent by a direct mail firm, but listed an insurance agent, Tim Manry, who is apparently the Seattle branch manager for CT-based Futurity First.

Dawn McDaniel, spokeswoman for the Connecticut Insurance Department, which is responsible for regulating the insurance industry, sends along this statement:

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Arizona -- in the news over the summer for allowing gun-toters to attend presidential events -- has now passed a law allowing people to carry guns into bars. TPM has reported on 14 people in 3 separate Arizona incidents packing heat at political events - events that involved President Obama and Democratic representatives from the state.

The NRA-backed law, which takes effect today, allows those with a concealed weapons permit to bring guns into bars and restaurants. The new rules coincide with the Supreme Court announcement today that it will review a gun-control case, McDonald v. Chicago, which concerns whether state and local gun laws may be challenged under the Second Amendment.

The one stipulation that prohibits gun-toters from entering Arizona bars: if the establishment has a sign against them. So if there's a sign, you can't bring a gun in -- except there are enough loopholes to render the rule almost meaningless.

First, the signs have to be state-approved. And according to the AP:

A person would be exempt if the sign banning guns had fallen down, the person wasn't an Arizona resident, or the notice was first posted less than a month earlier.


That certainly isn't making bar owners in Arizona feel better.

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The latest polls from the Virginia gubernatorial race all show Republican candidate Bob McDonnell leading Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds -- but by different margins, and with wildly different makeups of the electorate under their different likely voter screens.

What this tells us is that get-out-the-vote efforts could be crucial in this race, as the parties work to get out their base supporters. Barack Obama carried the state by 53%-47%, but the polls show likely voter pools that either voted for John McCain or only narrowly for Obama -- a sign that the likely voter models are showing Republican voters to be relatively more motivated than Democrats this time.

Check out the different results, after the jump.

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