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The first post-health care reform passage results are in, and President Obama is emerging as the big winner. The public is still split on the reform package itself (with a slight majority still opposed to it), though support appears to be on the rise. But Obama himself has enjoyed big jumps in support since signing the law he has said would be the centerpiece of his first four years in the White House.

Several recent polls, conducted after the House vote Sunday night, show that public support for Obama's efforts on reform have jumped, and that he has re-endeared himself to his Democratic base.

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In a speech today in Iowa, President Obama dared Republicans to make good on their threat to run on repealing health care reform.

"Now that we passed it, they're already promising to repeal it. They're actually going to run on a platform of repeal this November," Obama said. "And my attitude is, 'Go for it.'"

"If they wanna have that fight, we can have it," he went on. "Because I don't believe the American people are gonna put the insurance industry back in the driver's seat. We've already been there, we're not going back. This country's moving forward."

More on Obama's speech here.


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President Obama is speaking about health care reform at the University of Iowa. Here are his complete prepared remarks:

Hello, Iowa City! Thank you Secretary Sebelius for that introduction, and for all the amazing and tireless work you've done to make health care reform a reality. I also feel your pain. In my bracket, I had Kansas winning the entire championship, so I'm a little bit bitter too. But I want to congratulate all the Northern Iowa fans in this part of the state on their big win.

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With all the Republican state attorneys general who are challenging the health care bill in court, there is also one Democratic attorney general who is taking heat for not suing -- Thurbert Baker of Georgia, who is also currently a candidate for governor, and who now has Republican state legislators calling for his impeachment.

Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue, who is term-limited this year, asked Baker to sue the federal government, which Baker then refused. In response, Perdue has appointed a "special attorney general" to mount the lawsuit, anyway. What's more, some Republican legislators are reportedly moving to impeach Baker, arguing that he was legally required to pursue the lawsuit at the governor's request.

"I was elected to be the attorney general of this state, to give my best legal advice on these legal questions," Baker told TPMDC. "And I answered the governor's question as to whether there was a legal basis to file a lawsuit against the federal government to overturn health care reform. I did what I was supposed to do which is research the law and give my opinion of it."

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Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) received a threatening voicemail last night that's being investigated by the Capitol Police, The Hill reports.

Citing her chief of staff, The Hill reports that Schmidt's office received a voicemail last night from a caller "who talks of wishing the congresswoman had broken her back" in 2008.

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In a blog post yesterday on the climate of threats surrounding health care reform, an editor and radio host employed by the Pajamas Media conservative blog outlet called for a return to the "fine tradition" of tar and feathering, and potentially even more extreme acts of violence.

In the post, titled "Put the Fear of Something Into Them," Pajamas' Denver Editor Stephen Green riffed on the recent threats and attacks on Democrats and concluded:

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