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The Richmond Police Department released the following statement Thursday, along with this incident report:

Richmond Police Investigate Cantor Building Vandalism



March 25, 2010

The Richmond Police Department is investigating an act of vandalism at the Reagan Building, 25 E. Main St., Richmond, Virginia. A first floor window was struck by a bullet at approximately 1 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23. The building, which has several tenants including an office used by Congressman Eric Cantor, was unoccupied at the time.

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At a press conference in Atlanta today, Newt Gingrich delivered the following remarks on recent violent threats against Democratic leaders:

Just as there was no place for the kind of viciousness against Bush and Cheney, there's no place for viciousness against Democrats.

I would condemn any kind of activity that involves that kind of personal threat.

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Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper says she has received "threatening communication" she believes is tied to her vote in support of health care reform.

Dahlkemper released a statement to reporters today detailing multiple "emails, letters, faxes and phone calls that are threatening or menacing in nature as a result of my vote in favor of health care reform." She said her office hasn't been able to trace the senders of the messages and noted that while some are from Western Pennsylvania, she does not believe the majority of the messages are from her constituents.

The pro-life Democrat -- who agreed to support the legislation after Rep. Bart Stupak and leadership forged a compromise on an executive order handling abortion language with the White House -- said she has told authorities about a "threatening letter" sent to her Armstrong, Pa. district office on Tuesday.

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Karl Rove was on Fox News today slamming Democrats for "fanning the flames" and drawing attention to recent violent outbreaks against House leaders, saying that "it might inspire copycats."

Rove was particularly critical of Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), who, he said, "owes the American people an apology" for going on cable TV and making "claims about these threats that he had no right to do." Rove went on to call Van Hollen's remarks "reprehensible" and said they show his "lack of character."

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)--who has been working with Democrats to draft a bipartisan climate and energy bill--says the prospects for passing any more major legislation may be lost now that the Dems have all but finished up health care. One problem, he says, is that Democrats may not have the appetite after health care to commit to addressing other tough issues. But beyond that, he says, members of the GOP might just pick up their toys and go home.

"This makes it harder because quite frankly people are gonna be risk averse," Graham said in response to a question from TPMDC, moments after the Senate's final health care vote. "Democrats have taking a beating passing this bill, and I think when they go home for Easter they're gonna get some pretty strong blowback, and when you approach another tough issue like energy and climate, there's going to be risk aversion on their side and our people are pretty upset."

I asked him to elaborate on the Republican side of that equation. "The consequences of doing something this big in such a partisan, sleazy way--those consequences are real," Graham said.

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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.

Watch:

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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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