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The 34 Democrats who voted against health care reform last night are by and large a familiar set. They overlap significantly--though not entirely--with the 39 Democrats who voted against the House health care bill in November. Just as in November, most hail from contested districts, in the south and the midwest. But just as in November, there are some surprises--members you wouldn't normally expect to see voting against legislation so closely associated with the Democratic party.

Most of the Democratic "no" votes are as you would expect: conservative members from conservative districts, in many cases facing difficult re-election challenges. Blue Dog chair Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD) is one such member. So is Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA).

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The top spokesman for AIPAC says someone created a hoax version of his email address and blasted out a statement calling on Israel to stop building new settlements, which was picked up by NPR, Politico's Laura Rozen reports.

Similarly, ABC's Jake Tapper tweeted the bogus news this morning (see image below) before deleting the item and tweeting "Whoa--- that was a hoax. AIPAC is NOT calling for a settlement freeze- someone staged a very elaborate fake email/press release. V odd."

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House Republicans are already raising money off of last night's passage of the Democratic health care bill, with National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) sending out a fundraising e-mail after the vote.

"This past week Democrats ignored millions of phone calls, email and letters from everyday Americans, but they listened to their big time contributors like Organized Labor and the Trial Lawyers," Sessions wrote. "Your support is critical to ending Pelosi's reign as Speaker. Democrats made their choice, today is your chance to tell them, in terms they understand, how you feel about their choice - and in November you get to make your choice."

Check out the full e-mail after the jump.

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Americans United For Change has a new ad against Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), one of the top stars of the right wing, attacking her for opposing the health care bill at the same time as she herself gets health insurance as a member of Congress.

"She may think she's an important politician in Washington," the announcer says. "But when it comes to health insurance, if it's good enough for her, shouldn't it be good enough for the rest of us?"

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WaPo: Obama Plans Public Relations Push For Health Care Effort The Washington Post reports that the Obama administration has planned a public relations blitz to turn around the image of the health care bill: "Planning inside the West Wing for the post-vote period has proceeded quietly, even as the president and his allies on Capitol Hill were fighting for the measure's passage. Reshaping the legislation's image will take place in three phases, White House aides said: the immediate aftermath; the seven months until the November midterm elections; and the several years that follow, during which many provisions in the measure will gradually take effect."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will meet at 11:30 a.m. ET with senior advisers.

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The public profile of Marc Thiessen, former chief speechwriter for Donald Rumsfeld and George W. Bush and current terrorism pundit, soared this year following the publication of his book Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack, which was blurbed by such conservative luminaries as Dick Cheney.

But now the New Yorker's Jane Mayer has published a scathing review of the book that challenges not only Thiessen's defense of "brutal interrogations" but also some of his basic factual claims.

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So, what's next?

House Democrats celebrated a major victory late last night after they passed a sweeping overhaul of the nation's health care system while simultaneously approving a package of fixes to the measure. But it's not the law of the land, not yet. What happens next is both simple in that there's one major vote left. But it's a bit complicated, since President Obama actually will sign one bill and then wait for the Senate to pass the other.

Come along and I'll explain.

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