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FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe released a statement online today denouncing last night's passage of health care reform in the House. Here's the full statement:

I almost didn't get up this morning. I didn't want to. If you feel like me today, you are physically and emotionally exhausted after a grueling 15 month battle against the Democrats' hostile takeover of our health care. The tactics they employed to get it done were unlike any I have seen in my 25 years in Washington. Lies, threats, payola, willful ignorance, duplicity, and smears: we saw it all this past week as Nancy Pelosi did whatever it took to pass multi-trillion dollar legislation that will increase the size and reach of government in ways unseen since LBJ.

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RNC Chairman Michael Steele told Fox News anchor Shepard Smith today that he agreed with House Minority Leader John Boehner's assertion that health care reform is akin to "Armageddon."

Smith asked Steele, "Armageddon? Seriously?"

Steele: "Yes!"

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The new CNN poll on the health care bill -- conducted in the days before its ultimate passage in the House on Sunday night -- on the surface appears to show widespread opposition to the law. But on the other hand, the exact makeup of that opposition paints an ambiguous picture of just how effective a Republican campaign against it could be.

The initial top-line shows only 39% of registered voters favoring the bill, to 59% opposing it. However a follow-up question finds that 43% oppose it on the grounds that it is too liberal, while 13% oppose it on the grounds that it is not liberal enough. So another way of looking at the data is that 43% oppose it for being too liberal, 39% favor it, and 13% oppose it for not being liberal enough, with another 3% who oppose it for some indeterminate reasons.

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House Majority Whip James Clyburn told reporters today that Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) should take to the House floor to apologize for shouting "baby killer" during debate Sunday night. Clyburn said the outburst - coupled with antics from protesters in the gallery above the chamber and Republican applause - is part of a growing pattern he worries will continue if it's not swiftly dealt with.

"That kind of stuff, it festers," Clyburn (D-SC) told TPMDC and several other reporters this afternoon following a brief signing ceremony for the health care bill. Clyburn said it was up to Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) to demand Neugebauer make a formal apology to the House from the well of the chamber.

"He needs to take control of his conference," Clyburn said. "For these things to be isolated events, they must be isolated."

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March 21, 2010: Demonstrators gathered yesterday at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to rally for immigration reform. Nearly 100,000 people are estimated to have attended the "March for America," carrying with them a multicolored collage of flags, musical instruments, and posters.

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U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement today on last night's passage of health care reform in the House. Here are his complete remarks:

Last night marked a turning point in our politics and our nation.

On a Sunday night in March, with the nation howling in opposition, a bare majority of Democrats in the people's house ignored the people to claim a win for their party.

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Medea Benjamin of Code Pink tells TPMmuckraker that the left-wing activist group orchestrated the bogus AIPAC press release calling for a settlement freeze that got picked up by several major news organizations today.

Benjamin says she and a colleague stood outside the AIPAC conference hall today dressed in suits and handed out copies of the statement to confused attendees.

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Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) has come forward and admitted that he was the one who yelled "baby killer" during the House debate on the health care bill last night.

In his statement, Neugeubauer said that he meant to refer to the bill as "a baby killer," not Stupak himself. That said, he has apologized to Stupak.

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It's set to begin Tuesday, after President Obama signs the health care bill into law. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will bring the House-passed reconciliation bill--making crucial amendments to the reform package--to the floor.

At that point the bulk of health care reform will be the law of the land. The reconciliation bill will strengthen some of its provisions, and remove other, more controversial ones. Once the bill comes to the floor, a 20-hour debate clock will begin ticking toward zero. Republicans say they will challenge some of its provisions for violating the reconciliation rules. If their challenges are successful, those provisions will likely be removed (meaning the bill will have to return to the House again).

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