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As Americans are learning about reform Congress passed on Sunday night, more have signed on to the historic legislation according to a CBS poll released yesterday.

On Monday and Tuesday, CBS re-surveyed 649 people it had previously asked about the reform bill in the days before it passed and signed into law. And though most still said they were opposed to the bill, support for the reform package climbed five points as did support for the man most think are responsible for the bill's passage, President Obama.

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney has endorsed Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson in Kentucky's Republican Senate primary.

From the Grayson campaign's release:

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A new national poll sheds some interesting light on the tea party movement. Though it confirms that the group is more white and more Republican than anything else, something other polls in the past have suggested, it also shows that your average tea partier is more likely to be a woman than an man. And she's likely to be very angry at the government and a very big fan of Sarah Palin.

The Quinnipiac poll out this morning shows the just 13% of voters all themselves tea partiers, and those that do are on the far fringes of anger at and distrust of the government. The group is basically Republican -- 77% identified themselves that way, with just 5% calling themselves independent. In a surprise, 55% are women, while just 45% are men.

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Vice President Joe Biden will meet with Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) for lunch today at 12:30 p.m. at the White House.

The lunch comes as the Senate works to pass an array of "fixes" to health care legislation.

The Tea Party Express' next stop? Bart Stupak's district.

The group announced in an email today that it will hold three tea party rallies to oppose the Michigan Democrat -- in Ironwood, Escanaba and Sault Sainte Marie -- and will launch a TV and radio campaign calling for his defeat.

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As the Senate gets closer to voting on a health care reconciliation bill, the Republican strategy to derail the Democrats' plans is getting creative--and dirty. Their strategy is clear: with Democrats determined to pass a clean bill, Republicans will force them to vote down politically juiced-up amendments, and likely turn them into political ads meant to characterize Dems as sympathetic to sex offenders and fraudsters.

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) got it started by filing the first two amendments: one to repeal the 'government takeover of health care,' and another to block federal funding of ACORN (the community organizing group that folded yesterday). Just behind him came Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), who wants to make Democrats vote, among other things, on an amendment that "prohibit[s] the new health care exchanges from providing coverage of Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs to convicted child molesters and rapists." Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) got in on the act, authoring an amendment to strip all special deals out of the health care bill.

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President Obama at 2:30 p.m. will host a group of pro-life Democrats for a ceremony signing an executive order handling abortion language -- a key compromise forged over the weekend to bring members on board to vote for the health care reform legislation.

The White House said the Oval Office ceremony, closed to the press, is to sign the order "that reaffirms the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's consistency with longstanding restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion."

According to the White House, Members of Congress invited to attend the signing include:

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Joining a distinguished group of state attorneys general in challenging the constitutionality of the health reform legislation, now comes Orly Taitz, who in a new federal court filing argues that the bill violates her "right" to practice dentistry.

Along with her lawyerly pursuits, Taitz operates a dental office in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.

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