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Another Purported Osama Bin Laden Message Hints At Retaliation

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March 25, 2010: Octavia Nasr / CNN International – March 25, 2010

(CNN) — An audio message purportedly from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden threatened retaliation against Americans if alleged 9/11 mastermind Khaled Sheikh Mohammed is executed. The message — aired Thursday by the Arabic-language TV network Al-Jazeera — is directed at “the American people about our prisoners,” the speaker said.

“Your master in the White House is following his predecessor in many important issues, like escalating the war in Afghanistan and unfairly treating our prisoners — led by the hero jihadi Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,” who faces trial in the United States for his alleged actions in the 2001 attack.

“The White House declared that they will execute Khaled Sheikh Mohammed and his comrades in arms.” If the United States makes a decision to execute al Qaeda prisoners, “it would be responsible when we execute anyone of you we capture,” he threatened.

“We have been enduring your masters’ oppression for a long time, especially by supporting Israel’s occupation of our land in Palestine. Our reaction to that oppression was heard loudly on the 11th with God’s help,” a reference to the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the United States. “Justice is to be treated in the same manner,” he said.

Purported bin Laden messages last surfaced in late January. In one of them, the al Qaeda leader condemned the United States and other industrial nations for causing climate change. The message criticized former U.S. President George W. Bush for rejecting the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, and the speaker condemned international corporations.

In another, bin Laden claimed responsibility for the alleged Christmas Day attempt by Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane as it approached Detroit, Michigan, from Amsterdam, Netherlands. Bin Laden also warned the United States of more attacks.

CNN could not independently confirm the authenticity of the messages.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Of course CNN or anyone else for that matter can’t “confirm the authenticity of the messages.” They’re coming from a dead guy, right?SJH

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Poll: 55% Of American Citizens Favor A Repeal Of Health Care Bill

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March 25, 2010: Rasmussen Reports – March 25, 2010

Just before the House of Representatives passed sweeping health care legislation last Sunday, 41% of voters nationwide favored the legislation while 54% were opposed. Now that President Obama has signed the legislation into law, most voters want to see it repealed.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, conducted on the first two nights after the president signed the bill, shows that 55% favor repealing the legislation. Forty-two percent (42%) oppose repeal. Those figures include 46% who Strongly Favor repeal and 35% who Strongly Oppose it.

In terms of Election 2010, 52% say they’d vote for a candidate who favors repeal over one who does not. Forty-one percent (41%) would cast their vote for someone who opposes repeal.

Not surprisingly, Republicans overwhelmingly favor repeal while most Democrats are opposed. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 59% favor repeal, and 35% are against it.

Most senior citizens (59%) also favor repeal. Earlier, voters over 65 had been more opposed to the health care plan than younger adults. Seniors use the health care system more than anyone else.

A number of states are already challenging the constitutionality of that requirement in court, and polling data released earlier shows that 49% of voters nationwide would like their state to sue the federal government over the health care bill.

Rasmussen Reports will track support for the repeal effort on a weekly basis for as long as it remains a significant issue. The next update will be released Monday morning.

Sixty percent (60%) of likely voters believe the new law will increase the federal budget deficit. Only 19% disagree and say it will not. Twelve percent (12%) think it will have no impact on the deficit.

Throughout the legislative debate, advocates of the reform expressed frustration about the fact that voters believe it will increase the deficit. Many, including the president, pointed to Congressional Budget Office projections to argue that the plan will actually reduce the deficit. However, voters are skeptical of the official government projection, and 81% believe the actual cost of the program will be higher than projected.

Voters have consistently said that reducing the federal budget deficit is a higher priority than health care reform. They also believe that deficit reduction is the goal Obama is least likely to achieve as president.

Overall, 41% of voters believe the new health care legislation will be good for the country, while 49% believe it will be bad for the country.

While 64% of Mainstream voters think the health care plan will be bad for the country, 90% of the Political Class see its passage as a good thing.

Twenty-six percent (26%) of voters nationwide say the legislation will have a positive impact on them personally, while 43% expect a negative impact. Twenty-five percent (25%) say the massive overhaul of the health care system will have no impact on them personally.

A total of 24% believe it will be good for the country and good for them personally. Forty percent (40%) believe it will be bad for the country and bad for them personally.

Generally speaking, the partisan and demographic breakdowns have shifted little since passage of the health care bill. Those groups who opposed the bill tend to support repeal and those who supported the bill oppose repeal.

The president has enjoyed a bounce in his Job Approval ratings in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll following passage of the legislation. However, the bounce has come from increased enthusiasm among Democrats rather than increased support from Republicans and unaffiliated voters.

While some aspects of the new health care law are popular, most voters oppose the measures required to cover the nearly one trillion dollars in additional spending called for over the next decade. Fifty-six percent (56%) oppose the reductions in Medicare spending, a figure that includes 70% of those over 65.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Of course “90% of the Political Class see its passage as a good thing” because they are all exempt from the death bill– SJH

Healthcare Bill Exempts Congress And Staff

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Breaking News: Senate Will Have To Return “Health Bill” To House

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March 25, 2010: Associated Press (AP) / KGAN CBS 2 News – March 25, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans have found minor glitches in a health care fix-it bill that will force it back to the House, and Democrats aren’t ruling out the possibility of more flaws.

An exhausted Senate labored past 2 a.m. Eastern time on a stack of GOP amendments. Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, says Republicans consulting with the chamber’s parliamentarian had found “two minor provisions” that violate Congress’ budget rules. The provisions deal with Pell grants for low-income students.

Republicans have been hunting for such violations in hopes of bringing down the legislation. The two provisions are expected to be formally removed from the bill on Thursday. Manley says Senate leaders expect the House to approve the revised measure. The Senate has scheduled passage of the health bill for this afternoon.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Too little too late… – SJH

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