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March 25th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

California to vote to legalize marijuana

(CNN) – Marijuana supporters are celebrating a big political step forward. California may become the very first state to legalize recreational pot use.

The measure will be on the ballot in November and, if passed, could bring in some much-needed tax money for the cash-strapped state. Our Dan Simon talked to people on both sides of the debate.

Filed under: Drugs
March 25th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Did Bush wipe hand on Clinton?

(CNN) – A new viral video has people asking, did former President George W. Bush wipe his hand on former President Bill Clinton after shaking hands in Haiti?

We've tracked down a couple theories. Plenty of news reports imply, or flat out say: Yeah, that's exactly what happened. But other reports say it was probably an affectionate pat on the arm, or that former President Bush, who's known for being on time, could have been tugging on former President Clinton's sleeve trying to keep him on schedule.

You make the call.

Filed under: Politics
March 25th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

House members report increased threats since vote

By Carol Costello, CNN

(CNN) – Some conservatives have made pro-life Congressman Bart Stupak a verb.

Stu-packed. Definition? Betrayed. And, for some, that sense of betrayal has become visceral. Ever since the health care reform bill passed the House of Representatives, angry, and sometimes threatening calls, have been coming into Stupak’s office.

A sample: “You are a cowardly punk, Stupak. That’s what you are. You and your family, scum.” Another caller left this message: “Go to hell, you piece of ***t!”

Stupak has also received thousands of letters and faxes. One fax shows a picture of a noose, with the words, “All baby killers come to unseemly ends, either by the hand of man or the hand of God.”

The calls and letters kept coming as Stupak and other pro-life Democratic lawmakers gathered Wednesday to witness President Obama sign an executive order. An order, pro-life Democrats insist, confirms the ban on federal funding for abortions in the new health care law.

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, a pro-life Democrat from Ohio, says the mood was “joyous,” with “everybody clapping.”

Kaptur has experienced some push-back for her support of the health care bill too, but not like Stupak. She finds it disturbing, and says it has little to do with the abortion issue. “There were a lot of individuals who didn’t want this bill at all, and I think that’s where the vitriol is coming from,” says Kaptur.


Filed under: Politics
March 25th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Democrats facing death threats

(CNN) – The message from emotional voters to Capitol Hill could not be clearer: "go to hell."

From profanity-laden voice mails to faxes with Nazi insignia, thousands of Americans are venting their anger. And the shouting isn't bound to The Beltway.

At least ten members of Congress, with home districts stretching all the way from New York to Arizona, have reported either harassment, vandalism, or death threats. Our Brianna Keilar has the report from Capitol Hill.

Filed under: Politics
March 25th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

LIVE Blog: House Dems report increased threats

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(CNN) - Democratic congressional leaders Wednesday demanded Republicans join them in condemning a spate of threats and vandalism that has followed Sunday's vote on a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. health care system.

More than 10 Democrats have reported trouble since the weekend vote, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters. Windows have been smashed at Democratic offices in at least three states, and federal agents were investigating whether a cut gas line at the home of a Virginia congressman's brother was related to the lawmaker's yes vote.

Democracy "is not about violence," Hoyer said at a news conference with South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, the No. 2 Democrat in the House of Representatives. FULL STORY

Other top stories:

California could legalize pot
It's an historic step forward for pot supporters – California could become the first state to legalize marijuana for non-medicinal purposes. The measure will be on the ballot this fall. Our Dan Simon is in Oakland talking to people on both sides of the issue.

Relaxing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Big changes are expected to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. The Pentagon is set to announce this morning that the military will no longer investigate gays who are outed by third parties or complaints made anonymously. We'll get reaction from soldiers in the field.

Sound off: Join the conversation on today's top stories. What do you think about health care reform threats, relaxing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," or legalizing marijuana? Add your comments to the LIVE blog below and we'll read some of them on the show.

Filed under: LIVE Blog
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