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New Pro-Health Law Bumper Stickers Take Aim At Tea Party

Also, Americans For Prosperity is airing new anti-Obamacare ads. As the political back-and-forth action continues, The Washington Post checks some of the facts.

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Obamacare Bumper Sticker Pokes Fun At Tea Party
[Organizing For Action] has begun mailing a bumper sticker with the slogan “Don’t tread on my Obamacare” and the logo of a coiled stethoscope -- in the place of a rattlesnake -- to people who have connected with the organization’s Facebook page and provided their mailing address. The initiative, aimed in part at boosting OFA’s mailing list, also appears to be a jab at the tea party, whose members have commonly flown the yellow Gadsden flag -- with the slogan “Don’t tread on me”-- at their rallies (Ballhaus, 3/24).

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: AFP Airs New Anti-Obamacare Ad In Michigan
Another day, another ad blasting Obamacare from the conservative Americans for Prosperity. The latest television spot in the group’s $30 million media blitz is airing in Michigan, where the U.S. Senate race pits the former secretary of state, Republican Terri Lynn Land, against Democratic Rep. Gary Peters (Reinhard, 3/25).

The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker: New Anti-Obamacare Ad Makes Misleading Claims 
This 30-second ad from the pro-GOP group Americans for Prosperity claims it’s not about politics. But it’s really all about making life difficult for Democrats. In fact, the ad goes by so quickly that viewers may have little time to process the information offered in the ad -- except that the Affordable Care Act is really bad for Americans. The Truth Teller team has produced a video (above) which provides instant fact checks as the actress hired for the ad speaks her lines. More detail about the claims is provided below (Kessler, 3/25).

Meanwhile, odds makers look hard at Republican chances to regain the Senate --

Bloomberg: Republican Odds Of Senate Takeover Rise As Obama Declines 
The election that will determine control of the U.S. Senate is more than seven months away, an eternity in American politics. Even so, independent analysts are increasingly bullish on Republican prospects of gaining the six seats the party needs to win control of the chamber (McCormick and Giroux, 3/25).

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