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7:10 PM ET, March 12, 2010


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Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
‘They Just Want This Over’ — By: Robert Costa  —  Sitting in an airport, on his way home to Michigan, Rep. Bart Stupak, a pro-life Democrat, is chagrined.  “They're ignoring me,” he says, in a phone interview with National Review Online.  “That's their strategy now.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
An option still on table?  —  Senate Republicans caused a major stir Thursday when they told reporters that the parliamentarian had informed them that the Senate bill needed to be signed into law before lawmakers took up a sidecar bill to fix it.  —  And Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
New Health Care Whip Count - 191 Yes, 202 No  —  Just a brief word on the church of the savvy smugly saying that whip counts efforts like this are misguided because of all the “wiggle room.”  I'm building that into my analysis.  I think I'm representing an accurate snapshot in time of where the House is at on this bill.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Stupak says his bloc of votes is cracking  —  Democratic leaders have been able to pick off members of the anti-abortion-rights bloc Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) claimed to have, the congressman said Friday.  —  In an interview with the conservative National Review Online …
Discussion: TPMDC, MyDD and AmSpecBlog
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Two Major Developments.  Or Not.  —  If you were following the news on Thursday, you probably heard about one if not both of these developments:  —  1) The Senate Parliamentarian issued a ruling, effectively forcing the House to pass the Senate health care bill before the Senate could consider amendments to it.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dem Leaders: Bill Must Be Made Law Before Fix
James C. Capretta / National Review:
The Democrats' Tangled Web — By: James C. Capretta
New York Times:   Democrats Planning for Health Bill Vote Next Week
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Gregg, Coburn and Crapo named to White House debt commission
Discussion: The Politico
Howell Raines / Washington Post:
Why don't honest journalists take on Roger Ailes and Fox News?  —  One question has tugged at my professional conscience throughout the year-long congressional debate over health-care reform, and it has nothing to do with the public option, portability or medical malpractice.
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Three cheers for Howell Raines (but he didn't go far enough)
Discussion: Eschaton
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Tea parties stir evangelicals' fears  —  The rise of a new conservative grass roots fueled by a secular revulsion at government spending is stirring fears among leaders of the old conservative grass roots, the evangelical Christian right.  —  A reeling economy and the massive bank bailout …
Jessica Ravitz / CNN:
Coffee Party brewing  —  Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) — In one chair sits a rural retiree, his financial security shot in the slump, a humble Southerner who's never thought much about politics.  In another seat is a born Northerner, an inner-city native, a relative of a civil rights giant.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Figures. Politico Uses Evangelical Obama Voter In Tea Party Hit Piece
Discussion: Instapundit and Ben Smith's Blog
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Democrats' scam becomes more transparent  —  A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about what seemed to be a glaring (and quite typical) scam perpetrated by Congressional Democrats: all year long, they insisted that the White House and a majority of Democratic Senators vigorously supported a public option …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Health Reform Myths  —  Health reform is back from the dead.  Many Democrats have realized that their electoral prospects will be better if they can point to a real accomplishment.  Polling on reform — which was never as negative as portrayed — shows signs of improving.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
A Historic Achievement
Washington Post:
If Democrats ignore health-care polls, midterms will be costly
David Brooks / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: What Obama Stands For  —  Who is Barack Obama?  —  If you ask a conservative Republican, you are likely to hear that Obama is a skilled politician who campaigned as a centrist but is governing as a big-government liberal.  He plays by ruthless, Chicago politics rules.
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
Brooks & Obama Cont'd — By: Jonah Goldberg
Discussion: EconLog and Pajamas Media
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Texas Conservatives Win Vote on Textbook Standards  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — After three days of turbulent meetings, the Texas Board of Education on Friday voted to approve a social studies curriculum that will put a conservative stamp on history and economics textbooks, stressing the role …
The Hill:
GOP member: White House ‘clowns’ are ‘punishing’ lawmakers after security flub  —  Members of Congress are being “punished” as a result of the notorious “gate crashing” security breach at the White House last year, according to a Texas Republican.  —  Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) …
Discussion: Maggie's Notebook
The Huffington Post:
Fox News Plucks ‘Back Wax’ Ad From YouTube  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Fox News Channel has forced YouTube to take down a Democratic National Committee Web ad that mocks Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio for spending $130 on a haircut saying that the spot illegally uses network footage.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   DNC writes Fox, asserting fair use
Shannanb / CNN:
Truck driver in Reid accident twice cited for speeding  —  Harry Reid's wife and daughter were injured in a car crash Thursday in Washington.  —  Washington (CNN) - The Ohio truck driver charged with reckless driving in an accident that injured Sen. Harry Reid's wife and daughter has twice …
Discussion: The Politico
Manu Raju / The Politico:   Reid's wife has neck surgery
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
SEIU Warns Dems: If You Don't Back Reform, We Won't Back You  —  Hardball time.  —  In what seems intended as a shot across the bow of House Dems wavering on health reform, top officials with the labor powerhouse SEIU have bluntly told a Democratic member that they will pull their support for him …
Washington Examiner:
Yeas & Nays reporter booted from Sean Penn event  —  A Yeas & Nays reporter was publicly berated and threatened to be escorted out by police on Thursday night when the reporter asked actor Sean Penn a controversial question about his humanitarian work in Haiti.
The Atlantic Online:
Birther Non-Denial Denials from Republican Senate Candidates  —  Et tu, Rob Portman?  Ye of sensibility and rectitude?  Ye of maturity and political resolve?  Despite inquires from the Cincinnati Enquirer and Plain Dealer, Portman's campaign won't directly answer the question of whether …
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Top Obama Priorities Collide as Student Loan Legislation May Be Attached to Health Care  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic Congressional leaders struck a tentative agreement on Thursday that breathes new life into President Obama's proposed overhaul of federal student loan programs.
Robin Hindery / Associated Press:
Judge rules on open-primary ballot measure  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A judge has altered the language of California's open-primary ballot measure after a last-minute push by its opponents.  —  Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner made the changes to Proposition 14's title and summary on Friday …
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David Frum / FrumForum:
Romneycare Sure Looks Like Obamacare
The Atlantic Online:
Petraeus to New Hampshire! Petraeus to New Hampshire?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The Hill
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ted Olson joins RNC's legal team in campaign finance case
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Associated Press:
Kevin Garn: I Nude Hot-Tubbed with Minor
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Generational Differences on Abortion Narrow
Discussion: Commentary and Hot Air
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The Atlantic Home
Discussion: Power Line
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Van Hollen memo lays out time line and messaging
Deborah Solomon / New York Times:
The Blogging of the Candidate
 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Oddis / Human Events:
Inhofe Wants Spending Freeze, Opposes Earmark Ban
Discussion: The Hill and TPM LiveWire
Pat Buchanan / Yahoo! News:
The Disemboweling of America
Discussion: The Huffington Post
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Beware the Amazon  —  Tyranny is afoot.  And this evil arrives …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Democratic candidates distance themselves from healthcare reform
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Commentary
William M. Welch / USA Today:
States may hold onto tax refunds for months