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8:40 PM ET, March 16, 2010


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Washington Post:
House may try to pass Senate health-care bill without voting on it  —  After laying the groundwork for a decisive vote this week on the Senate's health-care bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Monday that she might attempt to pass the measure without having members vote on it.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Key Dem: Using ‘deem and pass’ health plan is ‘wrong’  —  A plan that would allow House Democrats to bypass a direct vote on the Senate's healthcare bill is causing “discomfort,” a key centrist Democrat said Tuesday.  —  Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), a member of the Blue Dog and New Democrat Coalitions …
Wall Street Journal:
Slaughter House Rules  —  How Democrats may ‘deem’ ObamaCare into law, without voting.  —  We're not sure American schools teach civics any more, but once upon a time they taught that under the U.S. Constitution a bill had to pass both the House and Senate to become law.
Norman J. Ornstein / The Enterprise Blog:
Hypocrisy: A Parliamentary Procedure  —  Any veteran observer of Congress is used to the rampant hypocrisy over the use of parliamentary procedures that shifts totally from one side to the other as a majority moves to minority status, and vice versa.  But I can't recall a level …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Swampland
Health care foes 11 votes shy of defeating bill
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Hill
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
Pelosi, Slaughter went to court against GOP's self-executing rule in 2005
Fred Barbash / The Politico:
‘Slaughter Solution’ not bulletproof
Discussion: Hot Air, CNN and The Hill
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP to try to stop ‘Slaughter solution’
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
What Obama is Actually Trying to Do in Israel  —  There is much speculation that this kerfluffle over 1,600 theoretical apartments on the wrong side of the green line in Jerusalem will lead to a rupture in American-Israeli relations, but analysts who suggest this are missing the point of President Obama's maneuverings.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin: Hit ‘reset’ — with Israel  —  Former Governor Sarah Palin, increasingly willing to criticize Obama on foreign policy grounds, is joining the chorus of Republican critics of his confrontation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, contrasting his policy of engaging enemies with the tough talk to an ally.
Discussion: Commentary, Israel Matzav and Mediaite
Walter Russell Mead / Walter Russell Mead's Blog:
Obama and the Jacksonian Zionists
Jill Dougherty / CNN:   Clinton dismisses any crisis with Israel
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
The Biden Effect  —  NEW YORK — I'm tempted to see Vice …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THIS IS CNN?.... If I didn't get independent confirmation of this, I honestly would have assumed the announcement was some elaborate practical joke.  Alas, it's true. … This is easily the worst decision CNN has ever made.  That the network probably reviewed Erickson's work before hiring him …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Here's My News: Erick Erickson Joins CNN's Roster of Political Contributors  —  A week after Christy decided to be a stay at home mom back in December, I got a call from CNN and was asked to meet some people in Atlanta.  —  Since that time, as you all know, I've been on more than a few times.
Erickson joins the Best Political Team
Discussion: Mediaite
Echidne / ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES:   Please Welcome Erick Erickson!
Ezra Klein:
Everything David Brooks says about reconciliation is wrong  —  Jon Chait did a very funny job taking apart David Brooks's column on reconciliation.  I want to do a serious job on it.  The factual statements Brooks uses in his argument are wrong.  Not arguable, or questionable, or suspicious.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Spirit of Sympathy  —  Human beings, the philosophers tell us, are social animals.  We emerge into the world ready to connect with mom and dad.  We go through life jibbering and jabbering with each other, grouping and regrouping.  When you get a crowd of people in a room …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
David Brooks At His David Brooksiest  —  Today David Brooks has written the platonic ideal of a David Brooks column.  It is in some sense the template for nearly every David Brooks column, but it captured the major elements so perfectly that it almost feels as if every previous David Brooks column has been an homage to this one.
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Dems Still Don't Have the CBO Score They Want  —  As Democrats have delayed releasing their final health care reconciliation bill, they've consistently tried to create the impression that they're essentially finished, but are merely waiting on the Congressional Budget Office.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Clyburn says health vote could push past Easter holiday
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Wonk Room
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Hoyer: Dems still working on the votes*
Wall Street Journal:
Opinions Harden on Health  —  Nearly half call plan a ‘bad idea’ in latest Journal/NBC poll, but Democrats who oppose it risk alienating base  —  Democratic lawmakers may be tempted to vote against the health-care overhaul plan pending in Congress because it remains unpopular with a broad swath of the public.
Discussion: Hot Air and Taegan Goddard's …
Mary Lu Carnevale / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC News Poll: Throw 'Em All Out  —  Congress has managed to get its approval ratings back down to the pre-election level, with just 17% of voters saying they approve of the job Congress is doing, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll out later today.
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs
Mary Lu Carnevale / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: Tough Health Vote
Discussion: New West Notes
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Dick Armey's ‘tea party’ history is a strange brew  —  Dick Armey is intellectually versatile: The former leader of House Republicans went from being a rainmaker for a Washington lobbying firm to being the unofficial leader of the anti-Washington “tea party” movement.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DNC mocks tea party numbers
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Reid wary of earmark restrictions; defends Congress's constitutional authority  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) sounded a cautious note today on banning earmarks, suggesting restrictions could limit Congress's constitutionally-mandated authority.
Discussion: The Politico and Riehl World View
The Huffington Post:
Jim Bunning's Back: Blocking Nominees Over Canadian Smoking Law
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Barack Obama threatens to withdraw support from wavering Democrats  —  Barack Obama has said he will not campaign for any Democratic congressmen who fails to support health care reform.  —  The president will refuse to make fund-raising visits during November elections to any district whose representative has not backed the bill.
Igor / Wonk Room:
Petraeus: 'I Believe The Time Has Come To Consider A Change To Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  “I believe the time has come to consider a change to Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” General David Petraeus told the Armed Services Committee today, in his most direct public comments about the policy.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Guardian
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Limbaugh prompts healthcare calls, ties up House phone lines  —  The congressional switchboard was nearing overload Tuesday after Rush Limbaugh asked listeners to phone in their objections on healthcare.  —  The House e-mail system was also deluged on Tuesday in what the House's technology office called …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
US forces not flying the flag in Haiti?  —  With apologies to Cole Porter — France does it, the UK does it, and even humanitarian Croats do it.  The only one who won't do it is the country that has sent the overwhelming majority of supplies and resources to Haiti after their devastating earthquake.
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