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10:30 AM ET, March 17, 2010


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5 more Dems will vote against health care  —  Washington (CNN) — Five more House Democrats said Tuesday that they will vote against Senate health care legislation, which puts opponents of reform just 11 votes shy of the 216 needed to prevent President Obama from scoring a major victory on his top domestic priority.
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.
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Hoyer, Eric Cantor Spar Over Health Care Vote Count, Parliamentary Tactics  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer today hinted that Democrats may use a controversial parliamentary procedure to pass the health care bill, a tactic that House Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor charged would be an attempt to fool the public.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, NPR and TPM LiveWire
New York Times:
Democrats Consider New Moves for Health Bill  —  WASHINGTON — As lawmakers clashed fiercely over major health care legislation on the House floor, Democrats struggled Tuesday to defend procedural shortcuts they might use to win approval for their proposals in the next few days.
The Note:
Do Pelosi and the Democrats Have the Health Care Votes?  Here's the Math  —  ABC's David Chalian reports: President Obama and Speaker Pelosi have each spent some quality time with Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, in the last 36 hours.  They probably have a pretty good idea …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
House Democrats scramble to ensure adequate deficit reduction in health bill  —  Congressional Democrats rushing to push President Obama's health-care initiative to final passage this week hit a new snag Tuesday, as the final piece of the package was held up by concerns that it would do too little to reduce the nation's budget deficit.
Mark Murray /
Public split on support for health care bill
Mary Lu Carnevale / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC News Poll: Throw 'Em All Out
Discussion: Wizbang and Newsweek Blogs
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 …
Jennifer Bendery / Roll Call:
Pelosi Calls All Female Democratic Members Into Meeting  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is asking all female Democratic Members to attend a hastily called meeting Wednesday morning but isn't saying what the meeting is about.  —  Pelosi's office sent an e-mail out Tuesday evening requesting …
New York Times:
McConnell Strategy Shuns Bipartisanship  —  WASHINGTON — Before the health care fight, before the economic stimulus package, before President Obama even took office, Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader, had a strategy for his party: use his extensive knowledge of Senate procedure …
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
GOP casts Pelosi as health care villain
Discussion: The Page
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Fineman Reports Kucinich to Vote “Yes”  —  Dennis Kucinich has called a press conference for tomorrow.  Howard Fineman is reporting that Kucinich will vote “yes” on health care.  —  Kucinich told Obama that he wants a full ERISA waver and a public option in exchange for his vote.
Associated Press:
If bin Laden is found, he'll be killed, Holder says  —  Holder: If bin Laden found, he'll be killed  —  Osama bin Laden “will never appear in an American courtroom,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told House members at a hearing Tuesday.  —  “Let's deal with the reality here,” …
Jeff Schogol / Mobile:
Could Airborne Bears Catch Bin Laden?
Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
Napolitano halts Mexico fence plan
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Softer tone coming from Washington  —  Clinton reaffirms “unshakable bond” in first public sign crisis winding down.  —  Talkbacks (173)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds
Discussion: Commentary and Gateway Pundit
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Allies everywhere feeling snubbed by President Obama  —  The contretemps between President Obama and Israel needs to be seen in a broader global context.  The president who ran against “unilateralism” in the 2008 campaign has worse relations overall with American allies than George W. Bush did in his second term.
Discussion: Commentary and Weekly Standard
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.
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Fox News To Conduct “Extended, Exclusive” Interview With Pres. Obama
Jack Chang / Sacramento Bee:
Field Poll: Meg Whitman trounces Steve Poizner, edges Jerry Brown  —  Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has built a massive edge over her GOP rival Steve Poizner while taking a narrow lead over likely Democratic nominee Jerry Brown, according to results released today by the nonpartisan Field Poll.
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 …
Erickson joins the Best Political Team
Discussion: Mediaite and The Reaction
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
GE and Ronald Reagan: The Mutual Gift That Keeps On Giving  —  As part of a one-year celebration to honor the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth, General Electric will run ads honoring the 40th president's legacy — and will donate $10 million to The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library …
Discussion: and The Page
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Lincoln says Obama never lobbied her on healthcare  —  President Barack Obama hasn't reached out to lobby Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) on healthcare, the senator said Wednesday.  —  Lincoln, a key Senate centrist who's facing a tough reelection challenge, said that Obama had barely reached …
The Huffington Post:
Rep. King Calls For Velvet Revolution Against The Government  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) urged a smaller-than-expected crowd of Tea Party protesters on Tuesday to launch a Velvet Revolution-style uprising against the federal government, saying the parallels …
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Agence France Presse:
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Discussion: Firedoglake
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
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