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10:30 AM 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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE IOKIYAR RULE, PROCEDURAL EDITION.... For a while, Republicans were awfully worked up about using the reconciliation process to pass a health-care related budget fix, despite the GOP's repeated use of the same procedure.  Now Republicans are headed for the fainting couch over use of the self-executing rule …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Commentary
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
Pelosi, Slaughter went to court against GOP's self-executing rule in 2005  —  You've been hearing a lot this week about the Slaughter Solution, the rule devised by House Rules Committee Chairman Louise Slaughter of New York whereby the House would pass an Obamacare reconcilliation bill via a rule that …
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare and the ‘Buzzsaw’ of Opposition  —  The president could have chosen a bipartisan approach.  —  A little over a year ago, when President Obama first took up health-care reform, Republicans reached out to him in the hopes of working together on solutions that would lower health-care costs for families and small businesses.
The Huffington Post:
Pelosi: ‘Get The Bill.  Go For It.’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Monday that she is leaning toward using a “deeming” mechanism to push health care reform across the finish line.  —  The Speaker, in a press briefing with progressive media …
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Dem leader: We have the votes for healthcare  —  House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (Conn.) has taken the lead in the optimism sweepstakes when it comes to healthcare reform, telling reporters Monday night that leaders have the votes they need in hand.
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
House plan to pass health care raises constitutional questions  —  WASHINGTON — As the battle over health care legislation built Monday toward a weekend crescendo, congressional Democrats considered trying to pass the controversial Senate version without voting for it, a tactic that Republicans …
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Stupak: House Dem leaders at least 16 votes short on healthcare reform  —  Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) said Monday he thinks House Democratic leaders are not close to having the votes to pass health reform.  —  In an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, the anti-abortion rights lawmaker said …
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette and Wizbang
Ezra Klein:
Nancy Pelosi's strategy for passing health-care reform
The Note:
GOP's Dick Armey Predicts Democrats Will Probably Pass Health Care
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Pelosi: Controversial tactic an ‘option’ for moving healthcare
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Hot Air
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Sens. John McCain and Joe Lieberman on Israel  —  Friends and colleagues John McCain and Joe Lieberman went to the floor of the U.S. Senate to discuss the Obama offensive against Israel.  McCain kicked things off asking (from a rough transcript) if it really helps to “have public disparagement …
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
RE: The Fallout  —  Republican House Minority Whip Eric Cantor …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Clarence Thomas' wife holds TEA Party  —  Clarence Thomas is an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.  —  Virginia Thomas runs, a new organization committed to becoming the “big tent” for conservatives and promoting the values of the “TEA Party” movement.
Discussion: D.C. Now
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court Justice's Wife Embraces Tea Party
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Washington Post:
Wife of Justice Thomas starts group for ‘citizen activists’
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
It Figures... Obama's Rally Prop ‘Natoma Canfield’ Qualifies For Financial Aid; Is Patient At Top US Cancer Center; Won't Lose Home  —  Obama's Health Care Rally Prop Is In Hospital... Getting Care... Despite No Insurance.  —  Natoma Canfield is 50 years old.  She was diagnosed with cancer 16 years ago.
Fox News:
Clinic: Cancer Patient Who Wrote to Obama Will Not Lose Home, May Get Aid  —  Natoma Canfield, the cancer-stricken woman who has become a centerpiece of President Obama's push for health care reform, will not lose her home over her medical bills and will probably qualify for financial aid …
Washington Post:
Kucinich in Obama's crosshairs  —  Air Force One took off from suburban Maryland today at 11:13 a.m. and landed 48 minutes later in Cleveland.  —  For Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) — who says he plans to vote no on the president's health-care bill — it must have felt like a much longer flight.
Roll Call:
Majority Hunts for Final Votes
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and ABCNEWS
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 …
New York Times:
McChrystal Brings Most Special Operations Under His Control  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top American commander in Afghanistan, has brought most American Special Operations forces under his direct control for the first time, out of concern over continued civilian casualties …
The Huffington Post:
Palin Slammed As ‘Wild Alaskan Dingbat’ After Hitting Grayson In Home District  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, ventured to the Florida district of Rep. Alan Grayson on Friday, and urged voters to oust the Democratic lawmaker.
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Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
GOP Gov Candidate Admits Refusing To Salute Flag …
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