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12:25 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.
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:
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.
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 …
Thetruth / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Hinkle: Left and Right Strive to Prove Santayana Right  —  Democrats in Washington seem bent on epitomizing George Santayana's definition of fanaticism: redoubling your effort while losing sight of your goal.  Their chief aim this week seems to be to pass some version of health care reform, no matter how much they detest it.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Stupak: House Dem leaders at least 16 votes short on healthcare reform
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette and Wizbang
Washington Post:
Health-reform vote deserves a reasonable process
Discussion: The Politico and Michelle Malkin
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Dodd: Preferable to pass health bill in straightforward manner
Fox News:
Pelosi Plan to Pass Health Care Without Traditional Vote Riles Critics
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   House plan to pass health care raises constitutional questions
Washington Post:
The U.S. quarrel with Israel  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA'S Middle East diplomacy failed in his first year in part because he chose to engage in an unnecessary and unwinnable public confrontation with Israel over Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem.  Over the past six months …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Democrats begin to criticize Obama on Israel
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
The Biden Effect  —  NEW YORK — I'm tempted to see Vice …
Discussion: Democracy in America
Ezra Klein:
You don't win elections by failing to govern  —  Republicans have been very generous recently in offering House Democrats strategic advice in advance of the 2010 election.  But Norm Ornstein and Thomas Mann, who were around in 1994, remember what happened last time Democrats took the GOP's advice …
RELATED:   Arrogant approach to health care
Health care proponents launch massive ad campaign
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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.
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court Justice's Wife Embraces Tea Party
Discussion: Don Surber and SCOTUSblog
John Byrne / The Raw Story:
Obama agencies invoking secrecy provision more often than under Bush  —  One day after being sworn into office, President Barack Obama instructed federal agencies to ensure government transparency by complying with the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act law.
Discussion: RedState
Sharon Theimer / Associated Press:
PROMISES, PROMISES: Is gov't more open with Obama?
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
Jeff Poor / The Business & Media Institute:
Gore Attaches Global Warming as Cause to Last Weekend's Storm in Northeast  —  Former vice president points toward weather events as evidence of climate change during ‘strategy conference call’ for supporters.  —  Business & Media Institute  —  If there's a drought - it's global warming.
Peggy Ackermann / New Jersey Online:
Court rules Tea Party can proceed with effort to recall Sen. Robert Menendez … A state appellate panel today ruled New Jersey's secretary of state must accept a petition a citizens group filed to recall U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez.  —  The court stayed its decision to allow Menendez (D-N.J.) to appeal its ruling.
Discussion: Washington Post and TPMDC
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 …
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.
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.
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