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3:05 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 …
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 1600 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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Hillary Clinton Pledges “Unshakeable” Bond With Israel  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday hailed the “unshakeable bond” between the United States and Israel in an effort to quell the diplomatic spat that has rocked ties between Washington and its closest Middle East ally.
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 and Pajamas Media
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Dems rebuke Obama administration for Israel criticism
Discussion: Commentary
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: Haaretz and Democracy in America
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Silly Process Objections
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.
CNN:   Erickson joins the Best Political Team
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.
Arrogant approach to health care
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
The Huffington Post:
Jim Bunning's Back: Blocking Nominees Over Canadian Smoking Law  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Jim Bunning, far from being cowed by the national exposure of his recent effort to hold up unemployment benefits for millions of laid-off workers, is back at it in the Senate.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and City Pages
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Senate Dems launch protest of GOP filibusters of Obama nominees
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.
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: Hot Air and RedState
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Petraeus offers first public support for change to don't ask law  —  Gen. David Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command, said Tuesday the time has come to consider changing the controversial law banning openly gay people serving in the U.S. military.  —  It was the general's most direct answer to date on the issue.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Advice To Dems: Sell The Bill  —  Dems can salvage political goodwill from the messy and electorally painful health care bill, but only if they invest the time and resources necessary to convince voters it was a good idea to pass the mammoth package, according to a top Dem pollster.
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World View
CBS News:
Andrew Young Fires Back at Rielle Hunter  —  Former John Edwards Aide Doubts Former Politician and Ex-Mistress are Still in Love  —  (CBS/ AP) A former aide to John Edwards fired back at Rielle Hunter, the former mistress of the ex-Senator and vice presidential candidate, a day after her tell-all interview was published.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Bacterial Fingerprints and Bayes' Law  —  Lindsay Beyerstein describes a potential new tool for criminal investigators, “traces of bacterial DNA [that] can be used to link people to objects they've touched.” … I certainly hope more testing is done, because this seems like a technology …
Discussion: Big Think
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Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Transcript of President Obama's remarks in Strongsville
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Mark Preston / CNN:
Obama campaign guru eyes House seat
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Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Holding up the health care bill, Rep. Gohmert shouts, 'I brought …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Clyburn says health vote could push past Easter holiday
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