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11:00 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
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.
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.
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
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 …
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   House plan to pass health care raises constitutional questions
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.
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court Justice's Wife Embraces Tea Party
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Washington Post:
Wife of Justice Thomas starts group for ‘citizen activists’
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain's Navy, Eric Massa's Navy  —  Sen. John McCain maintains that the evolving Democratic strategy for passing healthcare legislation will produce a public “reaction... unlike anything... we've ever seen.”  —  “The majority of the American people want us to start over,” …
Arrogant approach to health care  —  America's robust discussion of health care reform during the past year has been beneficial in many ways, giving the public greater awareness and insight into this complex issue.  Unfortunately, the debate has been held pretty much on one-party terms as Democrats …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Daily Mail:
Lockerbie bomber is better than ever, brags Gaddafi's son... seven months after terrorist was given only three months to live  —  The health of the freed Lockerbie bomber has ‘greatly improved’ now he is home in Libya, Colonel Gaddafi's son boasted yesterday.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Real Clear Politics
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Discussion: TigerHawk and Marbury
New York Times:
McChrystal Brings Most Special Operations Under His Control
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Discussion: Economist's View
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
C-Span Puts Its Full Archives on the Web
Discussion: Think Progress and Open Congress
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Scientists go ‘gaga’ to find creatures beneath 600 feet of ice
Discussion: RedState
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Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Internet Grew 20% More Hateful In 2009
Discussion: Fox News and Jules Crittenden
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Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
GOP Gov Candidate Admits Refusing To Salute Flag …
Discussion: Political Insider and Peach Pundit