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2:00 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
Discussion: Hit & Run
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dodd: Preferable to pass health bill in straightforward manner
Discussion: Mediaite
Washington Post:
Health-reform vote deserves a reasonable process
Discussion: The Politico and Michelle Malkin
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   House plan to pass health care raises constitutional questions
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  —  Truly the last refuge of the damned is to complain about the nature of the congressional procedure that the majority is using to pass its agenda.  Everyone knows that 100 percent of the people who like the underlying health care bill will approve of the use …
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Democrats begin to criticize Obama on Israel  —  Pro-Israel Democrats have begun to criticize the Obama administration's stern stance toward Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  —  Congressional Democrats, with the lone exception of Nevada's Shelley Berkley, held their tongues over the weekend …
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
The Biden Effect  —  NEW YORK — I'm tempted to see Vice …
Discussion: Democracy in America and Haaretz
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  —  (CNN) - Prominent conservative commentator and editor Erick Erickson will join CNN as a political contributor, appearing primarily on CNN's new show John King, USA¸ the network announced Tuesday.  —  Erickson, a self described …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Here's My News: Erick Erickson Joins CNN's Roster of Political Contributors
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.
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 …
Arrogant approach to health care
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
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.
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.
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.
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
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Clyburn says health vote could push past Easter holiday
Discussion:, Wonk Room and Hot Air
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Altmire: leadership even working the hard nos
Discussion: TPMDC
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Dick Armey's ‘tea party’ history is a strange brew
Discussion: Firedoglake and Cato @ Liberty
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain's Navy, Eric Massa's Navy
Discussion: Washington Monthly and D.C. Now
 Earlier Items: 
Daily Mail:
Lockerbie bomber is better than ever, brags Gaddafi's son …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Real Clear Politics
William Easterly / Aid Watch:
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Discussion: Economist's View and Cafe Hayek