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5:25 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.
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.
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Key Dem: Using ‘deem and pass’ health plan is ‘wrong’  —  A plan that would allow House Democrats to bypass a direct vote on the Senate's healthcare bill is causing “discomfort,” a key centrist Democrat said Tuesday.  —  Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), a member of the Blue Dog and New Democrat Coalitions …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP to try to stop ‘Slaughter solution’
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Hoyer defends tactic to ‘deem’ approval of Senate health bill
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
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Democrats begin to criticize Obama on Israel
Walter Russell Mead / Walter Russell Mead's Blog:
Obama and the Jacksonian Zionists
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Eunomia
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Dems rebuke Obama administration for Israel criticism
Discussion: Commentary
Hillary Clinton Pledges “Unshakeable” Bond With Israel
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Israel Rejects U.S. Demands on Building in East Jerusalem
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Dems Still Don't Have the CBO Score They Want  —  As Democrats have delayed releasing their final health care reconciliation bill, they've consistently tried to create the impression that they're essentially finished, but are merely waiting on the Congressional Budget Office.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Clyburn says health vote could push past Easter holiday  —  The House's healthcare vote could be delayed until as late as Easter, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Tuesday.  —  Clyburn, in an interview with McClatchy Newspapers, said it is possible that the House vote …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Hoyer: Dems still working on the votes*
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
New Health Care Whip Count: 190 Yes, 206 No (205-209 with Leaners)  —  The leadership says they have the votes, but projecting an aura of confidence has been a key to their pressure strategy.  Bart Stupak says Democrats are 16 votes short, but pessimism has been, well, part of his strategy.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DNC mocks tea party numbers  —  Tea Partiers planned to “flood the halls of Congress” to protest health care legislation, a plan that prompted Democratic leaders to instruct their members to respond with politeness and Twinkies.  —  The 10 a.m. Washignton, D.C. rally, though, wasn't quite on the scale of some earlier events.
Fox News:   Tea Partiers Rally on Capitol Hill in Opposition to Health Care Bill
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Barack Obama threatens to withdraw support from wavering Democrats  —  Barack Obama has said he will not campaign for any Democratic congressmen who fails to support health care reform.  —  The president will refuse to make fund-raising visits during November elections to any district whose representative has not backed the bill.
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.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Limbaugh prompts healthcare calls, ties up House phone lines  —  The congressional switchboard was nearing overload Tuesday after Rush Limbaugh asked listeners to phone in their objections on healthcare.  —  The House e-mail system was also deluged on Tuesday in what the House's technology office called …
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Holding up the health care bill, Rep. Gohmert shouts, ‘I brought an abortion to show you today.’  —  As House Democrats prepare to vote on health care reform in the next few days, tea party activists protested outside the Capitol this morning, shouting cries of “kill the bill.”
Mark Preston / CNN:
Obama campaign guru eyes House seat  —  Washington (CNN) - Senior Obama campaign official Steve Hildebrand is eyeing a Democratic primary challenge to South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, a decision he said hinges largely on whether she votes against health care reform later this week.
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