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6:00 PM ET, March 19, 2010

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Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Dems: Memo On Medicare Changes Isn't Ours — It's A GOP ‘Hoax’  —  Democrats today are accusing Republicans of circulating a fraudulent memo that claims to be sent to “Democratic health and communications staff” and which suggests the majority party leadership wants to make big changes to Medicare next year after health care passes.
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Democrats challenge authenticity of ‘doc fix’ memo  —  An earlier post in this spot detailed what was purported by Republicans to be an internal Democratic memo regarding the upcoming health reform vote Sunday.  Democratic leadership has challenged the authenticity of the memo.
Chicago Breaking Business:
Caterpillar: Health care bill would cost it $100M  —  A worker at Caterpillar's plant in Mossville, Ill. (José Moré/Chicago Tribune)  —  Dow Jones Newswires |  Caterpillar Inc. said the health-care overhaul legislation being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives …
The Politico:
Obamacare threatens U.S. future  —  Liberals have long dreamed of putting the government in charge of America's health insurance industry.  Each time they tried, the American people have stood up and rejected a government takeover of health care.  —  This is different.
Discussion: Salon and Riehl World View
The Huffington Post:
Reid Promises Separate Public Option Vote In Next Few Months  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Hoping to assuage progressive Democrats who remain disappointed with the content of the health care reform bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) committed on Friday to holding a separate vote on a public option in the coming months.
The Note:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Shoots Down Rep. Bart Stupak's ‘Fix’  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was asked about Bart Stupak's suggestion that there could be another bill to address abortion funding and she said, “I haven't heard any of that.”
ama-assn.org:
AMA Supports House Passage of Health System Reform  —  Will work with Congress and the administration to make critical changes that cannot be addressed through the reconciliation process  —  For immediate release:  —  Washington, D.C. - After careful review and consideration …
The Hill:
Anti-abortion rights Democrats working on a vote deal with Senate on bill  —  At least six anti-abortion rights Democrats are open to supporting the healthcare bill if they can get a guarantee from the Senate that it will move separate legislation containing the House abortion language, one of those Democratic holdouts said Friday.
New York Times:
Rift Emerges Over Medicare as Health Care Vote Nears
Discussion: Riehl World View and Guardian
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Leadership Pushed Memo Dems Say Is “Hoax”
Discussion: TPMDC
KDKA-TV:
U.S. Rep. Altmire To Vote Against Health Care Bill  —  PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ― Congressman Jason Altmire will vote against the latest version of health care reform when the U.S. House of Representatives votes on the bill this weekend.  —  Altmire confirmed that he has decided to vote …
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
New Health Care Whip Count: 193 Yes, 208 No (with Leaners: 203-211); Update 2x: 195 Yes  —  Update: John Boccieri has just confirmed that he will vote for this bill-that brings the Yes column to 194.  —  Update 2: Dina Titus gets us to 195 “yes.”  —  Here's the last one.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Allen Boyd to Vote “Yes,” …
Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
The Heat is On: Congressman's Office Says Constituent Calls Are ‘Harassment’  —  Yesterday, I decided to call Rep. John Garamendi's (CA-10) office in Washington, D.C. He's my representative and I wanted to voice my opposition to the Senate Health Care Bill.  I spoke with a female staffer …
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Bruce Bartlett / Forbes:
The Misinformed Tea Party Movement  —  For an antitax group, they don't know much about taxes.  —  On March 16 the Tea Party crowd showed up for yet another demonstration on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Curious about the factual knowledge these people have regarding the issues they are protesting …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   CONFUSION-BASED RAGE, CONT'D.... Former Bush speechwriter David …
Suzy Khimm / Mother Jones:
Lynch: Why Obama Didn't Convince Me on Health Care  —  Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass), who switched from “yes” to “no” on the health reform bill, is insisting that his vote will not kill the legislation, noting that the House Democrats have the votes to pass the measure this weekend without his support.
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Arm twisting didn't work on Lynch
Discussion: CNN
The Note:
Rep. Frank: Health Care Could Still Fail; ‘Nothing Preordained’
Discussion: Boston Globe
Sarah Binder / The New Republic:
A Viewer's Guide to This Weekend  —  Sarah Binder is a professor of political science at George Washington University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.  She is the author of several books on Congress, including Stalemate (Brookings 2003) and Politics or Principle?
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Reconciliation “Fixes” Make Health Care Reform MORE Politically Toxic
kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — March 2010  —  The March Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds the public still divided on health reform legislation, with 46 percent of Americans backing the reform proposals on Capitol Hill, 42 percent opposing them and 12 percent saying they aren't sure.
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Kaiser poll shows uptick in support for health reform
Discussion: Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
SEIU To Yank Support For Arcuri, Will Search For Challenger  —  It appears SEIU is dead serious about this business about yanking support for House Dems who vote No on the health bill.  —  The SEIU bluntly informed Dem Rep Michael Arcuri of New York yesterday that it's pulling support …
Wall Street Journal:
Now for the Slaughter  —  On the road to Demon Pass, our leader encounters a Baier.  —  Excuse me, but it is embarrassing—really, embarrassing to our country—that the president of the United States has again put off a state visit to Australia and Indonesia because he's having trouble passing …
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
Conservative blogger accuses Hannity of deceptive fundraising practices  —  I'm hesitant to take anything Debbie Schlussel says seriously, given her track record.  That rather large disclaimer aside, Schlussel has posted what is, on its face, a potentially damaging investigation of Sean Hannity and the Freedom Alliance charity.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, INSTAPUTZ and Joe. My. God.
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Les Blumenthal / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
State of the health care debate: Talk radio attacks an 11-year old  —  WASHINGTON — Conservative talk show hosts and columnists have ridiculed an 11-year-old Washington state boy's account of his mother's death as a “sob story” exploited by the White House and congressional Democrats like a …
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
More Sickening Behavior
Ezra Klein:
Notes on CBO skepticism  —  My colleague Neil Irwin has a very good piece on the difficulty the Congressional Budget Office has predicting the cost of something complex like the health-care reform bill.  But because his piece is coming in the context of a coordinated conservative effort …
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Ezra Klein:
Twilight of the interest groups  —  Think back to 1994 for a second.  The insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry, the American Medical Association, the hospital industry and the major business groups ferociously opposed Bill Clinton's health-care reform proposal.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Sadly, No! and Hit & Run
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Fact Sheet: The Truth About the Health Care Bill  —  click for a PDF of our health care reform fact sheet  —  I'll be on the new CNN show with Jon King that premieres at noon ET, available for live stream here — jh  —  The Firedoglake health care team has been covering the debate in congress since it began last year.
Bloomberg:
Federal Reserve Must Disclose Bank Bailout Records  —  The Federal Reserve Board must disclose documents identifying financial firms that might have collapsed without the largest U.S. government bailout ever, a federal appeals court said.  —  The U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled today …
Ezra Klein:
Discrediting the legislative process itself  —  So far in the health-care debate, Republicans have attacked the legitimacy of private negotiations, parochial dealmaking, the budget reconciliation process, self-executing rules, the Congressional Budget Office's analyses, and even the constitutionality of the legislation.
New York Times:
After a Bitter Campaign, Forging an Alliance  —  WASHINGTON — On a snowy Thursday shortly before her weekly meeting with President Obama last month, Hillary Rodham Clinton got a distressing phone call: her husband, Bill Clinton, was in a hospital with chest pains and needed an urgent heart procedure.
 
 
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Associated Press:
McMaster set to sue on health care deal
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Explaining the Impact of Ultra-Low Rates to Greenspan
Discussion: Corrente and Wall Street Journal
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Biden Assures Nervous Democrats In Congress: “We're Going To Control …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and theblogprof
Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:
Notice Something Missing?  MSM Seems To Collectively Forget Anniversary Of Iraq War
Discussion: TalkLeft and Townhall.com
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Top Republican opens investigations into healthcare ‘secret deals’
Discussion: CNN
Brian Aguilar / Wall Street Journal:
A History of Wall Street Journal Hedcuts
Discussion: The Awl and The Stranger …
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Holder: lawyers for unpopular are ‘patriots’
Discussion: CNN and Ben Smith's Blog
 Earlier Items: 
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Bill O'Reilly's indie instincts
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National Catholic Report Supports Health Reform
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney leads tight Republican race
Discussion: GOP 12 and Real Clear Politics
Rob Smith / The Huffington Post:
Did Dan Choi Jump the Shark, or Has The Gay Community Forgotten …
Discussion: Feministing