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2:40 PM ET, March 19, 2010

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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 …
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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.”
Discussion: ABCNEWS
The Hill:
Anti-abortion Democrats working on a vote deal with Senate on bill  —  At least six anti-abortion 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.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Riehl World View
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 …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
In Health Vote, Democrats Weigh Success vs. Survival
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: ‘Something historic this weekend’
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
CBO: Obamacare Would Cost Over $2 Trillion
Michelle Malkin:
The Deem-o-crats' towering deception
Discussion: Riehl World View and Power Line
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.
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Political Punch:
EXCLUSIVE: Vice President Biden Says President Obama's Rescheduled …
Igor / Wonk Room:
Stupak: Democrats Considering Voting For Tighter Abortion Restrictions …
Discussion: Congress Matters and Open Left
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 Frum enlisted some interns this week to survey Tea Party activists protesting in D.C. earlier this week.  The goal was to get a sense of the activists' understanding of taxes — ostensibly, the “movement's” raison d'etre — and factual knowledge.
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Shmuel Rosner / Jerusalem Post:
Is Obama “fair and friendly”?
Discussion: Commentary and Laura Rozen's Blog
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Clinton: Escalation “paying off”
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 …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Arcuri to face third party challenge
Discussion: The Daily Politics and msnbc.com
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
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Boccieri is a ‘yes’  —  An almost somber Rep. John Boccieri (D-Ohio) said Friday that he will switch his vote to ‘yes’ on the health care bill.  —  Boccieri is in the swing district of swing districts in the swing state of swing states.  His vote was a big get for the Democratic leadership …
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Boccieri decision at 10:40  —  Freshman Rep. John Boccieri …
Discussion: The Page
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: INSTAPUTZ and Joe. My. God.
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Debbie Schlussel:
Sean Hannity's Freedom CONcert Scam: Almost None of Charity's $ Went …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, Raw Story and The Impolitic
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Deal Near on Gitmo, Detainee Trials  —  The White House is nearing a deal with a bipartisan group of senators to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and pave the way for more detainees to be tried before military commissions, a move that would reverse a signature Obama administration security policy.
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
The Sell-Out on Gitmo Is Nigh — By: Andy McCarthy
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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.
 
 
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House Posts Health Care Bill, Leaves Out LGBT-Specific Provisions
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