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12:20 PM ET, March 20, 2010

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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Stupak Abortion Language to Be Substituted for Senate Language in Deal to Secure Health Care Votes  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made a deal with Rep. Bart Stupak in order to secure his vote and that of other anti-choice Democrats for the health care bill, which is scheduled to be voted on this Sunday.
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The Hill:
Pro-Choice Caucus livid at talk of deal with Stupak on abortion  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday evening met with a visibly angry Pro-Choice Caucus amid rumors from Democratic aides that the Speaker was working on a last-minute deal with Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) to give his abortion language a separate vote.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dingell says he'll work to defeat Stupak's abortion efforts  —  Veteran Democratic Rep. John Dingell vowed Saturday to work to defeat fellow Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak (D) on abortion in the healthcare bill.  —  Dingell, the longest-serving member of the House whose career …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Stupak is Back: What's an Enrollment Corrections Bill?  —  Jane has gone over this, but what Bart Stupak hinted at today has apparently come true.  Stupak's four-page “enrollment corrections” bill will get some sort of vote in the House as part of the overall health care bill.
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
2 Dems hold out over abortion issues  —  WASHINGTON — As of late Friday night, President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were still scrambling to lock in 216 votes for their health-care bill, with a small group of Democrats — whose support could be crucial — holding out for stronger anti-abortion provisions.
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
Stupak is ‘Finished with Pelosi’ — By: Robert Costa  —  Two pro-life GOP members close to Stupak tell NRO that any Stupak deals are off.  They just spoke with him and they said he's finished with Pelosi.  They rejected his enrollment corrections proposal.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Stupak Postpones Key Press Conference—But Why?  —  In somewhat dramatic fashion, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI)—a leader of pro-life House Democrat—has indefinitely postponed a press conference that had been scheduled for 11 this morning, as House leadership seeks a solution to a dilemma …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP: Dems are bluffing, don't have the votes  —  House GOP whip Rep. Eric Cantor has sent out a brief memo outlining the health care vote count from the Republican perspective.  The best way to look at it is not to ask whether Speaker Nancy Pelosi has gotten the 216 votes needed to pass …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Teague a “No,” Pelosi Would Have to Run the Table Without Stupak Bloc
CNN:
Abortion standoff as health care vote nears
Discussion: Hot Air and Firedoglake
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Healthcare vote (maneuver?) nears  —  President Barack Obama, summoning the House's Democrats to the White House midday for one more push before expected action on the healthcare legislation Sunday, is turning the focus of his weekly address to next week's start of action on financial regulatory reform in the Senate.
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: Time for Action on Financial Reform for the Economy
Discussion: Politics Daily
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Obama turns eye to financial reform in weekly address
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Reid to release letter — without signatories  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will release the contents - but not the signatories - of a letter Saturday aimed at reassuring House members that the Senate will act on the reconciliation bill.  —  The letter has caused …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Page
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Emily Pierce / Roll Call:
Senate Won't Release Letter to Calm Nervous House Members on Reconciliation
Discussion: Riehl World View
The Politico:
Obamacare threatens U.S. future
Michael W. McConnell / Wall Street Journal:
The Health Vote and the Constitution—II  —  The House can't approve the Senate bill in the same legislation by which it approves changes to the Senate bill.  —  In just a few days the House of Representatives is expected to act on two different pieces of legislation: the Senate version …
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Balkinization:   Michael McConnell and the metaphysics of bills
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Here I Will Discuss The Memo I Posted  —  Early this afternoon, House Republican communications guru Michael Steel e-mailed numerous reporters with a copy of a memorandum purporting to be from Democrats about what points Democratic members ought to avoid when discussing health care reform with reporters.
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Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Dems: Memo On Medicare Changes Isn't Ours — It's A GOP ‘Hoax’
Richard Grenell / CBS News:
Crossing a Line in the Health Care Debate?  —  Richard Grenell: Is the White House Sending Healthcare Propaganda to Federal Employees?  —  (CBS) Richard Grenell served as the spokesman for the last four U.S. Ambassadors to the United Nations: Zalmay Khalilzad, John Bolton, John Danforth and John Negroponte.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Dems waste time in House as vote search goes on  —  House Democrats say they will hold a vote on their national health care plan Sunday afternoon.  But what are they actually doing between now and then?  Behind the scenes, they're begging, offering bribes, threatening punishments, etc.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Labor groups join to urge Lynch to reconsider ‘no’ vote on healthcare  —  Top labor groups joined forces Saturday to urge Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) to support health reform legislation.  —  The AFL-CIO and members of the Change to Win coalition, which is associated with the SEIU …
The Huffington Post:
Dems Scared Into Action By Everyone From Donors To The Base  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Democratic lawmakers, from the leadership on down, are facing what many describe as an unprecedented amount of political pressure as the party scrambles to pass health care reform.
Lara Friedman / Americans for Peace Now:
More on AIPAC message - New Talking Points Memo, Text of Senate Sign-On Letter  —  CLARIFICATION: Nothing in this post reflects secret, leaked, or internal AIPAC documents.  The Senate letter was circulating widely by email among Senate staff as of late Friday afternoon.
 
 
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