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1:30 PM ET, March 20, 2010

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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.
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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.
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
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 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Pelosi: ‘No Separate Vote’ For Stupak...Or Anybody Else  —  House Democratic leadership has apparently told Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) to go take a hike—and they'll move forward without him, or any other anti-abortion Dems threatening to switch their votes from ‘yes’ to ‘no.’
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Abortion talks break down  —  House leaders have decided not to give Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) a vote on a strict ban on federal funding for abortion and will instead try to muster the 216 votes needed to send a health care overhaul to the president without his help, a Democratic aide confirmed.
Discussion: CNN, The Caucus and Riehl World View
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
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Teague a “No,” Pelosi Would Have to Run the Table Without Stupak Bloc
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP: Dems are bluffing, don't have the votes
CNN:
Abortion standoff as health care vote nears
Discussion: Hot Air and Firedoglake
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Rules Committee meeting descends into chaos  —  At the House Rules Committee meeting, Democrats desperate to pass their national health care plan are running into the barrier of basic civics.  Here is the problem: The Senate has passed its HCR bill.  If the House passes the same bill …
Discussion: Hot Air and Michelle Malkin
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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 …
Balkinization:   Michael McConnell and the metaphysics of bills
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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Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Obama turns eye to financial reform in weekly address
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: Time for Action on Financial Reform for the Economy
Discussion: Politics Daily
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
PROTESTING OBAMACARE IN WASHINGTON: Reader Barrett Cunningham sends this photo and reports: “It's an incredible turnout Glenn, and people just keep coming.”  —  And reader Alan Poston sends this pic and reports a crowd estimate of 30,000 was given at the scene.  Not sure of the source.
Discussion: HazZzMat and RedState
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: Wake up America, The Page and Hot Air
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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
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Could Obama Be Invincible?  —  As we stand at the verge of the historic vote on the health care bill — a signature piece of President Obama's agenda — it feels appropriate to take a look at how he has fared during the long slog that got us here.  My quick assessment: remarkably well.
The Note:
Plus 2, Minus 1 for Dem Health Bill This Morning  —  ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports:  —  None of these are extremely surprising, but here are three more Democratic congressmen now on the record on health reform - two in favor and one opposed.  —  Most notable here is Rep. Baron Hill, D-Indiana, because he opposes abortion rights.
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 …
 
 
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