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4:15 PM ET, March 20, 2010

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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 …
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
House leaders plan separate health vote, rejecting ‘deem and pass’  —  House leaders have decided to take a separate vote on the Senate health-care bill, rejecting an earlier, much-criticized strategy that would have permitted them to “deem” the unpopular measure passed without an explicit vote.
The Hill:
Dems ditch ‘deem and pass’  —  Top Democrats confirmed Saturday that the House would hold separate votes on the Senate healthcare bill and the reconciliation bill, making fixes to it.  —  Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), one of the chief deputy whips, Rep. Melvin Watt (D-N.C.), and Rep. Eliot Engel …
Rox / The Hill:
Rep. Engel: Pelosi has abandoned ‘deem and pass’  —  Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) won't use the tactic of deem and pass for healthcare reform.  —  Instead there will be two separate votes, one on the Senate bill and one on the reconciliation bill.
Michelle Malkin:
Reports: An executive order to pay off pro-life Democrats?  —  Both Left and Right are hearing rumors that the Dems are drafting an executive order to quell pro-life Democrat opposition to the government health care takeover plan.  —  Daniel Foster reports the buzz at NRO.
Michelle Malkin:
Reports: Deem and Pass is dead; keep the no-mentum going  —  Well, well, well.  Breaking news all over that the Dems have now abandoned Demon Pass.  —  WaPo alert: … The Hill tweets: “Our Roxana Tiron reports Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) told her Pelosi now WILL NOT use ‘deem and pass.’”
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Doug Ross
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
House Will Take Separate Vote on Senate Bill
Discussion: Wonk Room and Open Left
Balkinization:   Michael McConnell and the metaphysics of bills
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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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.
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 …
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 …
The Hill:
Pelosi: No votes on any side issues, including abortion  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Saturday there wouldn't be any votes on side issues on healthcare legislation, including abortion.  —  Speaking to reporters just off the House floor, Pelosi made clear she wouldn't allow votes on …
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.
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Pelosi shoots down abortion vote
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Lipinski, Quigley: 2 Dems hold out over abortion issues
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
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: Michelle Malkin, HazZzMat and RedState
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.
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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
Discussion: The Politico
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Menacing  —  Things seem to be getting pretty heated in the Capitol with crowds of anti-Reform/Tea Party activists going through the halls shouting slogans and epithets at Democratic members of Congress.  —  As our Brian Beutler reports, a few moments ago in Longworth office building …
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
 
 
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