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5:45 PM ET, March 20, 2010

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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 …
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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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid says ‘significant majority’ of Senate committed to health bill fixes  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Saturday he'd received commitment from a “significant majority” of senators to pass a series of changes to health reform legislation.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Stupak Postpones Key Press Conference—But Why?
The Hill:
Pro-Choice Caucus livid at talk of deal with Stupak on abortion
Tory Newmyer / Roll Call:
Democrats Picking Off Stupak Supporters
Discussion: The Hill
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
House Will Take Separate Vote on Senate Bill
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Stupak Abortion Language to Be Substituted for Senate Language …
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Lipinski, Quigley: 2 Dems hold out over abortion issues
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
The Hill:
CBC member: Health bill protesters called lawmakers the N-word  —  Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) claimed Saturday that healthcare protesters at the Capitol directed racial epithets at him Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) as they walked outside.  —  Carson, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus along with Lewis …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Menacing  —  Things are 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 the Longworth office building …
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.
Prescriptions:
Obama Forcefully Makes Case at Capitol … President Obama just closed his remarks to House Democrats, telling them they were on the verge of making history.  —  “You have a chance to make good on the promises you made,” Mr. Obama said.  “This is one of those moments.
Weekly Standard:
Stalking the CIA  —  Justice lawyers at daggers drawn with the ­intelligence community.  —  Last week, Bill Gertz of the Washington Times broke news of a fight between the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Justice.  The CIA wants Justice to investigate aggressively whether …
Discussion: Power Line
Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: Time for Action on Financial Reform for the Economy  —  As a key committee in the Senate takes up reforming the ways of Wall Street, the President lays down a marker: “I urge those in the Senate who support these reforms to remain strong, to resist the pressure …
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Healthcare vote (maneuver?) nears
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Obama turns eye to financial reform
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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