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3:45 PM ET, March 21, 2010


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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Stupak: We are close to deal with White House  —  Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) said Sunday morning that he is close to striking a deal with the Obama administration on abortion provisions.  —  “We are close to getting something done,” Stupak said in an interview with MSNBC.
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Unless a deal is struck with Stupak, Dems appear to be short on votes  —  Hours before a scheduled vote on healthcare reform, Democratic leaders don't have the votes.  —  The decisions of two Tennessee Democrats, Reps. John Tanner and Lincoln Davis, to vote no has put President Barack Obama …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
REPORTS: STUPAK SAYS ‘YES’ TO HEALTH CARE REFORM (OR MAYBE NOT).... There has not yet been confirmation from the lawmaker himself, but MSNBC is reporting that Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) will support the health care reform legislation today.  If accurate, this would not only be a huge development …
Anti-abortion Democrat Stupak to back healthcare bill  —  U.S. Democratic Representative Bart Stupak, who opposes abortion, will vote for healthcare legislation later on Sunday, in a move that could help pave the way for passage of the bill, MSNBC reported.  —  Stupak and a small number …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Morning Update: Down to the Stupak Bloc  —  Sorry I went missing last night.  But Jane provided the scoop on Loretta Sanchez.  —  Let me just interject.  I know Loretta.  I've had dinner with Loretta.  I wouldn't be totally surprised if she carried this out, but she's just as likely to be there in the end.
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Reach Deal With Antiabortion Lawmakers  —  WASHINGTON—Democratic leaders have reached a deal with antiabortion Democratic lawmakers aimed at winning votes from at least some of them, an aide said Sunday.  —  The aide said a bloc of antiabortion lawmakers was set to vote “yes” on the bill.
New York Times:
Vote on Health Bill Today Caps a Journey Back From the Brink  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi was at her wits' end, and she let President Obama know it.  —  Scott Brown, the upstart Republican, had just won his Senate race in Massachusetts, a victory that seemed to doom Mr. Obama's dream …
Tory Newmyer / Roll Call:
In Scramble for 216, Sanchez Presents Unexpected Hurdle  —  As their whip efforts narrow to just a handful of Members, House Democratic leaders are facing an unlikely problem vote: Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.).  —  Sanchez was nowhere to be found on Saturday — she was in Florida on a fundraising jaunt …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Stupak: 'Until there is an agreement, I'm a ‘no’ vote'
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Kaptur To Vote Yes
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Stupak still a ‘no’ vote on healthcare bill
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Democratic defector: Vote no quickly or get treated ‘like a piñata’
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Dena Bunis / Total Buzz:
Dems got votes for health bill; Sanchez mum
Discussion: Firedoglake
The Note:
EXCLUSIVE: Plouffe and Rove Battle It Out Over Health Care Reform  —  With a vote on health care reform looming in the House of Representatives, it was a no-holds barred debate this morning on “This Week.”  —  “We are going to be much better positioned politically...if we pass this,” …
Mike Allen / The Politico:   FLASH: House leader claims to clinch health vote, but Hoyer hedges …
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Dems disagree: Larson says votes there; Wasserman Schultz says no ‘hard 216’
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Ruby Slippers
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
‘Tea party’ protesters accused of spitting on lawmaker, using slurs  —  Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said that racial epithets were hurled at them Saturday by angry protesters who had gathered at the Capitol to protest health-care legislation, and one congressman said he was spit upon.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
BREAKING: An Ugly Scene
Douglas Holtz-Eakin / New York Times:
The Real Arithmetic of Health Care Reform  —  ON Thursday, the Congressional Budget Office reported that, if enacted, the latest health care reform legislation would, over the next 10 years, cost about $950 billion, but because it would raise some revenues and lower some costs, it would also lower federal deficits by $138 billion.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The Take: Historic win or not, Democrats could pay a price
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner on National …:
The Executive Order: A Dangerous, Non-Binding Show — By: Kathryn Jean Lopez  —  As of last night, this was the text.  Not having a ton of Democratic sources, I can't tell you if this is the final or not, assuming there is even such a thing: … The reality of this or any other text, though is: It is meaningless legally.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Executive Order Details Possibly Leaked
Dana Loesch /
Video Debunks Lib Accusations That Slurs were Shouted (and Thoughts on Identity Politics)  —  When faced with intellectual argument, and a litany of polls which prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that Americans do not want this fake reform, this health control bill, socialists fall on the only tactics they know: identity politics.
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Schedule for House Health Care Vote  —  The House on Sunday will finally vote for the Democrats' comprehensive health care overhaul.  —  On Saturday, the House Rules Committee laid out the terms for Sunday's vote, most notably deciding to abandon the so-called “Slaughter solution” …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Mike Flynn / Big Government:
ObamaCare: To Pass Or Not to Pass  —  Over the last several days …
Hillel Fendel / Arutz Sheva:
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Is health-care reform constitutional?
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