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4:40 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 …
The Politico:
W.H., Stupak abortion agreement  —  The White House and anti-abortion Democrats have reached an agreement to defusethe controversy over abortion in the health reform bill - planning a series of steps that will secure the support of Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and other Democrats to give party leaders …
The Hill:
Stupak, Dems reach abortion deal; ‘eight or nine’ will now vote yes  —  Rep. Bart Stupak said the deal means Democrats have the votes to move healthcare reform.  —  Democrats have reached a deal on an executive order on abortion that could hand them a victory on healthcare.
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” …
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Stupak: 'Until there is an agreement, I'm a ‘no’ vote'  —  Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) personally confirmed Sunday that there's no agreement yet on abortion provisions in healthcare.  —  “There is no agreement,” Stupak told reporters after a series of House votes.  “Until there is an agreement, I'm a ‘no’ vote.”
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Stupak still a ‘no’ vote on healthcare bill  —  Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) is still a no vote, according to his spokeswoman.  —  In an email to The Hill, Stupak spokeswoman Michelle Begnoche stated, “There is not yet a deal and Congressman Stupak is still a NO vote right now.”
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Tory Newmyer / Roll Call:
In Scramble for 216, Sanchez Presents Unexpected Hurdle
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Reach Deal With Antiabortion Lawmakers
Health care latest: Stupak announces deal
Discussion: The Confluence and American Power
Dena Bunis / Total Buzz:
Dems got votes for health bill; Sanchez mum
Discussion: Firedoglake
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Kaptur To Vote Yes
Washington Post:
House leaders express confidence they will secure enough votes to pass health bill
Discussion: The Nation and The Plum Line
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Democratic defector: Vote no quickly or get treated ‘like a piñata’
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
BREAKING: An Ugly Scene  —  You may have heard or read about the ugly scenes on Capitol Hill yesterday, when a few conservative activists shouted racial and homophobic epithets at Democratic lawmakers.  Today the conservative activists are back.  And so is the ugliness—only this time, a few Republicans were actually encouraging them.
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Case for Health Reform  —  Dan Balz talks to Newt Gingrich who explains that some things are more important than short-term politics: … It's true that Lyndon Johnson's Great Society—Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, Medicare, Medicaid, Title I federal education spending …
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The Take: Historic win or not, Democrats could pay a price
Ezra Klein:   Health care and freedom
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.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Text of executive order on abortion restrictions  —  The full text is below the jump:  —  Executive Order  —  ensuring enforcement and implementation of abortion restrictions in the patient protection and affordable care act  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution …
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.
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.
Earl Pomeroy:
Congressional Delegation Will Support Final Health Insurance Reform Bill  —  North Dakota's Congressional delegation, Congressman Earl Pomeroy and Senators Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad, released a statement today announcing they will support the final health insurance reform package.
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Plum Line and The Page
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Mike Flynn / Big Government:
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