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7:50 PM ET, March 21, 2010


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The Politico:
History in sight for Democrats  —  A cadre of anti-abortion Democrats announced Sunday that they've reached an agreement with the White House to defuse the controversy over abortion in the health care bill and will now vote yes — effectively putting the Democrats over the 216-vote threshold to pass health reform by day's end.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Stunner... Pro-Life Democrat Stupak Was Lying All Along- Will Support Pro-Abortion Obamacare ...Update: Stupak Sells Soul!  —  REMEMBER: You Can NEVER Trust a Democrat... You can sometimes trust Republicans but... You Can NEVER Trust a Democrat.  —  Stupak flashback: Remember when “pro-life” …
The Hill:
Stupak, Dems reach abortion deal  —  Democrats have reached a deal on an executive order on abortion that could hand them a victory on healthcare.  —  Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) announced a deal at a press conference.  He said the deal means Democrats will have the 216 votes they need to win a healthcare reform vote on the floor.
The Atlantic Online:
Text of the Executive Order On Abortion  —  Here is the text of the executive order to be issued by the White House on abortion:  —  Executive Order  —  ensuring enforcement and implementation of abortion restrictions in the patient protection and affordable care act
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
White House Released Executive Order to Media Without Showing to Members of Pro-Choice Caucus  —  Members of the pro-choice caucus are livid after the White House released the Executive Order on abortion to the media without showing it to them.  —  According to members who spoke on the condition …
Washington Post:
In deal with Stupak, White House announces executive order on abortion  —  Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames.  —  Updated 4:22 p.m.  —  By Lori Montgomery and Shailagh Murray  —  House Democratic leaders have resolved the abortion dispute that stood in the way of passing health-care reform …
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 …
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.
Christina Bellantoni / TPM LiveWire:
White House Statement On Abortion Compromise  —  Just before 4 p.m. ET, the White House released text of a compromise on abortion to help clear the way for passage of the health care legislation.  —  STATEMENT FROM COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR DAN PFEIFFER  —  Today, the President announced …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner on National …:
The Executive Order: A Dangerous, Non-Binding Show — By: Kathryn Jean Lopez
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Democrats worried about Republicans' motion to recommit on Stupak language
Discussion: Hot Air
Major Garrett / Row 2, Seat 4:
Obama Executive Order on Abortion Funding
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Stupak: 'Until there is an agreement, I'm a ‘no’ vote'
The Note:
Senate Fight Starts: GOP Says Senate Parliamentarian Will Kill Fix-Its Bill  —  ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports: The House bill has not yet passed and already we are seeing the reconciliation fight start in the Senate.  —  Senate Republicans say they can get the whole package of reconciliation fixes …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
House passes rule for health bill, moves closer to final vote  —  House Democrats have approved the rule for debate on the healthcare bill, moving them one step closer toward a final vote on the legislation.  —  The rule was passed 224-206, with 28 Democrats voting against the measure.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:   Senate Dems, GOP spar over next step
Kate Phillips / Prescriptions:
Live Blogging the House Vote
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Senate Republicans say Dems ignoring meeting requests
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:   Liveblog: House Floor Debate on Health Care Bill
David Frum / FrumForum:
Waterloo  —  Conservatives and Republicans today suffered their most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s.  —  It's hard to exaggerate the magnitude of the disaster.  Conservatives may cheer themselves that they'll compensate for today's expected vote with a big win in the November 2010 elections.
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.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
What time is the health-care vote?  And other critical questions.  —  The final showdown has arrived, the House opened up for legislative business right at 1 p.m., and everybody's got two questions they want answered: Do Democrats have the votes — and when will the vote be?
Discussion: The Nation and The Confluence
Mike Lillis / The Washington Independent:
Gingrich: Civil Rights Laws Weren't Worth the Political Price  —  Of the many reasons to oppose health care reform, this is probably the worst.  From today's Washington Post: … So by Gingrich's logic, lawmakers should really just shy away from the toughest issues of the day because changes …
Discussion: Lean Left
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Case for Health Reform
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The Take: Historic win or not, Democrats could pay a price
Jennifer Bendery / Roll Call:
King Downplays Protesters' Racial Slurs Against Congressmen  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a leading voice in the tea party movement, said Sunday that protesters' recent use of racial and homophobic slurs toward Members of Congress was no big deal.  —  “I just don't think it's anything,” …
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.
OMB Director Peter Orszag / White Blog Feed:   Fiscal Realities  —  We are mere feet from the finish line …
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,” …
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Ezra Klein:
Health care and freedom
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