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5:55 PM ET, March 21, 2010


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The Politico:
Historic win close after Stupak deal  —  Health reform holdout Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan announced Sunday that he and fellow anti-abortion Democrats have reached an agreement with the White House to defuse the controversy over abortion in the health care bill and will now vote “yes” …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
In deal with Stupak, White House announces executive order on abortion  —  House Democratic leaders have resolved the abortion dispute that stood in the way of passing health-care reform, and now appear poised to approve the legislation late Sunday.  —  As part of the agreement …
Major Garrett / Row 2, Seat 4:
Obama Executive Order on Abortion Funding  —  The White House just released this statement:  —  STATEMENT FROM COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR DAN PFEIFFER  —  Today, the President announced that he will be issuing an executive order after the passage of the health insurance reform law …
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:
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.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Stunner... Pro-Life Democrat Stupak Was Lying All Along- Will …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
What time is the health-care vote? And other critical questions.
Discussion: The Nation
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Stupak: 'Until there is an agreement, I'm a ‘no’ vote'
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Reach Deal With Antiabortion Lawmakers
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Stupak still a ‘no’ vote on healthcare bill
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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.
Kate Phillips / Prescriptions:
Live Blogging the House Vote  —  A small group of protesters gathered outside the Capitol as the House prepared for a historic vote on health care legislation on Saturday.  —  Up at the Capitol Building this afternoon, the scene outside is a bit noisy with protesters on both sides of the health care issue shouting their views.
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Liveblog: House Floor Debate on Health Care Bill
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
Mike Lillis / The Washington Independent:
Gingrich: Civil Rights Laws Weren't Worth the Political Price
Discussion: Lean Left
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,” …
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 …
Discussion: This Just In
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
An Influential Idea I Didn't Get in a Book  —  As long as we're talking about intellectual influences, I thought I might talk about an idea that's important to me that, as best I can tell, I thought up all by myself.  I don't want to claim that it's actually original—and certainly …
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Ezra Klein:
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The Hill:
GOP lawmakers rally protesters of health bill
Discussion: RedState and CNN
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Durbin: Dem leaders met face-to-face with senators to lock down votes
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