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11:05 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 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
The National Organization for Women (NOW) web site:
President Obama Breaks Faith with Women  —  Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill  —  The National Organization for Women is incensed that President Barack Obama agreed today to issue an executive order designed to appease a handful of anti-choice Democrats who have held up health care reform …
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.
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Democrats worried about Republicans' motion to recommit on Stupak language  —  Democrats are worried about holding their members together on a GOP motion that could kill the healthcare bill.  —  Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) said House leaders are specifically concerned about a Republican motion …
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and The Plum Line
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 …
Ezra Klein:
The Stupak deal  —  The Stupak negotiations have been vaguely farcical from the beginning, as the bill is already very restrictive on abortion.  But the upside of the farce is that the deal they've reached isn't particularly objectionable: Barack Obama will sign an executive order stating, essentially, that the law will follow the law.
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
NOW, NARAL displeased with Obama-Stupak deal
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Stupak: We are close to deal with White House
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner on National …:
The Executive Order: A Dangerous, Non-Binding Show — By: Kathryn Jean Lopez
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
216 in reach: House Dems have the votes to pass healthcare reform bill
Discussion: Hit & Run, FiveThirtyEight and The Hill
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Unless a deal is struck with Stupak, Dems appear to be short on votes
Shayndi Raice / Washington Wire:
GOP: Abortion Deal Won't Trump the Law
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Gateway Pundit
Fox News:
Choice, Life Groups Slam Obama Order on Abortion Funding
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.
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
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Senate Republicans say Dems ignoring meeting requests
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Senate Dems, GOP spar over next step
Discussion: Washington Post and TPM LiveWire
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Why This Moment Matters  —  We'll talk some other time about the political consequences, in 2010 and 2012 and beyond, of the health-care reform vote.  (My guess: this will not seem anywhere near as poisonous seven months from now as it does today.  Jobs jobs jobs is what will matter most then.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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.
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.
Ezra Klein:
Health care and freedom  —  “Today is the death of freedom as a cause for celebration,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn just said as she opened the House Republicans' argument against the health-care bill.  Her stem-winder was quick and clean.  This bill, she argued, will make Americas less free.
Mike Lillis / The Washington Independent:
Gingrich: Civil Rights Laws Weren't Worth the Political Price
Discussion: Lean Left
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The Take: Historic win or not, Democrats could pay a price
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Future After Health Care  —  Regardless of what you think about health care, tomorrow we wake up in a different political world.  —  Parties have passed legislation before that wasn't broadly publicly supported.  But the only substantial instances I can think of in America are budget bills and TARP …
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: CNN and The Confluence
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner to GOP lawmakers: ‘Behave like grown-ups’
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Congressman Jim Cooper:
COOPER'S FLOOR STATEMENT ON HEALTH REFORM  —  Cooper's full Congressional Record statement  —  I woke up this Sunday morning, said my prayers, and finally decided that I will vote YES on health care reform.  —  Having heard from tens of thousands of Middle Tennesseans on all sides of the issue …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Rep Ciro Rodriguez Called “Wetback” By Anti-Reform Protestor
Discussion: Guardian and Talking Points Memo
Jerry Seib / Washington Wire:
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Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés / The Moderate Voice:
Health Care Bill Already Passed, In “The Quiet People's” Hearts and Minds
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Kate Phillips / Prescriptions:
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