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12:00 AM ET, March 22, 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 …
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
NOW, NARAL displeased with Obama-Stupak deal  —  The president of the National Organization for Women said her group is “incensed” about the impasse-breaking deal between President Obama and a group of anti-abortion Catholic Democrats that seems likely to allow historic health-care reform legislation …
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.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
White House Released Executive Order to Media Without Showing …
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Stupak: We are close to deal with White House
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
216 in reach: House Dems have the votes to pass healthcare reform bill
Discussion: Hit & Run, FiveThirtyEight and The Hill
Fox News:
Choice, Life Groups Slam Obama Order on Abortion Funding
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner on National …:
The Executive Order: A Dangerous, Non-Binding Show — By: Kathryn Jean Lopez
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 …
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
House passes landmark health bill  —  Democrats in the House of Representatives achieved a legislative landmark Sunday night that has eluded generations of lawmakers before them - approving a sweeping health care overhaul that extends insurance coverage to nearly 32 million Americans …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Pajamas Media
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: Hot Air, The Plum Line and The Hill
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Senate Republicans say Dems ignoring meeting requests
Shayndi Raice / Washington Wire:
GOP: Abortion Deal Won't Trump the Law
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Scared Monkeys
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
House passes rule for health bill, moves closer to final vote
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Unless a deal is struck with Stupak, Dems appear to be short on votes
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Senate Dems, GOP spar over next step
Discussion: Washington Post and TPM LiveWire
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.
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.
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Happy Dependence Day!  — By: Mark Steyn  —  Well, it seems to be in the bag now.  I try to be a sunny the-glass-is-one-sixteenth-full kinda guy, but it's hard to overestimate the magnitude of what the Democrats have accomplished.  Whatever is in the bill is an intermediate stage …
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 …
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.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner to GOP lawmakers: ‘Behave like grown-ups’  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner told his conference to “behave like grown-ups” if the healthcare bill is passed by the House on Sunday.  —  The Ohio Republican made the warning at a quick closed-door meeting with fellow House GOP lawmakers at noon in the Capitol.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
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.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
What time is the health-care vote? And other critical questions.
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Julia Preston / New York Times:
At Rally, Call for Urgency on Immigration Reform  —  WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of immigrants and activists rallied here on Sunday, calling for legislation this year to give legal status to millions of illegal immigrants and seeking to pressure President Obama to keep working …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Trumka: AFL Will Look Closely At Lynch's Health Care Vote When It's …
Discussion: Blue Mass. Group and Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Rep Ciro Rodriguez Called “Wetback” By Anti-Reform Protestor
Discussion: Guardian and Talking Points Memo
Jerry Seib / Washington Wire:
Clinton Returns to Washington, Needling Himself, Obama and the Press
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Health Care Bill Already Passed, In “The Quiet People's” Hearts and Minds
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