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12:30 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.
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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 …
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 …
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
NOW, NARAL displeased with Obama-Stupak deal
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
Fox News:
Choice, Life Groups Slam Obama Order on Abortion Funding
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
216 in reach: House Dems have the votes to pass healthcare reform bill
Discussion: Hit & Run, FiveThirtyEight and The Hill
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 …
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Los Angeles Times:
House passes healthcare overhaul  —  In a major victory for the president, Democratic leaders get the Senate version passed, then engineer passage of a package designed to reconcile that bill and the one OKd by the House last year.  —  Reporting from Los Angeles and Washington
Discussion: Advocate and Scared Monkeys
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 …
New York Times:
House Approves Health Overhaul, Sending Landmark Bill to Obama  —  WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval on Sunday to legislation that would provide medical coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans and remake the nation's health care system along the lines proposed by President Obama.
Shayndi Raice / Washington Wire:
GOP: Abortion Deal Won't Trump the Law
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Scared Monkeys
Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
One More Step Towards Health Insurance Reform
Discussion: Bleeding Heartland and KDKA-TV
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Unless a deal is struck with Stupak, Dems appear to be short on votes
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 …
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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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Senate Republicans say Dems ignoring meeting requests
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
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 …
The Politico:
Frank: ‘Mass hysteria’ on the Hill  —  Tea Party protesters disrupted Speaker Nancy Pelosi's press stakeout at a House Office Building, yelling “you're a disgrace to your office” and one protester yelled a gay epithet at Rep. Barney Frank again on Sunday, adding yet another layer of chaos to an already tense afternoon on Capitol Hill.
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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 Hill
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Kate Phillips / Prescriptions:
Live Blogging the House Vote
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
House passes rule for health bill, moves closer to final vote
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
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
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
The AIPAC Crowd  —  AIPAC's annual conference got under way today in Washington D.C. The crowd was, in contrast to past years, more on edge, more distressed, and, frankly, more anti-administration.  The conference comes after an eye-opening (for some) clash between the Obami and the Israeli government.
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
New York Times:
Legal and Political Fights Are Looming for Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — The battle over health care is poised to move swiftly from Congress back to the country as Democrats, Republicans and a battery of interest groups race to define the legislation and dig in for long-term political and legal fights.
 
 
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John / Power Line:
Silver Linings  —  With Stupak's collapse, passage …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Trumka: AFL Will Look Closely At Lynch's Health Care Vote When It's …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Blue Mass. Group
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Rep Ciro Rodriguez Called “Wetback” By Anti-Reform Protestor
Discussion: Guardian
Congressman Jim Cooper:
COOPER'S FLOOR STATEMENT ON HEALTH REFORM
 Earlier Items: 
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés / The Moderate Voice:
Health Care Bill Already Passed, In “The Quiet People's” Hearts and Minds
Discussion: First Draft
Ezra Klein:
Health care and freedom
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