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3:55 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.
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
Dan Pfeiffer / White Blog Feed:
One More Step Towards Health Insurance Reform
Discussion: Bleeding Heartland and Blue Gal
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
NOW, NARAL displeased with Obama-Stupak deal
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Democrats worried about Republicans' motion to recommit on Stupak language
Discussion: Hot Air, The Plum Line and The Hill
The Hill:
House sends Senate healthcare bill to Obama's desk in 219-212 vote
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
House roll call on healthcare bill: 34 Dems vote against
The Politico:   Stupak called ‘baby killer’
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
White House Released Executive Order to Media Without Showing …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Senate Dems, GOP spar over next step
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and TPM LiveWire
Fox News:
Choice, Life Groups Slam Obama Order on Abortion Funding
Discussion: and Sister Toldjah
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
House passes rule for health bill, moves closer to final vote
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
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.
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 …
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Ten immediate benefits of HCR  —  Here are ten benefits which come online within six months of the President's signature on the health care bill:  — Adult children may remain as dependents on their parents' policy until their 27th birthday  — Children under age 19 may not be excluded for pre-existing conditions
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 …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The Eighteenth Brumaire of Barack Obama  —  First time tragedy, second time farce.  —  After his 1851 coup d'état, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, nephew of the real Napoleon, pronounced himself Napoleon III.  It was the rise to power of this great-man-wannabe that prompted the famous opening …
Paul Krugman:
Done  —  OK, nothing is sure in this world.  Intrade is still giving Obamacare a 2.2% chance of failing, and I suppose Bart Stupak might have a Bwahahaha moment on the House floor.  But it looks as if health reform has been achieved.  —  There is, as always, a tunnel at the end of the tunnel …
Discussion: The Page
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Perspective  —  Now that it's done, Barack Obama will go down in history as one of America's finest presidents.  It's always possible of course that, like LBJ, he'll get involved in some unrelated fiasco that mars his reputation.  But fundamentally, he's reshaped the policy landscape …
New York Times:
Legal and Political Fights Loom 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.
John / Power Line:
Silver Linings  —  With Stupak's collapse, passage of the Democrats' government medicine bill is assured.  This is a dark day in American history; one of the darkest.  But there are many reasons for optimism.  Here are a few:  —  * The health care battle is just beginning.
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.
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.
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 and The Reaction
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Joan Nowaczyk /
‘Hell No!’: Boehner Makes Impassioned Statement on House Floor
Discussion: Nice Deb
Julia Preston / New York Times:
At Rally, Call for Urgency on Immigration Reform
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
The AIPAC Crowd  —  AIPAC's annual conference got under way today …
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner to GOP lawmakers: ‘Behave like grown-ups’
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Rep Ciro Rodriguez Called “Wetback” By Anti-Reform Protestor
Discussion: Guardian and Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Congressman Jim Cooper:
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