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44: March 21, 2010 - March 27, 2010

Group opposing health care orders DNC to stop using its slogan

Americans for Prosperity, a national anti-tax group that has been lobbying against the federal health...

By Liz McGehee  | March 27, 2010; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Obama hails student loan measure as victory over special interests

Beginning to pivot from health care back to other domestic priorities, President Obama heralded the passage of sweeping changes to the way higher education is financed, saying in his weekly address that they would "help us educate all Americans to compete and win in the 21st century."

By Anne E. Kornblut  | March 27, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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AT&T links $1 billion charge to new health-care law

Telecom giant AT&T said Friday that it would be forced to record a $1 billion non-cash charge on its first-quarter earnings to account for increased costs associated with the health-care legislation signed into law this week by President Obama.

By Frank Ahrens  | March 26, 2010; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Obama to sign health-care 'fixes' bill Tuesday in Alexandria

President Obama will sign legislation making fixes to his sweeping health care bill -- and enacting sweeping changes to higher education financing -- at a ceremony Tuesday morning at the Alexandria campus at Northern Virginia Community College

By Anne E. Kornblut  | March 26, 2010; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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White House releases another 120,000 visitor records

The White House released the latest batch of visitor records Friday as part of its disclosure policy announced last September. The 120,000 March records were created in December and represent the largest set of visitor records yet released, for a total of more 250,000.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | March 26, 2010; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Charges reduced in alleged tampering of Landrieu's office

Federal prosecutors have filed reduced charges against conservative activist James O'Keefe and three others accused of trying to tamper with the phones in Sen. Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office.

By Post Editor  | March 26, 2010; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Bloggers send Nancy Pelosi 2,600 roses for her birthday

While some lawmakers are getting hate mail and suspicious powder, at least one Democrat got a nice surprise from the public on Friday. A blogger at the liberal website Daily Kos helped organize a surprise for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- thousands of roses delivered to the California Democrat's office.

By Rachel Weiner  | March 26, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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McCain, Palin rally: Live video from Arizona

Watch former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin campaigning for Sen. John McCain in Arizona, live:

By Politics Editor  | March 26, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Obama to take health-care message to Maine

Continuing his burst of travel, President Obama will head to Maine for a health care-related event next Thursday, the White House said.

By Anne E. Kornblut  | March 26, 2010; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Health reform fight shifts to the campaign trail

The health-care reform fight on Capitol Hill is really, truly, genuinely over (for now), giving both parties roughly five minutes to rest before they take their debate to the campaign trail.

By Ben Pershing  | March 26, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Obama picks up books for his girls at Iowa City's Prairie Lights

After delivering a speech on health-care Thursday at the University of Iowa, President Obama made a surprise stop a small bookstore in Iowa City, where he bought books for his daughters and his press secretary -- and lamented that he can no longer browse for reading material as he once did when he was a little-known candidate.

By William Branigin  | March 25, 2010; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Congress will let unemployment benefits expire

Unemployment benefits are set to expire for at least a week beginning April 5, as Congress plans to adjourn Thursday without agreeing on an extension of the program.

By Ben Pershing  | March 25, 2010; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Whoops: Harry Reid an accidental no on reconciliation bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got "caught up in the moment again" and accidentally voted against the reconciliation "fixes" bill before the Senate today, his spokesman Jim Manley confirmed. The senator from Nevada quickly realized his error, bent his head toward his hands, looked around, waved his hands in apology and clarified that yes, he really mean to vote "aye."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | March 25, 2010; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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RNC 'Fire Nancy Pelosi' moneybomb raises nearly $1.5 million

The Republican National Committee has raised nearly $1.5 million since launching an online fundraising drive Sunday to oust House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from her leadership post by retaking the House of Representatives in midterm elections this fall.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | March 25, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Eric Cantor accuses Democrats of 'fanning flames' on member threats

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) angrily lashed out at Democratic leaders for their handling of reported threats against members of Congress Thursday, accusing them of "dangerously fanning the flames" by blaming the GOP and confiding that he has also been the recipient of threats.

By Ben Pershing  | March 25, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (891)
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Nancy Pelosi's birthday wish

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she would like a pool table for her 70th birthday on Friday.

By Ben Pershing  | March 25, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Democrats co-opt "Hands Off Our Health Care" slogan

In a sign that Democrats believe public opinion is shifting in their favor following the House's passage of the health-care overhaul bill Sunday night, Democrats have co-opted the "Hands Off Our Health Care" slogan that opponents used so skillfully last year to build opposition to President Obama's health-care agenda.

By Philip Rucker  | March 25, 2010; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Health reform's journey isn't over quite yet

Tired of having the health reform spotlight all to itself, the Senate decided in the wee hours of Thursday morning to let the House back into the game.

By Ben Pershing  | March 25, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Senate begins health care 'vote-a-rama'

The Senate has rejected the first four Republican amendments to the health-care "fixes" bill, but lawmakers face at least 19 more votes as they embark on a marathon "vote-a-rama" to complete the legislation either tonight or on Thursday.

By Shailagh Murray  | March 24, 2010; 7:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Today in photos

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By Rachel Weiner  | March 24, 2010; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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From Tavis Smiley, love and criticism for Obama

PBS commentator Tavis Smiley said he deliberately placed a 16 by 16 foot cube with the word "love" on stage during his recent gathering of African American leaders in Chicago, where there was plenty of tough love for the 44th occupant of the White House.

By Hamil R. Harris  | March 24, 2010; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Dennis Kucinich sends out his first appeal for DCCC, Biden solicits for DSCC

Liberal Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) has sent out what an aide said was his first-ever fundraising appeal for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | March 24, 2010; 5:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Chuck Grassley touts provisions he authored in health bill he voted against

For all the unified, angry rhetoric from Republicans lately, there is some evidence of cracks in the GOP wall of opposition. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who had mocked the health-care legislation, on Wednesday too credit for provisions in the health-care bill.

By Michael D. Shear  | March 24, 2010; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Randy Neugebauer's district to get an assist from health-care overhaul

Amid the partisan squabbling, one little-noted aspect of the health-care overhaul is that some of the most conservative regions of the country stand to benefit most from the bill's many provisions.

By Shailagh Murray  | March 24, 2010; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Obama signs executive order on abortion out of sight of media glare

There were no glaring lights or TV cameras when President Obama signed an executive order this afternoon affirming the continuing ban on federal funding for abortion. No East Room speeches. Not even a photo op handshake.

By Michael D. Shear  | March 24, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
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Here come the Republican amendments

Senate Republican amendments to the health-care "fixes" bill are stacking up, and some could prove tough for Democrats to oppose when the around-the-clock "vote-a-rama" begins later today. And yet if the legislation changes in any way, it must return to the House for a final vote. So look for Democrats to hang tough -- at least on most of these measures.

By Shailagh Murray  | March 24, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
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Biden's 'big [expletive] deal' comment inspires T-shirts, Web sites -- and critics

Vice President Biden's comment to President Obama yesterday at the signing of the historic health-care overhaul legislation that "This is a big [expletive] deal" has occasioned a lot of commentary about its propriety. It has also inspired some online wits.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | March 24, 2010; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Obama's presidency turns a corner

Future Obama biographers will mark March 23, 2010 as a turning point. That's the date on which Obama went from being a president marked by unfulfilled promise to one who ushered a transformative reform bill into law against steep odds.

By Ben Pershing  | March 24, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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By Rachel Weiner  | March 23, 2010; 6:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hoyer scolds GOP for weekend actions but doesn't want Neugebauer apology

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that he thought Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) had apologized sufficiently for yelling "baby-killer" at Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) on the House floor, but suggested that other behavior by Republicans over the weekend "was clearly out of order" and worthy of condemnation.

By Ben Pershing  | March 23, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Biden to Obama: "A big [expletive] deal"

After introducing Obama at Tuesday's health-care bill signing ceremony, Vice President Biden turned to the president and said, "This is a big [expletive] deal."

By Rachel Weiner  | March 23, 2010; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (354)
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Patrick Kennedy leaves note for Ted on gravesite: "Dad, the unfinished business is done."

The political odyssey of health care reform in many ways is the story of Ted Kennedy, and as President Obama signed the historic bill into law Tuesday, Kennedy's gravesite was a place of quiet celebration and poignant reflection.

By Philip Rucker  | March 23, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (123)
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Health fight continues on the trail

Election Day is more than seven months away but it may as well be tomorrow, as President Obama's signing of a sweeping health-reform bill Tuesday shifts a fight that has raged in the halls of the Capitol onto the campaign trail.

By Ben Pershing  | March 23, 2010; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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McCain, Axelrod dig up the hatchet, renew their verbal sparring

On Monday, Republican senator John McCain lashed out again at passage of Obama's health-care plan, vowing that his party will no longer work with the president. That brought a quick jab from Obama senior adviser David Axelrod.

By Michael D. Shear  | March 22, 2010; 8:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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A new push against Hyde amendment faces some high hurdles

A day after President Obama announced that the landmark health-care bill would abide within the abortion restrictions of the Hyde amendment, the National Organization for Women responded Monday by saying that it would pursue a repeal of the more than 30-year-old amendment, which blocks federal funding of most abortions.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | March 22, 2010; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Preparing for Democratic 'no' votes in the Senate

With the Senate preparing to launch a final round of health-care deliberations on Tuesday, Democratic leaders are assessing possible defections when a bill modifying the legislation now headed to President Obama reaches the floor this week.

By Shailagh Murray  | March 22, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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By Rachel Weiner  | March 22, 2010; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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After the votes, a battle to frame health-care bill for the midterms

The polarized debate over health care moved into a new phase Monday, as Democrats and Republicans shifted their focus to the November elections and what could turn into a referendum on the most significant social legislation enacted in half a century.

By Dan Balz  | March 22, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (267)
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Obama to sign health care bill Tuesday

President Obama will use a White House signing ceremony Tuesday to showcase the benefits of the health-care overhaul legislation passed late Sunday night by a divided House of Representatives.

By Scott Wilson  | March 22, 2010; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Clarifying Gingrich on LBJ and Obama

By Dan Balz Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was quoted Sunday as saying that President...

By 44 Editor  | March 22, 2010; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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A sweeping victory for Obama, Pelosi

After months of incremental progress and setbacks, wild momentum swings and then a final frenzy of vote-counting, the news on Monday (is it really Monday?) is about historic accomplishments -- the transformation of a health-care system, the success of a first-term president on his signature issue and the triumph of the first female Speaker's old-fashioned arm-twisting.

By Ben Pershing  | March 22, 2010; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Obama: 'This is what change looks like'

Moments after the final House vote, President Obama hailed passage of his health care legislation, saying the hard-fought milestone proved that "we are still a people capable of doing big things and tackling our biggest challenges."

By Michael D. Shear  | March 22, 2010; 12:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Randy Neugebauer says he called out 'baby-killer' as Stupak spoke on House floor

Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Tex.) acknowledged Monday that he yelled out "baby killer" as Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) urged his fellow Democrats to vote down a Republican amendment on abortion services in the health-care legislation. Neugebauer said he has apologized to Stupak and his congressional colleagues for the remark.

By Paul Kane  | March 21, 2010; 11:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (487)
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At single-serving health care site, it's all unicorns and rainbows

The latest single-serving site didtheypasshealthcarereform.com has a very simple answer to the question: "Yes!"

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | March 21, 2010; 11:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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House defeats GOP motion to revive abortion issue

The House rejected Republicans' last procedural shot at derailing health-reform Sunday, defeating a GOP motion designed to split Democrats on abortion.

By Ben Pershing  | March 21, 2010; 11:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The health-care vote, by the numbers

The House has passed health-care reform, and despite the trials and tribulations along the way, Democrats actually had a slightly wider margin on this vote than on the first go-round on Nov. 7, when the vote was 220-215. Here's how the 219-212 vote broke down.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 21, 2010; 11:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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As sun sets, protests wane

Just a few hundred people remained on the South lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday evening as the sun began to set, following two days of coordinated chanting, taunting of lawmakers voting for the bill and spirited conversation between people for and against the health-care measure.

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 21, 2010; 9:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Rahm Emanuel defends health-care maneuvering on '60 Minutes'

In the midst of Sunday night's health care debate, CBS' Katie Couric interviewed Rahm Emanuel. Understandably, the bulk of the discussion centered on health-care reform.

By Rachel Weiner  | March 21, 2010; 9:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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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 to pass the House later Sunday night, saying the planned presidential executive order "breaks faith with women."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | March 21, 2010; 8:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Tempers flare on House floor

Now in its eighth hour, the House floor debate on health-care legislation is getting a little testy.

By Ben Pershing  | March 21, 2010; 8:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Rev. Jackson watches Rep. Jackson with pride

Standing in a hallway just off the House floor Sunday evening, the Rev. Jesse Jackson remarked on how excited he was to "be a part of an historic occasion" as Congress closed in on passage of health-care reform.

By Ben Pershing  | March 21, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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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.

By Lori Montgomery and Shailagh Murray  | March 21, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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'Kill the bill!' shouts protester from House gallery (Video)

A Democratic lawmaker says a protester stood up in the House gallery, yelled "Kill the bill" and was cheered by Republicans. Angry demonstrators opposed to the health care bill gathered outside the Capitol on Sunday. Democratic Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts says that one stood up in the House gallery and shouted, "Kill the bill. The people don't want this."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | March 21, 2010; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Loretta Sanchez: Present but unaccounted for

After missing all of Saturday's roll calls, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif) showed up for the procedural votes that began Sunday's House session. So now party leaders -- and the media -- know where Sanchez is. But they still don't know how she'll vote tonight.

By Ben Pershing  | March 21, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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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?

By Paul Kane  | March 21, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
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Live health-care vote updates from Twitter

Scroll for streaming news on the health-care reform debate happening now. A vote is expected to happen tonight.

By Rachel Weiner  | March 21, 2010; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Brian Baird says he'll vote 'yes,' John Tanner to vote 'no' on health-care bill

House leaders got a split decision Sunday from two retiring Democrats who voted against an earlier health-care bill because of concerns about its massive cost. Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.) said he would vote "no," while Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.) said he would vote "yes."

By Web Politics Editor  | March 21, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Rove and Plouffe clash over health-care bill, deficit and spam e-mail

Even as White House officials expressed optimism about the fate of the health bill in the House, they engaged in a war of words with former George W. Bush aide Karl Rove. Rover made an argumentative appearance with Obama adviser David Plouffe on ABC's "This Week."

By Michael D. Shear  | March 21, 2010; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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At the White House, it's hurry up and wait as historic health-care vote looms

"He's in the West Wing, getting updates, dropping in on staff, and like the rest of America, examining the rubble of his bracket," a senior White House official said of President Obama. "He's preparing to make and take member phone calls as we move toward the vote."

By Michael D. Shear  | March 21, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Kaptur to vote for health-care reform

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), a key holdout on health care over the abortion issue, announced on a Toledo television station this morning that she would vote for the legislation.

By Post Editor  | March 21, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Republicans denounce racist and anti-gay slurs

Following reports yesterday that black and openly gay Democratic lawmakers were subjected to spitting and epithets from anti-health care reform protesters outside the Capitol, Republican leaders said Sunday that the incidents were "isolated" and "reprehensible."

By 44 Editor  | March 21, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (337)
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The votes -- do Dems have them or not?

Whether or not Democrats have the votes to pass President Obama's health-care reform is the question on everyone's mind in Washington right now.

By 44 Editor  | March 21, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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