Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Morning Emails from DCExaminer

Michael Barone - What's good for House leaders is bad for members
My sense is that the current Democratic leadership is at least 10 votes short of the 216-vote majority. So far none of the 37 November no votes has publicly committed to voting yes, not even Dennis Kucinich, who objects to the legislation because it doesn't go far enough. And some of the yeses, like Bart Stupak, sponsor of the abortion funding ban in the House bill, are committed noes.

Timothy P. Carney - Dems tap drug maker millions for PhRMA-friendly bill
On this bill, Republicans side with insurers, and Democrats mostly side with the richer and more powerful drug makers. The difference: Republicans didn't cut a backroom deal with the insurers. Obama will still play the populist card, even as the drug lobby is his ace in the hole.

Susan Ferrechio - Democrats on the defensive about 'no vote' plan to pass health bill
"Other than the people in this room, do you think any American is going to make a distinction?" House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., asked reporters at his weekly news conference when they questioned him about the political risks of using the procedure.

Michael Barone - President Obama seeks Democratic votes on Fox News
If you didn’t think the Democrats were having trouble passing the Senate health care bill in the House, this should get your attention: Barack Obama has agreed to be interviewed by Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier on the Special Report program Wednesday at 6pm Eastern time.

Byron York - Holder: 'We will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama bin Laden'
If you are concerned that the Obama administration might grant full American constitutional rights to Osama bin Laden himself, then you are probably more concerned after Holder's testimony.

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