Domestic Policy

1,000 Words: Home Alone Edition

H/T to Christopher Roughton, who alerted me (via Twitter) to this AP Photo. It shows House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers holding a Capitol Hill news conference today on health care legislation:

Roughton’s suggested caption:

Bueller? Anyone? Bueller?

President Obama Signs And Celebrates His Partisan Victory

As President Obama noted after arriving in the East Room Tuesday morning, spring has arrived in Washington. The signs of life inside the White House were everywhere, in the whoops and hollers of Democratic members of Congress, the broad smiles, the “Fired up, ready to go” chants, the constant hugging.

The partisan crowd from the House …

5 Reasons Republicans Should Let Go of Health Care

Reporters leaving Capitol Hill in the wee hours of Monday morning were, for the most part, heaving sighs of relief: health care reform had – finally! — passed, a vote for the history books. However imperfect, the deed was done, the fat lady had sung. A day later and Republicans seem not to have gotten the memo: they are attacking the …

Neugebauer Admits to Yelling ‘Baby Killer’

The great mystery of the passage of health care reform is resolved. Who yelled “baby killer” at Bart Stupak during the debate over the motion to recommit? Texas Republican Rep. Randy Neugebauer just now issued the following statement:

“Last night was the climax of weeks and months of debate on a health care bill that my constituents …

Stupak Votes Nay, erhmm… Yea?

Bart Stupak and the congressional leaders are in a complicated mating dance. In a bold courting move this morning leadership sources leaked that the Michigan Democrat was a Yea. Not so quick, replied Stupak’s office. Coyly, he said, he’s still in talks and reviewing the executive order. Word back from leadership sources is that Rep. John …

Stupak’s a Yea?

MSNBC and C-SPAN are reporting that Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak will vote for the bill, bringing along at least half a dozen votes with him. Apparently, an executive order on abortion that the White House had been negotiating with Stupak is what pushed him over the edge. Stupak, a pro-life Democrat, nearly derailed the passage of …

Obama’s Big Day

From a White House official:

The President made a surprise appearance at an 11:00am meeting of senior staff.

He’s in the West Wing, getting updates, dropping in on staff, and like the rest of America, examining the rubble of his bracket.

He’s preparing to make and take member phone calls as we move toward the vote.

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