Morning Must Reads: The Hot Hand

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

–Bart Stupak is expected to announce his retirement today. The heat generated from an arduous year of health reform debate and his role in forging a compromise on abortion language seems to have taken their toll on the 18-year vet.

–The Southern Republican Leadership Conference

Morning Must Reads: Prague

President Barack Obama is greeted by a large crowd following his Prague speech April 5, 2009, in Hradcany Square in Prague, Czech Republic. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

–President Obama heads to the Czech Republic on Wednesday night. He’s returning to the site of his April, 2009 speech on  nonproliferation to sign a new …

Morning Must Reads: The Big Deal

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

–That’s what a signature with 22 pens looks like. Here’s who get them.

–Probably the most touted immediate effect of the health care bill, a measure preventing insurance companies from denying children coverage on the basis of preexisting conditions, may not kick in as advertised …

Morning Must Reads: Lock and Load

Ben Nelson's Office

Photo courtesy of Ben Nelson’s office

–After so many months of vitriolic debate and soap-operatic drama, one might be skeptical when they hear this is the week health reform faces its ultimate test. But it is.  House markup of the reconciliation package is scheduled to begin at 3 pm today. The final CBO score is forthcoming. The …

Morning Must Reads: Decisions, Decisions

Official White House photo by Pete Souza

–President Obama has decided to delay his trip to Asia, originally scheduled to begin March 18, in order to work on health care. He is now slated to depart March 21. The window is still tight; the House has just nine days before he leaves to pass the Senate bill and the final CBO score has …

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