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Pelosi: A Brown win ‘doesn’t mean we won’t have a health care bill’

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appears to be undaunted by the special election in Massachusetts.

Speaking to reporters on Monday she suggested that even if Republican Scott Brown becomes a Senator from Massachusetts, it “doesn’t mean we won’t have a health care bill.”

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Instead, it would simply be “a question about how we would proceed,” she explained, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

“I heard the Republican candidate in Massachusetts say, ‘Let’s go back to the drawing board,'” Pelodi continued. “The drawing board, for the Republican party, on health care, is to tear it up, throw it away and shred it and never revisit it. This is the opportunity of a generation. If this opportunity is not realized, there won’t be health care for every American. There’s no back to the drawing board.”

Other House Democrats have suggested that budget reconciliation may be used to pass most of the bill, which may later be revisited with legislation to add to the patchwork of reforms.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) said during a Saturday Bloomberg television appearance that House Democrats had “prepared for the process of using reconciliation” even before the Massachusetts Senate seat was in question. He called it “an option.”

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The White House is also considering a push to have the House vote in favor of the Senate bill, which would bypass the need for another Senate vote, thereby cutting Brown out of the process should he defeat Coakley.

Democrats may also try to lash together a compromise bill and pass it before the victor in Massachusetts is seated in the Senate, though this path may prove most difficult. “Ultimately, rushing a bill through Congress could prove politically damaging to Democrats, giving Republicans the opportunity to accuse them of ignoring the will of voters,” writes Lea Winerman at PBS.

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As for the White House’s plans, “press secretary Robert Gibbs was noncommittal about this so-called Plan B in his comments to reporters aboard Air Force One Sunday night,” Politico noted.

“We’re focused on two things: ironing out the differences in the bills, which you know the President has spent a lot of time working on over the past few days; and we think Martha Coakley is going to win this race,” Gibbs reportedly said.

“Let’s remove all doubt, we will have health care — one way or another,” Pelosi told the Chronicle.

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This video was published to the Web by The San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 18, 2010.

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‘Go look at President Trump’s Twitter’: Portland right-wing rally organizer claims ‘mission success’

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The organizer of a far-right rally in Portland, Oregon claimed the event was a "success" after President Donald Trump attacked Portlandiers protesting the group.

"A confluence of protesters on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum merged on Portland’s waterfront Saturday in a tense but relatively uneventful face-off that brought national attention, including a tweet in the hours before the protest by President Trump decrying the city’s signature anti-fascist movement," the Oregonian reported Saturday.

When a similar right-wing rally in Charlottesville, Virginia killed Heather Heyer, Trump argued there were "fine people" on both sides of the "Unite the Right" rally.

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The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.

"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.

The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."

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White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting

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Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.

King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.

A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.

https://twitter.com/corinne_perkins/status/1162806565109473280

Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/sedespres/status/1162811223186006018

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