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The House will pass health care reform soon. DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen told Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday that Democrats will have the votes to pass the Senate bill.

“The votes will be there,” he said. “What is happening is our members are going back home to their constituents who are opening up their mail and getting these huge increases in their insurance premiums,” he explained.

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“The momentum has been clearly building. When the vote comes, I’m confident there will be a majority,” said Van Hollen.

The president’s senior advisor told ABC the same thing Sunday morning. On “This Week” David Axelrod said he believes “that we’ll be there at the end of the day. I believe it is going to happen this week.”

On Fox, Virginia Republican Eric Cantor claimed 6 out of 10 people are against health reform, but Van Hollen disputed that, countering, “Let me say one thing about Eric’s numbers in terms of popularity of this. What we’ve seen in the last three months is Americans are moving more and more toward supporting this bill. In fact, the latest polls show people are evenly divided on this.”

Reading online comments for just about any story makes clear how divided on the issue Americans are right now. On ABC’s story this morning, for example, the first comments demonstrate the divide. “Most Americans want health care to pass,” one insists. “WE DON’T WANT THIS HEALTH PROGRAM,” shouts another.

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According to a study by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, health care special interests have invested at least $28 million in the campaigns of House and Senate leaders. Additionally, President Obama received over $18.6 million during his presidential campaign.

In January, RAW STORY’s Brad Jacobson revealed how insurance companies have influenced the legislation.

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Angry Minnesota farmer bashes ‘insulting’ Trump comments that ‘we’re great patriots’ during his trade war

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President Donald Trump has insulted at least one Minnesota farmer by his claim that farmers are "great patriots" who want him to continue his trade fight against China.

"This wound is self-inflicted, by our president," said Gary Wertish, who is the Minnesota Farm Bureau president. "We definitely agreed with it in the beginning. But it doesn’t appear that there’s a plan B. Some of the callous comments come, especially from the president, you know, that farmers are 'winning,' we’re 'great patriots,' that’s very insulting. That’s coming from someone who never has faced the challenges of a family farmer. I go into the bank and tell the lender I can’t make the payment because we lost our market? The banker is going to tell me you don’t have to make your payment because you’re a patriot."

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MSNBC pundit nails Trump for only attacking Black voices on Fox News

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Democratic strategist Joel Payne called out President Donald Trump Sunday for his attacks on Fox News when he was leaving New Jersey.

Before Trump landed in Marine One at Morristown, New Jersey, he tweeted an attack on Juan Williams, the only Black pundit on the Fox News show "The Five."

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1163167660764532736

Trump briefly addressed Williams, before he told members of the press that he found it appalling Fox News hired a friend of Hillary Clinton's, whose name he couldn't even remember.

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Missouri official choose Dr. Seuss’ ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go’ for swearing-in ceremony instead of ‘The Bible’

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A Missouri county official is being both celebrated and attacked after a decision to forgo The Bible for her swearing-in ceremony and opted for a copy of Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss.

The Friendly Atheist at Patheos captured the story, posting a photo of St. Louis City Councilmember Kelli Dunaway's children holding a copy of the book while she took her oath of office.

This was the scene last week at the STLCO government center. Democrats took back control of the council and @DunawayKelli was sworn in on a copy of “Oh the Places you’ll go” with her children❤️ so proud to be part of #TeamKelli pic.twitter.com/iJ1dxfZ1Zg

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