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White House health care adviser Nancy-Ann DeParle gave House Democrats a complete walk through of the President's proposed fixes to the Senate health care bill at a caucus meeting this morning, fielding questions, particularly from progressives upset about the White House's failure to endorse a public option. But the Congressional Budget Office has yet to weigh in on the plan, so the waiting game continues. And some members, eager to get health care off their plates and out of the headlines, are getting nervous.

"It wasn't the big moment that I think when the all points bulletin went out last night that I think some people thought it was going to be," Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) told reporters as the meeting let out.

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Rep. Tim Holden (D-PA) told a local newspaper yesterday that he plans to vote against the Senate health care reform bill if it comes to the House for a vote.

"I will not vote for the Senate bill," Holden told the Republican Herald. "It makes significant cuts to Medicare and Medicaid ... and the restrictions on (federal funding for) abortion are not as strong."

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The Daily Caller reports that House Minority Leader John Boehner will offer a resolution that calls for an investigation of Democratic leaders' handling of the case of former Rep. Eric Massa.

The Caller suggests that Republicans want the ethics committee to look at how Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- whose staff was reportedly told in October that Massa lived with staffers and used sexually explicit language -- handled the Massa case.

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In a speech at Tel Aviv University today, Vice President Joe Biden underscored the "unbreakable bond" between the United States and Israel. Here are his complete remarks:

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Mr. President, thank you for that lovely introduction. And thank you for hosting me at such a world-class center for higher learning. It's been a long time since I've been back on campus. I was a mere child, a 31-year-old Senator when I was here the first time. But it's a privilege to be back.

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A prominent friend and supporter of James Dobson believes Dobson was pushed aside by the new leadership of Focus on the Family, who want the powerhouse evangelical ministry to project a softer image on issues ranging from abortion to gay marriage to relations with President Obama.

Dobson founded Focus on the Family in 1977 and spent the next 25 years building it into the influential Christian conservative group it is today.

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Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), who is retiring this year, has sent out a fundraising letter to promote the new Democratic candidate to succeed him, Rep. Brad Ellsworth.

"Brad is an independent voice and a fiscal conservative who shares the fierce dedication to public service that you and I value. He has my complete confidence, and I hope you will support him as vigorously as you have supported me," Bayh writes in the e-mail. "But with only eight short months to go until Election Day, your immediate support is critical."

As we have reported, the state Democratic Party's central committee will formally select the new candidate -- who will in all likelihood be Ellsworth -- some time after the May 4 primary, and before a June 30 deadline. This is because Bayh announced his retirement the day before the signatures were due, and nobody filed the petitions necessary to appear on the Democratic primary ballot.

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Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party nominee in the NY-23 special election in 2009, has announced that he's moving into the district as he mounts a second campaign for the seat.

"I have a signed purchase agreement for a house in Saranac Lake," Hoffman told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. "I expect to close on that within a month, and I will be moving into that house. It will become my primary residence."

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With the health care debate reaching its rhetorical zenith, TPM takes a look at some of the lesser known activities of the President and his staff. These pictures, courtesy of the White House's cadre of official photographers, show the President at work and at rest, in Washington and on the road.

Feb. 27, 2010: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden high-five after Obama's daughter Sasha and Biden's granddaughter Maisy, played in a basketball game in Chevy Chase, MD.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Mar. 10, 2010: First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Elizabeth Preval, First Lady of Haiti, in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House.

Official White House Photo By Lawrence Jackson




Mar. 9, 2010: President Obama thanks members of the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Mar. 9, 2010: President Obama meets with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou in the Oval Office.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Mar. 3, 2010: First Lady Michelle Obama visits the walking park at Pecan Elementary School to promote the "Let's Move" program in Jackson, Miss.

Official White House Photo By Samantha Appleton




Mar. 5, 2010: First Lady Michelle Obama runs a race as she promotes the "Let's Move" program during an event with local kids and the U.S. Soccer Foundation at the City Center in Washington, D.C.

Official White House Photo By Samantha Appleton




Feb. 28, 2010: President Obama prepares to board Marine One on the Front Lawn of the White House en route to Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, MD.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Feb. 27, 2010: President Obama talks to Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Assistant Press Secretary Tommy Vietor, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes, and Deputy National Security Advisor Tom Donilon outside the Situation Room of the White House.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Feb. 27, 2010: The Obamas and Bidens react while watching Sasha and Maisy, the Bidens' granddaughter, play basketball.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Feb. 26, 2010: President Obama and personal aide Reggie Love walk alongside the Colonnade of the White House.

Official White House Photo By Lawrence Jackson




Feb, 26, 2010: Members of the Virginia State Trojan Explosion drum line perform in the Cross Hall of the White House.

Official White House Photo By Lawrence Jackson




Feb. 24, 2010: President Barack Obama greets family members of Ambassador Daniel Ohene Agyekum of Ghana.

Official White House Photo By Samantha Appleton




Feb. 24, 2010: President Obama listens to Vice President Biden in a meeting in the Oval Office.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Feb 24, 2010: NSC Senior Director for Russian Affairs Mike McFaul briefs President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Feb. 22, 2010: President Obama answers questions from the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Feb. 21, 2010: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dance together during the Governors Ball in the East Room of the White House.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Feb. 21, 2010: Harry Connick Jr. and his Big Band perform during the Governors Ball in the East Room of the White House.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Feb, 21, 2010: President and First Lady Obama applaud Harry Connick Jr.'s performance in the East Room of the White House.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Feb, 19, 2010: President Obama greets supporters after a town hall meeting at Green Valley High School in Henderson, NV.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Feb. 19, 2010: President Obama talks with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid before Obama's town hall meeting at Green Valley High School in Henderson, NV.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Feb. 19, 2010: Trip Director Alan Fitts briefs, from left, First Lady's Communications Director Camille Johnston, First Lady Michelle Obama, First Lady's Traveling Aide Kristen Jarvis, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, First Lady's Policy Director Jocelyn Frye, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack en route from Andrews Air Force Base to Philadelphia, Pa.

Official White House Photo By Lawrence Jackson




Feb. 18, 2010: President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Buckley Air Force Base in Denver, CO.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Feb. 18, 2010: President Obama talks with friend Mike Ramos before departing for Buckley Air Force Base in Denver, CO.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Feb. 18, 2010: President Obama waves to the crowd as he leaves an event at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Feb. 18, 2010: President Obama peruses images of past performers at The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Feb. 18, 2010: Air Force members salute President Obama as he waves from Air Force One en route to Denver, CO.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Feb. 18, 2010: President Obama speaks with John Brennan, assistant to the President for Homeland Security, while dining in the White House Dining Room.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Feb. 18, 2010: Vice President Joe Biden talks with National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform co-chairs Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles in the Outer Oval Office. Others in the room are, from left, Director of White House Economic Council Larry Summers, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Peter Orszag, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Christina Romer.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Feb. 17, 2010: Vice President Biden's personal aide Fran Person holds the door for President Barack Obama as he waits to deliver remarks during the one-year anniversary of the Recovery Act in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza




Feb. 16, 2010: President Obama's personal aide Reggie Love and White House doctor Jeffrey Kuhlman ride in a spare limousine from Lanham, MD to the White House.

Official White House Photo By Pete Souza

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