Twenty House Democrats voted AGAINST the Stupak-Pitts anti-choice amendment and voted FOR health care reform despite representing districts which lean Republican or are otherwise difficult. They're worthy of your support to show that when they stand up and do the right thing, progressives will have their backs.

They're ranked on this page from the most Republican district down towards the middle. Each of them deserves some support today -- $5 each, $10, whatever you can do:

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ACTION: We Haven't Won the Public Option Yet!

It's not the time to let up in our push for the public option! Let's keep up the pressure on our elected officials to do the right thing by us on the public option. Call Members of the House today on a robust public option that's tied to Medicare plus 5% rates OPEN TO ALL AMERICANS: (202) 224-3121

Please CALL your Representative today at (202) 224-3121! And if you can, please write letters to the editor starting today about the Eshoo amendment, ( HealthCareLetter) and why it MUST be removed from the final conference bill. And in the letter, please ask your Representative and Senator to remove this provision from the bill.

More info on these actions: 0/27/797623/-We-Havent-Won-Yet-On-The-Pu blic-Option!

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Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder Aaron Swartz just announced via email:

Urgent news: Multiple media reports say that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is very close to rounding up the votes needed for a public health insurance option, but "the White House is pushing back against the idea" in order to get the support of Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME).

Tell the White House that the support of one Republican isn't worth a bad bill. PLEASE SIGN OUR EMERGENCY PETITION TO PRESIDENT OBAMA TODAY:

"Every day, insurance companies deny care and let people die. Getting one Republican senator's vote is not worth delaying reform -- too many real lives are at stake. We need you to fight and state clearly that anything less than a strong public option is not change we can believe in." Sign here:

We're also launching a new TV ad today to get our message across to president Obama: oQ

You can donate here to put it on the air in Maine: ge/obamafight?refcode=dkos
(UPDATE: Our goal is raising enough for 100 ads. In just a couple hours, we're at 91 ads!)

The Washington Post's Ezra Klein reports:

On Thursday night, Reid went over to the White House for a talk with the president. The conversation centered on Reid's desire to put Schumer's national opt-out plan into the base bill. White House officials were not necessarily pleased, and they made that known. Everyone agrees that they didn't embrace Reid's new strategy. Everyone agrees that the White House wants Snowe on the bill...

More from Aaron's announcement:

The Washington Post confirms that the White House "wants Snowe on the bill" and is seriously considering Snowe's proposed "trigger" -- which would delay, and effectively kill, the public option.

As Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) recently said, "Olympia Snowe was not elected president last year." Even her own constituents in Maine support a public option 2 to 1, and overwhelmingly oppose a trigger! Only the insurance industry supports Snowe's proposal.

We'll deliver this petition to the White House and let the media know about it. The more people who sign by Monday, the more powerful a message we'll send. Please sign today -- together, we can have an impact.

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PETITION: 73,000 Cracking Blue Dog Heads on Healthcare! ACTION!

Wednesday night Rachel Maddow revealed that:

"Two major powerbrokers on the left...are encouraging a Senate strategy in which the leadership would revoke chairmanships and other leadership positions from any Democrat who sides with a Republican filibuster to block a vote on health reform."

"This is cracking heads time in the Democratic Party right now. This is arm-twisting, vote-counting, "are you a real Dem" time for the proponents of health reform." go&feature=player_embedded

Since then, thousands of progressives have signed the Progressive Change Campaign Committee's newpetition to Senate Leader Harry Reid saying:

"Any Democratic senators who support a Republican attempt to block a vote on health care reform should be stripped of their leadership titles. Americans deserve a clean up-or-down vote on health care."

Sign here: 

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Reward Grayson for truth, Rep insurance plan = "Die"

Rep. Alan Grayson has been a key figure in fighting for financial transparency defending civil liberties. He recently made a statement on the floor of the House saying that the GOP health care plan is "don't get sick."

Reward Rep. Grayson for telling the truth. Donate here: on

The Republicans are now likening it to Joe Wilson's outburst in which he called the President a "liar." The difference being, of course, that Wilson was heckling the President during the State of the Union speech, and Grayson was not saying anything nearly as bad as what Republicans have said about the Democratic health care bill in the past.

Rep. Tom Price is introducing a resolution to censure Grayson in the House. It is important that progressives not cower in the face of this blatant hypocrisy and watch him be sacrificed to a right-wing hissy fit like Van Jones, Yosi Sargent and MoveOn have been before him.

Please send a powerful message to those seeking to silence progressives by donating Alan Grayson. Donate here: on

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Make Congressman Heckler Pay

This low-clash trashy behavior of Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) during tonight's address is outlandish. While the President was dispelling the lies by the right regarding whether undocumented people in this country would be covered under health reform (they are not), Wilson took it upon himself to scream out:

"YOU LIE" the President of the United States. You can let your feelings be known about Wilson's behavior by doing this:

Drop some scratch in the kitty for his opponent Rob Miller at Act Blue: s/19079

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Petition the President for the Public Option!

The latest Research 2000 poll shows Obama and the Democratic Congress losing Dems and Independents: 4/775471-Weekly-Tracking-Poll:-From-Bad- To-Worse-For-The-Blue-Team

Many progressives have expressed frustration with President Obama's refusal to commit to a government-run health insurance plan. If the Progressive Change Campaign Committee has their way, the president will soon hear from them directly.

The PCCC is fundraising to put out an ad featuring former Obama campaign workers, volunteers, voters, donors and staffers telling the president to insist on a public option in health care reform.

The group is circulating a petition among Obama supporters who are disappointed by recent news out of the White House. /4951/content.jsp?content_KEY=2793&t ag=pod_digby

Please sign if you support the fight for the public option.

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FIGHT 4 PUBLIC OPTION: 400,00 Carrots for Progressive Reps?

Firedoglake led a whipcount to find which members of Congress would support the Public Option.

It worked: 60 members of the House made it clear they won't vote for a bill without a public option.

In three days, FDL and partners raised nearly $400,000 for progressive members of Congress who agree to draw a line in the sand over a public plan.

You, too, can offer carrots to these progressive politicians at ACT Blue:

THEY STILL SERVE: what you can send to our troops in Iraq

A Democratic Congress may be the best means of getting our troops home, but in the meantime, while we celebrate, they're still serving under fire.

Which is why I recommend to you one of my favorite charities:

on which you'll find the addresses of soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan requesting stuff for their units: books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, toiletries, etc.

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Bush: 9/11 had "nothing" to do with Iraq. YouTube, anyone?

The truth will out: in his press conference today, Bush admitted, literally, that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.

"A reporter yelled out, "What did Iraq have to do with the 9-11 attack?" and Bush yelled, "Nothing!'"

I don't have the tech ability -- but somebody who does: please, please record that exchange and set it loose on YouTube.

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