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2:56 pm — Lights, camera, action — Joe Liebeman is wearing WAY too much makeup as he positions himself behind Harry Reid for the cameras as they announce that a deal has been reached with the House on the stimulus plan.

3:00 pm — House Democrats don’t show up for a conference meeting. Sources say that White House and House Dems want more money put back in for school construction.

3:40 pm — Cillizza drops hint that Voinovich, Murkowski or Lugar could change votes — a deal that could make Collins, Specter and/or Snow vote unneccessary?

4:07 pm — Congressional Black Caucus send House negotiators a letter "asking them to add an additional $4.2 billion for the federal government to lend states money to acquire foreclosed homes, another $4 billion for job-training programs and $14 billion for school construction."

5:30 — House Democratic caucus in an emergency meeting.

UPDATE: Senate camera hogs anxious to cover themselves in bipartisan glory evidently jumped the gun and held a press conference before deal was ratified.

UPDATE II:  CNN says "snag resolved in stimulus deal — House, Senate reach $789B compromise" 

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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