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7:45 PM ET, March 20, 2010

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The Hill:
Dems ditch ‘deem and pass’  —  Top Democrats confirmed Saturday that the House would hold separate votes on the Senate healthcare bill and the reconciliation bill, making fixes to it.  —  Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), one of the chief deputy whips, Rep. Melvin Watt (D-N.C.), and Rep. Eliot Engel …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Rules Committee meeting descends into chaos  —  At the House Rules Committee meeting, Democrats desperate to pass their national health care plan are running into the barrier of basic civics.  Here is the problem: The Senate has passed its HCR bill.  If the House passes the same bill …
Ezra Klein:
Health-care updates  —  The Democrats are looking like they're going to win this one clean.  And when I say clean, I don't just mean they seem to have the votes.  I mean they seem to have the votes without going the deem and pass route.  They're going to take a straight vote on the nine pages …
Michelle Malkin:
Reports: Deem and Pass is dead; keep the no-mentum going  —  Well, well, well.  Breaking news all over that the Dems have now abandoned Demon Pass.  —  WaPo alert: … The Hill tweets: “Our Roxana Tiron reports Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) told her Pelosi now WILL NOT use ‘deem and pass.’”
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
House leaders plan separate health vote, rejecting ‘deem and pass’  —  House leaders have decided to take a separate vote on the Senate health-care bill, rejecting an earlier, much-criticized strategy that would have permitted them to “deem” the unpopular measure passed without an explicit vote.
William Kristol / Washington Post:
Health care isn't like civil rights
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Sadly, No!
Washington Post:
Obama delivers plea to ‘help us fix this system’
Discussion: Open Congress and The Mahablog
Rox / The Hill:
Rep. Engel: Pelosi has abandoned ‘deem and pass’
Washington Post:
House Democrats seeking executive order on abortion funding
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid says ‘significant majority’ of Senate committed to health bill fixes
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
House Will Take Separate Vote on Senate Bill
Discussion: Wonk Room and Open Left
The Huffington Post:
Tea Party Protests: ‘Ni**er,’ ‘Faggot’ Shouted At Members Of Congress  —  Abusive, derogatory and even racist behavior directed at House Democrats by Tea Party protesters on Saturday left several lawmakers in shock.  —  Preceding the president's speech to a gathering of House Democrats …
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The Hill:
CBC member: Health bill protesters called lawmakers the N-word  —  Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) claimed Saturday that healthcare protesters at the Capitol directed racial epithets at him Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) as they walked outside.  —  Carson, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus along with Lewis …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Menacing  —  Things are getting pretty heated in the Capitol with crowds of anti-Reform/Tea Party activists going through the halls shouting slogans and epithets at Democratic members of Congress.  —  As our Brian Beutler reports, a few moments ago in the Longworth office building …
Discussion: The Politico, FrumForum and Salon
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Tea Party protesters reportedly spit on one lawmaker, call others ‘faggot’ and the n-word.  —  Today's Code Red rally appears to be one of the most raucous Tea Party gatherings on Capitol Hill yet.  In addition to protesters shouting with rage at federal lawmakers, Sam Stein reports on some more disturbing incidents:
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
True Colors (Even Worse Than We Thought)
Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
Stupak is ‘Finished with Pelosi’ — By: Robert Costa  —  Two pro-life GOP members close to Stupak tell NRO that any Stupak deals are off.  They just spoke with him and they said he's finished with Pelosi.  They rejected his enrollment corrections proposal.
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Tory Newmyer / Roll Call:
Democrats Picking Off Stupak Supporters
Discussion: Open Left and Pundit & Pundette
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
The 20 House Democrats who will decide the fate of the healthcare reform bill
Discussion: Facing South
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
PROTESTING OBAMACARE IN WASHINGTON: Reader Barrett Cunningham sends this photo and reports: “It's an incredible turnout Glenn, and people just keep coming.”  —  And reader Alan Poston sends this pic and reports a crowd estimate of 30,000 was given at the scene.  Not sure of the source.
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Ezra Klein:
The president talks  —  The president gave a rousing, rambling speech before the House Democratic Caucus this afternoon.  It wasn't so much a closing argument as it was a summation: of the bill, of the politics, of the moment, of the history, and even of the Democratic Party.
Discussion: Althouse
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Prescriptions:
Obama Forcefully Makes Case at Capitol
Matt Canham / Salt Lake Tribune:
Dem Rep. Matheson to vote against health reform, again  —  Holding to form, Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, announced Saturday that he would oppose his party's health reform bill, just like he did when the House version came up for a vote late last year.  —  Matheson, a conservative Democrat …
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Plum Line and The Page
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
House Republicans begin victory lap  —  As Democrats frantically tried to cobble together votes to pass their sweeping health care reform legislation Saturday, House Republicans began a victory lap of sorts.  —  First, in a meeting of the House Republican Conference, the GOP's leadership rallied …
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:   GOP applauds prayer service in Capitol ahead of health vote
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Experts wonder whether U.S. has a real Israel strategy or ‘talking points’  —  The Obama administration signaled Friday that its 10-day spat with Israel may be nearing an end, with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton declaring to the BBC that the confrontation “is paying off” …
 
 
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