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12:00 AM ET, March 21, 2010

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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 …
Think Progress:
Tea Party sign threatens gun violence if health care passes.  —  Tea Party activists have gathered on Capitol Hill today for a “Code Red” rally against health care reform.  Speakers at the event included Republican Reps. Steve King (IA), Michele Bachmann (MN), and Mike Pence (IN).
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 …
CNN:
Protesters hurl slurs and spit at Democrats  —  Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis was the target if racial slurs on Saturday.  —  Washington (CNN) - Civil rights icon and veteran Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, said anti-health care bill protesters Saturday repeatedly yelled the “N” …
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.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Rep. Frank wants GOP to distance itself from Tea Party protests after gay slurs  —  Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), called a “Homo Communist” on Saturday by protesters opposed to President Barack Obama's health plan, says his GOP colleagues need to do more to “differentiate themselves” …
Discussion: Advocate
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
True Colors (Even Worse Than We Thought)
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Tea Partiers Call Lewis ‘N****r’, Frank ‘F****t’, At Capitol Hill Protest
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Tea Party protesters reportedly spit on one lawmaker, call others …
Discussion: Raw Story and Grasping Reality …
Michelle Malkin:
Reports: Deem and Pass is dead; keep the no-mentum going
The Politico:
Dems say protesters used N-word
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Cleaver spat on  —  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) was spat …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
100,000 RALLY IN WASHINGTON AGAINST OBAMACARE
Discussion: Temple of Mut and Hot Air
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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The Politico:
Pelosi steeled W.H. for health push  —  In the jittery days following Scott Brown's Senate victory, Nancy Pelosi was eager to resurrect comprehensive health reform.  But first, she had to get past longtime ally Rahm Emanuel, who was counseling President Barack Obama to consider a smaller, piecemeal approach.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
‘Stupak dozen’ is now a half-dozen holdouts  —  Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) says that “at least six” of his original “dozen” members are standing firmly against the Senate healthcare bill.  —  Following a 20-minute huddle on the House floor with a handful of the holdouts, Stupak told reporters that he has …
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
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Obama: 'We're a day away'  —  In a speech to rally House Democrats …
Discussion: MyDD
William Kristol / Washington Post:   Health care isn't like civil rights
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.
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
President Obama's lackluster speech to the Democratic caucus.
Discussion: The Other McCain
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Carney to Vote Yes: Whip Count 204 Yes, 205 No  —  A major development: Chris Carney (D-PA) will vote yes on the health care bill.  Carney was sort of part of the Stupak bloc, but wasn't on the list of Democrats who co-sponsored Bart Stupak's ultimately failed amendment.
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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
The 20 House Democrats who will decide the fate of the healthcare reform bill
Discussion: Facing South
Tory Newmyer / Roll Call:
Democrats Picking Off Stupak Supporters
Discussion: Open Left and Pundit & Pundette
Tory Newmyer / Roll Call:
In Scramble for 216, Sanchez Presents Unexpected Hurdle  —  As their whip efforts narrow to just a handful of Members, House Democratic leaders are facing an unlikely problem vote: Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.).  —  Sanchez was nowhere to be found on Saturday — she was in Florida on a fundraising jaunt …
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 …
Jimmie / The Sundries Shack:
Mark Knoller Called You A “Tea Bagger”.  Are You Good With That?  —  Mark Knoller, the award-winning White House correspondent for CBS News, was in Washington today covering the President's attempt to rally Democrats to pass his government-run health care plan.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and protein wisdom
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 …
 
 
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New York Times:
Tactics, Luck and Perseverance Kept Health Bill Alive
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Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Rep. Zack Space to vote against health care bill
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CNN:
Anti-war protesters rally near White House; 5 arrested
Discussion: Raw Story
Christopher Rowland / Boston Globe:
Capuano: Yes on health care
Discussion: TPMDC and Grasping Reality …
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Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
Stupak is ‘Finished with Pelosi’ — By: Robert Costa