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10:20 PM ET, March 20, 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 …
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 …
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).
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TRUE COLORS (EVEN WORSE THAN WE THOUGHT)  —  It seems that ugly crowd of protestors harassing members of Congress in the Capitol complex this afternoon got even uglier than we thought.  As noted earlier, in addition to menacing behavior toward multiple members of Congress …
CNN:   Protesters hurl slurs and spit at Democrats
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Cleaver spat on  —  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) was spat …
Discussion: Mother Jones
The Politico:
Dems say protesters used N-word
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Fox News:
Tea Party Activists Make Last Stand Against Health Care Vote
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Washington Wire
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Tea Partiers Call Lewis ‘N****r’, Frank ‘F****t’, At Capitol Hill Protest
Discussion: Associated Press and ATTACKERMAN
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
House Democrats seeking executive order on abortion funding  —  House Democrats are working with the White House to craft an executive order that would clarify President Obama's intention to maintain a long-standing ban on federal funding of abortion, congressional Democrats said.
Michelle Malkin:
Reports: Deem and Pass is dead; keep the no-mentum going
Ezra Klein:   Health-care updates
Rox / The Hill:
Rep. Engel: Pelosi has abandoned ‘deem and pass’
Tory Newmyer / Roll Call:
Democrats Picking Off Stupak Supporters
Discussion: Open Left and Pundit & Pundette
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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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Obama: 'We're a day away'  —  In a speech to rally House Democrats …
Discussion: MyDD
Prescriptions:
Obama Forcefully Makes Case at Capitol
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
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 …
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 …
Christopher Rowland / Boston Globe:
Capuano: Yes on health care  —  WASHINGTON - Representative Michael Capuano will vote yes on the sweeping health care package the House is set to take up on Sunday, the Somerville Democrat told the Globe.  —  Capuano voted for the measure in the House last year, but was wavering …
Discussion: TPMDC and Grasping Reality …
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
 
 
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Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
Stupak is ‘Finished with Pelosi’ — By: Robert Costa