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9:50 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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New York Times:
Tactics, Luck and Perseverance Kept Health Bill Alive  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi was at her wits' end, and she let President Obama know it.  —  Scott Brown, the upstart Republican, had just won his Senate race in Massachusetts, a victory that seemed to doom Mr. Obama's dream of overhauling the nation's health care system.
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.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
‘Tea party’ protesters accused of spitting on lawmaker, using slurs  —  Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said that racial epithets were hurled at them Saturday by angry protesters who had gathered at the Capitol to protest health-care legislation, and one congressman said he was spit upon.
Dana Loesch / thedanashow.wordpress.com:
Video Debunks Lib Accusations That Slurs were Shouted (and Thoughts on Identity Politics)  —  When faced with intellectual argument, and a litany of polls which prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that Americans do not want this fake reform, this health control bill, socialists fall on the only tactics they know: identity politics.
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” …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Tea Partiers Call Lewis ‘N****r’, Frank ‘F****t’, At Capitol Hill Protest  —  Tea partiers and other anti-health care activists are known to get rowdy, but today's protest on Capitol Hill—the day before the House is set to vote on historic health care legislation—went beyond the usual chanting …
William Douglas / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Tea party protesters scream ‘nigger’ at black congressman  —  WASHINGTON — Demonstrators outside the U.S. Capitol, angry over the proposed health care bill, shouted “nigger” Saturday at U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia congressman and civil rights icon who was nearly beaten to death during an Alabama march in the 1960s.
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).
CNN:
Stage set for health care reform vote  —  Washington (CNN) — Former President Bill Clinton made several phone calls Saturday to lobby wavering Democrats to sign on to the health care reform bill, Democratic sources told CNN.  —  Clinton made phone calls to an unspecified number of House Democrats …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Althouse
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Rep. Frank wants GOP to distance itself from Tea Party protests after gay slurs
Discussion: Advocate
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
True Colors (Even Worse Than We Thought)
Chad Pergram / Fox News:
Black Lawmakers Allege Health Care Protesters Hollered Racial Epithets at Them
Discussion: St. Louis Tea Party
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Cleaver spat on  —  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) was spat …
Discussion: Associated Press and Mother Jones
The Politico:
Dems say protesters used N-word
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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
President Obama's lackluster speech to the Democratic caucus.  —  I watched this live, and I was struck by the dullness of the crowd as they listened to words that were supposed to stir them up.  This part, especially: … That really should have brought a big cheer.  Obama seemed to expect something there.
Discussion: The Other McCain and RedState
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Ezra Klein:
The president talks
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Obama: 'We're a day away'  —  In a speech to rally House Democrats …
Discussion: MyDD
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Schedule for House Health Care Vote  —  The House on Sunday will finally vote for the Democrats' comprehensive health care overhaul.  —  On Saturday, the House Rules Committee laid out the terms for Sunday's vote, most notably deciding to abandon the so-called “Slaughter solution” …
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The Hill:
Dems ditch ‘deem and pass’
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 …
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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
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
100,000 RALLY IN WASHINGTON AGAINST OBAMACARE  —  Over 100,000 Patriots Rallied in Washington DC Today Against Obamacare-  —  It's Working...  Reports: Deem and Pass Is Dead!  —  The rally was called just two days ago and over 100,000 made it to Washington to protest the democrat's unconstitutional …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Keep hope alive: Space, Matheson both voting no  —  Matheson's the guy whose brother was nominated to the federal bench on the very day he met with The One about health care.  He was a no before ... and he's a no now.  Space was yes before, but suddenly he's a no too …
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Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Rep. Zack Space to vote against health care bill
Discussion: Townhall.com and Weekly Standard
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CNN:
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Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
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Capuano: Yes on health care
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Associated Press:
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