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3:40 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” …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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 …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Rep. Frank wants GOP to distance itself from Tea Party protests after gay slurs
Discussion: Advocate
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Cleaver spat on  —  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) was spat …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Associated Press
Chad Pergram / Fox News:
Black Lawmakers Allege Health Care Protesters Hollered Racial Epithets at Them
Discussion: St. Louis Tea Party and The Nation
The Politico:
Dems say protesters used N-word
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 …
Ezra Klein:
Health-care updates
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
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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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
100,000 RALLY IN WASHINGTON AGAINST OBAMACARE
Fox News:
Tea Party Activists Make Last Stand Against Health Care Vote
Michelle Malkin:
Reports: Deem and Pass is dead; keep the no-mentum going
Discussion: St. Louis Tea Party and Doug Ross
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: RedState and The Other McCain
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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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft
 
 
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