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12:00 PM ET, March 21, 2010

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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Stupak: We are close to deal with White House  —  Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) said Sunday morning that he is close to striking a deal with the Obama administration on abortion provisions.  —  “We are close to getting something done,” Stupak said in an interview with MSNBC.
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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 …
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.
CNN:
House Democrat: 'We've got the votes'  —  Washington (CNN) — Democrats have the 216 votes needed to pass health care reform legislation in the House on Sunday, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus told CNN.  —  “This is a historic day and we are happy warriors,” Rep. John Larson …
The Note:
Rep. Larson: ‘We Have the Votes’  —  It's down to the wire and one of the top Democrats in the House says the Democrats have the votes to pass health care reform - but that some Democrat members might lose their seats as a result.  —  “We have the votes.  We are going to make history today …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Kaptur To Vote Yes  —  In a big step forward for House Dems, Rep Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, one of around a half dozen Stupak holdouts, just confirmed that she's voting Yes on the Senate bill.  —  Kaptur made the announcement on WTVG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Toledo, at around 9:50 AM.
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.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
It's D Day Democrats and Obama on Health Care Reform Vote Day
Discussion: MyDD
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Morning Update: Down To The Stupak Bloc
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Democratic defector: Vote no quickly or get treated ‘like a piñata’
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
‘Stupak dozen’ is now a half-dozen holdouts
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.
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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 …
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.
CNN:
Protesters hurl slurs and spit at Democrats
Discussion: The Hill and The Moderate Voice
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Rep. Frank wants GOP to distance itself from Tea Party protests after gay slurs
Discussion: Advocate
Chad Pergram / Fox News:
Black Lawmakers Allege Health Care Protesters Hollered Racial Epithets at Them
Discussion: St. Louis Tea Party
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
True Colors (Even Worse Than We Thought)
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Cleaver spat on  —  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) was spat …
Discussion: Associated Press and Mother Jones
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” …
The Note:
EXCLUSIVE: Plouffe and Rove Battle It Out Over Health Care Reform  —  With a vote on health care reform looming in the House of Representatives, it was a no-holds barred debate this morning on “This Week.”  —  “We are going to be much better positioned politically...if we pass this,” …
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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Randy E. Barnett / Washington Post:
Is health-care reform constitutional?  —  With the House set to vote on health-care legislation, the congressional debate on the issue seems to be nearing its conclusion.  But if the bill does become law, the battle over federal control of health care will inevitably shift to the courts.
Truthdig:
Why Democrats Are Fighting for a Republican Health Plan  —  Here is the ultimate paradox of the Great Health Care Showdown: Congress will divide along partisan lines to pass a Republican version of health care reform, and Republicans will vote against it.  —  Related Entries
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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Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Rep. Zack Space to vote against health care bill
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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