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2:00 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.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Morning Update: Down to the Stupak Bloc  —  Sorry I went missing last night.  But Jane provided the scoop on Loretta Sanchez.  —  Let me just interject.  I know Loretta.  I've had dinner with Loretta.  I wouldn't be totally surprised if she carried this out, but she's just as likely to be there in the end.
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 …
Dena Bunis / Total Buzz:
Dems got votes for health bill; Sanchez mum  —  President Barack Obama with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill Saturday.  AP photo.  —  Democrats Sunday morning announced that they have the 216 votes they need to pass the most sweeping overhaul ever of the nation's health care system.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Kaptur To Vote Yes
Dana Loesch /
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.
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.
Discussion: Althouse, USA Today and Don Surber
Anill / Think Progress:
GOP Rep. Nunes Excuses Racist, Homophobic Tea Partier Slurs As A Response To ‘Totalitarian Tactics’  —  This morning on C-Span's Washington Journal, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) justified the disturbing racist and homophobic epitaphs that angry tea baggers hurled yesterday at Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) …
The Huffington Post:
Tea Party Protests: ‘Ni**er,’ ‘Faggot’ Shouted At Members Of Congress
Robert Pear / Prescriptions:
Spitting and Slurs Directed at Lawmakers
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Tea Partiers Call Lewis ‘N****r’, Frank ‘F****t’, At Capitol Hill Protest
CNN:   Protesters hurl slurs and spit at Democrats
New York Times:
Vote on Health Bill Today Caps a Journey Back From the Brink  —  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 …
House Democrat: 'We've got the votes'  —  Follow the very latest on the health care vote and find out what it means for you, tonight on CNN.  Watch a special live prime-time event at 8 p.m. ET on CNN, with the best political team on television.  —  Washington (CNN) — Democratic leaders …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
It's D Day Democrats and Obama on Health Care Reform Vote Day
Discussion: MyDD
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Dems disagree: Larson says votes there; Wasserman Schultz says no ‘hard 216’
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Ruby Slippers
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,” …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
FLASH: House leader claims to clinch health vote, but Hoyer hedges — Obama invites Netanyahu to White House on Tuesday  —  Boehner: “This fight is not lost yet” — Plouffe: Dems won't play “piñata” in midterms — Vote likely between 6 p.m. and midnight — “Deem and pass” …
Associated Press:
U.S. Mideast envoy invites Netanyahu to meet with Obama
Discussion: Israpundit, Israel Matzav and TPMCafe
Douglas Holtz-Eakin / New York Times:
The Real Arithmetic of Health Care Reform  —  ON Thursday, the Congressional Budget Office reported that, if enacted, the latest health care reform legislation would, over the next 10 years, cost about $950 billion, but because it would raise some revenues and lower some costs, it would also lower federal deficits by $138 billion.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The Take: Historic win or not, Democrats could pay a price
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Reach Deal With Antiabortion Lawmakers  —  WASHINGTON—Democratic leaders have reached a deal with antiabortion Democratic lawmakers aimed at winning votes from at least some of them, an aide said Sunday.  —  The aide said a bloc of antiabortion lawmakers was set to vote “yes” on the bill.
Anti-abortion Democrat Stupak to back healthcare bill
Discussion: Swampland and Washington Post
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” …
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
White House watching immigration rally numbers; Schumer signals UAFA inclusion  —  The contentious third-rail issue that neither party wants to debate will be front and center in DC today as thousands are expected to gather to rally for comprehensive immigration reform.
Julia Preston / New York Times:   In Shadow of Health Care Vote, Immigrant Advocates Keep Pushing for Change
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.
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