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8:25 AM ET, November 7, 2009

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Dana Bash / CNN:
House Democrats win round on abortion  —  Washington (CNN) — Anti-abortion Democrats will be allowed to offer an amendment during the House health care debate Saturday that would ban most abortion coverage from the public option and other insurance providers in the new so-called “exchange” …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Lori Montgomery / Capitol Briefing:
Democrats to resolve abortion impasse on the House floor  —  House Democratic leaders agreed Friday night to settle an impasse over abortion by letting the entire House vote on a proposed solution, a risky decision that could determine the fate of their trillion-dollar overhaul of the nation's health care system.
Associated Press:   House Dems clear hurdle on health bill
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
She Ran to Gunfire, and Ended It  —  KILLEEN, Tex. — The police officer who brought down a gunman after he went on a shooting rampage at the Fort Hood Army base here was on the way to have her car repaired when she responded to a police radio report of gunfire at a center where soldiers …
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Top GOP recruit says Ft. Hood shooting shows ‘enemy is infiltrating our military’
Brian Kates / NY Daily News:
Police Sgt. Kimberly Munley credited with ending Fort Hood gunman …
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Gibbs: Can You Imagine if, 5 Years Ago, People Had Protested With Hitler Pictures?!?  —  Today, Robert Gibbs lamented some of the offensive signs at the rally (of which there were some, but not enough to even fill out HuffPo's 12 Most Offensive slideshow): … Let's help Gibbs out with this in particular:
GOP.gov:
“The American people want to know why Congress is forcing through the Pelosi plan for a government takeover of health care instead of a plan that will help create jobs."  —  Washington, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, released the following statement today …
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Dr. No threatening to have bill read on Senate floor  —  Sen. Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican who developed a close friendship with President Obama when they served together in the Senate, is threatening to have the entire health care bill read on the Senate floor.
Discussion: The Other McCain and Big Hollywood
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
White House Strongly Denies Threatening Dem Who Appeared On Fox  —  The White House is strongly denying a story claiming that White House officials privately threatened to retaliate against a Democratic strategist for appearing on Fox News — a claim generating a big stir on the right …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House: FOX off-limits — strategist  —  At least one Democratic political strategist has gotten a blunt warning from the White House to never appear on Fox News Channel, an outlet that presidential aides have depicted as not so much a news-gathering operation as a political opponent bent on damaging the Obama administration.
Republican Ways and Means:
PELOSI: Buy a $15,000 Policy or Go to Jail  —  Today, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) released a letter from the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) confirming that the failure to comply with the individual mandate to buy health insurance contained …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Broader Measure of Unemployment Stands at 17.5%  —  For all the pain caused by the Great Recession, the job market still was not in as bad shape as it had been during the depths of the early 1980s recession — until now.  —  With the release of the jobs report on Friday …
Discussion: MyDD
Val Prieto / Babalú Blog:
BREAKING NEWS: Yoani Sanchez Arrested in Cuba  —  Penultimos Dias has word that Yoani Sanchez and other Cuban bloggers have been arrested in Havana.  —  Yoani Sánchez, Orlando Luis Pardo, Ciro Díaz and Claudia Cadelo among those arrested.  Cadelo is reported to have already been released.
Discussion: Wizbang
Jerome R. Corsi / WorldNetDaily:
Shooter advised Obama transition  —  Fort Hood triggerman aided team on Homeland Security task force  —  NEW YORK - Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the alleged shooter in yesterday's massacre at Fort Hood, played a homeland security advisory role in President Barack Obama's transition into the White House …
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Ezra Klein:
What's going on in the House?  —  The House of Representatives is expected to vote on health-care reform Saturday.  But the days before a big vote are rarely calm ones, and this week has been no exception.  Democrats don't expect a single Republican to cross over to vote for health-care reform.
Discussion: The New Republic, TPMDC and The Page
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Frum on Nuclear Socialism  —  I was saying this morning that I thought conservative affection for nuclear power was a bit odd in light of the fact that only massive socialism seems capable of financing nuclear power plants.  David Frum has a post in response that I don't totally understand:
Discussion: FrumForum
Robert A. George / NBC Chicago:
Obama's Frightening Insensitivity Following Shooting  —  A bad week for Democrats compounded by an awful moment for Barack Obama.  —  TWITTER  —  President Obama didn't wait long after Tuesday's devastating elections to give critics another reason to question his leadership …
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Mike Bates / NewsBusters.org:
Obama Gives Shout Out to ‘Congressional Medal of Honor Winner’ Who Isn't
Discussion: Washington Post
Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
BREAKING: ACORN's New Orleans Office Raided by Louisiana Attorney General  —  Photo from Big Government Contributor Kevin Kane  —  In a fast-breaking development comes word that agents of the Attorney's General office in Louisiana have raided ACORN's offices in New Orleans.
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Martha Carr / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
State investigators taking dozens of computers from ACORN office on Canal Street
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Lorraine Woellert / Bloomberg:
Cantor Says Rhetoric Harmful, Calls for Inclusion  —  Nov. 6 (Bloomberg) — Eric Cantor, the second-ranking Republican in the U.S. House, said his party needs to be inclusive and criticized some comments by talk-show host Rush Limbaugh as inappropriate.  —  “The Republican Party in its roots …
 
 
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BBC:
Somali adulterer stoned to death
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Jawa Report
The Buzz:
Photo: Crist had Rothstein's cake and ate it, too
Discussion: Law Review and TPMMuckraker
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Only fiscal conservatives would say we can't afford to reduce the deficit
Discussion: Director's Blog, Daily Kos and Eschaton
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Obama's So Speedy, It Looks Like He's Hardly Moved.
Associated Press:
Frank takes dig at colleague in health care debate
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
 Earlier Items: 
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Report: 237 millionaires in Congress
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Oliver Burkeman / Guardian:
Gore backs law-breaking protests
Discussion: Truthdig, alicublog and Weasel Zippers