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1:35 PM ET, November 7, 2009


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Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Bishops endorse the bill  —  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops delivered a critical endorsement to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday by signing off on late-night agreement to grant a vote on an amendment barring insurance companies that participate in the exchange from covering abortions.
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE EFFECTS OF THE ABORTION ‘COMPROMISE’.... As of late yesterday, House Democratic leaders were still short of the 218 votes needed to pass health care reform.  Odd as it may seem, after six months of debate, hearings, meetings, and negotiations, the biggest hurdle was the wording …
Discussion: American Power
Michelle Malkin:
Liveblogging: The new Imperial Congress votes on Pelosicare; Update: Female Democrats turn House resolution process into circus; GOP responds; Obama rallies weakened Dems  —  The House is now in a rare Saturday session for the government health care takeover ram down.  —  Welcome to the new Imperial Congress.
Discussion: Nice Deb, Macsmind and Weasel Zippers
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
The abortion deal  —  Abortion opponents won a huge last-minute concession late Friday night after Democratic leaders agreed to grant them a vote on an amendment that would effectively bar insurers that participate in the exchanges from offering coverage for abortions.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Actual Action At the House Rules Committee On The Health Care Bill: Stupak Amendment To Get Floor Vote  —  So David Dreier and the Republicans are making a bunch of attempted amendments to the rule, none of which are being allowed, as the Democrats vote as a block.
Booman Tribune:
Price for Health Care, Women Under Bus  —  So, it turns out that the price of passing health care reform in the House is selling women down the river.  There will be a vote on the Stupak Amendment after all.  And, no doubt, that amendment will pass.  Private insurers will have to drop abortion coverage …
Discussion: TBogg
Ezra Klein:
A very bad deal to pass a very good bill
Discussion: and AmSpecBlog
Wall Street Journal:
House Starts Debate on Health Bill
MyFox Boston:
Barney Frank present during marijuana bust  —  BOSTON (FOX25, myfoxboston) - FOX25 has learned that Congressman Barney Frank was present during a marijuana arrest at James Ready's home in Ogunquit, Maine.  Ready is well-known for his relationship with Congressman Frank.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Reminds Nation of Military's Diversity  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, extending condolences to the community at Fort Hood, Texas, reminded Americans on Saturday that people of “every race, faith and station” serve in the military — an oblique attempt to prevent a backlash against Muslims …
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 …
Think Progress:
GOP Gone Wild: Unruly Republicans Silence Women Lawmakers With Screams, Shouts, And Delay Tactics  —  This morning, the House began consideration of the rule for debate of the House health care bill.  As the Democratic Women's Caucus took to the microphone on the House floor to offer …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Hullabaloo
New York Post:
Shutting off the miracle-drug spigot  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was right last week when she called her latest health-care-reform proposal a “his toric moment”: After decades of life-saving and cost-cutting scientific innovations from drug and medical-device companies …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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: Raw Story and MyDD
John / Power Line:
Today's Unemployment Figure In Context  —  Unemployment has reached a 26-year high of 10.2 percent.  Today the House Republican Conference sent out this graphic, which is essentially the same as the chart that we've been following for some months now; click to enlarge:
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