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2:10 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.
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
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
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.
Dana Bash / CNN:
Obama visits Hill in push for health care reform  —  Washington (CNN) — In a special Saturday session, the House of Representatives began debating health care legislation crafted by House Democrats, as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle considered an amendment to the bill that would put restrictions on abortion funding.
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
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
Ezra Klein:
What's going on in the House?
Discussion: The New Republic and TPMDC
Stephen Schwartz / New York Post:
Take a look at Hasan's old mosque  —  What interpretation of Islam influ enced Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan?  As often before, the trail leads to the official sect of Saudi Arabia — known as Wahhabism to most of us of who denounce it.  —  Confronting the role of radical Islam here is not Islamophobic …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Urges No ‘Jump to Conclusions’  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, extending condolences to the community at Fort Hood, Tex., 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 …
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.
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 …
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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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
House Republicans plan to vote unanimously against health-care measure
Discussion: The Page and The Plum Line
New York Post:
Shutting off the miracle-drug spigot
Mike Flynn / Big Government:
Obama's Shock Troops: SEIU and Political Intimidation in St. Louis
Discussion: Doug Ross and St. Louis Tea Party
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Dictatorships and Double Standards
Discussion: Power Line and Commentary
Val Prieto / Babalú Blog:
BREAKING NEWS: Yoani Sanchez Arrested in Cuba
Discussion: Power Line and Wizbang
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Somali adulterer stoned to death
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Jawa Report
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Broader Measure of Unemployment Stands at 17.5%
Discussion: Raw Story and MyDD
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Frum on Nuclear Socialism
Discussion: Climate Progress and FrumForum