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10:25 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” …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Note and George's Bottom Line
The Hill:
Health bill reaches moment of truth  —  The House healthcare bill has taken more twists and turns and has zig-zagged its way through more Democratic districts than the Mississippi River.  —  And after a month's worth of legislative wrangling and deal-making, the bill is approaching its final destination …
The Hill:
Up-or-down vote on an amendment to block abortion funding approved
On Politics:
Vulnerable Democratic freshman abandon the health care bill  —  Some of the most vulnerable Democrats in the House are starting to flake off the health care bill.  —  There are a dozen first-term Democrats representing districts that Republican presidential nominee John McCain won last year.
Discussion: Commentary and
Michelle Malkin:
Liveblogging: The new Imperial Congress votes on Pelosicare  —  The House is now in a rare Saturday session for the government health care takeover ram down.  —  Welcome to the new Imperial Congress.  —  Keep a close eye on the vulnerable Democrats listed here by USA Today.
Brian Patrick / Office of the Republican Whip:
Dem Whip Check
Discussion: and AmSpecBlog
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp
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:
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 …
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:
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
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Dictatorships and Double Standards  —  Tough on Fiji, soft on Iran.  —  On November 4, protesters gathered outside the gates of the U.S. embassy in Tehran to mark the 30th anniversary of the hostage-taking.  There were the usual government-backed “Death to America” protests …
Discussion: Power Line and Commentary
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.
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:   White House Strongly Denies Threatening Dem Who Appeared On Fox
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
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.
Martha Carr / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
State investigators taking dozens of computers from ACORN office on Canal Street
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
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Mike Flynn / Big Government:
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Somali adulterer stoned to death
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Jawa Report
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Frum on Nuclear Socialism
Discussion: FrumForum
Ezra Klein:
What's going on in the House?
Discussion: The New Republic and TPMDC
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.
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Frank takes dig at colleague in health care debate
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
Ken Lovett / The Daily Politics:
Senate Dems back down (UPDATE 1 & 2)
Discussion: Capitol Confidential and Gothamist