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11:20 AM 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.
Discussion: The Note and George's Bottom Line
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.
Dana Bash / CNN:
Obama to visit Hill as abortion issue looms  —  Washington (CNN) — President Obama will meet with members of the House Democratic caucus Saturday in a rare visit to Capitol Hill as he works to push forward proposed health care legislation.  —  But the contentious issue of abortion …
The Hill:
Up-or-down vote on an amendment to block abortion funding approved  —  House Democratic leaders will allow an up-or-down vote on an amendment blocking any money in its healthcare overhaul from funding abortions, risking the votes of members who support abortion rights.
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 …
Booman Tribune:   Price for Health Care, Women Under Bus
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   THE EFFECTS OF THE ABORTION ‘COMPROMISE’.... As of late yesterday …
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 …
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 …
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.
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:
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
Martha Carr / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
State investigators taking dozens of computers from ACORN office on Canal Street  —  Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has served a search warrant at the ACORN office at 2609 Canal Street, according to Tammi Arender Herring, a spokeswoman with the office.  —  Investigators in khaki pants …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
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Douglas Fraser / BBC:
G20 ministers meet in St Andrews
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Mike Flynn / Big Government:
Obama's Shock Troops: SEIU and Political Intimidation in St. Louis
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Val Prieto / Babalú Blog:
BREAKING NEWS: Yoani Sanchez Arrested in Cuba
Discussion: Power Line and Wizbang
Somali adulterer stoned to death
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Jawa Report
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Frum on Nuclear Socialism
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 Earlier Items: 
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.
Associated Press:
Frank takes dig at colleague in health care debate
Discussion: Shot in the Dark