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5:50 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.
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Ezra Klein:
A very bad deal to pass a very good bill  —  The final compromises before a bill comes to the floor are never very pretty.  This one, however, is worse than I anticipated.  Opposition from anti-abortion Democrats, driven in large part by aggressive activism from the Catholic Church …
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.
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Stupak says he has the votes  —  Rep. Stupak says he has about [220 ]225 votes on his abortion amendment, reports my colleague Jake Sherman.  —  Updated to correct the vote count.  —  Post Comment  —  Pages  —  This is a good amendment... FOR A HORRIBLE PIECE OF LEGISLATION
Discussion: Open Left
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
Booman Tribune:
Price for Health Care, Women Under Bus
Discussion: TBogg
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE EFFECTS OF THE ABORTION ‘COMPROMISE’.... As of late yesterday …
Discussion: American Power
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Schakowsky: We're fighting off Stupak amendment
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Abortion Fight Erupts in Health Care Debate
David Dayen / Firedoglake:   House Voting Now On The Rule For Health Care Debate
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The Huffington Post:
WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  After months of debate, the House of Representatives is set to vote on major health care reform legislation today.  Keep updating this page for breaking news updates, read the overview AP coverage HERE, and follow live streaming video of the fierce House debate and Twitter updates HERE.
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; phony Stupak amendment exposed  —  The House is now in a rare Saturday session for the government health care takeover ram down.
The Huffington Post:
Obama To Dems: GOP Will Attack Regardless Of How You Vote  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  In a final push to get health care reform through the House of Representatives, President Barack Obama warned lawmakers on Saturday that a vote against the legislation would not immunize them from Republican attacks.
The Politico:
The Undecideds — Where the fate of the bill rests  —  My colleague Jonathan Allen has a list of the undecided votes to watch today.  The balance hangs, more or less, with these 41 members, about one-third of whom could kill the bill if added to the more than twenty no's we already have.
Discussion: Townhall.com
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Maybe If We Apologized With Greater Deference  —  Per the NY Times, Obama sidled up to the fact that the Fort Hood shooter was a Muslim shouting “Allahu Akbar” in his radio address: … The Times also delivers their own absurd ‘blame the victims’ perspective: … Pardon me?
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Stephen Schwartz / New York Post:
Take a look at Hasan's old mosque
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.
TCOT REPORT 2009©:
President Obama Acknowledged Today That He and Bill Owens Pulled a Health Care Fast One on the Voters in NY-23  —  The New York Times is reporting that in his pep talk to the Democrats in Congress this morning, President Obama acknowledged that he and newly elected NY-23 Democratic Congressman Bill Owens …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Prescriptions
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Cooper will vote yes
Discussion: Daily Kos and Campaign Trail
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 …
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Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
Neighbors aim to silence Old Ironsides' cannons  —  Quiet riot!  —  Old Ironsides' upscale Charlestown neighbors are trying to pull off what British, French and Barbary pirate guns failed to accomplish in more than two centuries - silencing the cannons of the nation's oldest commissioned naval vessel.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Elie Wiesel calls tea partyers' signs ‘indecent and disgusting’  —  Renowned author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel condemned several signs containing Holocaust comparisons and anti-Semitic messages at yesterday's “House Call” protests.  —  One sign at the rally contained images …
 
 
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Dan Perrin / RedState:
CBO: New House Health Bill Spending Estimate, $3 Trillion over 10 Years
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Morality As Strategy  —  Moshe Halbertal, a professor …
Discussion: TPMCafe
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Lawmakers chant ‘fired up’ to Obama
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Dictatorships and Double Standards
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