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10:00 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” …
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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.
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 Politico:
Abortion deal as Dems try to reach 218
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
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 …
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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
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Muslim Garbed Jihadi Nidal Hasan Screamed “Allah Akbar” …
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.
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Michelle Malkin:
Liveblogging: The new Imperial Congress votes on Pelosicare  —  The House is now in 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: Townhall.com and AmSpecBlog
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:
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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 …
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.
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
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
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
White House Strongly Denies Threatening Dem Who Appeared On Fox  —  The White House is strongly denying a story claiming that White House officials privately threatened to retaliate against a Democratic strategist for appearing on Fox News — a claim generating a big stir on the right …
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Ezra Klein:
What's going on in the House?  —  The House of Representatives is expected to vote on health-care reform Saturday.  But the days before a big vote are rarely calm ones, and this week has been no exception.  Democrats don't expect a single Republican to cross over to vote for health-care reform.
Discussion: The New Republic and TPMDC
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.
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Martha Carr / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
State investigators taking dozens of computers from ACORN office on Canal Street
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
The Huffington Post:
WND's Jerome Corsi Claims Fort Hood Shooter Advised Obama [UPDATE]  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Well, if you were wondering what paranoiac smear artist would be the first to step out and attempt to name President Barack Obama as the man who guided Nidal Malik Hasan to his murderous rampage …
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BBC:
Somali adulterer stoned to death
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Jawa Report
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Frum on Nuclear Socialism
Discussion: FrumForum
The Buzz:
Photo: Crist had Rothstein's cake and ate it, too
Discussion: Law Review and TPMMuckraker
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
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Oliver Burkeman / Guardian:
Gore backs law-breaking protests
Discussion: Truthdig, alicublog and Weasel Zippers