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6:35 PM ET, November 7, 2009

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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 …
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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.
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 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.
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
Washington Post:
House passes key hurdle on health-care legislation  —  Debate expected to last at least four hours, vote on landmark reform scheduled this evening  —  After receiving a pep talk from President Obama, House Democrats cleared a key procedural hurdle Saturday in the debate over expanding …
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
Booman Tribune:
Price for Health Care, Women Under Bus
Discussion: TBogg
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
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 …
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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:
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.
The Politico:   The Undecideds — Where the fate of the bill rests
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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Telegraph:   Fort Hood shooting: Texas army killer linked to September 11 terrorists
Stephen Schwartz / New York Post:
Take a look at Hasan's old mosque
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: American Power
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Michelle Malkin:
Liveblogging, Pt. 2: The hurry-up House debate on health care
Discussion: Prescriptions and Hot Air
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Cooper will vote yes
Discussion: Daily Kos and Campaign Trail
Dan Perrin / RedState:
CBO: New House Health Bill Spending Estimate, $3 Trillion over 10 Years  —  The totals below, I am told by the Heritage Foundation, do NOT include the $250 billion extra spending on Medicare to buy off the American Medical Association for their support of the U.S. House bill.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and The Foundry
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Gregg: CBO cost estimate of Pelosi Plan $3 trillion; Update: Heritage says $2.4T
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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.
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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Morality As Strategy  —  Moshe Halbertal, a professor …
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Lawmakers chant ‘fired up’ to Obama
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Deeds memo damning in hindsight
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