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7:05 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.
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 …
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
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Stupak says he has the votes
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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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
Michelle Malkin:
Liveblogging, Pt. 2: The hurry-up House debate on health care  —  There's less than half an hour left of general debate on the House government health care takeover bill.  —  Next, there will be debate on the Kabuki Stupak abortion funding measure (which GOP leader Boehner exposed in his exchange with Charlie Rangel this afternoon).
Discussion: Prescriptions and Hot Air
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.
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Cooper will vote yes
Discussion: Daily Kos and Campaign Trail
The Politico:   The Undecideds — Where the fate of the bill rests
Telegraph:
Fort Hood shooting: Texas army killer linked to September 11 terrorists  —  Major Nidal Malik Hasan worshipped at a mosque led by a radical imam said to be a “spiritual adviser” to three of the hijackers who attacked America on Sept 11, 2001.  —  Hasan, the sole suspect in the massacre …
Discussion: Hot Air
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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?
Stephen Schwartz / New York Post:
Take a look at Hasan's old mosque
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
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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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Dems sources: 218 is on the way  —  At this moment, Democratic sources say their internal head counts have them breaking through the 218 mark this afternoon.  Whether that will mean that more Democrats will come on board, or that Pelosi is going to cut other members lose, is still unclear.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Hot Air
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Morality As Strategy  —  Moshe Halbertal, a professor …
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Lawmakers chant ‘fired up’ to Obama
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Deeds memo damning in hindsight
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