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12:50 AM ET, November 8, 2009


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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 …
Associated Press:
George W. Bush Visits Fort Hood, Wounded Soldiers  —  FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) ― Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, visited wounded soldiers and their families near the site of the worst mass shooting on an Army post in the United States.
Washington Post:
‘I could hear the bullets going past me’
Stephen Schwartz / New York Post:
Take a look at Hasan's old mosque
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:
Dems: ‘We have the votes’  —  Democratic leaders believe they have the votes to pass their historic, $1 trillion healthcare plan Saturday night, Democratic sources said.  —  “We have the votes,” said a senior Democratic aide.  —  Though leaders feel comfortable, the margin is narrow.
New York Times:
Sweeping Health Care Plan Passes House
Discussion: Prescriptions, MyDD and Gawker
Paul Kane / Capitol Briefing:
The House health care debate: What to watch for
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
New York Post:
Shutting off the miracle-drug spigot
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Rayne / Firedoglake:
Stupak Amendment Passes; 64 Dems Ask for Primary Opponents  —  [Ed. note: At 11:01 p.m. ET we are now watching the final vote for H.R. 3962, the health care bill itself.  Stay tuned here for more coverage.]  —  Do you like that headline?  Because that's what I'm feeling right …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Rayne / Firedoglake:
H.R. 3962 Health Care Bill Passes  —  As of 11:07 p.m. ET, we have a health care reform bill.  Although five minutes remained on the clock, the votes were all in with 220 Yeas, 215 Nays.  —  Of the Nay votes, 39 were Democrats.  —  There was a lone Republican Yea from Rep. Joseph Cao of Louisiana.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Schakowsky: We're fighting off Stupak amendment
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Stupak says he has the votes
Discussion: Open Left
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Liveblogging, Pt. 2: The hurry-up House debate on health care; Update: Bill Passes  —  There's less than half an hour left of general debate on the House government health care takeover bill.  *Update* More time for general debate.  Govtrack says another House cmte gets time.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Open thread: PelosiCare vote coming tonight; Update: 35 Dems oppose?
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Dems sources: 218 is on the way
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Cooper will vote yes
Discussion: Daily Kos and Campaign Trail
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 …
Jackie Kucinich / Roll Call:
Cao May Be Sole GOP Vote In Favor of Health Bill  —  At least one Republican may vote for the Democratic health care bill, several House sources confirmed on Saturday night.  —  Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-La.), a former Jesuit seminarian, is rumored to be on the fence if the House approves …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
GOP Shadegg to buck pro-lifers, party  —  Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) said he plans to buck right-to-life groups and his own party and vote “present” on a Democratic amendment that would prevent federal funding for abortions as part of health-care overhaul legislation.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama leaning toward 34,000 more troops for Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is nearing a decision to send more than 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan next year, but he may not announce it until after he consults with key allies and completes a trip to Asia later this month …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin: Dems will apply abortion mind-set to elderly  —  WEST ALLIS, Wisc.  - Sarah Palin rallied thousands of abortion opponents Friday night with a a stark warning that the same philosophy that allows abortion rights could soon be invoked to allow the government to cut off health care for the elderly or children with special needs.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Gregg: CBO cost estimate of Pelosi Plan $3 trillion; Update: Heritage says $2.4T  —  You know, Senator Gregg, talking like this won't get you an appointment to Barack Obama's Cabinet.  Oh, wait ...: … I'm not sure where Gregg gets the $3 trillion number.
Dan Perrin / RedState:
CBO: New House Health Bill Spending Estimate, $3 Trillion over 10 Years
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and The Foundry
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Democratic no votes  —  House Democratic leadership saw 39 …
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
Discussion: The Politico
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Dictatorships and Double Standards
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