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3:45 PM ET, November 8, 2009


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New York Times:
House Democrats Who Voted Against the Health Care Bill  —  Lawmakers in the House voted 220 to 215 on Saturday night to approve a sweeping overhaul of the nation's health care system.  Only one Republican voted for the bill, and 39 Democrats opposed it, including 24 members of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition.
New York Times:
Sweeping Health Care Plan Passes House
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
The Democrats Who Opposed the Health Care Bill
Discussion: Eye on 2010 and The Daily Dish
Jeffrey Goldberg:
When Muslims Commit Violence  —  A consensus seems to have formed here at The Atlantic that the Ft. Hood massacre means not very much at all.  Megan McArdle writes that “there is absolutely no political lesson to be learned from this.”  James Fallows says: “The shootings never mean anything.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Lieberman wants probe into ‘terrorist attack’ by major on Fort Hood  —  Homeland Security Chairman Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Sunday that he intends to launch a congressional investigation into the motives behind “the worst terrorist attack since 9/11” — the slaying of 13 people …
Lone GOP vote came after call from President Obama  —  Washington (CNN) - Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao was the only Republican to vote in favor of the Democratic health care bill that passed the House late Saturday, a vote that came after President Obama called to personally to ask for his support, Cao told CNN.
Michelle Malkin:
Health care takeover roll call vote — and what GOP Rep. Joseph Cao got from Obama; Plus: Organizing for America hustles more money  —  The final 220-215 roll call vote on passage of the House Dems' government health care takeover bill is here.  —  And here is the 240-194 roll call vote …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
The GOP vote: Why Cao said ‘yes’  —  Despite his promise to replicate his first legislative victory as whip, when all Republicans in the House opposed President Barack Obama's economic stimulus bill, Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was not able to produce unanimous GOP opposition on the healthcare measure.
Don Clemmer / USCCB Media Blog:
Discussion: and TalkLeft
Michelle Levi / CBS News:
Graham: House Bill “D.O.A.” in the Senate  —  Would Filibuster Health Care Reform with Public Option, Declaring “Liberal” House Bill Would Mean “Disaster”  —  (CBS) Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the health care bill passed last night by the House of Representatives is “dead on arrival to the Senate.”
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Lee Stranahan / The Huffington Post:
Kucinich's Brave Health Vote Vs. Obama's Failed Promise  —  There were plenty of cowardly votes in the House last night but there was only one truly brave one.  The unsung hero of the night was Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich.  Despite enormous pressure to support H.R. 3962, Rep. Kucinich did the right thing and voted ‘no’.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Is this the high-water mark for ObamaCare?  —  The Democrats wheedled, cajoled, begged, and finally abandoned its defense of abortion — truly a watershed moment — in order to get their version of ObamaCare passed ... in the House of Representatives, where they enjoy a 75-seat majority.
Discussion: YID With LID and Riehl World View
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Republican votes for House Dems' health bill
Discussion: The Nation
Carolyn Lochhead / San Francisco Chronicle:
Democrats win key victory on health care
Discussion: The Nation and Hit & Run
East Germans lost much in 1989  —  For many in the GDR, the fall of the Berlin Wall and unification meant the loss of jobs, homes, security and equality  —  On 9 November 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down I realised German unification would soon follow, which it did a year later.
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Night They Drove the Tea Partiers Down  —  FOR all cable news's efforts to inflate Election 2009 into a cliffhanger as riveting as Balloon Boy, ratings at MSNBC and CNN were flat Tuesday night.  But not at Fox News, where the audience nearly doubled its usual prime-time average.
Liberty dies with thunderous applause  —  Doug Mataconis totally beat me to this one.  As I was writing a few posts this morning, I had in my mind a to-do list that included searching for the Star Wars Episode III scene where the emperor basically shreds liberty in the galactic senate on Coruscant …
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 …
Rayne / Firedoglake:
H.R. 3962 Health Care Bill Passes
New York Times:
All Afghan War Options by Obama Aides Said to Call for More Troops  —  WASHINGTON — Advisers to President Obama are preparing three options for escalating the war effort in Afghanistan, all of them calling for more American troops, as he moves closer to a decision on the way forward in the eight-year-old war, officials said Saturday.
Amy Sullivan / Swampland:
Anatomy of a Health Reform Deal  —  Don't the Democrats control Congress?  How did Nancy Pelosi get to the point where she didn't have enough votes in her own caucus to pass health reform unless she paved the way for language that, as Jon Cohn puts it, “mak[es] it more likely that millions …
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