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11:40 AM 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.
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Democratic no votes  —  House Democratic leadership saw 39 of their members vote against the bill and, with one Republican yes vote, Democrats passed sweeping health reform legislation 220-215.  While the reasons these Democrats have offered for opposing the $1.2 trillion bill vary …
New York Times:
Sweeping Health Care Plan Passes House  —  WASHINGTON — Handing President Obama a hard-fought victory, the House narrowly approved a sweeping overhaul of the nation's health care system on Saturday night, advancing legislation that Democrats said could stand as their defining social policy achievement.
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Re: What We Know About the Health-Care Bill  —  John, what we also know is that this bill is so flawed and so potentially toxic with all but committed liberals that now at least 34 moderate and conservative Democrats have jumped ship.  Republican leaders can claim with some credibility …
Discussion: The Politico and Maggie's Farm
New York Times:
Abortion Was at Heart of Wrangling
Carolyn Lochhead / San Francisco Chronicle:
Democrats win key victory on health care
Discussion: The Nation and Hit & Run
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 …
Joseph Cao:
Cao Votes for “Life”; Achieves Legislation to Protect the Health of All Americans  —  Tonight, Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao (LA-2) voted in favor of the comprehensive health reform bill, H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act.  —  Of his vote, Cao said: “Tonight …
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Republican votes for House Dems' health bill  —  Both sides lobbied hard to win over Louisiana Rep. Joseph Cao, but he ultimately crossed the aisle  —  House Republicans have been remarkably unified this year, sticking together on all of the big votes and ensuring that Democrats don't have any bipartisan cover whatsoever.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
The GOP vote: Why Cao said ‘yes’
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.
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 …
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
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Dems PASS Nationalized Health Care Bill (Video)
Discussion: Dr. Helen and Hit & Run
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 …
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’.
Health Care Bill Day  —  Unemployment is over 10%.  It wasn't supposed to get that high.  TARP was supposed to fix that.  —  Meanwhile today may be the most important vote in Congress since the days of the New Deal.  If the health care bill passes, it will fundamentally convert …
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