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1:50 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.
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Is this the high-water mark for ObamaCare?
Discussion: Riehl World View
Carolyn Lochhead / San Francisco Chronicle:
Democrats win key victory on health care
Discussion: The Nation and Hit & Run
Washington Post:
House passes key hurdle on health-care legislation
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
Fort Hood shooting: Texas army killer linked to September 11 terrorists
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.
Alex Koppelman / Salon:   Republican votes for House Dems' health bill
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.
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
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’.
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 …
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.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Call White House, Ask for Barack  —  The Israeli-Palestinian peace process has become a bad play.  It is obvious that all the parties are just acting out the same old scenes, with the same old tired clichés — and that no one believes any of it anymore.
Lisa Mascaro / Las Vegas Sun:
Ensign moves out of home on C Street  —  Town house shared with Christian colleagues had gained notoriety because of Nevadan's affair  —  Sen. John Ensign would not discuss his move with the Sun.  —  2 a.m.  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. John Ensign has moved out of the C Street house …
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 …
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