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9:10 AM ET, November 8, 2009


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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 …
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 …
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:
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Carolyn Lochhead / San Francisco Chronicle:
Democrats win key victory on health care  —  (11-07) 04:00 PST Washington - — President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi achieved a stupendous - but still incomplete - victory Saturday, winning House passage of the biggest expansion of health care coverage since Medicare's creation in 1964 …
Discussion: The Nation and Hit & Run
New York Times:
Abortion Was at Heart of Wrangling
New York Post:
Shutting off the miracle-drug spigot
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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 …
Stephen Schwartz / New York Post:
Take a look at Hasan's old mosque
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
Amy Sullivan / Swampland:
Anatomy of a Health Reform Deal
Discussion: marbury and MoJo Blog Posts
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Abortion Fight Erupts in Health Care Debate
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
New York Times:
All Afghan War Options by Obama Aides Said to Call for More Troops
Discussion: The Page
Bloodless President Barack Obama makes Americans wistful for George W Bush  —  Barack Obama's reaction to bad news is to play it so cool that Americans yearn for a bit more drama - and some even for his predecessor, writes Toby Harnden in Washington.  —  Toby Harnden's American Way
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.
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
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