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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Sen. Ben Nelson to announce support for health-care bill  —  Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.), the final Democratic holdout on health care, was prepared to announce to his caucus Saturday morning that he would support the Senate reform bill, clearing the way for final passage by Christmas.
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Ben Nelson's Medicaid deal  —  Sen. Mary Landrieu got the “Louisiana Purchase.”  Sen. Ben Nelson got the federal government to pick up most his state's future Medicaid tab — forever.  —  As part of the deal to win Nelson's support, the federal government will pay for Nebraska's new Medicaid recipients.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Nelson Agrees to Abortion Funding in at Least 13 States?  —  Harry Reid has released the manager's amendment that Ben Nelson has reportedly agreed to vote for, meaning that the Senate bill has 60 votes.  The abortion language includes the phony segregation of funding language that was rejected in the House.
Igor / Wonk Room:
Nelson's Nebraska To Receive Extra Medicaid Funds Under Senate Bill  —  This morning's managers amendment to the merged Senate health bill goes a long way towards satisfying the demands of Democratic hold-out and all-important 60th vote Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE).
New York Times:
Democrats Clinch a Deal on Health Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats said on Saturday that they had clinched an agreement on a far-reaching overhaul of the nation's health care system, and that they were on track to approve the legislation by Christmas over fierce Republican opposition.
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Senate Democrats Clinch a Deal on Health Bill  —  Brendan Smialowski for The New York Times  —  Sen. Ben Nelson, right, agreed after hours of negotiation Friday to back the Senate Democrats' legislation, making him the pivotal 60th vote.  —  WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Obama slams insurance industry going into health reform's home stretch  —  As the Senate prepares for a final round of votes on its healthcare reform bill, President Barack Obama chastised the insurance industry for its lobbying against the legislation.  —  In his weekly address Saturday …
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Igor / Wonk Room:
Senate Bill Would Allow States To Prohibit Abortion Coverage In Exchange  —  The new managers amendment to the merged Senate bill incorporates Sen. Bob Casey's (D-PA) language strengthening the segregation of private and public funds and increasing federal support for adoptions …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Abortion compromise  —  One of the biggest hurdles to passing a health reform bill was satisfying Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson's demand that restrictions on the federal funding of abortion be tightened.  And in the manager's amendment Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid threaded the needle …
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Health Care Breakthrough: Ben Nelson Will Vote for Health Reform  —  Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) announced Saturday that he will vote for health care reform when it comes up for a cloture vote in the Senate early next week.  As the 60th and final Democrat to signal that he will support the bill …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Remember What The Fight Is About  —  So Ben Nelson is in.
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Defense appropriations bill passes Senate 88-10, clears way for health bill
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Nelson at the mic  —  In announcing his support of the Senate …
Discussion: The Page
The Huffington Post:
John Kerry Breaks Out Oppo, Takes On Howard Dean For ‘Kill The Bill’ Comments  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The pushback against Howard Dean for his call to “kill” the Senate health care bill, continued on Friday night, with a prominent Senate Democrat picking out an old quote …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Ben Nelson's A Yes!  Reform Edges Closer To Reality  —  Senator Ben Nelson's announcement moments ago that he will vote to end debate on the Senate health care bill puts Dems within striking distance of the first major progressive legislative achievement of the 21st Century, even if the legislation is deeply flawed.
Chris Frates / The Politico:   Boxer and Murray on board with abortion compromise
Chris Frates / The Politico:
MoveOn opposes Senate bill
Victoria Reggie Kennedy / Washington Post:
The moment Ted Kennedy would not want to lose  —  My late husband, Ted Kennedy, was passionate about health-care reform.  It was the cause of his life.  He believed that health care for all our citizens was a fundamental right, not a privilege, and that this year the stars …
Mark Matthews / Orlando Sentinel:
Grayson wants to send critic to jail for five years  —  WASHINGTON — Not everyone thinks imitation is the best form of flattery.  —  In fact, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando took such offense at a parody website aimed at unseating him that the freshman Democrat has asked …
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Grayson threatens to imprison critic
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Flashback of the Day  —  When Sen. Al Franken objected to Sen. Joe Lieberman's request for additional time, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said that in his 20-plus years in the Senate he had never heard a senator do that before.  —  However, a Political Wire reader sends this excerpt from the Congressional Record from October 10, 2002:
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