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6:10 PM ET, November 5, 2009

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msnbc.com:
NBC: 7 dead, 12 injured in Fort Hood shooting  —  No word from the military base whether the victims are military or civilians  —  At least seven people are dead and 12 wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, the base's public affairs office told NBC News on Thursday.
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CNN:
11 killed, plus gunman at Fort Hood  —  (CNN) — Eleven people plus a gunman were dead and 31 wounded after the gunman opened fire Thursday on a soldier-processing center at Fort Hood, Texas, officials said.  —  The gunman was a soldier, and two other soldiers have been detained as suspects, Army Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said.
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
12 Soldiers Killed and 31 Wounded in Fort Hood Shooting  —  Suspected Gunman Is Identified by ABC News as Major Malik Nadal Hasan  —  Twelve people have been killed and 31 wounded in a shooting spree at a Texas military base by what officials believe was possibly carried out by an Army officer.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Massacre at Fort Hood; Update: Three suspects, all soldiers; Update: Dead gunman identified  —  No word yet on motive, but the fact that at least three gunmen are involved already has Shuster and Miklaszewski mentioning similarities to the Fort Dix Six plot on MSNBC.  Seven dead, 12 wounded so far.
The Blotter:
Seven dead, 20 injured in Fort Hood shooting  —  The Army says seven people were killed and 20 wounded in a pair of shootings at the Fort Hood Army base in Killeen, according to the Associated Press.  —  An Army spokesman at the Pentagon says the shootings began about 1:30 p.m. Thursday …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Gunmen in uniforms kill at least 7 at Fort Hood in Texas
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama mourns ‘horrifying’ attacks at Ft. Hood
KWTX-TV:   Fort Hood Death Toll Now 12: Gunman Dead, 2 Others In Custody
Houston Chronicle:   12 killed in shooting at Fort Hood
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The Note:
Protesters Arrested at Lieberman's Office  —  ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports:  —  It is protest day, for the Left and the Right, on Capitol Hill.  —  First out of the gate - 8 Protesters backing a universal health care system briefly occupied Sen. Joe Lieberman's office this morning.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
It's On and IT'S MASSIVE- “Kill the Bill Rally” In DC! ...  Update: Mark Levin at Rally (Video)  —  Ed Schultz sends these photos from the steps of the US Capital—  ** CSPAN 3 has a live video stream from the rally.  —  Truth Czar Rep. Joe Wilson is currently speaking.
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Bachmann calls for ‘scare’ tactics  —  In a conference call Wednesday night with bloggers and activists for the advocacy group Americans for Prosperity, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) called on protesters to “scare” members of Congress into killing the proposed health care reform bill.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NOTE THE DATE.... Today, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) …
Discussion: MyDD, Raw Story and Confederate Yankee
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
On the Hill, Protesters Chant ‘Kill the Bill’
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WEAK KNEES KEEP SHAKING.... In Tuesday's congressional races, voters sent two more House Democrats to Congress, expanding an already-large Democratic majority on the Hill.  In 2008, the electorate made a House Democratic majority bigger, and in 2009, Dems went five for five in special elections, making that majority bigger still.
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Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Sabato's Fun Facts—Election '09  —  The following “fun facts” are presented as instant analysis of the November 3 election for the Crystal Ball's readers, straight from the mouth of U.Va. Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato, with the editorial assistance of Isaac Wood:
The Politico:
‘We got walloped’  —  Two big questions loom in the wake of the 2009 elections.  The first is whether Barack Obama learned anything new about American voters.  The second is whether American voters will soon learn something new about Obama.  —  For a president who likes always …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Bob McDonnell: The GOP's newest superstar?
Discussion: Donklephant
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain: ‘Past angry’ on Afghanistan
Discussion: The Politico and Commentary
Ezra Klein:
Congressional Budget Office Thrashes Republican Health-Care Plan  —  Republicans are learning an unpleasant lesson this morning: The only thing worse than having no health-care reform plan is releasing a bad one, getting thrashed by CBO and making the House Democrats look good in comparison.
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Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
CBO: Republican health plan would reduce premiums, cut deficit  —  The Congressional Budget Office Wednesday night released its cost analysis of the Republican health care plan and found that it would reduce health care premiums and cut the deficit by $68 billion over ten years.
GOP Leader Blog:
Speaker Pelosi's Government-Run Health Plan Will Require a Monthly Abortion Premium  —  Follow @GOPLeader on Twitter for updates.  —  Health care reform should not be used as an opportunity to use federal funds to pay for elective abortions.  Health reform should be an opportunity to protect human life - not end it.
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Right-wing protesters at GOP rally display prominent sign tying health care to the Holocaust.  —  ThinkProgress' Lee Fang snapped this photograph of a prominent sign being displayed at today's GOP anti-health care rally.  It's unclear whether this sign is one of the many being handed …
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Matt Yglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Scenes From a Tea Party
Discussion: TPMDC and Daily Kos
The Note:
Steele to Republicans Who Support Obama: 'We'll Come After You'  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: RNC Chairman Michael Steele has been endorsing a “big tent” approach to recruiting candidates for 2010, emphasizing the need to find candidates who fit the needs of individual districts.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Steele to moderates: 'We'll come after you'
Discussion: The Note, Ezra Klein, The Page and Wonkette
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Huckabee, Romney, Palin See Most Republican Support for '12  —  Huckabee, Romney viewed as most qualified of possible Republican presidential candidates  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Looking ahead to the 2012 presidential election, 71% of Republicans say they would seriously consider voting for Mike Huckabee.
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Richard Cowan / Reuters:
Senate panel approves Democratic climate bill  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A controversial climate change bill cleared its first hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, allowing President Barack Obama to tout progress in the run-up to next month's global warming talks in Copenhagen.
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Gawker and SENATUS
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Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Graham: I would have voted no on Boxer bill
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Michael Getler / PBS Ombudsman:
Pox or Fox?  We Report.  You Decide.  —  One of the most interesting aspects of this peculiar job is that you hear from viewers about lots of things that surprise you.  I expect to hear regularly about The NewsHour, Frontline, Bill Moyers Journal, NOW, Tavis Smiley or Washington Week and all the high-profile documentaries.
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Playing Hooky: Olbermann Catches World Series Instead Of Hosting Show  —  Let's get the facts out of the way first - Keith Olbermann went to see Game 6 of the World Series, watching the Yankees close it out, instead of hosting his 8pmET MSNBC show Countdown last night - the day after the first elections of the Obama administration.
Discussion: Gawker and TVNewser
 
 
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