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5:55 PM ET, November 5, 2009


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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.
Gunman, 11 others killed 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; NBC: One suspect is military officer; Update: Three suspects, all soldiers  —  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.
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 …
Fox News:
At Least 7 Dead, 20 Wounded in Shootings at Ft. Hood in Texas  —  DEVELOPING: A pair of mass shootings at Ft. Hood military post in Texas left at least 7 dead and 20 wounded Thursday, and one suspected gunman is on the loose, the Army said.  —  A massive manhunt was under way for the suspect at large …
KWTX-TV:   Fort Hood Death Toll Now 12: Gunman Dead, 2 Others In Custody
7 killed in Fort Hood shooting spree
Discussion: Firedoglake and Gateway Pundit
The Politico:
Tea partiers descend on Capitol  —  The Tea Party holds no seat in Congress, but at least 10,000 of the party's members descended on Capitol Hill Thursday to rally against a Democratic-written health care overhaul.  —  A plan first hatched and heralded on FOX by iconic conservative Rep. Michele Bachmann …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Pelosi: ‘We will’ have the votes to pass healthcare bill by Saturday
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Swamp and The Note
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Bob McDonnell: The GOP's newest superstar?
Discussion: Donklephant
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
So much Obama damage control that David Axelrod even talks to Fox News
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Graham: I would have voted no on Boxer bill
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Crist says he never backed stimulus measure  —  (CNN) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist tells CNN he never endorsed President Obama's $787 billion stimulus measure, in what appears to be the latest effort by the Florida Republican to distance himself from the president as he seeks his party's Senate nomination.
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.
Kim Hart / The Hill:
Facebook exec leverages online, offline friends in campaign  —  There are 7 million Democrats in California.  About 5 million of them will be on Facebook by the time the state elects a new attorney general one year from now.  —  That could be helpful for Facebook's Chief Privacy Officer Chris Kelly …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain: ‘Past angry’ on Afghanistan
Discussion: The Politico and Commentary
Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
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Discussion: The Greenroom
New York Times:
The Vote for Mayor, Block by Block
Discussion: The Awl and New York Magazine
Adam D. Krauss / Foster's Daily Democrat:
Fresh on the heels of repeal in Maine, N.H. may reconsider gay marriage
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Paul Thompson / Daily Mail:
Michelle Obama to star with Nigella Lawson as she becomes …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Sen. Snowe: Tuesday's results 'certainly gives pause on how you …