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4:50 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:
Shootings, multiple deaths reported at Fort Hood  —  (CNN) — Two gunmen in military uniforms shot and killed as many as nine people and wounded as many as 20 at Fort Hood in Texas on Thursday, officials said.  —  One of the shooters has been apprehended, Fort Hood spokesman Sgt. Maj. Jamie Posten told CNN.
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 …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Breaking: Massacre at Fort Hood; NBC: One suspect is military officer
KRHD-LP:
7 killed in Fort Hood shooting spree
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
The Politico:
Tea parties descend on Capitol  —  Thousands of tea party activists descended on Washington Thursday to protest the trillion-dollar health care bill and government spending, holding signs protesting Barack Obama's agenda while aiming chants of “You work for us” at the Capitol building.
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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.
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.
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:
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
So much Obama damage control that David Axelrod even talks to Fox News
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Bob McDonnell: The GOP's newest superstar?
Discussion: Donklephant
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.
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, Wonkette and The Page
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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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
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.
New York Times:
The Vote for Mayor, Block by Block  —  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg won re-election Tuesday, but voters were less enthusiastic about him than the last time he ran in 2005.  The mayor did well in high-income white areas of Manhattan and Queens, and also in election districts dominated by immigrants, like Flushing and Brighton Beach.
Discussion: The Awl and New York Magazine
Reuters:
IAEA found nothing serious at Iran site: ElBaradei  —  VIENNA (Reuters) - U.N. inspectors found “nothing to be worried about” in a first look at a previously secret uranium enrichment site in Iran last month, the International Atomic Energy chief said in remarks published Thursday.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Truthdig
Paul Thompson / Daily Mail:
Michelle Obama to star with Nigella Lawson as she becomes first presidential wife to appear on a reality show  —  Michelle Obama is to be the first presidential wife to appear on a reality TV series.  —  The First Lady will make a guest appearance on ‘Iron Chef America’ which features British cook Nigella Lawson as a judge.
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Unhealthy America  —  The moment of truth for health care is at hand, and the distortion that perhaps gets the most traction is this: … That self-aggrandizing delusion may be the single greatest myth in the health care debate.  In fact, America's health care system is worse than Slov—er, oops, more on that later.
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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Andy Barr / The Politico:
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dem to hold hearing on H1N1 vaccine distribution to Wall St. firms
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
After Mickey's Makeover, Less Mr. Nice Guy
Capitol Weekly:
Capitol Weekly/Probolsky poll: Whitman lead growing
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Hill
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Pelosi: ‘We will’ have the votes to pass healthcare bill by Saturday
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Swamp and The Note
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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
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Sen. Snowe: Tuesday's results 'certainly gives pause on how you …