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3:50 AM ET, November 7, 2009


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Brian Kates / NY Daily News:
Police Sgt. Kimberly Munley credited with ending Fort Hood gunman Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's rampage  —  The hero cop who ended the bloody rampage at Fort Hood had been directing traffic moments before she confronted the gunman and pumped four bullets into him despite being shot herself.
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
She Ran to Gunfire, and Ended It  —  KILLEEN, Tex. — The police officer who brought down a gunman after he went on a shooting rampage at the Fort Hood Army base here was on the way to have her car repaired when she responded to a police radio report of gunfire at a center where soldiers …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Top GOP recruit says Ft. Hood shooting shows ‘enemy is infiltrating our military’
Ezra Klein:
What's going on in the House?  —  The House of Representatives is expected to vote on health-care reform Saturday.  But the days before a big vote are rarely calm ones, and this week has been no exception.  Democrats don't expect a single Republican to cross over to vote for health-care reform.
Discussion: The New Republic and TPMDC
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Democrat trap: Pelosi's wrath or voter backlash
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
No one said freedom was pretty  —  The call to arms went out last week.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House: FOX off-limits — strategist  —  At least one Democratic political strategist has gotten a blunt warning from the White House to never appear on Fox News Channel, an outlet that presidential aides have depicted as not so much a news-gathering operation as a political opponent bent on damaging the Obama administration.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
White House Strongly Denies Threatening Dem Who Appeared On Fox  —  The White House is strongly denying a story claiming that White House officials privately threatened to retaliate against a Democratic strategist for appearing on Fox News — a claim generating a big stir on the right …
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Gibbs: Can You Imagine if, 5 Years Ago, People Had Protested With Hitler Pictures?!?  —  Today, Robert Gibbs lamented some of the offensive signs at the rally (of which there were some, but not enough to even fill out HuffPo's 12 Most Offensive slideshow): … Let's help Gibbs out with this in particular:
Geoff / Innocent Bystanders:
October Unemployment Rate Jumps Upward ==> 10.2%!  —  The economic for October predictions were 175,000 non-farm jobs lost, and an unemployment rate at or just below 10%.  Just based on initial unemployment filings, I think you'd have had to count on people continuing to drop out of the system to get numbers that low.
The Huffington Post:
WND's Jerome Corsi Claims Fort Hood Shooter Advised Obama [UPDATE]  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Well, if you were wondering what paranoiac smear artist would be the first to step out and attempt to name President Barack Obama as the man who guided Nidal Malik Hasan to his murderous rampage …
Jerome R. Corsi / WorldNetDaily:
Shooter advised Obama transition  —  Fort Hood triggerman aided team on Homeland Security task force  —  NEW YORK - Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the alleged shooter in yesterday's massacre at Fort Hood, played a homeland security advisory role in President Barack Obama's transition into the White House …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Dr. No threatening to have bill read on Senate floor  —  Sen. Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican who developed a close friendship with President Obama when they served together in the Senate, is threatening to have the entire health care bill read on the Senate floor.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Robert A. George / NBC Chicago:
Obama's Frightening Insensitivity Following Shooting  —  A bad week for Democrats compounded by an awful moment for Barack Obama.  —  TWITTER  —  President Obama didn't wait long after Tuesday's devastating elections to give critics another reason to question his leadership …
Mike Bates /
Obama Gives Shout Out to ‘Congressional Medal of Honor Winner’ Who Isn't
Discussion: Washington Post
Republican Ways and Means:
PELOSI: Buy a $15,000 Policy or Go to Jail  —  Today, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) released a letter from the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) confirming that the failure to comply with the individual mandate to buy health insurance contained …
Lorraine Woellert / Bloomberg:
Cantor Says Rhetoric Harmful, Calls for Inclusion  —  Nov. 6 (Bloomberg) — Eric Cantor, the second-ranking Republican in the U.S. House, said his party needs to be inclusive and criticized some comments by talk-show host Rush Limbaugh as inappropriate.  —  “The Republican Party in its roots …
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Obama's So Speedy, It Looks Like He's Hardly Moved.  —  David Brooks has a column on the independents in the wake of Tuesday's election, deploying his usual technique of communing with them via stereotypes — “They're looking for a safe pair of hands.”  The piece is economically unserious …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Frum on Nuclear Socialism  —  I was saying this morning that I thought conservative affection for nuclear power was a bit odd in light of the fact that only massive socialism seems capable of financing nuclear power plants.  David Frum has a post in response that I don't totally understand:
Discussion: FrumForum
Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
BREAKING: ACORN's New Orleans Office Raided by Louisiana Attorney General  —  Photo from Big Government Contributor Kevin Kane  —  In a fast-breaking development comes word that agents of the Attorney's General office in Louisiana have raided ACORN's offices in New Orleans.
Martha Carr / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
State investigators taking dozens of computers from ACORN office on Canal Street
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Broader Measure of Unemployment Stands at 17.5%  —  For all the pain caused by the Great Recession, the job market still was not in as bad shape as it had been during the depths of the early 1980s recession — until now.  —  With the release of the jobs report on Friday …
Discussion: MyDD
Associated Press:
Frank takes dig at colleague in health care debate  —  By The Associated Press (AP) - 2 hours ago  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. Barney Frank took a dig Friday at the Republican lawmaker who organized a protest by conservatives against health care legislation.
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
Officials Begin Putting Shooting Pieces Together … As doctors attend to the wounded and funeral plans are made for the deceased, military officials at Fort Hood, Texas, are piecing together why the alleged gunman shot and killed 13 people and wounded 30 others.
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Stuart Fox / Popular Science:
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The Buzz:
Photo: Crist had Rothstein's cake and ate it, too
Discussion: Law Review and TPMMuckraker
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Only fiscal conservatives would say we can't afford to reduce the deficit
Discussion: Director's Blog, Daily Kos and Eschaton
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Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Report: 237 millionaires in Congress
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Oliver Burkeman / Guardian:
Gore backs law-breaking protests
Discussion: Truthdig
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Palin to speak at Gridiron dinner
Discussion: The Swamp and Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
The Return of the Inflation Tax
Discussion: Commentary and Cafe Hayek