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1:35 PM ET, November 6, 2009

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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 …
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James Dao / New York Times:
Suspect Was ‘Mortified’ About Deployment to War  —  WASHINGTON — Born and reared in Virginia, the son of immigrant parents from a small Palestinian town near Jerusalem, he joined the Army right out of high school, against his parents' wishes.  The Army, in turn, put him through college …
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Top GOP recruit says Ft. Hood shooting shows ‘enemy is infiltrating our military’  —  A top Republican congressional recruit said on Friday that the shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas yesterday by a solider allegedly sympathetic to suicide bombers shows that the “enemy is infiltrating our military.”
Michelle Malkin:
The massacre at Fort Hood and Muslim soldiers with attitude  —  Scroll for updates...7:39am Eastern press conference...Ft. Hood officials disclose that the murder victims included 12 soldiers and 1 civilian...  I was traveling to Wichita for a speaking event/fundraiser (which I'll tell you more about later) …
Linda Chavez / Commentary:
Obama's Pet-Goat Moment  —  We still don't know what was behind the killings at Fort Hood this afternoon, in which 11 soldiers and the killer died, but President Obama's rushed press conference was surprising in its flippancy nonetheless.  Before he got to the issue on everyone's mind …
Discussion: American Thinker and alicublog
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
12 Soldiers Killed and 31 Wounded in Fort Hood Shooting
Jeff Carlton / Associated Press:
Ft. Hood suspect reportedly shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’
Pajamas Media:
Fort Hood—A now familiar horror
CNN:
Store video shows suspect hours before Fort Hood rampage
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
CNN:
Officer praised for disabling gunman
Discussion: Blogs and Stories
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Democrat trap: Pelosi's wrath or voter backlash  —  The House is in the final rush toward passage of a national health care bill, and there's one thing Speaker Nancy Pelosi absolutely, positively does not want her Democratic lawmakers to do: Go home.  —  “You meet constituents and get an earful …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Hot Air
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Associated Press:
Hoyer: House vote may be pushed back  —  Planned Saturday vote on health bill could be delayed until Sunday or later  —  WASHINGTON - House Democrats acknowledged they don't yet have the votes to pass a sweeping overhaul of the nation's health care system, and signaled they may push back the vote until Sunday or early next week.
The Hill:
Hoyer: Health debate could stretch past Saturday vote time
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
No one said freedom was pretty  —  The call to arms went out last week.  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who made her name suggesting that Barack Obama and other Democrats have “anti-American” views, appeared on Fox News on Friday night and urged Americans to come to Washington to protest …
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The Politico:   Bachmann's healthy prognosis
Javier C. Hernandez / New York Times:
U.S. Unemployment Rate Hits 10.2%, Highest in 26 Years  —  For Americans who wake up each morning thinking about their job hunt, Friday's unemployment report offered little reassurance that their search would soon pay off, even as the broader economy showed signs of strengthening.
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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.
Discussion: QandO and The Politico
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Wall Street Journal:   Hello, Tipping Point
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama delays meeting with House Dems until Saturday
Media Matters for America:
WND falsely claimed alleged Fort Hood shooter “advised Obama transition”  —  WorldNetDaily falsely claimed that alleged Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan “advised Obama transition” in the headline of an article by Jerome Corsi highlighting his listing as a “participant” in a report …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Paul Krugman:
Why not a WPA?  —  A question I'm occasionally asked at public events is, why aren't we creating jobs with a WPA-type program?  It's a very good question.  —  As it is, job-creation efforts are generally indirect.  Tax cuts and transfers in the hope that people will spend them …
Discussion: Clusterstock and Corrente
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Politics and Public Works
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Charles Krauthammer on the realignment myth of 2008  —  Sure, Election Day 2009 will scare moderate Democrats and make passage of Obamacare more difficult.  Sure, it makes it easier for resurgent Republicans to raise money and recruit candidates for 2010.  But the most important effect of Tuesday's elections is historical.
Discussion: Power Line and The New Editor
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Michael Gerson on Obama ceding the center
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Politico and Commentary
Wall Street Journal:
The Return of the Inflation Tax  —  The Pelosi tax surcharge applies to capital gains and dividends.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  All of those twentysomethings who voted for Barack Obama last year are about to experience the change they haven't been waiting for: the return of income tax bracket creep.
Discussion: Commentary and Cafe Hayek
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Obama Faces His Anzio  —  Remember those Republican boasts that they would turn health care into President Obama's Waterloo?  Well, exit polls suggest that to the extent that health care was an issue in Tuesday's elections, it worked in Democrats' favor.  But while health care …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Nelson: Bad Economy Means We Should Wreck Economy, Destroy Planet, Let Health Care Languish  —  I suspect we're going to be hearing a lot more of this sort of thing in the weeks to come: … This really makes no sense.  If Nelson thinks the health care and climate legislation before congress …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Bloomberg:
Obama Faces Concern on Jobs After Election Setbacks
Discussion: The New Republic
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Democratic civil war update: MoveOn raises $3.6 million to attack party moderates  —  A few days ago, the left-wing activist group MoveOn.org began sending out emails seeking contributions to fund primary challenges against any Democratic senator who does not fully support “health care reform with a public option.”
Discussion: Power Line, Betsy's Page and TalkLeft
 
 
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CNN:
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Ezra Klein:
Don't listen to Texas  —  Texas's Rick Perry and Mars's Newt Gingrich …
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Jared Allen / The Hill:
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Floyd Norris / New York Times:
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