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1:50 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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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 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 …
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.”
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 …
Discussion: Wonkette and Liberal Values
Bruce Bawer / Pajamas Media:
Fort Hood Massacre: A Day of Courage and Cowardice  —  A self-described “devout Muslim” who praised suicide bombers opens fire on brave American soldiers — and most people in the mainstream media insist there is no sign of terror.  —  The brave soldiers who were massacred at Fort Hood had trained to fight the jihadist enemy abroad.
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
The massacre at Fort Hood and Muslim soldiers with attitude
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Better Angels.  —  Soon after news of the Ft. Hood shooting …
Discussion: Think Progress
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
12 Soldiers Killed and 31 Wounded in Fort Hood Shooting
Jeff Carlton / Associated Press:
Ft. Hood suspect reportedly shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’
CNN:
Officer praised for disabling gunman
Discussion: Blogs and Stories
CNN:
Store video shows suspect hours before Fort Hood rampage
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
CNN:   Sen. Cornyn: Don't jump to conclusions over Fort Hood
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.
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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
The Hill:
Hoyer: Health debate could stretch past Saturday vote time
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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Wall Street Journal:   Hello, Tipping Point
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama delays meeting with House Dems until Saturday
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  —  The American unemployment rate surged to 10.2 percent in October, its highest level in 26 years, as the economy lost another 190,000 jobs, the Labor Department reported Friday.  —  The jump into the realm of double-digit joblessness …
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Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
Unemployment in U.S. Jumps to 10.2%, Payrolls Fall
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
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: Betsy's Page and Shot in the Dark
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John / Power Line:
Democrats' Civil War, Continued
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
 
 
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CNN:
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Ezra Klein:
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Paul Krugman:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
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