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2:33 AM ET, November 9, 2009


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Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Fort Hood gunman had told US military colleagues that infidels should have their throats cut  —  Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the gunman who killed 13 at America's Fort Hood military base, once gave a lecture to other doctors in which he said non-believers should be beheaded and have boiling oil poured down their throats.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The Fort Hood massacre was rhetorical flourish as Obama urged House Democrats to vote for health care.  —  His idea was: Soldiers make sacrifices for the good of the country, so congressional Democrats should put their concerns about the next election aside for the good of the country.
Samuel Goldsmith / NY Daily News:
Sen. Joe Lieberman calls Fort Hood massacre a ‘terrorist’ act  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman called the Fort Hood massacre an act of “Islamist extremism” - even as top Army brass warned Sunday against guessing at a motive, fearing backlash against Muslim soldiers.  —  “There are very …
Discussion: Right Pundits and AMERICAblog News
New York Times:
Fort Hood Gunman Gave Signals Before His Rampage  —  KILLEEN, Tex. — It was still dark on Thursday when Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan left his aging apartment complex to attend 6 a.m. prayers at the brick mosque near Fort Hood.  Afterward, he said goodbye to his friends there and asked forgiveness from one man for any past offenses.
Discussion: American Power
Jeffrey Goldberg:
When Muslims Commit Violence  —  A consensus seems to have formed here at The Atlantic that the Ft. Hood massacre means not very much at all.  Megan McArdle writes that “there is absolutely no political lesson to be learned from this.”  James Fallows says: “The shootings never mean anything.
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Army Chief Concerned for Muslim Troops  —  General George Casey Jr., the Army chief of staff, said on Sunday that he was concerned that speculation about the religious beliefs of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, accused of killing 12 fellow soldiers and one civilian and wounding dozens of others …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Islam in Action
Cassandra / Villainous Company:
Obama Doesn't “Get” the Military He Commands … Life is full of mysteries, but chief among them in this Marine wife's mind at the moment is, “Just how stupid does this White House think we are?”  If the events of the past few months have shown us anything, it's that Barack Obama has little enthusiasm for …
Discussion: TigerHawk and Power Line
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Lieberman Pledges To Filibuster House Bill: The Public Option Is ‘Unnecessary’  —  This morning on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) about the House's historic passage of health care legislation last night.  Lieberman said that as a “matter of conscience …
Michelle Levi / CBS News:
Graham: House Bill “D.O.A.” in the Senate
John / Power Line:
Calling All Bloggers  —  I'm delighted to be collaborating with Joe Trippi, one of my favorite liberals, on a bipartisan project to support America's veterans.  The project is called the Eleven Eleven campaign; the objective is to get 11 million Americans to contribute $11 apiece to support America's vets.
New York Times:
House Democrats Who Voted Against the Health Care Bill  —  Lawmakers in the House voted 220 to 215 on Saturday night to approve a sweeping overhaul of the nation's health care system.  Only one Republican voted for the bill, and 39 Democrats opposed it, including 24 members of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
The Democrats Who Opposed the Health Care Bill
Discussion: Eye on 2010, Scared Monkeys and MyDD
Lone GOP vote came after call from President Obama  —  Washington (CNN) - Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao was the only Republican to vote in favor of the Democratic health care bill that passed the House late Saturday, a vote that came after President Obama called to personally to ask for his support, Cao told CNN.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:   The GOP vote: Why Cao said ‘yes’
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
The (not-too) private life of Corporal Hodge  —  Hey, what's this half naked model doing here?  —  Why, that's Katrina Hodge, runner-up in this year's Miss England competition.  —  But the story doesn't start or end there...  You see, she's also a Corporal in Her Majesty's Armed Forces...
Discussion: Daily Mail
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
2010: White sits tight  —  Bill White is still running for the U.S. Senate, according to aides and to White himself, in response to a flurry of weekend rumors that he's switching to the race for governor.  —  The rumors, apparently emanating from the Rick Perry and John Sharp camps …
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Presses Senate to Act Quickly on Its Health Bill
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Bill Clinton, George W. Bush cancel appearances in L.A., N.Y.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and D.C. Now
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
McDonnell: I'll focus on economic issues
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