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9:40 PM ET, November 9, 2009


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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obtained: In Letter To Pelosi, 41 House Dems Pledge To Vote Against Bill With Anti-Abortion Amendment  —  In a move that will intensify the coming war over how to treat abortion in the health care bill, more than three dozen House Dems have signed a letter to Nancy Pelosi firmly pledging …
Obama: ‘This is a Health Care Bill, Not an Abortion Bill’  —  President Says Still More Work to be Done on Legislation Passed by House  —  President Obama said today that Congress needs to change abortion-related language in the health care bill passed by the House of Representatives this weekend.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Senior Democrat is ‘confident’ that Stupak amendment will be stripped  —  A House Democratic leader said Monday she's “confident” controversial language on abortion will be stripped from a final healthcare bill.  —  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the Democrats' chief deputy whip in the House …
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Gibbs: Obama not taking sides in Stupak amendment debate
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The War Within: Democrats And The Stupak Language
Discussion: Think Progress and NOW! Blog
The Huffington Post:
Gibbs Won't Offer Position On Abortion Amendment
Officials: U.S. Army Told of Hasan's Contacts with al Qaeda  —  Army Major in Fort Hood Massacre Used ‘Electronic Means’ to Connect with Terrorists  —  U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda …
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Alleged Fort Hood Shooter Frequented Local Strip Club  —  KILLEEN, Texas — The Army psychiatrist authorities say killed 13 people and wounded 29 others at the Fort Hood Army Base Thursday was a recent and frequent customer at a local strip club, employees of the club told exclusively.
New York Times:
Fort Hood Suspect Communicated With Radical Cleric, Authorities Say  —  WASHINGTON — Intelligence agencies intercepted communications last year and this year between Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who is accused of shooting to death 13 people at Fort Hood, Tex., and a radical cleric in Yemen known for his incendiary anti-American teachings.
Megan McArdle:
The Lessons of Fort Hood  —  Apologies for the light blogging this weekend, despite much happening: I've had the exciting double whammy of some sort of horrible respiratory infection which may or may not be swine flu, and what feels like it may be a cracked tooth.  As you can imagine, I'm in a sunny mood today.
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Pfizer abandons site of infamous Kelo eminent domain taking  —  The private homes that New London, Conn., took away from Suzette Kelo and her neighbors have been torn down.  Their former site is a wasteland of fields of weeds, a monument to the power of eminent domain.
Eric Gershon / Hartford Courant:
Pfizer To Close New London Headquarters
Discussion: Hit & Run
Ezra Klein:
The Stupak amendment: As much about class as about choice  —  Rep. Bart Stupak's amendment did not make abortion illegal.  And it did not block the federal government from subsidizing abortion.  All it did was block it from subsidizing abortion for poorer women.
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Collapse Feared for Palestinian Authority if Abbas Resigns  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank — The prospect that the Palestinian Authority, the government in the West Bank, might fall apart loomed on Monday, as those close to its president, Mahmoud Abbas, said that he intended to resign and forecast that others would follow.
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Obama to attend Jewish group reception
Discussion: Capital J | JTA and Commentary
The Note:
GOPer Collins Opposes House Dems  —  ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports: Here's a wrinkle in the abortion debate: Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, one of the few Republicans considered to be a strong supporter of abortion rights, said today she opposes the language inserted in the House health reform bill …
Discussion: The Hill and
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Reid will likely include anti-abortion provision
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Steele: White Republicans are scared of me  —  Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Michael Steele, who is known for making controversial statements, on Sunday said that white Republicans are afraid of him.  —  Steele also took aim at some in his own party last week as well …
Discussion: The Politico, Hot Air and Raw Story
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Despite ban, Holder to speak to CAIR-linked group  —  Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed to give a keynote speech next week to a Michigan group which includes the local branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations even though the FBI has formally severed contacts with the controversial Muslim civil rights organization.
Discussion: Riehl World View and Jihad Watch
Jon Lender / Hartford Courant:
Rell Will Not Seek Re-Election  —  Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced Monday at 5 p.m. that she will not seek re-election as governor in 2010.  —  “After much soul-searching, and discussion with my family, I have decided not to seek re-election next year,” Rell said in her Capitol office during …
Discussion: Swing State Project and TPMDC
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Connecticut Gov. Rell won't seek reelection
Discussion: The Politico
David Martin / CBS News:
Obama's Afghan Plan: About 40K More Troops  —  CBS Exclusive: Sources Say Force Will Grow to 100,000 - Nearly Filling Gen. McChrystal's Request; Long-Term Stay Planned  —  (CBS) Tonight, after months of conferences with top advisors, President Obama has settled on a new strategy for Afghanistan.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Paranoia Strikes Deep  —  Last Thursday there was a rally outside the U.S. Capitol to protest pending health care legislation, featuring the kinds of things we've grown accustomed to, including large signs showing piles of bodies at Dachau with the caption “National Socialist Healthcare.”
Megan McArdle:
Blaming the President for Unemployment  —  I often enjoy Charles Blow's By the Numbers blog at the New York Times, but I think this op-ed from last Friday was a little over the top: … What exactly is he supposed to do to create all these jobs?  Use the book proceeds to buy a Dairy Queen franchise?
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
CO-Gov: Penry to exit race  —  Colorado state Sen. Josh Penry (R) plans to end his gubernatorial campaign and endorse former Rep. Scott McInnis (R), according to two sources familiar with his thinking.  —  Penry's decision to opt out of the race is a stunner as many national Republicans …
Ezra Klein:
Lieberman will filibuster health-care reform ‘as a matter of conscience’  —  Joe Lieberman went on Fox News last weekend to give viewers some insight into his thinking on health-care reform. … I've sent a couple of requests over to Lieberman's office for an interview, and haven't had much luck.
Reihan Salam / Forbes:
China's Race Problem  —  Is racism universal?  Since the end of the colonial era, the rising powers of the developing world have been quick to condemn Western racism.  Ethnocentrism and color prejudice can be found in virtually all human societies, going back centuries if not thousands of years.
American Prospect:
Constant Comment  —  How Kathleen Parker became America's most-read woman columnist.  —  Save the Males , Kathleen Parker's 2008 polemic on sexual permissiveness and libertinism, contains the following euphemisms for vagina: “inner sanctum,” “familiars,” “you know what,” “very private parlor …
Discussion: Hit & Run
The Politico:
The GOP's women problem  —  Conservatives say they pushed Dede Scozzafava out of the House race in New York's 23rd District a week ago because of her left-of-Republican social views — and not because she is a woman.  —  But the growing schism between the Republican Party's ascendant right wing …
Associated Press:
AP: Man admits killing abortion doctor  —  Says slaying was justified to protect the lives of unborn children  —  WICHITA, Kan. - A man accused of shooting a Kansas abortion provider confessed to the slaying Monday, telling The Associated Press that he killed the doctor to protect unborn children.
Discussion: Shakesville and Raw Story
WH denies Afghan decision made, as tensions flare with Pentagon  —  Washington (CNN) - White House National Security Adviser Retired Gen. Jim Jones issued a rare public statement Monday vehemently denying media reports suggesting President Obama has privately decided to send close to 40,000 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Clive Crook / Financial Times:
Obama has lost sight of the centre  —  Barack Obama and the Democrats want you to know they had a good week.  Last Tuesday Republicans threw away a New York congressional seat they had held for a century, preferring to fight each other than win an easy contest.  Excellent, say Democrats.
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Berlin Wall blunder
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Doug Ross
Frank Newport / Gallup:
No Clear Mandate From Americans on Healthcare Reform
Hannah Strange / Times of London:
Hugo Chavez tells Venezuela troops to ‘prepare for war’ with Colombia
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
BIGGUS BUCKUS … One of the most successful politicians …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Creigh Deeds' Defeat Offers National Lessons.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Norm Eisen / White Blog Feed:
A Washington that is More Reflective of All of America
Discussion: The Caucus and Swampland
 Earlier Items: 
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Major Muslim's Calling Card: “SoA”, “Soldier of Allah”
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and Jihad Watch
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Shake-up at WashTimes; three executives out
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Economists Seek to Fix a Defect in Data That Overstates the Nation's Vigor