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1:35 AM ET, November 10, 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.
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.
Ezra Klein:
Rep. Jim Cooper: House health care bill was ‘one of the best votes I ever cast’  —  Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) knows as much about health-care policy as anyone in Congress.  He teaches the subject back home in Tennessee, promoted his own plan (to the anger of many Democrats) in 1994 …
Discussion: Firedoglake and TalkLeft
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Senior Democrat is ‘confident’ that Stupak amendment will be stripped
Robin Marty /
Will the Stupak Amendment Affect Insurance Coverage for Miscarriages?
Discussion: Wonk Room and Daily Kos
The Huffington Post:
Gibbs Won't Offer Position On Abortion Amendment
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The War Within: Democrats And The Stupak Language
Discussion: Think Progress and NOW! Blog
Dana Priest / Washington Post:
Fort Hood suspect warned of threats within the ranks  —  Cited stress facing Muslims Hasan spoke at Walter Reed in 2007  —  The Army psychiatrist believed to have killed 13 people at Fort Hood warned a roomful of senior Army physicians a year and a half ago that to avoid “adverse events,” …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Washington Post:
Fort Hood suspect alert, talking to medical personnel  —  Army Criminal Investigation Command, FBI waiting to question Nidal Hasan  —  FORT HOOD, Tex. — Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who allegedly gunned down dozens of people at Fort Hood last week before being wounded by police …
Officials: U.S. Army Told of Hasan's Contacts with al Qaeda
Megan McArdle:
The Lessons of Fort Hood
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.
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: MyDD and AMERICAblog News
Obama's Surprise Video Address to Berlin on Anniversary of Fall of Berlin Wall  —  collect this video  —  recent videos from  —  what people are saying  —  I was waiting for a stunning announcement that “Luke I am Your Father”.  His pointing out that he is the first African-American president …
New York Post:
Berlin Wall blunder  —  World leaders past and present will be in Berlin today for the 20th an niversary of the fall of communist repression's most visible symbol: the 112-mile concrete wall that split the city for more than a quarter-century.  —  Conspicuously absent: the president of the United States, Barack Obama.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Doug Ross
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
The Politico:
Senate faces abortion rights rift  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid found his health reform efforts seriously complicated Monday by the explosive issue of abortion, as key centrist senators said they wanted to see airtight language in the bill blocking federal funding for the procedure.
Discussion: The Note
The Note:
GOPer Collins Opposes House Dems
Discussion: The Hill and
Chris Frates / The Politico:   Reid will likely include anti-abortion provision
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Future of Palestinian Authority Is in Question  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank — The collapse of the Palestinian Authority, Israel's negotiating partner, was raised as a possibility on Monday, as several aides to its president, Mahmoud Abbas, said that he intended to resign and forecast that others would follow.
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.
Jay Yarow / Clusterstock:
Murdoch: Glenn Beck Was Right—Obama's A Racist  —  Rupert Murdoch defended Glenn Beck's accusation that the president was a racist in his long interview with Sky News Australia.  —  At the 18:04, the interviewer says “Glenn Beck who you mentioned has called Barack Obama a racist …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Unreal... Wash U Shuts Down Freedom Memorial on 20 Year Anniversary of End of Communism- It Was Too Offensive (Video)  —  The students of Young Americans for Liberty hosted a rally to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall at noon today on the lawn outside …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
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 …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Broken Rearview Mirror  —  Nancy Keenan needs to find another job.  Her appearance on Andrea Mitchell this morning was an embarrassment to the pro-choice community.  Jesus H Christ: … NARAL needs to hold Nancy Keenan accountable for being completely ineffectual over and over again …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
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Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Trial Begins for Baltimore Mayor
Discussion: Baltimore Sun and Redhot
Clive Crook / Financial Times:
Obama has lost sight of the centre
Discussion: marbury and The Strata-Sphere
Hannah Strange / Times of London:
Hugo Chavez tells Venezuela troops to ‘prepare for war’ with Colombia
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
BIGGUS BUCKUS … One of the most successful politicians …
Norm Eisen / White Blog Feed:
A Washington that is More Reflective of All of America
Discussion: The Caucus and Swampland
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Associated Press:
AP: Man admits killing abortion doctor
Discussion: Shakesville and Raw Story
American Prospect:
Constant Comment  —  How Kathleen Parker became America's most-read woman columnist.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
CO-Gov: Penry to exit race
Reihan Salam / Forbes:
China's Race Problem
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Major Muslim's Calling Card: “SoA”, “Soldier of Allah”
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and Jihad Watch