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11:35 AM ET, November 9, 2009


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Officials: U.S. Aware of Hasan Efforts to Contact 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 Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda …
Anwar alAwlaki / Anwar al Awlaki On-Line:
Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing  —  Nidal Hassan is a hero.  He is a man of conscience who could not bear living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that is fighting against his own people.  This is a contradiction that many Muslims brush aside and just pretend that it doesn't exist.
Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
Alleged Fort Hood Gunman a Hero, Says Islamic Cleric With Suspected 9/11 Links
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LIEBERMAN IGNORES CASEY'S ADVICE.... Gen. George Casey, the Army's Chief of Staff, appeared on CNN yesterday to talk about last week's shootings at Fort Hood.  Not surprisingly, Casey said he couldn't “speak to the particulars of the investigation or to any motivation” Maj. Nadal Malik Hasan may have had.
Discussion: The Hill, Wonkette and CNN
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Alleged Fort Hood Shooter Frequented Local Strip Club
Discussion: Don Surber and This ain't Hell …
Forbes:   ‘Going Muslim’  —  America after Fort Hood.  —  “Going postal” …
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Transcript: Sen. Lieberman on ‘FNS’
Discussion: Capitol Briefing and TPMCafe
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.”
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Life After the End of History  —  For most of the last century, the West faced real enemies: totalitarian, aggressive, armed to the teeth.  Between 1918 and 1989, it was possible to believe that liberal democracy was a parenthesis in history, destined to be undone by revolution …
Melanie Phillips... / Daily Mail:
We were fools to think the fall of the Berlin Wall had killed off the far Left.  They're back - and attacking us from within  —  Twenty years ago today, supporters of freedom and human rights cheered and wept for joy as the Berlin Wall was torn down by jubilant young Germans.
Wall Street Journal:
Why the Berlin Wall Fell
Discussion: Betsy's Page
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Another Independent could be the spoiler as Reid moves forward  —  With a pronounced independent streak to match his political alignment, Bernie Sanders of Vermont may be another headache for Democrats trying to cobble together 60 votes for healthcare reform in the coming weeks.
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Some Democrats to fight abortion amendment in health bill
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Hatch vows House health bill will never pass the Senate
Discussion: SENATUS
Club for Growth:
Club PAC Endorses Rubio in FL-Sen  —  Club for Growth PAC Endorses Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate  —  Former Florida House Speaker ‘the Real Deal,’ Crist the ‘Wrong Direction’  —  WASHINGTON - Club for Growth PAC today endorsed Marco Rubio in the 2010 U.S. Senate race in Florida.
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:   Crist Staffing Up  —  Andrea Saul, until last week press secretary …
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 …
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Economists Seek to Fix a Defect in Data That Overstates the Nation's Vigor  —  WASHINGTON — A widening gap between data and reality is distorting the government's picture of the country's economic health, overstating growth and productivity in ways that could affect the political debate on issues like trade, wages and job creation.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
U.S. Waiting for Race Relations to Improve Under Obama  —  Hope for long-term improvement still abounds  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A year out from the 2008 presidential election, the high hopes Americans had for race relations right after Barack Obama's victory at the polls have yet to be fully realized.
Mark Murray /
FIRST THOUGHTS: SENATE GETS THE BATON  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Ali Weinberg  —  *** Senate gets the baton: After Saturday night's historic, contentious, and very narrow health-care vote in the House of Representatives, the action now moves to the Senate, where things won't get any easier.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Huckabee says he's ‘very serious’  —  The day the Gallup Organization confirmed Mike Huckabee's status as the pollsters' front-runner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, the former Arkansas governor was slouched in the back of his tour bus, somewhere between Harrisburg and Allentown …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Murdoch may block Google searches  —  Murdoch's plan for paywalls ‘raises questions of anti-trust law’  —  Rupert Murdoch says he will remove stories from Google's search index as a way to encourage people to pay for content online.  —  In an interview with Sky News Australia …
Discussion:, Raw Story and Truthdig
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Michelle Obama Helps Sesame Street Mark the Big 4-0
Discussion: The Swamp and D.C. Now
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Shake-up at WashTimes; three executives out
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
California's best years have passed, voters say
Quin Hillyer / AmSpecBlog:
Defending Cao  —  Conservatives need to take a deep breath …
Discussion: and Daily Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Angela Montefinise / New York Post:
Corzine recovering from loss in St. Barts
Discussion: Politics Daily
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Gorbachev gives Obama advice on Afghanistan
Discussion: Shot in the Dark