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9:55 AM ET, November 9, 2009


 Top Items: 
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 …
Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
Alleged Fort Hood Gunman a Hero, Says Islamic Cleric With Suspected 9/11 Links
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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.”
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.
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
Lieberman Suggests Army Shooter Was ‘Home-Grown Terrorist’  —  A senior U.S. senator on Sunday said the shootings at Fort Hood could have been a terrorist attack, and that he would launch a congressional investigation into whether the U.S. military could have prevented it.
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Why the Berlin Wall Fell  —  From Truman to Reagan, the benefits of moral clarity.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  In the debate over who deserves credit for causing the Berlin Wall to collapse on the night of November 9, 1989, many names come to mind, both great and small.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Some Democrats to fight abortion amendment in health bill  —  Some Democrats vow to block final passage if amendment stays  —  President Obama and Senate Democrats sought on Sunday to generate momentum from the House's passage of health-care legislation, even as a new hurdle emerged …
Chavez steps up Colombia war talk  —  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has urged his armed forces to be prepared for possible war with Colombia amid growing diplomatic and border tensions.  —  He said the best way to avoid war was to prepare for it.  In response, Colombia said it would seek UN help.
Discussion: PoliBlog and Daily Pundit
Daniel Cancel / Bloomberg:
Chavez Says Venezuela to Prepare for War as Deterrent
Discussion: QandO and Raw Story
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: QandO, Power Line and TigerHawk
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Murdoch could 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: and Truthdig
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 …
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Fred Hiatt on stepping closer to universal health care — and bankruptcy  —  The House passage of health-care reform Saturday night should be a moment of celebration.  In a country as wealthy as America, no one should have to go without medical care.  As in other developed nations …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Iran Said to Ignore Effort to Salvage Nuclear Deal  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, attempting to salvage a faltering nuclear deal with Iran, has told Iran's leaders in back-channel messages that it is willing to allow the country to send its stockpile of enriched uranium to any of several nations …
Discussion: Hot Air, Commentary and The Lede
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.
Discussion: The Big Picture and Clusterstock
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Corzine recovering from loss in St. Barts
Discussion: Politics Daily
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I'm doing 'God's work'. Meet Mr Goldman Sachs
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Gorbachev gives Obama advice on Afghanistan
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
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Directorblue / Doug Ross:
The Health Care Bill in Ninety Seconds
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Gateway Pundit
Seymour M. Hersh / New Yorker:
DEFENDING THE ARSENAL  —  In an unstable Pakistan, can nuclear warheads be kept safe?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and ATTACKERMAN
John / Power Line:
Calling All Bloggers
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
2010: White sits tight
Calculated Risk:
Putting the MERS Controversies in Perspective
Discussion: Hit & Run
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
The (not-too) private life of Corporal Hodge
Discussion: Daily Mail