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11:00 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 …
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.
Forbes:   ‘Going Muslim’  —  America after Fort Hood.  —  “Going postal” …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: The Hill, Wonkette and The Daily Dish
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
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Hatch vows House health bill will never pass the Senate
Discussion: SENATUS
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Another Independent could be the spoiler as Reid moves forward
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 …
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.
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
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: BLACKFIVE, QandO, Power Line and TigerHawk
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.
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.
New York Times:
For Opponents of Abortion, a Victory in Health Care Vote  —  WASHINGTON — A restriction on abortion coverage, added late Saturday to the health care bill passed by the House, has energized abortion opponents with their biggest victory in years — emboldening them for a pitched battle in the Senate.
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.
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
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Seymour M. Hersh / New Yorker:
DEFENDING THE ARSENAL  —  In an unstable Pakistan, can nuclear warheads be kept safe?
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