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8:10 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 …
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 …
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:
Nancy Pelosi's risky cap and trade strategy  —  During an interview in late July, Speaker Nancy Pelosi explained her legislative philosophy to me.  “You get the votes,” she said, balling one hand into a fist, “and you take the vote,” and she punched her other hand.  “Because you never know what can happen.”
The Hill:
Nelson ‘highly unlikely’ to support Senate bill without abortion restrictions
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Gibbs: Obama not taking sides in Stupak amendment debate
Discussion: The Swamp, Betsy's Page and D.C. Now
The Note:
GOPer Collins Opposes House Dems
Discussion: The Hill and
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.”
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.
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: TPMDC and Swing State Project
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Connecticut Gov. Rell won't seek reelection
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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?
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Talking Points  —  It was too much to hope, I suppose, that Army Chief of Staff George Casey, appearing on the Sunday talk shows, would signal a re-thinking of the regime of political correctness that seems to have penetrated the Army.  It was disappointing that he reinforced that regime …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
FL-Sen.: Club for Rubio, trouble for Crist  —  Former Florida state House Speaker Marco Rubio is being endorsed by the Club for Growth.  Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images  —  The Club for Growth made it official this morning, throwing its weighty endorsement behind former Florida state House …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Westboro Baptist Church Organizes Homophobic Anti-Obama Protest Outside Sasha And Malia's School  —  Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church is a hate group that goes around the country staging anti-gay rallies at some of the most inappropriate places (e.g. the funerals of former White House …
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Clive Crook / Financial Times:
Obama has lost sight of the centre
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
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
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Reid will likely include anti-abortion provision
Associated Press:
AP: Man admits killing abortion doctor
Discussion: Shakesville
Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
Exclusive: Police Report on Gladney Beating by SEIU Thugs
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Announcing “The View From Your Window”
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
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Another Independent could be a spoiler as Reid moves forward on healthcare
Discussion: Politics Daily