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2:30 PM ET, November 9, 2009

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ABCNEWS:
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 …
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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.
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Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Coakley: No on health care bill
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Ezra Klein:
Nancy Pelosi's risky cap and trade strategy
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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 FoxNews.com exclusively.
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Forbes:
‘Going Muslim’  —  America after Fort Hood.  —  “Going postal” …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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 …
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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 …
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Club for Growth:
Club PAC Endorses Rubio in FL-Sen
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Club Endorses Rubio
Discussion: Eunomia and TBogg
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 …
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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.
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 …
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 …
Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
Poll: Voters skeptical of state reform proposals  —  Of those surveyed, 54% want to keep the two-thirds majority required to pass a budget, 65% reject a new sales tax for service providers and 62% oppose changing Prop. 13's property-tax restrictions.  —  Reporting from Sacramento …
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
Fiorina, DeVore locked up for GOP's Senate nod
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
A new mayor in Charlotte  —  The Charlotte Observer's Mary Newsom writes:  —  Amid the bloviation-fest following Tuesday's election, Charlotte's mayoral election seems to have kept on flying under the national political radar.  Odd.  —  Think about it: A young African-American Democrat …
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Mary Newsom / The Charlotte Observer:
The big national story that wasn't
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Murdoch threatens to block Google  —  Charles Arthur: Murdoch's threat unlikely to worry Google  —  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 …
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
The legislative landscape for health care after House passage  —  The House passed their version of health care reform Saturday night on a 220-215 vote.  Today I'm going to update my projections and analysis, and focus on upcoming “pivot points” in the health care debate.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Weekly Standard
 
 
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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Major Muslim's Calling Card: “SoA”, “Soldier of Allah”
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Michelle Malkin
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
A Tea Party party registers in Florida
Charles Franklin / Pollster.com:
Shifts in Vote and Turnout in New Jersey and Virginia
Discussion: Open Left
Patrice Hill / Washington Times:
Federal Reserve opposed as big bank savior by odd allies
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
Ten Percent Unemployment Surprised a Lot of People — By: Jim Geraghty
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Shake-up at WashTimes; three executives out
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Another Independent could be the spoiler as Reid moves forward