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12:45 AM ET, November 11, 2009


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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Best Speech Obama's Given Since...Maybe Ever  —  Today, at Ft. Hood.  I guarantee: they'll be teaching this one in rhetoric classes.  It was that good.  My gloss won't do it justice.  Yes, I'm having a Chris Matthews-chill-running-up-my- leg moment, but sometimes, the man …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Obama's Best Speech Ever  —  President Obama's speech at Fort Hood may go down as one of his best ever.  —  The president was able to balance his duties as Commander in Chief while consoling a nation in the aftermath of a terrible tragedy.  That he was able to do this while taking away …
Washington Post:
Hasan on Islam  —  Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, the Army psychiatrist believed to have killed 13 people at Fort Hood, was supposed to discuss a medical topic during gave a presentation to senior Army doctors in June 2007.  Instead, he lectured on Islam, suicide bombers and threats the military …
Wall Street Journal:
Army Wasn't Told of Hasan's Emails
Discussion: Emptywheel and Newsweek Blogs
Ann Gerhart / Washington Post:
Obama visits Fort Hood to speak at memorial for shooting victims
Executed: D.C. Sniper John Allen Muhammad Put to Death  —  The D.C. Sniper Who Terrorized Americans in 2002 Was Executed Tonight in Virginia  —  Just after 9 p.m. this evening — seven years and 12 days after he was captured and later charged with orchestrating a cold-blooded shooting spree …
Fox News:
D.C. Sniper John Allen Muhammad Is Executed in Virginia  —  JARRATT, Virginia — John Allen Muhammad, the mastermind of the sniper attacks that terrorized the U.S. capital region for three weeks in October 2002, was executed Tuesday.  —  Muhammad died by injection at 9:11 p.m …
Discussion: Saberpoint and The Jawa Report
Washington Post:
Muhammad executed for sniper killing  —  10 died in Oct. 2002 rampage; what motivated two shooters remains unclear  —  JARRATT, Va. — John Allen Muhammad, the sniper who kept the Washington region paralyzed by fear for three weeks as he and a young accomplice gunned down people at random …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
‘Beltway sniper’ dead: Executed tonight
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Jonathan Ernst / Reuters:   Mastermind of Washington area sniper attacks executed
The Huffington Post:
Boxer: Senate Has Votes To Block Stupak Amendment  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  With Reporting By Ryan Grim  —  One of Congress's foremost champions of abortion rights said on Monday that the Senate did not have the votes to add a more restrictive anti-abortion amendment to health care reform legislation.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Clyburn: Abortion Provision Only Got Us Ten Votes
Discussion: The Politico
Senior Official: More Hasan Ties to People Under Investigation by FBI  —  Alleged Shooter Had “Unexplained Connections” to Others Besides Jihadist Cleric Awlaki  —  A senior government official tells ABC News that investigators have found that alleged Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan had …
Discussion: Flopping Aces and American Power
Jeremy Scahill / The Nation:
Blackwater Caught Bribing
The Politico:
Clinton to Senate Dems: ‘We are winning’  —  Bill Clinton walks through Capitol Hill as reporters ask questions.  —  John Shinkle  —  With the issue he has positioned to be his crowning achievement as president at a crossroads, Barack Obama once again called on his former rival to help him follow through.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Dunn leaving White House, Pfeiffer takes over  —  White House communications director Anita Dunn will step down from her post at the end of the month and Dan Pfeiffer, her deputy, will take over, according to sources familiar with the move.  —  Dunn, a longtime Democratic media consultant …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama's modest proposal: A Lieberman swap  —  A source at the White House for the president's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reports that Obama ended the event with a modest proposal for the domestic politics of both men.  —  At the meeting's conclusion …
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and Weekly Standard
The Huffington Post:
NEW YORK POST LAWSUIT: Shocking Allegations Made By Fired Employee  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The New York Post editor fired after speaking out against a cartoon depicting the author of the president's stimulus package as a dead chimpanzee has sued the paper.
Washington Post:
China's zero-sum game  —  The Obama administration's worldview is still emerging, but its policies toward Russia and China are already revealing.  Its Russia policy consists of trying to accommodate Moscow's sense of global entitlement.  So far that has meant ignoring the continued presence …
Reuters:   Text of Obama's interview with Reuters
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Breaking: Rajiv Shah for USAID administrator  —  An administration official has confirmed that Rajiv Shah will be nominated to be the next administrator of USAID.  —  POLITICO reported yesterday that the 36-year-old USDA chief scientist and undersecretary for research, education and economics …
Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
Exclusive: Audio From ACORN Claims Jerry Brown Will Whitewash Investigation  —  On October 15th, local ACORN spokesman David Lagstein was the special guest of the East County Democrat Club in El Cajon, CA.  Lagstein is ACORN's chief organizer in the San Diego area.
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
An Object Lesson on Not Being Jerks  —  The closing bits of this WaPo piece on the NY-23 affair really sums it all up: … The funny thing about all of this is that no matter how bad all their ideas are, no matter how disastrous their governance has been, no matter how many horrible things …
Jamal Thalji / St. Petersburg Times:
Tampa police: Marine reservist attacked Greek priest he mistook for terrorist  —  TAMPA — A Marine reservist armed with a tire iron beat and chased a man he thought was an Arab terrorist and even called 911 to say he was detaining the man, police said.  —  But the man he assaulted was actually …
Jordan Robertson / The Huffington Post:
Internet Virus Frames Users For Child Porn  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Of all the sinister things that Internet viruses do, this might be the worst: They can make you an unsuspecting collector of child pornography.  —  Heinous pictures and videos can be deposited on computers by viruses …
The Hill:
Sens. squeeze Speaker over commission  —  Senators from both parties on Tuesday put new pressure on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to turn the power to trim entitlement benefits over to an independent commission.  —  Seven members of the Senate Budget Committee threatened during a Tuesday hearing …
Discussion: Open Left
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Tough future for Snowe as a Republican  —  It looks like Olympia Snowe could have a pretty hard time getting nominated for another term in the Senate as a Republican.  —  There are now more folks in her party who disapprove than approve of Snowe's job performance.
Wall Street Journal:
Confessions of an ObamaCare Backer  —  A liberal explains the political calculus.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The typical argument for ObamaCare is that it will offer better medical care for everyone and cost less to do it, but occasionally a supporter lets the mask slip and reveals the real political motivation.
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Andrew Marcus / Big Government:
Chicago Mayor Daley Blames Fort Hood On America's Love Of Guns!
Discussion: NewsReal Blog
Dana Bash / CNN:
‘Regular guy’ Thune is hot commodity in GOP circles
Patrick Poole / Pajamas Media:
Why There Will Be More Military Base Shootings
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
CT-Gov: Wolfson advising Lamont
Chicago Breaking News:
Prosecutors say Northwestern investigator paid witness
Discussion: Law Librarian Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Weber / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Warner: Obama misplayed health care debate
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch: Gingrich is no longer conservative about showing his religion
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Democrats Raise Alarms Over Health Bill Costs