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8:15 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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Army Wasn't Told of Hasan's Emails  —  Pentagon Says It Only Learned of Shooting Suspect's Contacts With Cleric After the Fort Hood Killings  —  President Barack Obama walks past the helmets and rifles of slain soldiers on his way to address a memorial service Tuesday at Fort Hood, Texas.
Discussion: Emptywheel and Newsweek Blogs
The White House:
Remarks by the President at Memorial Service at Fort Hood Fort Hood - III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas  —  THE PRESIDENT: To the Fort Hood community; to Admiral Mullen; General Casey; General Cone; Secretary McHugh; Secretary Gates; most importantly, to family, friends and members of our Armed Forces.
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 …
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
Maria Glod / Washington Post:
Sniper's defense team see glimpses of humanity in man
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 …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Pat Robertson on Ft. Hood: Islam is ‘not a religion’ …
New York Times:
Blackwater Said to Approve Iraqi Payoffs After Shootings  —  WASHINGTON — Top executives at Blackwater Worldwide authorized secret payments of about $1 million to Iraqi officials that were intended to silence their criticism and buy their support after a September 2007 episode …
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Receives New Afghan Option  —  ‘Hybrid’ Compromise Would Combine Troops, Trainers to Hold Back Taliban and Boost Local Military  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday will consider a new compromise plan for adding troops to Afghanistan that would deploy 30,000 to 35,000 new forces …
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.
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Brown spokesman recorded 6 interviews
Discussion: The Huffington Post
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Reid puts House healthcare bill on Senate calendar  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) late Tuesday laid the groundwork for the Senate's healthcare reform debate to start next Tuesday.  —  Reid filed a motion to introduce the bill on Monday, Nov. 16.
New York Times:
Top Obama Advisers Favor Adding Troops in Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are coalescing around a proposal to send 30,000 or more additional American troops …
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Pelosi's victory for women  —  Sure, her healthcare bill is a mess, but her gritty maneuvering shows her mettle.  Plus: Gainsbourg and Gaga  —  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi scored a giant gain for feminism last weekend.  In shoving her controversy-plagued healthcare reform bill …
Discussion: Commentary
Bear Juror Says U.S. Case So Weak She'd Invest With Defendants  —  Nov. 11 (Bloomberg) — Prosecutors missed the mark so widely in the fraud trial of Bear Stearns Cos. hedge fund managers Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin that a juror said after their acquittal she would invest with them if she had the money.
The White House:
President Obama Announces USAID Administrator  —  WASHINGTON - Today, President Barack Obama nominated Dr. Rajiv Shah as Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  —  President Obama said, “The mission of USAID is to advance America's interests by strengthening our relationships abroad.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
David Ignatius on saluting the military  —  In the aftermath of the Fort Hood shootings, some commentaries have examined the damage to the U.S. Army from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  A few have spoken about the alleged shooter, Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, as an extreme version of what can happen with an overstressed force.
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
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
‘No easy way out’ for Dems on abortion  —  The sudden spasm of intense debate over abortion on Capitol Hill this week threatens not only to stall the passage of health care legislation, but also to shatter the delicate cease-fire that has governed the abortion issue during the Obama era.
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.
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Boston Globe:
On abortion, Coakley's stance is principled but self-defeating
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Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Dems Rejected 11 Amendments Requiring Congress to Enroll in Gov't-Run Health Plan
Discussion: YID With LID
Dana Bash / CNN:
‘Regular guy’ Thune is hot commodity in GOP circles
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