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2:30 PM ET, November 11, 2009

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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Democrat Ben Nelson Draws a Line in the Sand on Health Care  —  Nelson Won't Vote for Health Care Bill That Looks Like the House Version  —  In a warning sign for the White House, Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska tells ABC News that he'll vote to block any health care bill that looks like the bill passed by the House.
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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.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Senator Reid tees up 2010 jobs bill  —  Senate Democrats will take up a new job-creation bill in the wake of the 10.2 percent unemployment rate, Majority Leader Harry Reid told his colleagues Tuesday.  —  Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) told The Hill that Reid (D-Nev.) made the announcement …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A JOBS BILL ON THE AGENDA?.... Federal Reserve officials warned yesterday …
Discussion: Associated Press
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Republicans Edge Ahead of Democrats in 2010 Vote  —  Registered voters prefer Republicans for the House, 48% to 44%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans have moved ahead of Democrats by 48% to 44% among registered voters in the latest update on Gallup's generic congressional ballot for the 2010 House elections …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Big news: New poll shows GOP leading Dems in congressional preference ballot
New York Times:
3 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 …
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Is Obama taking too long on Afghanistan decision?  —  Washington (CNN) - Americans are split over whether President Barack Obama is taking too long to make a decision on whether to send more U.S. troops to the war in Afghanistan, according to a new national poll.
Mark Halperin / The Page:
What's In Sarah Palin's Book  —  Nervous and curious McCain-Palin staffers have been buzzing for weeks with speculation about what Sarah Palin has chosen to include in “Going Rogue.”  —  Books have begun being shipped out in advance of the November 17th release date.  Last week, some of Palin's associates received copies.
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 …
Eric Kleefeld / TPM LiveWire:
Even Fox News Fact-Checks Palin's Claims About Dollar Coin  —  Sarah Palin's public pronouncements have now reached an amazing point — where even Fox News is fact-checking her.  —  As Fox News anchor Bret Baier noted this evening, picking up on a Politico report, Palin said this past Friday …
Boston Globe:
Stimulus job boost in state exaggerated, review finds  —  Errors, incomplete data, estimated positions go into federal report  —  Revere spent $485,500 in stimulus funds to install solar panels on the roof of the Beachmont School and claimed to have created 64 jobs on the project.  (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Republicans concerned with ascent of young Florida candidate  —  A brash, young political newcomer is causing a fuss in GOP circles in the race against Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.).  —  And what else would you expect in a district that has produced the most colorful member of Congress?
Discussion: TPMDC
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
New Evidence of Pharma's Sweetheart Deal  —  Critics have complained that a drug industry got a sweetheart deal when it struck a bargain with the White House and Senate Finance Committee over health care reform.  —  There's new reason to think those critics were right.
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Jason English / mental_floss Blog:
The Late Movies: Dogs Welcoming Home Soldiers  —  I can't begin to imagine how hard it would be to leave my family for months at a time, especially if my destination were Iraq or Afghanistan.  And I don't know how I could deal with my wife being deployed overseas.
Edwin Mora / CNSNews:
Sen. Reed: Forcing People to Buy Health Insurance is Constitutionally Justified Because It's Like Making People ‘Sign Up for the Draft’  —  (CNSNews.com) - When asked where specifically the Constitution authorized Congress to mandate that individuals buy health insurance, Sen. Jack Reed …
Discussion: Moe Lane
Wall Street Journal:
AIG's Benmosche Threatens to Jump Ship  —  Chafing Under Government Oversight, Chief Executive Tells Board He's ‘Done’; ‘An Impossible Situation’  —  Robert Benmosche has told the board of American International Group Inc. that he is considering stepping down as chief executive …
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Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
AIG's Benmosche Can't Push Uncle Sam Around, So Threatens to Quit
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
60% Want Fort Hood Shooting Investigated as Terrorist Act  —  Sixty percent (60%) of likely voters nationwide say last week's shootings at Fort Hood should be investigated by military authorities as a terrorist act.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 27% …
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Security amped up at WashTimes  —  There's still a lot of confusion in the Washington Times newsroom, two days after the removal of three top business-side executives and high-ranking members of the Unification Church.  —  Executive Editor John Solomon hasn't been in the office for several days, and it's unclear whether he'll return.
Sarah Weinman / DailyFinance:
Sarah Palin's memoir: Why the math might not add up for HarperCollins  —  Love her or hate her, Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate, is always a hot topic of conversation in the media.  Her memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life …
Discussion: Time, Taegan Goddard's … and GOP 12
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Blackouts Plague Energy-Rich Venezuela  —  CARACAS, Venezuela — This country may be an energy colossus, with the largest conventional oil reserves outside the Middle East and one of the world's mightiest hydroelectric systems, but that has not prevented it from enduring serious electricity …
Kate Harding / Salon:
Face it: The Democratic Party is not for women  —  The Stupak-Pitts amendment is a devastating setback for women's rights.  Are we ready to fight yet?  —  Since the healthcare reform bill passed the House with the Stupak-Pitts amendment intact on Saturday night, feminists have been up in arms …
Ottawa Citizen:
You can't ignore the role of radical Islam  —  As dozens of talking heads descended on CNN and FOX TV to give their opinions on the Fort Hood massacre last week, no one seemed to notice the significance of the attire that suspect Maj. Nidal Hasan was wearing the morning of the killings.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Israel Matzav
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: Obama's Ft. Hood moment  —  1. Key among the factors that make President Obama more personally popular than his policies are his considerable rhetorical gifts, which were on display in the remarks he delivered Tuesday at Fort Hood, days after shooting on the base that left …
Ginger Gibson / delawareonline:
Clinton headlines, but buzz is all Beau  —  Del. Democrats cheer Biden at Jefferson Jackson fundraiser  —  WILMINGTON — Beau Biden's name was on everyone's lips, including former President Bill Clinton's at the Democratic Party's annual fundraiser dinner Tuesday night at the Center on the Riverfront.
Megan McArdle:
Pulling the Plug  —  Remember how we had to bail out Chrysler and give the company to Fiat because they were going to save American jobs and the environment with their awesome new electric cars?  The electric cars that were going to start hitting the streets in 2010?
Discussion: USA Today
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Capuano shifts on health overhaul  —  Says he won't vote for abortion curb  —  “I chose to keep the health care debate alive,” Michael Capuano said of his vote in favor of the bill.  —  US Representative Michael E. Capuano, in a significant departure from his forceful rhetoric a day earlier …
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.
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Veterans Day 2009: Thank you  —  Happy Veterans Day to all who have served our great nation.  Thank you for your courage and dedication.  Thank you for our freedom.  We can't say it enough.  —  Applebee's honors vets and active duty military with a free meal today.  Krispy Kreme is doing the same.
 
 
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