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10:30 AM 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.
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LIEBERMAN WON'T ‘WIGGLE’ ON PUBLIC-PRIVATE COMPETITION.... A couple of weeks ago, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) made it sound as if any kind of competition for private health insurers was completely unacceptable — even if competition is “triggered” years from now, based on key benchmarks.
Discussion: TPMDC and Ezra Klein
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 …
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.
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
60% Want Fort Hood Shooting Investigated as Terrorist Act
The White House:
Remarks by the President at Memorial Service at Fort Hood Fort Hood …
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 …
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 …
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 and Pundit & Pundette
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 …
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 …
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)
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 …
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.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Moonbattery
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.
Megan Gillis / Ottawa Sun:
Taxi boss jailed for threats against daughter  —  The city's taxi union boss was handed a year in jail Tuesday for what a judge deemed an “honour crime.”  —  Yusef Salam Al Mezel, 44, had pleaded guilty to criminally harassing his 23-year-old daughter, Eman, over three weeks in July 2007.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
Thomas Maier / Newsday:
Mangano takes slim lead over Suozzi in Nassau exec race  —  Both sides cautioned it was too early to call the race, where some 250,000 ballots were cast.  —  Photo credit: Howard Schnapp |  Edward Mangano, who is challenging incumbent Thomas Suozzi for Nassau County executive …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
From Justice Kennedy, a Lesson in Journalism  —  WASHINGTON — The school newspaper at Dalton, a private school in Manhattan, contained a cryptic note from its editors last Friday.  —  “We are not able to cover the recent visit by a Supreme Court justice due to numerous publication constraints,” the note said.
Discussion: The Page
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Under Attack, Fed Chief Studies Politics  —  WASHINGTON — With the Federal Reserve under more intense attack than at any time in decades, Ben S. Bernanke, the professorial chairman of the central bank, was schooled last month in how to handle the increased political demands of his job.
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John Kay / Financial Times:
Powerful interests are trying to control the market
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U.S. Tries to Salvage Honduras Accord
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Sens. squeeze Speaker over commission
Discussion: and Open Left
Dana Bash / CNN:
‘Regular guy’ Thune is hot commodity in GOP circles