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12:05 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:
Sen. 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:
LIEBERMAN WON'T ‘WIGGLE’ ON PUBLIC-PRIVATE COMPETITION. …
Discussion: TPMDC and Ezra Klein
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A JOBS BILL ON THE AGENDA?.... Federal Reserve officials warned yesterday …
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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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.
ABCNEWS:
Senior Official: More Hasan Ties to People Under Investigation by FBI
NPR:   Answers Sought On Fort Hood Suspect's Link To Imam
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Best Speech Obama's Given Since...Maybe Ever
The White House:
Remarks by the President at Memorial Service at Fort Hood Fort Hood …
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 …
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.
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 …
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)
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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?
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% …
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: The Jawa Report and Moonbattery
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: Taegan Goddard's … and GOP 12
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 …
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.
Katherine Gregg / Projo 7 to 7 News Blog:
R.I. governor vetoes ‘domestic partners’ burial bill  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. — An opponent of same-sex marriage, Governor Carcieri has vetoed bill that would have added “domestic partners” to the list of people authorized by law to make funeral arrangements for each other.
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
In Afghanistan, Taliban leaving al-Qaeda behind  —  Shifting power dynamic could influence where U.S. focuses firepower  —  KABUL — As violence rises in Afghanistan, the power balance between insurgent groups has shifted, with a weakened al-Qaeda relying increasingly on the emboldened Taliban …
Bloomberg:
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
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 …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Ruth Marcus on debunking health reform myths  —  I'm hoping, for your sake, that you didn't spend your Saturday night as I did: watching the House debate health-care reform on C-SPAN.  —  Pathetic, I know.  The outcome wasn't in doubt, and the arguments were as familiar as an old pair of slippers.
 
 
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Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
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Jason English / mental_floss Blog:
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Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Capuano shifts on health overhaul
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Veterans' Day / Armistice Day  —  CAP has the day off for Veterans …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
From Justice Kennedy, a Lesson in Journalism
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