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1:05 PM ET, November 12, 2009


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Dave Michaels / Dallas Morning News:
Fort Hood shootings suspect may have wired money to Pakistan  —  —  WASHINGTON - Authorities have been examining whether Fort Hood massacre suspect Nidal Malik Hasan wired money to Pakistan in recent months, an action that one senior lawmaker said would raise serious questions …
Washington Post:
Army sought ways to channel Hasan's absorption with Islam  —  Walter Reed psychiatrists ordered him to attend university lectures on religion  —  Army psychiatrists at Walter Reed Army Medical Center who supervised Maj. Nidal M. Hasan's work as a psychiatric fellow tried to turn …
Caroline Glick:
Missing George W. Bush  —  A couple of days ago I heard the news that George and Laura Bush paid a private visit to the wounded soldiers at Fort Hood.  They specifically requested that the base commander not inform the media of their visit.  They came.  They comforted the wounded soldiers …
Thank you former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush  —  We know absolutely no one in Bush family circles and have never met former President George W. Bush or his wife Laura.  —  If you have been reading us for any length of time, you know that we used to make fun of …
Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Fort Hood suspect contacted Muslim extremists
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette and Daily Pundit
Wall Street Journal:
Why Fort Hood Really Happened
Discussion: Commentary
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
‘A Referendum on This White House’
Discussion: Commentary and Pundit & Pundette
Associated Press:
Official: Obama rejects war options  —  President seeks clarity on turnover to Afghan government, official says  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama does not plan to accept any of the Afghanistan war options presented by his national security team, pushing instead for revisions to clarify …
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Inside This Morning's White House Afghanistan Meeting: Anger With Eikenberry, ‘Beef’ With McChrystal  —  It was a tense meeting this morning at the White House, as Ambassador Karl Eikenberry addressed the National Security Council by teleconference from Kabul just hours after the media got hold …
Siun / Firedoglake:
McChrystal Reported “Fuming” over Eikenberry's Afghanistan Warnings  —  In the ongoing leak war surrounding Obama's decision on a new or new-new Afghanistan strategy, the McChrystal team apparently has competition.  Last night, we learned of the leak of a cable from US Ambassador …
Discussion: Laura Rozen's Blog, BBC and Eschaton
Washington Post:
U.S. envoy resists troop increase, cites Karzai as problem  —  Cables sent as Obama weighs deployment options  —  The U.S. ambassador in Kabul sent two classified cables to Washington in the past week expressing deep concerns about sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan until President …
New York Times:
U.S. Afghan Envoy Urges Caution on Troop Increase
Media Decoder:
Lou Dobbs to Quit CNN  —  Lou Dobbs, the longtime CNN anchor whose anti-immigration views have made him a TV lightning rod, said Wednesday that he is leaving the cable news channel effective immediately.  —  Sitting before an image of an American flag on his studio set, he said …
New York Times:
Lou Dobbs Abruptly Quits CNN  —  Months ago the president of CNN/U.S., Jonathan Klein, offered a choice to Lou Dobbs, the channel's most outspoken anchor.  Mr. Dobbs could vent his opinions on radio and anchor an objective newscast on television, or he could leave CNN.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:   John King to take over Dobbs's slot at CNN
Martha / Media Matters for America:
Statement on Dobbs' Resignation from CNN
Discussion: TBogg
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Anchor Lou Dobbs resigns from CNN
Mark Weiner / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Recanvassing shows NY-23 race tightens even as Rep. Bill Owens is sworn into House seat … Washington — Conservative Doug Hoffman conceded the race in the 23rd Congressional District last week after receiving two pieces of grim news for his campaign: He was down 5,335 votes with 93 percent …
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Reid might hike Medicare tax to pay for healthcare reform  —  Senate Democrats are now mulling a conditional increase in the payroll tax as a way to pay for their forthcoming healthcare reform bill.  —  That proposed hike — which would be added to the Medicare taxes employers and employees already pay …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Source: Reid considering hiking Medicare payroll tax
Discussion: TalkLeft
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The sleazy advocacy of a leading “liberal hawk”  —  Peter Galbraith's vast, undisclosed financial interests in the policies he spent years advocating as an “expert.”  —  The New York Times today details the unbelievably sleazy story of Peter Galbraith, one of the Democratic Party's leading so-called …
Danny Shea / The Huffington Post:
Obama To Give Interview To Fox News  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  President Obama will give an interview to Fox News' Major Garrett, Drudge reports.  —  The interview will take place in China next week and comes just one day after it was reported that Obama Communications Director Anita Dunn …
Washington Post:
Catholic Church gives D.C. ultimatum  —  Same-sex marriage bill, as written, called a threat to social service contracts  —  The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if the city doesn't change …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Aims to Cut Deficit With TARP  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, under pressure to show it is serious about tackling the budget deficit, is seizing on an unusual target to showcase fiscal responsibility: the $700 billion financial rescue.  —  The administration wants to keep …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Perry: Obama ‘hell-bent’ on socialism  —  Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry accused President Barack Obama on Wednesday of “punishing” Texas and being “hell-bent” on turning the United States into a socialist country.  —  Speaking at a luncheon for a Midland County Republican Women's group …
Paul Krugman:
The agony of Fox Business  —  James Wolcott is made of sterner stuff than I am: he actually has the fortitude to watch Fox Business, where the talking heads manage to find nothing but clouds in the silver lining of a huge stock rally.  To make their point they bring on such market experts as ... John Bolton.
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
E.J. Dionne Jr. on health reform's abortion stumbling block  —  For some years, Democrats have denounced parodies that cast their party as utterly closed to the views of those who oppose abortion.  Last weekend, Democrats proved conclusively that they are, indeed, a big tent — and many in the ranks are furious.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Same old, same old on NC-Senate
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James Gordon Meek / NY Daily News:
My solemn meeting on Veterans Day with President Obama at my …
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New York Times:
Trading Women's Rights for Political Power
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
ACORN sues over funding cut
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Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
In-your-face base aims at Dem, GOP cash
Rosalind Rossi / Chicago Sun Times:
College preps to admit by income
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Matthew Kaminski / Wall Street Journal:
California Labor Wars
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Southern Belle Politics:
Statement on Tea Party Patriots
Parents to admit ‘balloon boy’ hoax
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Obama stares down Patriot Act criticism
Discussion: Prairie Weather
James Pethokoukis:
12 reasons unemployment is going to (at least) 12 percent
Discussion: TalkLeft, QandO and Fausta's Blog
Digby / Hullabaloo:
An Immoderate Proposal  —  I have a moral objection to paying …