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10:05 PM ET, November 12, 2009


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The Politico:
RNC insurance plan covers abortion  —  The Republican National Committee's health insurance plan covers elective abortion - a procedure the party's own platform calls “a fundamental assault on innocent human life.”  —  Federal Election Commission Records show the RNC purchases its insurance from Cigna.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
STUPAK STARTS MAKING THREATS.... Remember when it seemed as if the fight over public-private competition in health care threatened to derail the entire effort?  That was so two weeks ago.  Now, it's abortion.  —  Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) was able to get his odious amendment through the House …
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   Stupak On The Stupak Amendment  —  Rep. Bart Stupak's (D-MI) …
Major Hasan: Soldier of Allah; Many Ties to Jihad Web Sites  —  Officials Say Accused Fort Hood Shooter Used Multiple Hotmail, AOL Accounts for Overseas Contacts  —  United States Army Major Nidal Hasan proclaimed himself a “soldier of Allah” on private business cards he obtained over the Internet …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and
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 …
Major Shawn Keller / Real Clear Politics:
An Officer's Outrage Over Fort Hood
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
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 …
Karl Frisch / Media Matters for America:
UPDATED: So, what really happened to Lou Dobbs?  —  So, what really happened to Lou Dobbs?  According to The New York Times: “Months ago the president of CNN/U.S., Jonathan Klein, offered a choice to Lou Dobbs ...  [he] could vent his opinions on radio and anchor an objective newscast on television, or he could leave CNN.”
Discussion: TBogg
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
CNN's Klein Explains the Departure of Lou Dobbs
Discussion: DailyFinance
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Palin says she knew her 2008 Couric interview had gone badly  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) says she knew her campaign-defining interview with CBS's Katie Couric last fall went poorly.  —  In an excerpt of her highly-anticipated sit-down with Oprah Winfrey (to be broadcast Monday) …
Elisabeth Bumiller / The Caucus:
Gates Angry About Defense-Related Leaks  —  OSHKOSH, Wis. — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is normally a mild-mannered man, at least in public, but he unleashed a torrent on his plane on Thursday morning about leaks during the investigation of the Foot Hood shootings and President Obama's deliberations …
Discussion: Political Punch and The Page
The Politico:
Administration plans to punish leakers
Discussion: RedState
Donna Miles / DefenseLINK:
Gates Lashes Out at Leakers
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
We Have A President  —  The news that Obama has refused to sign off on any of the four major options presented to him in Afghanistan reminds me of why he was elected president.  This critical decision - arguably the most critical of his young presidency - is one that will not be rushed the way such decisions often are.
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 …
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 …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Grassley unsure about healthcare's constitutionality
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Pelosi: Jail time “very fair” for failing to buy your patriotic ObamaCare coverage  —  It's very fair to send people who disregard the federal mandate to buy health insurance to prison, Nancy Pelosi says, because otherwise they'll assault citizens ... with a bill for medical services ... or something.
Discussion: The Anchoress
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
The Eikenberry memo and the leak war: more pushback against a nudgey Pentagon?  —  In September, an assessment by Obama's Afghanistan commander Gen. Stanley McChyrstal justifying the urgency of his troop surge request was leaked to the Washington Post's Bob Woodward, temporarily putting heat …
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Levi Johnston at Fleshbot awards: Sarah Palin ‘smart’ for not trashing me on Oprah  —  “She knows what I got on her.  It's a smart move on her part,” Johnson said of Palin's interview with Oprah.  —  Levi Johnston, the hunky baby daddy of Sarah Palin's grandson, called …
Tom A. Peter / Christian Science Monitor:
Irish priest kidnapped in Philippines released by MILF  —  Filipino militants released an elderly Irish priest late on Wednesday night after holding him in captivity for 32 days.  Father Michael Sinnott had worked in the Philippines for nearly 33 years when six armed gunmen kidnapped …
Discussion: The Reaction, POWIP and Wonkette
James Gordon Meek / NY Daily News:
My solemn meeting on Veterans Day with President Obama at my friend's resting place in Arlington  —  ARLINGTON, Va. - He didn't introduce himself.  He didn't have to.  —  President Obama simply stuck out his hand and asked for my name as he stepped toward me amid a bone-chilling drizzle in the Gardens of Stone.
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Get Us to 500 Donors, Or That's the Last You'll See of Lobster Girl  —  Take a good long look at this blog post.  Do you notice a woman kissing a lobster?  For longtime readers of the site, Lobster Girl is a familiar, even comforting presence.  Now move your eyes to the upper right-hand corner of the main blog page.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Dems jam GOP with Franken vote  —  When Al Franken ran for the Senate last year, the former “Saturday Night Live” star had to reassure skeptics that the fierce partisan attacks he lobbed at Republicans as an author and radio host wouldn't define his style as a legislator.
Discussion: Minnesota Independent
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ABC News:
Digger dog found after Afghan adventure
Discussion: Wizbang
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. October Deficit Is $176.36 Billion
Discussion: The Page
David Ingram / The BLT:
Nominations Talk Opens Federalist Convention
Associated Press:
U.S. acts to seize skyscraper, 4 mosques
Katha Pollitt / The Nation:
Whose Team Is It, Anyway?
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