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6:40 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 …
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
At Fort Hood, Witness Credits Second Officer  —  KILLEEN, Tex. — Sgt. Kimberly D. Munley has been applauded as a hero across the nation for shooting down Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan during the bloody rampage at Fort Hood last week.  The account of heroism, given by the authorities …
Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Fort Hood suspect contacted Muslim extremists
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
The Eikenberry memo and the leak war: more pushback against a nudgey Pentagon?
New York Times:
U.S. Afghan Envoy Urges Caution on Troop Increase
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.
Discussion: Think Progress
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
Donna Miles / DefenseLINK:
Gates Lashes Out at Leakers
The Politico:
Administration plans to punish leakers
Discussion: Erick's blog
Richard T. Pienciak / Associated Press:
Palin's book confirms tension with McCain aides  —  NEW YORK — The rumors are true, according to Sarah Palin: The McCain-Palin campaign was not a happy family.  In Palin's “Going Rogue,” Palin confirms reports of tension between her aides and those of the 2008 Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain.
Discussion: Washington Wire and
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) …
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.
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 …
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 and
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Sen. Akaka Says 'I'm Not Aware' of Constitution Giving Congress Authority to Make Individuals Buy Health Insurance  —  ( - Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) says he is “not aware” of the Constitution giving Congress the authority to make individuals purchase health insurance …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Grassley unsure about healthcare's constitutionality
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 …
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.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday announced final rules that prohibit financial institutions from charging consumers fees for paying overdrafts on automated teller machine (ATM) and one-time debit card transactions, unless a consumer consents, or opts in …
Kareem Fahim / New York Times:
Acorn Sues Over Funding Vote in House  —  Saying a resolution by the House of Representatives that barred Acorn from receiving federal aid violated the Constitution by singling the antipoverty group out for punishment, lawyers for Acorn filed a lawsuit on Thursday that seeks to restore the financing.
Jason Embry / First Reading:
Perry says Obama taking U.S. toward socialism  —  Governor uses s-word in front of Midland crowd ... State official fired over remarks about Spanish-speakers ... Former forensic chairman disagrees with Bradley  —  Happy birthday to conservative activist Jim Cardle and Jim Hurley of the Texas Youth Commission.
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
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 …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Announces Jobs Summit
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Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Pajamas Media and Hot Air
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Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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