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Ned Lamont -- who's exploring a run for governor in Connecticut in 2010, issued the following statement today regarding incumbent Gov. Jodi Rell's decision not to run. Here's the full text:

"I salute the Governor for her service to Connecticut, her civility, and her integrity. Now is the time for a fresh start. Connecticut needs a proactive, hands-on governor who has experience creating good paying jobs, and who knows how our state can be a partner in helping our working families and small businesses make Connecticut the jobs engine we should be."

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) wants Senate health care legislation to contain strict restrictions on abortion funding, much like the House bills now does. And he says he'll filibuster if he doesn't get his way.

"As a pro-life person, I believe that something like the [Rep. Bart] Stupak amendment should be included in the Senate version," Nelson told reporters this evening. "But if it isn't included to that effect, to make it clear that no government money should be used for support, for the subsidies, or direct payments, or even tax credits, should be used to support abortions," he will oppose it.

"If it doesn't make it clear that it does not support abortion, does not pay for abortion, you can be sure I will vote against it."

I asked Nelson if his promise extended to procedural supermajority votes. He had a one word answer: "Yes."

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House intelligence committee chair Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) made a thinly veiled swipe at his GOP counterpart today over comments made by Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) criticizing the Obama Administration's handling of information about the Fort Hood shootings.

As we told you earlier, Hoekstra said intel agencies including the CIA weren't being sufficiently forthcoming about information the intelligence community might possess about Nidal Malik Hasan. And he suggested there are potential issues with the "performance" of intel agencies in the case.

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The *tentative* picture emerging of Nidal Malik Hasan is of a man who likely subscribed to radical Islamic beliefs, but who was not acting on behalf of any group in allegedly carrying out the shootings in which 13 died at Fort Hood last week.

The leaks are coming fast and furious in the investigation of the shootings, so we thought we'd put together a digest of the recent coverage.

Bear in mind that what's missing from many of these reports are named sources, and that many of the initial stories about the case were [totally wrong](http://www.cjr.org/campaign_desk/jumping_to_confusion.php).

Here we go:

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In a surprising piece of news, Gov. Jodi Rell (R-CT) announced today that she will not run for re-election in 2010.

Rell's Lt. Governor Michael Fedele, said that he will run for governor, and that Rell has committed to supporting him in the election.

Rell was previously Lt. Governor herself, and succeeded to the governorship in 2004 upon the resignation of Republican Gov. John Rowland, in a corruption scandal for which he later served prison time. Rell was easily elected to a full term in 2006, beating her Democratic opponent by 63%-35%.

Connecticut is a heavily Democratic state, but has not elected a Dem governor since 1986. The current field of active of potential Democratic candidates is a big one: Former state House Speaker Jim Amann, Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, businessman and 2006 Senate nominee Ned Lamont, state Sen. Gary LeBeau, and Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy.


October 26: President Obama's administration embarked on another busy month, filled with more health care reform, foreign policy maneuvering, and an election day. Here, Obama addresses the servicemen and women of the Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Fla.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza




October 26: Obama and Navy personnel enjoy some quality time together.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza




October 26: Obama waves during a meet-and-greet after his remarks.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza




October 26: The Navy Mess of the White House gets into the Halloween spirit.

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy




October 26: So three guys walk into the Fontainebleu Hotel in Miami...and one of them tells a joke. (That's Obama, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Obama's personal aide, Reggie Love.)

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza




October 26: Love peeks from behind the curtains at the Fontainebleu Hotel as Obama delivers remarks at a Democratic fundraiser.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza




October 26: Obama speaks to DSCC/DCCC donors.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza




October 27: Obama tours a solar power plant in Arcadia, Fla.

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy




October 27: Obama shakes hands at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., at a rally for gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds as the clock to Election Day ticks down.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza




October 28: The White House butlers watch as the President leaves a ceremony celebrating the passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.




October 28: All eyes turn towards Obama as he makes his remarks on the passage of the act.

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy




October 28: The President continues a long tradition of planting a tree on White House grounds. This Littleleaf Linden replaces a Scarlet Oak planted by former President George W. Bush. But the oak -- which had replaced a 118-year-old tree planted by President Harrison -- "didn't take," according to the White House.

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy




October 28: Obama and White House Chief Usher Rear Admiral (Ret.) Stephen Rochon leave the site of the planting.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza




October 28: Obama shares a laugh with his No. 2 at the signing ceremony for fiscal year 2010's defense budget bill.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza




At a ceremony awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to former Sen. Edward Brooke (third from left) -- the first black senator since Reconstruction -- Senator Harry Reid has some words with the President. Senator Mitch McConnell stands far right.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza



October 28: President Obama talks with Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Deputy National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and NSC Chief of Staff Denis McDonough in the Oval Office.

Pete Souza/ Official White House Photo



October 29: President Obama finishes up a speech on health care reform to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business and small business owners.

Pete Souza/ Official White House Photo



Obama jots down notes as he meets with leaders of the Progressive, Black, Hispanic and Asian Pacific caucuses in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

Pete Souza/ Official White House Photo



October 29: Bo gets a belly rub in the Outer Oval Office.

Pete Souza/ Official White House Photo



October 29: President Obama greets Girl Scouts before a signing ceremony for the Girl Scouts USA Centennial Commemorative Coin Act in the Oval Office.

Pete Souza/ Official White House Photo



President Obama talks with Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) following his remarks to small business owners.

Pete Souza/ Official White House Photo



October 29: President Obama attends a ceremony at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, for the dignified transfer of 18 troops who died in Afghanistan.

Pete Souza/ Official White House Photo



President Obama with Attorney General Eric Holder at the Dover Air Force Base.

Pete Souza/ Official White House Photo



October 29: President Obama walks through the West Wing of the White House to deliver a birthday gift to Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina.

Pete Souza/ Official White House Photo



President Obama plays peek-a-boo with a staffer's daughter in the Outer Oval Office.

Pete Souza/ Official White House Photo



October 31: First Lady Michelle Obama hands out treats during a Halloween reception for military families and children of White House staff.

Pete Souza/ Official White House Photo



A skeleton and candles decorate the Blue Room of the White House for Halloween.

Pete Souza/ Official White House Photo



Obama, the First Lady and "First Grandma" Marian Robinson welcome children from local schools on Halloween.

Pete Souza/ Official White House Photo



Obama with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, right, at the Halloween reception. is at right.

Pete Souza/ Official White House Photo



Obama talks with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, Nov. 2, 2009.

Pete Souza/ Official White House Photo



November 3: President Obama meets with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in the Oval Office.

Pete Souza/ Official White House Photo

Fox News analyst ret. Lt. Col. Ralph Peters said today the shooting at Fort Hood happened because the Army was too politically correct and unwilling to investigate a "protected species" like alleged shooter Nidal Hasan.

"If this nutcase, this 'Mike Foxtrot' in Army terms, had been a white supremacist, he would've been gone long ago. But since he was a protected species, sort of a one-off Muslim psychiatrist officer, he got a pass again and again," Peters said.

You may remember Peters from this summer, when he suggested the Taliban should kill a captured U.S. soldier to save the U.S. "a lot of legal hassle" and calling the soldier a "deserter" who was "mentally disturbed."

Video after the jump.

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The NY-23 special election saw an amazing political phenomenon, with the right wing taking down a moderate Republican, as grassroots conservatives mobilize against a traditionally more cautious party establishment. So what are some other races out there?

We're not talking about any old crowded Republican primary -- for example, the fields right now in New Hampshire and Nevada are still taking shape -- though of course those races could potentially become Hoffmanized down the road. We're talking about races in which a push from the right can upset the balance of a race, pushing out an establishment-favored candidate due to insufficient conservatism.

Florida: Crist vs. Rubio The Club For Growth, which heavily backed Hoffman, has made the Florida Senate race a new priority, endorsing the more conservative former state House Speaker Marco Rubio over moderate Gov. Charlie Crist, who had supported the stimulus and campaigned for it alongside President Obama. (Interestingly enough, Crist now says he didn't endorse the stimulus, but was simply working to get the best possible deal for Florida. The Rubio camp and his backers, as you can imagine, aren't taking that for an answer.)

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MoveOn is targeting Blue Dog Democrats and one Republican who voted against the House health care bill Saturday night with tough TV ads suggesting they are supportive of a "broken" status quo.

The "first round" of 30-second ads go after Reps. Mike Ross (D-AR), Jason Altmire (D-PA), Glenn Nye (D-VA), Rick Boucher (D-VA), Larry Kissell (D-NC), Heath Shuler (D-NC) and Lee Terry (R-NE).

(For more on these Dems check out Eric's smart post on their districts.)

"The health care bill that passed the House this weekend was a historic opportunity to fix our broken health care system," said MoveOn executive director Justin Ruben.

"MoveOn members will make sure that Representatives who did the right thing know they can count on the support of their base, and that those who stuck with the insurance companies and voted for the status quo will face real political consequences," he added. They also are planning thank-you events and print ad campaigns in the home districts of members who voted for the plan.

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Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele today backtracked on comments that his party would "come after" Republicans who support the stimulus or health care reform.

Steele made the comments last week to ABCNews.com.

"You do not want to put yourself in a position where you're crossing that line on conservative principles, fiscal principles. Because we'll come after you," he said.

"You're gonna find yourself in a very tough hole if you're arguing for the president's stimulus plan or Nancy Pelosi's health plan."

Today on Fox News, he backpedaled, saying, "I know a lot of folks have taken it out of context."

"It was not me going after anybody. It's what your grassroots activists out there are saying to elected officials," he said.

"It's not going after people," he continued. "It's really helping people understand" our principles.

Steele also mentioned the NY-23 election, in which the Republican candidate withdrew from the race and endorsed a Democrat, while a Conservative party candidate stayed in the race with support from national figures. The Democrat won.

He said that example proves the need for primaries.

"We see what happens, for example, in NY-23, when a handful of folks get out of control and do not pay attention to the process," he said.

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