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The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, released a statement today condemning the shootings at Fort Hood. Here is the full text:

We condemn this cowardly attack in the strongest terms possible and ask that the perpetrators be punished to the full extent of the law. No religious or political ideology could ever justify or excuse such wanton and indiscriminate violence. The attack was particularly heinous in that it targeted the all-volunteer army that protects our nation. American Muslims stand with our fellow citizens in offering both prayers for the victims and sincere condolences to the families of those killed or injured."

Along with innumerable condemnations of terror, CAIR has in the past launched an online anti-terror petition drive called "Not in the Name of Islam," initiated a television public service announcement (PSA) campaign against religious extremism and coordinated a "fatwa," or Islamic religious ruling, against terrorism and extremism.

Vice President Biden released a statement today expressing sympathy to those affected by the shootings at Fort Hood that left 12 dead and 31 wounded. Here is the full text, as released by the White House:

Jill and I join the President and Michelle in expressing our sympathies to the families of the brave soldiers who fell today. We are all praying for those who were wounded and hoping for their full and speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the entire Fort Hood community as they deal with this senseless tragedy.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) sent out this fundraising e-mail, celebrating the Capitol Hill Tea Party that she had taken a key role in organizing and promoting:

Dear Patriot,

As I write this note, thousands of everyday Americans have come to Washington to speak their mind about the misguided health care bill that Speaker Pelosi and President Obama are pushing through Congress.

What an awe-inspiring sight! These people came by plane, by train, by car and by bus. They drove overnight and they gave up their precious free time to share one message with this Congress: Keep your hands off my health care!

Less than one week from when I put out the call to the American people to come to Washington and pay this emergency house call on Congress, they're here and they're ready to stand up for their freedoms.

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Both the House and the Senate have held moments of silence for the victims of the shootings in Fort Hood and their families.

Twelve people, including one gunman, were killed and 31 wounded in shootings this afternoon. The gunman was a soldier, and two other soldiers have been held as suspects.

President Obama expressed his condolences and called the shootings "a horrific outburst of violence."

Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) hosted a meeting of moderate Democrats this afternoon, including Sens. Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), and Kent Conrad (D-ND), to compare notes on health care legislation. But, as is becoming a common theme around these parts, they say there's not much to discuss until they can see the bill with a CBO score.

After the meeting adjourned, I asked Pryor whether he and fellow moderates had sympathy for the idea, articulated most frequently by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had found the correct middle ground in his caucus by including a public option in the final bill. "I know that Harry Reid has tried to find the center of the caucus. I don't know that he has, I'm not saying he hasn't. But once we actually see this bill and know what's in there, we'll talk about it as a caucus," Pryor said.

Pryor suggested that there may be some number from CBO early next week, but was careful to note that those were merely rumors. If he's right, though, we will know plenty more in the days ahead.


November 5, 2009: Thousands gather to protest health care reform at Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-MN) request, joined by a veritable all-star revue of the House GOP. In her speech, Bachmann told the crowd: "You came. And you came to your house. And you came for an emergency house call. And are they going to listen? Oh yeah, oh yeah, they're going to listen. It was Thomas Jefferson who said a revolution every now and then is a good thing. What do you think?" Go here for full coverage from TPM.

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Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) calls for the people to "renew our commitment to the Red, White and Blue, let us with boldness proclaim the fact that we are one nation under God." Akin also points out that "it is altogether fitting that we should [say the Pledge of Allegiance] -- and it drives the liberals crazy." Akin was one of many Republican lawmakers to address the crowd in a series of passionate speeches.

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Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC): "This Congress is on a collision course with the principles of freedom and liberty that our Founding Fathers bled and died for. We will not be silenced. We will kill this bill."

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Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) calls the crowd "freedom fighters" who will stop the bill.

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House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) tells crowds "Your efforts to stop this bill are being heard loud and clear." He continues: "Be assured not one Republican will vote for this bill," a statement that is met with raucous shouts of "Kill the bill."

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Rep. Joe "You Lie" Wilson (R-SC) gets huge applause, before telling crowds: "Speaker Pelosi didn't mean for you to be here. In fact, back in July, Speaker Pelosi meant for the takeover bill to be passed. It was supposed to be over in July. But fortunately the American people found out."

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) takes the stage, and gets personal: "When I was born I didn't deserve to be born in this country." He adds that he also didn't deserve the rights guaranteed in the Constitution, but "got those unalienable rights because people went before me and went before you and fought for them."

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Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) says that Democrats "wanna take your freedoms away," as he lifts a copy of the bill, bound in yellow twine, above his head. In his other hand he holds a pocket copy of the Constitution.

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House Minority Leader John Boehner calls the bill "the greatest threat to freedom that I've seen in the 19 years I've been in Washington." The Ohio congressman also waxed nostalgic over the "town hall rebellion" in August, saying it "wasn't about one political party or another. It was a simple statement by Americans that they love our country."

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Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) was brief in his remarks: "Who will kill this bill? (Shouts of "We will.") You will! You will! And we must! The Constitution of the United States starts with three very powerful words: "We the people." And we the people are speaking! Nancy Pelosi, listen! Fellow patriots, go tell your Congressman, you're not going to eat this rotten stinking fish that is -- Pelosi health care! We are going to put a stop sign in front of her steamroller of socialism! Go to it, patriots!"

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President Obama spoke briefly about the shootings at Fort Hood in Texas today which left 12 dead and 31 wounded, calling the incident "horrific."

"A number of American soldiers have been killed and even more have been wounded in a horrific outburst of violence. My immediate thoughts and prayers are with the wounded, and the families of the fallen, and those who live and serve at Fort Hood," he said.

"Men and women who have made the courageous decision to risk and at some times give their lives," he said. "It's difficult enough when we lose these brave Americans overseas. It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an Army base on American soil."

Obama said he has met with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Mike Mullen.

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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's assertion that accused fraudster attorney Scott Rothstein was nothing more than another campaign supporter is starting to look even thinner.

A Florida source familiar with the situation tells TPMmuckraker that Rothstein often bragged about his closeness to Crist, now a candidate for US Senate. The source says Rothstein once remarked: "It's one thing when you've got the governor on speed dial. It's another thing when the governor has you on speed dial."

"They were friends," the source tells us. "To say anything else is ridiculous."

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Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate and de facto last-minute Republican nominee who narrowly lost the NY-23 special election to Democrat Bill Owens this past Tuesday, isn't done yet with politics -- he's headed down South, to speak at a North Carolina Republican event.

As Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling (D) reports:

I've been pretty sure the Republicans will get back control of the North Carolina legislature next year but now I'm not underestimating their chances to defeat themselves.

Just got an e-mail from the party that they're bringing in Doug Hoffman to speak at their Hall of Fame dinner in a couple weeks. The same Doug Hoffman of course who managed to blow a Congressional seat the party had held for over a century.

UPDATE 9:33 P.M. ET: Contrary to earlier reports, suspected primary shooter Nidal Malik Hasan is actually alive and in custody. Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said Hasan was reportedly wounded several times during the shooting but is in stable condition.

Twelve people were killed and 31 wounded in the mass shooting at Fort Hood military base in Texas this afternoon.

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6:53 p.m.: MSNBC reports that the suspected shooter was set to be deployed to Iraq on Nov. 28. The Army Times reports that a Pentagon source said he was a psychiatrist recently reassigned from Walter Reed Medical Center near Washington, D.C., to Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood.

6:22 p.m.: Hutchison told MSNBC that the suspected shooter was going to be deployed to Iraq, but stressed that it's premature to speculate about motives.

6:21 p.m.: At his press conference about half an hour ago, Gov. Rick Perry asked Americans to "keep their families in your prayers." He also lauded actions of the incident's responders. "We have the right people on the scene at this time," he said.

5:23 p.m.: ABC News reports that the primary shooter was Major Malik Nadal Hasan.

5 p.m.: The Statesman tweets that a spokesman for a local hospital, Scott and White, confirms that all the victims there are adults.

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