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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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The first thing you need to know about the Tea Partiers: they take their traffic laws very seriously.

In a city known for its jaywalking, roll-through red lights and the white-knuckled anarchy of the traffic circle, the thousands of flag-carrying jeans-clad protesters who descended on Capitol Hill today stood out in the D.C. morning rush hour by literally standing -- they waited patiently curbside as "Don't Walk" signs counted all the way down to "Walk" outside D.C.'s Union Station transit hub while caffeine-fueled Hill staffers (and at least one reporter) rushed past them into a sea of beeping horns and one-finger arguments about who has the right of way.

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Anonymous officials tell the AP they are looking at whether Bill Sparkman, the Census worker found dead in rural Kentucky in September with the word "fed" written on his chest, may have committed suicide.

The wire service reports that investigators have recently "grown more skeptical that 51-year-old Bill Sparkman died at the hands of someone angry at the federal government." It continues:

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U.S. Capitol Police arrested 10 people this afternoon after the Capitol Hill Tea Party crowd stormed Congressional office buildings.

Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, public information office for the Capitol Police, told TPMDC the arrests happened in the Cannon House building as tea partiers attempted to protest Speaker Nancy Pelosi about health care.

They were charged with unlawful entry (entering a Congressional office and refusing to leave when told to do so) and/or disorderly conduct (yelling in the hallway outside an office) at Room 235 in the Cannon House Office Building.

Room 235 is Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office for district business, not where she conducts her duties as Speaker. That's handled at an office in the Capitol building.

TPMDC happened upon a crowd that formed around two police vans as the protesters were prepared for "transporting," according to one officer there.

Without those official details, protesters in the crowd watching the arrests were furious. They shouted "Let them go!" and one man yelled at the police that "Martin Luther King" was being dishonored and shouted "Letter from Birmingham Jail!"

One woman told officers they were "shameful." Others called the arrested protesters "political prisoners."

"This is America, this is not the Soviet Union," one woman said.

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The Democratic National Committee released this statement today on the Capitol Hill Tea Party, which was organized and promoted by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN):

"If the Republican party wants to make Michele Bachmann the voice of the party, that's more than fine with us. We'll help circulate the petition. But it is surprising that after Congressman-elect Owens won a special election by supporting the President's agenda in a New York district that hasn't elected a Democrat since Benjamin Harrison was President, that the Republican party would continue to allow itself to be led around by nose by the likes of Bachmann, Beck , Limbaugh, Palin and the rest of the extreme tea party crowd. It's their extreme right-wing, rigid ideological agenda that has Americans leaving the Republican Party in droves - and so, if displays like today are what they think is a smart political strategy, all we can say is: go for it," said DNC National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan.

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