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November 6th, 2009
02:27 PM ET

Peaceful preaching inside, violent message outside a New York mosque

Program Note: See an investigation into why authorities are concerned about the violent messages being preached outside a New York mosque on tonight's AC360° at 10 PM ET.

Drew Griffin and Kathleen Johnston
CNN

Outside a Manhattan mosque where the imam preaches against terrorism, the brothers of the "Revolution Muslim" are spreading a different message.

Protected by the Constitution of the country they detest, radical Muslim converts like Yousef al-Khattab and Younes Abdullah Mohammed preach that the killing of U.S. troops overseas is justified. In their thinking, so were the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States - and so are attacks on almost any American.

"Americans will always be a target - and a legitimate target - until America changes its nature in the international arena," Mohammed said.

Al-Khattab and Mohammed consider al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden their model.

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Filed under: Drew Griffin • Religion
November 6th, 2009
02:12 PM ET

Financial Dispatch: Unemployment rate tops 10%

Andrew Torgan
CNN Financial News Producer

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The nation's unemployment rate rose above 10% for the first time since 1983 in October, a much worse jump than expected as employers continued to trim jobs from payrolls.

The reading is a sign of the continued weakness in the labor market - even though the economy grew in the third quarter following the longest and deepest downturn since the Great Depression.

The Labor Dept. said this morning that unemployment rate spiked to 10.2% last month, up from 9.8% in September. That’s the highest rate since April 1983.

There was also a net loss of 190,000 jobs in October. And while that’s worse than what economists were expecting and is still a big number – it is an improvement from the 741,000 jobs we lost in January.

The largest losses last month were in the construction, manufacturing and retail sectors.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Andrew Torgan • Finance • Unemployment
November 6th, 2009
12:01 PM ET

Return of the militant middle

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

If there is one thing that unites Democratic and Republican elites in DC, beyond of course a deep disdain for ethics rules, it is a fundamental inability to understand independent voters. The most important trend worth watching in the election this week was the behavior of the independents, and it should have sent campaign gurus running into bunkers with armloads of canned goods.

Barack Obama was swept to victory by a shift of moderate and independent voters to the Democratic side one year ago. But this week, in Virginia and New Jersey, his independent horsepower bolted from the barn. Sixty percent or more, in each place, voted Republican.

The GOP crowed over their new found friends, and Dems quietly cursed the loss. But both parties remain largely blind to what is really happening. The independents who voted for Barack Obama did so because they believed he would make a good stab at fixing the economy. But now, with the deficit still soaring, mortgages still failing, and unemployment lines still growing, they are on the move again.

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Filed under: Opinion • Raw Politics • Tom Foreman
November 6th, 2009
11:53 AM ET

The alleged murderer at Fort Hood

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Eboo Patel
Interfaith Youth Core
AC360° Contributor

I'm writing from Toronto, where last night I gave a plenary address on Muslim-Jewish cooperation to the Biennial conference of the Union for Reform Judaism. Backstage after the address, my friend Rabbi David Saperstein gave me a grim look and said, "The shooter had a Muslim name."

He called his wife who works for NPR, and his face got more grim as I heard him say:

"Are you sure he was a Muslim? Are you sure he was a Muslim?"

He hung up the phone and turned to me. "This is our worst nightmare."

Rabbi Saperstein knows there will be a thousand voices broadcasting the news that a Muslim opened fire at Fort Hood in Texas yesterday – the implication being, of course, that this act represents Islam. He knows how distorting that perception is for Muslims, and how dangerous that distortion is for America.

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Filed under: Fort Hood Shooting
November 6th, 2009
11:37 AM ET

Unemployment hits 10.2%

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Chris Isidore
CNNMoney.com Senior Writer

The nation's unemployment rate rose above 10% for the first time since 1983 in October, a much worse jump than expected as employers continued to trim jobs from payrolls.

The reading, reported by the government Friday, is a sign of the continued weakness in the labor market even though the economy grew in the third quarter following the longest and deepest downturn since the Great Depression.

The government reported that the unemployment rate spiked to 10.2%, up from 9.8% in September. It is the highest that this rate has been since April 1983. Economists had forecast an increase to 9.9%.

There was also a net loss of 190,000 jobs in October, according to the Labor Department, an improvement from a revised estimate of 219,000 job losses in September. However, economists surveyed by Briefing.com had forecast a loss of only 175,000 jobs in October. This was the 22nd straight month of job losses.

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Filed under: Economy • Job Market • Unemployment
November 6th, 2009
10:56 AM ET

'Tough woman' cop hailed Fort Hood hero

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CNN

A civilian police officer who shot the Fort Hood gunman four times during his bloody rampage stopped the attacker cold, a U.S. Army official said Friday.

Officer Kimberly Munley of the Fort Hood Police Department is a "trained, active first responder" who acted quickly after she "just happened to encounter the gunman," said Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, Fort Hood's commanding general.

Cone said the officer and her partner responded "very quickly" to the scene of the shootings - reportedly in around three minutes.

Munley "just happened very fortunately to be very close to the incident scene," Cone told CNN's "American Morning."

He said she shot the gunman four times and was wounded herself in an exchange of gunfire with him.

"Really a pretty amazing and aggressive performance by this police officer," Cone said.

Authorities have identified the alleged gunman as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, an Army psychiatrist at Darnall Army Medical Center. They said he opened fire at a military processing center Thursday at Fort Hood, killing 13 people and wounding 30 others.

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November 6th, 2009
10:48 AM ET

Fort Hood suspect seemed "cool, calm, religious"

Octavia Nasr, Tracy Sabo and Kevin Bohn
CNN

A picture began to emerge Thursday of the suspect in the Fort Hood shootings as a mental health professional who worked to help others in high-stress situations.

The gunman was identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, a law enforcement source told CNN. Hasan's office at the base's Darnall Army Medical Center is about a mile from the shootings, where 13 people were killed and 30 were wounded.

Hasan had been telling his family since 2001 that he wanted to get out of the military, said a spokeswoman for his cousin, Nader Hasan. Hasan told his family he had been taunted after the September 11 attacks, the spokeswoman said.

"He was mortified by the idea of having to deploy," his cousin told the New York Times. "He had people telling him on a daily basis the horrors they saw over there."

An owner of a 7-Eleven at Fort Hood said Hasan - whom he knows as "Major Nidal" - came in for coffee and hash browns most mornings, including the morning of the shootings. Surveillance video from the store obtained by CNN shows a man who according to the store owner is Hasan at the cashier's counter at about 6:20 a.m. Thursday, about seven hours before the mass shooting. He was carrying a beverage and dressed in traditional Arab garb. Another surveillance video from Tuesday showed the man in scrubs.

"He looked normal," the owner said. "Came in had his hash browns and coffee as you see in the surveillance video."

The owner said he was too busy to chat with Hasan on Thursday, but through brief talks learned the officer's background was Jordanian, though he didn't speak Arabic well. He said Hasan didn't wear a wedding ring and jokingly asked several times whether the owner knew a bride for him.

Hasan would also ask the owner whether he planned to attend Friday prayers. The owner would say he was too busy.

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November 6th, 2009
10:34 AM ET
November 6th, 2009
10:14 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Picture emerges of Nidal Malik Hasan

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

We’re learning this morning that the suspect in yesterday’s deadly shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, is in stable condition, according to the hospital commander at the base. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a psychiatrist practicing at Darnali Army Medical Center at Fort Hood was shot multiple times and taken into custody after a shooting rampage yesterday afternoon. Hasan opened fire at the military processing center early in the afternoon, killing one civilian and 12 soldiers.

We’re digging deeper today on Hasan’s past. He is a 39-year-old graduate of Virginia Tech and a psychiatrist licensed in Virginia who was practicing at Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood. Previously, he worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. President Obama is expected to visit Walter Reed this afternoon and could meet with some of the same patients seen by Major Hasan.

An owner of a 7-Eleven convenience store in Fort Hood said Hasan - whom he refers to as "Major Nidal" - came in for coffee and hash browns most mornings, including the morning of the shootings. Surveillance video from the store shows a man who, according to the store owner is Hasan, at the cashier's counter at about 6:20 a.m. Thursday - about seven hours before the mass shooting - carrying a beverage and dressed in traditional Arab garb.

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Filed under: Eliza Browning • The Buzz
November 6th, 2009
09:40 AM ET

Complete Coverage: Fort Hood shootings

CNN

The suspect in Thursday's deadly shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, is in stable condition. Check out CNN's Complete Coverage.

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