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The Midday Brief: November 9, 2009

Your afternoon reading.

Your afternoon reading:

• “The clash between the state's two best-known Republicans underscores a different divide in the GOP: a fight between the party's populist and establishment wings over what it means to be conservative.” — Perry, Hutchison cast results of East Coast races as bolstering their positionsThe Dallas Morning News

• “The U.S. House has taken its vote on sweeping health care reform legislation and now elected officials are trying to put their spin on what it all means.” — Cuellar, Hutchison, clash over claims of 'government takeover' of healthcareRio Grande Guardian

• “The man accused of killing 13 people and wounding 29 at Fort Hood is able to talk, a hospital spokesman said Monday, but it's unknown when investigators might take advantage of his improving health to press forward with their probe into the shooting spree.” — Hospital: Ft. Hood shooting suspect awake, talkingAssociated Press 

“It is still unclear how long it's going to be for Tech or any of the other schools to get the prestigious designation, better known as Tier One or flagship.” — Estimates for reaching Tier One status vary widelyLubbock Avalanche-Journal

• “How long will it take the people of this country to see the contradictions in today's celebrations while we continue to construct our own wall in my community's backyard.” — "Tear Down this Wall!"A Capitol Blog by State Rep. Aaron Peña

• “Marine Lance Cpl. Cody Stanley, 21,was killed Oct. 28 when an improvised explosive device exploded near him in Afghanistan.” —Lance Corporal Cody Stanley: Small Town Country Boy, Big Time HeroUrban Grounds

New in The Texas Tribune:

• “Like many other Bushies returning to Texas and turning their attention back home, I am concerned about the future of the GOP and, more importantly, the state.” —  Mark McKinnon: Are Republican candidates ignoring Hispanics?The Texas Tribune

• “Remember VH1's "Pop-up Video"? We loved it, too. It inspired us to launch a new feature we call Stump Interrupted, a twist on the traditional stump speech.” — Stump Interrupted: Kay Bailey HutchisonThe Texas Tribune

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