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1:15 PM ET, December 31, 2009

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KHVO:
Sources: Limbaugh Rushed To Honolulu Hospital  —  Conservative Radio Show Host Suffering From Chest Pains  —  HONOLULU — Conservative radio talk host Rush Limbaugh was rushed to a Honolulu hospital on Wednesday afternoon with chest pains, sources told KITV.
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Anill / Think Progress:
Limbaugh Rushed To Honolulu Hospital That Gave Rise To ‘Birther’ Conspiracy  —  Conservative radio shock jock Rush Limbaugh was rushed to a Honolulu hospital yesterday with chest pains.  After paramedics arrived and treated him at the Kahala Hotel and Resort, Limbaugh was transferred …
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
DIVERSE REACTIONS TO LIMBAUGH  —  As news broke Wednesday night of radio show host Rush Limbaugh's hospital visit due to chest pains, many of his political counterparts on the left put down their ideological swords and wished him well on Twitter.  —  “All best wishes to Mr. Limbaugh tonight …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Sarah Netter / ABCNEWS:
Rush Limbaugh ‘Resting Comfortably’ at Honolulu Hospital
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
The Prowler / American Spectator:
The Politics of Incompetence  —  On December 26, two days after Nigerian Omar Abdulmutallab allegedly attempted to use underwear packed with plastic explosives to blow up the Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight he was on, and as it became clear internally that the Administration had suffered perhaps …
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Mark Hemingway / Washington Examiner:
White House takes four days to respond to terror attack, but responds to Cheney criticism in matter of hours?  —  David's post below on the White House's decision to accuse of all people, Dick Cheney, of being insufficiently critical of al Qaeda beggars belief.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PFEIFFER MAKES IT PLAIN.... It's understandable that the White House, any White House, wants to stay “above the fray.”  A president and his/her team have broader responsibilities that preclude tit-for-tat squabbles with petty partisans.  —  That said, some criticisms deserve responses.
Publius / Big Government:
White House Visitors Log: ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis In Obama Residence …
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
TSA subpoenas bloggers, demands names of sources  —  Buzz up!  —  WASHINGTON - As the government reviews how an alleged terrorist was able to bring a bomb onto a U.S.-bound plane and try to blow it up on Christmas Day, the Transportation Security Administration is going after bloggers …
Discussion: snooperreport.com and The Hill
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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Is This Really an Intelligence Failure?  Real Talk on Abdulmutallab  —  In an appearance on “Democracy Now!” yesterday morning to discuss Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, I made the point that Abdulmutallab's ability to board Northwest Airlines Flight 253 demonstrates a policy failure more than an intelligence failure.
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José M. Guardia / Barcepundit:
ANOTHER MASSACRE in gun-free Europe: … According to the AP, the suspect has been ID'ed: … The last name does sound Finnish; I wouldn't want to jump to conclusions, but the first name sounds like this may be more than just one of those random incidents in which one weirdo gets a gun and starts shooting people.
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Rasmussen Reports:
58% Favor Waterboarding of Plane Terrorist To Get Information  —  Fifty-eight percent (58%) of U.S. voters say waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques should be used to gain information from the terrorist who attempted to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day.
Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
Into Thine Hand I Commit My Spirit  —  Arghandab, Afghanistan  —  On this small base surrounded by a mixture of enemy and friendly territory, a memorial has been erected just next to the Chapel.  Inside the tepee are 21 photos of 21 soldiers killed during the first months of a year-long tour of duty.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LEAVE HAWAII ALONE.... This again? … I'd hoped we were past this by now.  —  You'll recall that, during last year's presidential campaign, Cokie Roberts complained on ABC, “I know his grandmother lives in Hawaii and I know Hawaii is a state, but it has the look of him going off to some sort of foreign, exotic place.”
Jules Crittenden:
God Damn The Naughts  —  We watched the sun drop on the last day of the 1990s and the Second Millennium, myself, a Boston Herald photog and assorted others, looking west from among the old Jewish tombstones on the Mount of Olives.  A choir of Carmelite nuns emerged by the gates of Gethsemane …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Los Angeles Times:
Afghanistan suicide bombing kills 8 CIA officers  —  The Taliban takes responsibility for the explosion at a U.S. base in Khowst province where the agency has a major presence.  No U.S. or NATO military personnel are hurt.  —  Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan, and Rochester, N.Y. …
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Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
A Cold-Blooded Foreign Policy  —  No despot fears the president, and no demonstrator in Tehran expects him to ride to the rescue.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  With year one drawing to a close, the truth of the Obama presidency is laid bare: retrenchment abroad, and redistribution and the intrusive regulatory state at home.
Dean Baker / Beat the Press:
Washington Post Joins With Peter Peterson, Ends Pretense of Being a Serious Newspaper  —  To end the decade, the Washington Post acknowledged that it is no longer a serious newspaper.  It ran a piece written by the Peter Peterson Foundation financed Fiscal Times as a regular news article.
Discussion: Washington Post
Tim Carpenter / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Topeka Democrat says she prefers to work in state legislature  —  Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly withdrew Thursday from her congressional campaign against Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins.  —  Kelly was a lock to win the Democratic nomination in the 2nd District, which includes Topeka …
 
 
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