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4:40 PM ET, January 2, 2010

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Newsweek Blogs:
White House Adviser Briefed in October on Underwear Bomb Technique  —  White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan was briefed in October on an assassination attempt by Al Qaeda that investigators now believe used the same underwear bombing technique as the Nigerian suspect who tried …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Flashback: GOP blamed Clinton for 9/11 - Obama got regularly scheduled Dec. 22 briefing on holiday threats, but there was no warning of an attack — Tebow: ‘redemption instead of perfection’  —  Mayor Bloomberg yesterday, in his third inaugural address: “We have adopted bold education reforms …
Mark Hosenball / Newsweek Blogs:
Exclusive: Obama Got Pre-Christmas Intelligence Briefing About Terror Threats to ‘Homeland’  —  President Obama received a high-level briefing only three days before Christmas about possible holiday-period terrorist threats against the U.S., NEWSWEEK has learned.
New York Times:
Why Didn't They See It?  —  It will take some time before all the facts about the Christmas Day terrorism plot are known and analyzed.  One thing is already clear: The government has to urgently improve its ability to use the reams of intelligence it receives every day on suspected terrorists and plots.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Could this actually be the greatest and potentially the deadliest …
Chuck Bennett / New York Post:
Wacky jihad therapy failed to ‘cure’ plane-bomb plotter
Discussion: Jihad Watch and JammieWearingFool
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Obama cites apparent al-Qaida link in bomb plot
Discussion: Forbes and Sense of Events
Peter Wallsten / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Seizes on Security as Issue
Discussion: Needlenose
CNN:
Obama links al Qaeda to airline terror plot
Discussion: Gates of Vienna
Wall Street Journal:
Why the Health-Care Bills Are Unconstitutional  —  If the government can mandate the purchase of insurance, it can do anything.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  President Obama's health-care bill is now moving toward final passage.  The policy issues may be coming to an end …
Discussion: TalkLeft and neo-neocon
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Tony Romm / The Hill:   Hatch: Healthcare bill ‘rich’ for challenges on constitutionality
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BBC:
Charges for cartoonist ‘attacker’  —  The 28-year-old Somali was carried into court on a stretcher  —  A Somali man has been charged with trying to kill a Danish artist whose drawing of the Prophet Mohammed sparked riots around the world.  —  The suspect, who was shot …
Discussion: Harry's Place and Riehl World View
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Agence France Presse:
Somali group hails attack on Danish cartoonist
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Innocent / gorilla.cd:
Massive Volcanic Eruption in the National Park this morning  —  At 03.45 this morning, we all woke to a massive eruption on Mt Nyamulagira, a volcano just across from our headquarters at Rumangabo station, about 15 kilometres to the west.  The eruption is from quite high up on the volcano, and it looks like it's a big one.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Scott / Power Line:
The Cornhusker Concussive  —  One of the disgusting features of the Senate's Obamacare bill is the payoffs extracted from taxpayers and directed to the states of senators wielding key votes.  The payoffs culminated in the “Cornhusker Kickback” procured by Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson for Nebraska …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Nelson to McMaster: ‘Call off the dogs’
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Redhot
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
U.S. Loan Effort Is Seen as Adding to Housing Woes  —  The Obama administration's $75 billion program to protect homeowners from foreclosure has been widely pronounced a disappointment, and some economists and real estate experts now contend it has done more harm than good.
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
For Some in Japan, Home Is a Tiny Plastic Bunk  —  TOKYO — For Atsushi Nakanishi, jobless since Christmas, home is a cubicle barely bigger than a coffin — one of dozens of berths stacked two units high in one of central Tokyo's decrepit “capsule” hotels.  —  “It's just a place to crawl …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Bloomberg
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Aughts were a lost decade for U.S. economy, workers  —  For most of the past 70 years, the U.S. economy has grown at a steady clip, generating perpetually higher incomes and wealth for American households.  But since 2000, the story is starkly different.  —  The past decade was the worst …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Why the Budget Will Never Be Balanced  —  To review some recent political history, after Ronald Reagan's election in 1980, conservatives enacted budgetary measures that led to large and growing deficits.  These were scaled back to some extent on a bipartisan basis in the late 1980s and during …
Discussion: Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:
Peak Oil Refuses to Rise to the Occasion  —  You don't have to be a global-warming alarmist to wonder just when the world's oil reserves are finally going to dry up and drive the price of oil through the roof, thereby ushering in a glorious age of energy created by hamsters on exercise wheels or some other renewable source.
Discussion: Hit & Run
 
 
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