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1:15 PM ET, November 27, 2010

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Bryan Denson / Oregonian:
FBI thwarts terrorist bombing attempt at Portland holiday tree lighting, authorities say  —  The FBI thwarted an attempted terrorist bombing in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square before the city's annual tree-lighting Friday night, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Oregon.
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William McCall / Associated Press:
Feds: Somali-born teen plotted car-bombing in Ore.  —  PORTLAND, Ore. - Federal agents in a sting operation arrested a Somali-born teenager just as he tried blowing up a van he believed was loaded with explosives at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, authorities said.
Associated Press:
Feds Arrest Somali-Born Teen in Car Bomb Plot  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — A Somali-born teenager plotted to carry out a car bomb attack at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in downtown Portland on Friday, but the bomb turned out to be a dud supplied by undercover agents as part of a sting, federal prosecutors said.
CNN:
Somali-American accused of plotting to bomb Oregon tree-lighting event  —  (CNN) — A 19-year-old has been arrested in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb at an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon, on Friday evening, the Justice Department announced.
portland.fbi.gov:
Oregon Resident Arrested in Plot to Bomb Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Portland Vehicle Bomb Left at Scene Was Inert and Posed No Danger to Public  —  PORTLAND, OR—Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia and resident of Corvallis, Ore., has been arrested …
Discussion: New York Times and Mediaite
Ed Barnes / Fox News:
Mystery Surrounds Cyber Missile That Crippled Iran's Nuclear Weapons Ambitions  —  An aerial view of Iran's nuclear facility in Natanz.  —  In the 20th century, this would have been a job for James Bond.  —  The mission: Infiltrate the highly advanced, securely guarded enemy headquarters …
Discussion: FrumForum
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Report: ‘Issues of Culture, Ethnicity and Identity’ Raised in U.K. Rape-Gang Case  —  A report on the sexual exploitation of British girls as young as 12 by a gang led by two 28-year-old Muslim men found that cultural issues were “a critical factor in making [the victims] easy targets for abusers.”
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Peter King / New York Post:
Qaeda the enemy - not TSA screeners  —  Tweet  —  The debate over security scanning and pat-downs has reached such a fever pitch, it seems that people are forgetting that the enemy isn't the Transportation Security Administration — it's al Qaeda.  —  I don't want my children …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and Associated Press
Daily Mail:
‘Humiliated’: Female passenger subjected to patdown ‘because her sanitary towel showed up on body scanner’  —  A female passenger has claimed that she was assaulted by TSA agents when she was ordered to be patted down because her sanitary towel showed up on the body scanner.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Winning the Class War  —  The class war that no one wants to talk about continues unabated.  —  Even as millions of out-of-work and otherwise struggling Americans are tightening their belts for the holidays, the nation's elite are lacing up their dancing shoes and partying like royalty as the millions and billions keep rolling in.
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Workers seek new skills at community colleges, but classes are full  —  LAS VEGAS - The gambling economy here has crapped out, but at the swelling community college, workers are in the grip of new aspirations.  —  In one small anatomy lab, there's a craps dealer training to become an anesthetist …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Pelosi to be ‘most prominent’ American at Nobel ceremony for Chinese dissident  —  China issued a stern warning to other nations that they would “take responsibility for the consequences” if they attend the ceremony.  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will be the highest-ranking U.S. representative …
Discussion: The Politico
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
U.S. Government Seizes BitTorrent Search Engine Domain and More  —  Following on the heels of this week's domain seizure of a large hiphop file-sharing links forum, it's clear today that the U.S. Government has been very busy.  Without any need for COICA, ICE has just seized the domain …
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Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Homeland Security seizes domain names
 
 
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