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11:25 AM ET, December 26, 2009

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ABCNEWS:
Man Attempts to Set Off Explosives on Plane, Law Enforcement Officials Say  —  Suspect Claims al Qaeda Terrorism Link, but FBI, Investigators Are Suspicious  —  Federal officials and police are interviewing a Nigerian man, who allegedly tried to “explode” a powdery substance aboard …
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Scott Butterworth / Washington Post:
White House: Failed plane attack an attempted act of terrorism  —  A Nigerian national, claiming to be acting on behalf of al-Qaeda, is in custody in Detroit after allegedly attempting to light an incendiary device aboard a Northwest Airlines flight after it landed Friday, federal officials said.
New York Times:
Terror Attempt Seen as Man Tries to Ignite Device on Jet  —  A Nigerian man tried to ignite an explosive device aboard a transatlantic Northwest Airlines flight as the plane prepared to land in Detroit on Friday, in an incident the United States believes was “an attempted act of terrorism,” …
Wall Street Journal:
Midair Bomb Attempt Fails  —  Man on Flight to Detroit Claims Al Qaeda Ties; Obama Tightens Security  —  This picture provided by J.P. Karas shows Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on the runway after arriving at Detroit Metropolitan Airport from Amsterdam on Friday.
msnbc.com:
Officials: Possible terror attack on Northwest jet  —  Nigerian man tries to light powdery substance on Detroit flight, officials say  —  A 23-year-old Nigerian man tried to light a powdery substance aboard a Northwest Airlines flight before landing in Detroit on Friday, a senior U.S. counterterrorism official told NBC News.
Fox News:
Passenger Ignites Explosive on Delta Flight, Al Qaeda Connection Reported  —  A male passenger reportedly linked to terrorist organization al-Qaeda ignited a powdery substance prior to landing on a Delta Airlines flight to Detroit Friday.  The suspect is believed to be Nigerian, Fox News reported.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PETE HOEKSTRA, SHAMELESS BUFFOON.... Speculation about terrorist plots based on limited information is a fool's game.  We know very little about Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab's attempts on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 yesterday, though there are some pretty obvious questions about how he got materials on board …
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Sebastian Rotella / Los Angeles Times:
Plane incident called an act of terrorism  —  Federal authorities say a Nigerian passenger on an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight tried to blow up the airliner, which landed safely.  The would-be bomber is injured.  —  Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on the runway after arriving at Detroit Metropolitan Airport from Amsterdam.
CNN:
Explosive device ignited aboard U.S.-bound airliner
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michelle Malkin:
Incident on NWA Flight 253? …
Discussion: Riehl World View
BBC:   ‘Bomb attack bid’ on US airliner
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Debate Shows Obama Plays by Washington's Rules  —  WASHINGTON — Howard Dean ran for president in 2004 as the outsider ready to battle an entrenched establishment in Washington.  And so, four years later, did Barack Obama.  —  Now, one year into Mr. Obama's presidency …
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Taliban Shows Video of Captured G.I.  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban released a video of a captured American soldier on Friday, the second to surface since he was seized in southern Afghanistan about six months ago.  —  Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, 23, of Idaho, was captured in late June in Paktika Province …
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Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
Civilian, military planners have different views on new approach to Afghanistan  —  Two days before announcing the deployment of additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, President Obama informed Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal that he was not granting McChrystal's request to double the size of the Afghan army and police.
Discussion: Swampland and Reuters
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
Earth-Friendly Elements, Mined Destructively  —  GUYUN VILLAGE, China — Some of the greenest technologies of the age, from electric cars to efficient light bulbs to very large wind turbines, are made possible by an unusual group of elements called rare earths.  The world's dependence on these substances is rising fast.
 
 
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