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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 …
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Incident on NWA Flight 253?  Update: MSNBC retracts hijacking angle; suspect reportedly lit firecrackers; Update: suspect claims al Qaeda direction  —  Via BNONews, a passenger on Detroit-bound NWA Flight 253 was arrested in what MAY have been an attempted hijacking.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Tidings of Comfort  —  Indulge me while I tell you a story — a near-future version of Charles Dickens's “A Christmas Carol.”  It begins with sad news: young Timothy Cratchit, a k a Tiny Tim, is sick.  And his treatment will cost far more than his parents can pay out of pocket.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
82 Year-Old Pope Benedict Attacked, Knocked Down at Midnight Mass (Video) ...Update: Same Nut Tried to Attack Pope in 2008  —  A crazed woman jumped the barriers at St. Peter's Basilica and attacke 82 year-old Pope Benedict XVI at Midnight Mass knocking him to the floor.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Sidney Awards  —  Every year, I give out Sidney Awards to the best magazine essays of the year.  In an age of zipless, electronic media, the idea is to celebrate (and provide online links to) long-form articles that have narrative drive and social impact.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Ahmed Al-Haj / Associated Press:
Radical Muslim Cleric Said to Survive Airstrike  —  Relatives: Radical Yemeni Cleric Not Harmed in Government Air Raid on Al-Qaeda Meeting  —  A U.S.-born radical cleric is alive and well following reports he may have been killed in a Yemeni airstrike against suspected al-Qaida hideouts, friends and relatives said Friday.
Discussion: msnbc.com
Masaccio / Firedoglake:
A Hopeful Season's Greetings  —  My mother was a great piano player, and often while I was growing up we gathered around the piano to sing.  At Christmas, we sang from the von Trapp Family song book, a wonderful group of four-part arrangements of old carols.
Dan Nakaso / Honolulu Advertiser:
Obama will ‘recharge’ on Hawaii vacation  —  The first family touched down amid intense security in President Obama's hometown yesterday and settled in for what is expected to be a 10-day vacation in Kailua, with apparent plans to decorate an 8-foot Noble fir Christmas tree last night.
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Fannie, Freddie chiefs to get Wall Street-style compensation packages  —  The government announced Thursday that it had approved Wall Street-style, multimillion-dollar compensation packages for top executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two mortgage companies that have become little more than arms of the federal government.
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
This Christmas, 78% of Americans Identify as Christian  —  Over time, fewer Americans identify as Christian; more have no religious identity  —  PRINCETON, NJ — This Christmas season, 78% of Americans identify with some form of Christian religion, a proportion that has been declining in recent decades.
K. Daniel Glover / Accuracy in Media:
Watch The Decline: The Media Lowlights Of 2009  —  Climate “scientists” are about as trusted as used-car salesmen or congressmen these days thanks to the beating their profession has taken in the “ClimateGate” scandal.  But give the alarmists their due: They know how to hide the decline.
 
 
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