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12:45 PM 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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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,” …
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.
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Incident on NWA Flight 253? …
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World View
Sebastian Rotella / Los Angeles Times:
Plane incident called an act of terrorism
CNN:
Explosive device ignited aboard U.S.-bound airliner
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
BBC:   ‘Bomb attack bid’ on US airliner
Tom Liddy / New York Post:
Terror hero: I didn't hesitate  —  A Dutch airline passenger told The Post how he leapt into action when an alleged Muslim terrorist tried to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner packed with 300 people just moments before landing.  —  Chaos erupted as alleged terrorist Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab …
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Samuel Goldsmith / NY Daily News:
Father of Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, Nigerian terror suspect in Flight 253 attack, warned U.S.  —  The terror suspect who tried to blow up a Detroit-bound plane is the son of a Nigerian banker who alerted U.S. authorities to his “extreme religious views” months ago, it was reported Saturday.
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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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: The Plum Line, Swampland and Reuters
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Obama falls short on pledge to curtail earmarks, fiscal hawks say  —  Fiscal hawks in Congress say President Barack Obama hasn't followed through on a pledge to lower federal spending on local projects.  —  Earmarks are expected to total nearly $12 billion in fiscal 2010, according to fiscal watchdog groups.
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World View
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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