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2:50 PM ET, December 27, 2009


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Iran News Now:
Live-blog: Ashura in Iran - December 27, 2009  —  This is a live-blog report on clashes occurring in Iran on December 27, during the Shia mourning day of Ashura.  As reports come in, they will be placed at the top of this page.  To read this in chronological order it must be read from the bottom up.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Shocking Video- Iranian Protesters Save Prisoners from Hanging in Sirjan & Attack Police Truck — Regime Thugs Shoot Down Protesters  —  Iranian protesters in Sirjan rescued two prisoners being hanged by the brutal regime.  They rushed the Iranian officials smashed up their truck and cut the prisoners down.
Howie / The Jawa Report:
This Will Be a Day Long Remembered  —  The Guardian: … And today, Potfry sends this link to comments appearing on his Youtube account. … Everyone keep the people of Iran in their prayers.  Pray the regime in Iran will not do what I fear it may be about to do.
Discussion: Doug Ross and Atlas Shrugs
‘Mousavi nephew’ among Iran dead  —  The nephew of Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi is reportedly among eight people killed in continuing clashes between police and protesters.  —  An aide to the leader said on Sunday that Seyyed Ali Mousavi died after being shot by the police …
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
At Least 4 Dead as Iranians Fight Police in Streets
Discussion: The Lede, Mediaite and Swampland
Chip Cummins / Wall Street Journal:
Fierce Clashes Break Out in Tehran
Discussion: Power Line and New York Times
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Four ‘shot dead’ in Iran protests
The Daily NiteOwl:
Live-Blogging Ashura Protests in Iran
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and The Daily Dish
Robert Tait / Guardian:
‘Nine dead’ in fresh Iran protests
Jonathan Martin / Politico Live's Blog:
Napolitano: “The system worked”  —  DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said that the thwarting of the attempt to blow up the Amsterdam-Detroit flight this week demonstrated that “the system worked.”  —  Asked by CNN's Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” how that could be possible …
Officials: Only A Failed Detonator Saved Northwest Flight  —  Screening Machines May Need to Be Replaced; Al Qaeda Aware of ‘Achilles heel’  —  Officials now say tragedy was only averted on Northwest flight 253 because a makeshift detonator failed to work properly.
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
Fire Napolitano — By: Jonah Goldberg  —  Understandbly, the White House is trying very hard to get out in front of the would-be Christmas bomber story.  The head of the Department of Homeland Security isn't helping.  I watched her on three shows and each time she was more annoying, maddening and absurd than the pevious appearance.
Michelle Malkin:
Clown alert: Janet Napolitano says the “system worked”  —  It has been, in the words of Queen Elizabeth II, an “annus horribilis” for DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.  —  Beginning with her embrace of the impotent euphemism “man-caused disasters” to the hit job on conservatives and veterans …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Poll: “The system worked”? Update: Rep. King votes ... no
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Hoekstra doubles down on criticism of Obama on airline attack  —  Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) said Sunday that it is fair to blame the Obama administration for the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight bound for Detroit on Christmas Day.  —  Hoekstra, the top Republican …
Discussion: Liberal Values and Gateway Pundit
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BUFFOON WATCH.... Some have wondered this year if, in the case of a deadly terrorist attack, Republicans could bring themselves to put patriotism over party, and rally behind a president they disagree with.  —  I think we're getting a sense of the answer.
Discussion: The Hill
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Lieberman: Yemen is 'tomorrow's war' if pre-emptive action not taken
Discussion: The Swamp and ABCNEWS
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Napolitano Says No Evidence of Wider Terrorist Plot
Discussion: Power Line and Althouse
Steve Marmel / The Huffington Post:
Vacation's Over, Mr. President  —  UPDATE:  —  Here is an outstanding piece by a gentleman who was actually on the plane.  It's making me think, and re-think.  — rosenblith/over-detroit-skies_b_ 404255.html  —  I will say this: Some of my initial statements …
Donald Sensing / Sense of Events:   Flight 253 hero Schuringa to be prosecuted
Rich Schapiro / NY Daily News:
Jasper Schuringa, Dutchman who subdued Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab …
Roey Rosenblith / The Huffington Post:   Over Detroit Skies  —  Roey Rosenblith is the Founder and Director …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Why The President Went Golfing Today  —  In Fahrenheit 9/11, filmmaker Michael Moore juxtaposes images and words of a terrorist attack in Israel with President Bush's first words about the incident, spoken to a press pool on a golf course, with him leaning casually against a tree.
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Dems to W.H.: Drop cap-and-trade  —  Bruised by the health care debate and worried about what 2010 will bring, moderate Senate Democrats are urging the White House to give up now on any effort to pass a cap-and-trade bill next year.  —  “I am communicating that in every way I know how,” …
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Douglas Martin / New York Times:
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Al Giordano / The Field on the Narcosphere:
Iran: The Civil Resistance Breaks Through the Censorship, Again
Discussion: Reuters and The Daily Dish
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
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