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1:55 PM ET, December 27, 2009


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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: Atlas Shrugs
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Four ‘shot dead’ in Iran protests
Robert Tait / Guardian:
‘Nine dead’ in fresh Iran protests
Chip Cummins / Wall Street Journal:
Fierce Clashes Break Out in Tehran
Discussion: Power Line and New York Times
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
At Least 4 Dead as Iranians Fight Police in Streets
Discussion: The Lede, Mediaite and Swampland
The Daily NiteOwl:
Live-Blogging Ashura Protests in Iran
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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 …
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 …
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 …
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:
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Lieberman: Yemen is 'tomorrow's war' if pre-emptive action not taken  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) Sunday said that Yemen could be the ground of America's next overseas war if Washington does not take preemptive action to root out al-Qaeda interests there.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN, The Swamp and The Majlis
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Why The President Went Golfing Today  —  In his Farenheit 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.
Investigators: Northwest Bomb Plot Planned by al Qaeda in Yemen
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,” …
Discussion: Hot Air and Scared Monkeys
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Percy Sutton, Eminent Politician, Dies at 89  —  Percy E. Sutton, who displayed fierce intelligence and exquisite polish in becoming one of the nation's most prominent black political and business leaders, died on Saturday, The Associated Press reported.  He was 89.
Ezra Klein:
End the filibuster!  An interview with Sen. Tom Harkin  —  Sen. Tom Harkin has served in the Senate since 1984, and currently chairs the influential Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.  Before coming to the Senate, he served in the House of Representatives from 1975 to 1984.
Ezra Klein:
How the filibuster increases cynicism: An interview with Andy Stern
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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:
Obama scores well for first year on ethics, say watchdog groups
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Elite U.S. Force Expanding Hunt in Afghanistan
James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
Lost decade for stocks
Discussion: Greg Mankiw's Blog
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