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12:50 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.
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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.
Martin Fletcher / Times of London:
Mir Hossein Mousavi's nephew ‘killed’ in Tehran clashes  —  At least four Iranian protesters were reported to have been shot dead in Tehran today — including a nephew of the opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi — during the fiercest protests in the capital since the immediate aftermath of June's hotly disputed presidential election.
The Daily NiteOwl:
Live-Blogging Ashura Protests in Iran
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Four ‘shot dead’ in Iran protests
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Shocking Video- Iranian Protesters Save Prisoners from Hanging …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Doug Ross
Chip Cummins / Wall Street Journal:
Fierce Clashes Break Out in Tehran
Discussion: Power Line and New York Times
ABCNEWS:
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.
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Rich Schapiro / NY Daily News:
Jasper Schuringa, Dutchman who subdued Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab …
ABCNEWS:
Investigators: Northwest Bomb Plot Planned by al Qaeda in Yemen
New York Times:
Officials Point to Suspect's Claim of Qaeda Ties in Yemen
Associated Press:   Airline passengers see tighter security
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BUFFOON WATCH.... Some have wondered this year if, in the case of a deadly terrorist attack, whether 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
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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: The Swamp
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Hoekstra doubles down on criticism of Obama on airline attack
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.
Steve Marmel / The Huffington Post:
Vacation's Over, Mr. President  —  What is wrong with this picture?  —  It's December 23 - I lug my tired butt to the airport, ready to leave for vacation.  Carrying a bottle of very nice wine, I have to leave my place in the security line as I can't bring it as a carry-on, check it in a bag …
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
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 …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Obama scores well for first year on ethics, say watchdog groups  —  President Barack Obama scores well among ethics watchdog groups in his first year in office, though they'd still like to see more from the president.  —  Obama has wielded the power of the White House to craft an executive order …
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.
Discussion: The Hill, MyDD and Alas, a blog
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Ezra Klein:
How the filibuster increases cynicism: An interview with Andy Stern
 
 
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