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1:05 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.
‘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 Tait / Guardian:
‘Nine dead’ in fresh Iran protests  —  Opposition leader Mousavi's nephew ‘among the fatalities’ as Tehran and other cities erupt in protest and violence on holy day  —  The nephew of Iran's reformist opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi, was reported to be among at least nine people killed …
Howie / The Jawa Report:   This Will Be a Day Long Remembered
The Daily NiteOwl:
Live-Blogging Ashura Protests in Iran
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Four ‘shot dead’ in Iran protests
Chip Cummins / Wall Street Journal:
Fierce Clashes Break Out in Tehran
Discussion: Power Line and New York Times
Rich Schapiro / NY Daily News:
Jasper Schuringa, Dutchman who subdued Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab …
Investigators: Northwest Bomb Plot Planned by al Qaeda in Yemen
New York Times:
Officials Point to Suspect's Claim of Qaeda Ties in Yemen
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 …
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
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
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  —  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 …
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 …
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
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 …
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
TSA Making Flying More Miserable  —  Not surprisingly, TSA is going to make flying even more aggravating in a stupid overreaction to the Detroit terror plot. … This is mind-numbingly stupid.  As Radley Balko notes, these measures “wouldn't even have done anything to prevent the attempt over the weekend.
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
Ezra Klein:
How the filibuster increases cynicism: An interview with Andy Stern
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Shocking Video- Iranian Protesters Save Prisoners from Hanging …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Doug Ross
Al Giordano / The Field on the Narcosphere:
Iran: The Civil Resistance Breaks Through the Censorship, Again
Discussion: Reuters and The Daily Dish
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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