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6:20 AM ET, December 28, 2009

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Martin Fletcher / Times of London:
At least eight dead in Tehran street battles  —  At least eight anti-government protesters, including a nephew of Mir Hossein Mousavi, Iran's opposition leader, were shot dead yesterday as the smouldering confrontation between the regime and the so-called Green Movement finally erupted.
Discussion: Harry's Place
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New York Times:
Police Are Said to Have Killed 10 in Iran Protests  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — Police officers in Iran opened fire into crowds of protesters on Sunday, killing at least 10 people, witnesses and opposition Web sites said, in a day of chaotic street battles that threatened to deepen the country's civil unrest.
BBC:
Iran protesters in fresh clashes  —  Clashes have taken place overnight in the Iranian capital, Tehran, following anti-government protests on Sunday in which at least eight people died.  —  Reports say police fired tear gas to disperse crowds of demonstrators in various parts of the city overnight.
New York Times:
U.S. Widens Terror War to Yemen, a Qaeda Bastion  —  WASHINGTON — In the midst of two unfinished major wars, the United States has quietly opened a third, largely covert front against Al Qaeda in Yemen.  —  A year ago, the Central Intelligence Agency sent several of its top field operatives …
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Marc Lynch:
Whether it's AQ or not, nobody in Arab media cares  —  I don't know what kind of contacts the failed airplane bomber did or didn't have with Al-Qaeda Central or Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and neither does anybody else who has commented since it happened.
Discussion: sify.com, TalkLeft and RADAMISTO
Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
Ain't Nothin Wrong With Yemen An Invasion Can't Solve, Right?
Discussion: Raw Story and Matthew Yglesias
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Detroit terror attack: second Nigerian arrested on Amsterdam flight  —  A second Nigerian man has been arrested on a Northwest Airlines jet in Detroit 48 hours after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to blow up an airliner.  —  Sunday's flight - Northwest Airlines 253 - was exactly the same route …
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Donald Sensing / Sense of Events:   Flight 253 hero Schuringa to be prosecuted
Sheena Harrison / MLive.com:
Flight 253 passenger: Sharp-dressed man aided terror suspect Umar …
Discussion: Times of London and Atlas Shrugs
Rich Schapiro / NY Daily News:
Jasper Schuringa, Dutchman who subdued Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab …
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.
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Jonathan Martin / Politico Live's Blog:
Napolitano: “The system worked”
WJKT-TV:
Memphis Man Arrested: Accused of Making Bomb Threats & Threatening to Start “Holy War”  —  MEMPHIS, TN - Tonight, Mohamed Ibrahim is out after posting $100 bond.  Earlier in the day, he was arrested after police say he walked into several Memphis businesses and threatened to blow them up.
Political Punch:
Obama “Likely” to Speak About Flight 253  —  ABC News' Yunji de Nies Reports:  —  White House sources tell ABC News the President will “likely” speak publicly about the alleged attempted terrorist attack on Flight 253 in the next few days.  The President is on vacation in his native state of Hawaii …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Hot Air
Nile Gardiner / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Iranian protesters are dying for freedom - where is Barack Obama?  —  I wrote back in June about the shameful silence of the Obama administration during the mass street protests that greeted Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's fraudulent re-election victory as President of Iran.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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Washington Post:
Redefining human rights
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Clyburn will support bill without public option  —  The House's third-ranking Democrat said Sunday that he can support a healthcare reform bill without a public option.  —  House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) — a proponent of a government-run public plan — said that he could back the bill …
Discussion: The Politico, The Page and MyDD
Steve Campbell / Washington Post:
Cowboy hats, secret files and more headed to Bush library  —  LEWISVILLE, TEX. — Eight years of “still-evolving” American history is meticulously catalogued, wrapped, stored and guarded in the climate-controlled warehouse.  —  Included here are 68 million pages of documents, a surfboard …
Discussion: The Page
Amy Merrick / Wall Street Journal:
Pawlenty Pushes Spending Caps  —  Minnesota Governor Seeks Limits in His State and Amendment to U.S. Constitution  —  Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, considered a possible 2012 Republican presidential candidate, is calling for strict spending limits as states and the federal government confront enormous deficits.
Frida Ghitis / MiamiHerald.com:
They still don't love us  —  If you thought America would quickly regain the world's love, admiration and — most important — it's willingness to follow the U.S. lead once Barack Obama came to power, the news is disappointing.  A useful guide to what has transpired comes from Venezuela's president and his most peculiar sulfurometer.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
CNN:
STATE OF THE UNION WITH JOHN KING  —  Attempted Bombing of a Northwest Airlines Jet  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  CROWLEY: This is CNN's “State of the Union” report for Sunday, December 27th.  I'm Candy Crowley.  John King is off.
Discussion: Think Progress, Raw Story and Eschaton
CBS News:
News Interrupts Obama's Hawaii Vacation  —  Posted by Robert Hendin HONOLULU, Hawaii — Today marks day three of Barack Obama's first Hawaiian vacation as President of the United States.  He came here last year as president-elect and it's been an Obama family tradition to come here for Christmas …
CNN:
New Detroit scare declared ‘non-serious’  —  (CNN) — The security alert aboard a Northwest Airlines jet Sunday was the result of a “non-serious” incident, and the man questioned in connection with the scare does not appear to be a threat, a law enforcement source said Sunday.
Discussion: The Reaction and Mashable!
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Peter Spiegel / Wall Street Journal:
Latest Airline Incident in Detroit Not a Terror Threat, U.S. official Says
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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 …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BUFFOON WATCH.... Some have wondered this year if, in the case …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
 
 
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