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Two al Qaeda Leaders Behind Northwest Flight 253 Terror Plot Were Released by U.S.  —  Former Guantanamo Prisoners Believed Behind Northwest Airlines Bomb Plot; Sent to Saudi Arabia in 2007  —  Two of the four leaders allegedly behind the al Qaeda plot to blow up a Northwest Airlines passenger jet …
CNN:
Al Qaeda group claims responsibility for Christmas Day attack
New York Times:
Officials Point to Suspect's Claim of Qaeda Ties in Yemen
Washington Post:
Transcript of Obama remarks on airline security and terror watch lists  —  President Obama's remarks Monday about airline security and this weekend's protests in Iran.  The Washington Post maintains a full database of Obama's speeches here.  —  Good morning, everybody.
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New York Times:
Security System Failed, Napolitano Acknowledges
Reuters:
Nigeria bomber's home town blames foreign schooling
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Kevin Hechtkopf / CBS News:
Obama: We Will Do Everything Possible to Keep America Safe
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
The Smoking Gun:
TMZ Falls For JFK Photo Hoax  —  Photo that “could have changed history” actually from a Playboy shoot  —  In a colossal screw-up, the gossip web site TMZ.com today published a photo purporting to show John F. Kennedy frolicking on a yacht with a harem of naked women—except …
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TMZ.com:
The JFK Photo That Could Have Changed History  —  TMZ has obtained a never-before published photograph which appears to show John F. Kennedy on a boat filled with naked women — it's a photo that could have altered world events.  —  We believe the photo was taken in the mid-1950s.
TMZ.com:
Man in Photo is Not JFK  —  TMZ received an email from someone who said the photo we posted showing a man appearing to be John F. Kennedy on a yacht with naked women was actually a photo from a 1967 Playboy photo shoot.  —  We have contacted Playboy and a rep says the photo did indeed run in one of its 1967 issues.
Alaska Dispatch:
Palin daughter sues for custody  —  The custody battle between Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin became public last week when two Superior Court judges issued orders unsealing the court record and denying the use of pseudonyms to protect the feuding parents' identities.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
The ‘Drunk’ Smear  —  At the end of a slow holiday weekend, Matt Drudge linked to a video posted by YouTube member SocialistsSteal, labeled “Senator Max Baucus Drunk/Intoxicated on Senate Floor.”  SocialistsSteal had, ironically, stolen the video from ThinkProgress, which had grabbed the lengthy clip …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Democrat Max Baucus' really, uh, passionate Senate speech …
WBBM780.com:
PHOTOS RELATED TO THIS STORY - CLICK HERE  —  Political Editor Craig Dellimore and Stan Pillman Reporting  —  CHICAGO (WBBM/CBS) - U.S Senate candidate Andy Martin is airing a new political advertisement that is making accusations about the sexual orientation of Congressman Mark Kirk.
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The Huffington Post:
Andy Martin, GOP Senate Candidate, Accuses Opponent Mark Kirk Of Homosexuality
Discussion: PR inside
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Krauthammer Rips Obama's “Flaccid, Meaningless” Words On Iranian Freedom Protests (Video)  —  “This is a moment in history, and he's missing it.”  —  On Special Report tonight Charles Krauthammer ripped President Obama for his “flaccid, meaningless” words on the Iranian freedom protests.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Hot Air
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Now, Michelle Obama too is sliding in the polls  —  She's on vacation now in Hawaii, so what does she care?  —  But as the first calendar year of the new White House regime draws to a close, First Lady Michelle Obama is experiencing the same drop in poll numbers as her husband.
Discussion: Townhall.com
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
GOP blame at TSA?  —  As Republicans seek to put the blame for the widespread perception of ineptness at the Transportation Security Administration on the Obama administration, Democrats are arguing that Republican legislators bear part of the blame and that they're politically vulnerable on the subject.
Jackie Calmes / The Caucus:
Peter Orszag to Wed ABC News Reporter  —  Rahm Emanuel once said of Peter R. Orszag, the bespectacled economist who is President Obama's budget director, “He's made nerdy sexy.”  So perhaps the White House chief of staff won't be surprised to learn that Mr. Orszag got engaged over lunch …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
First Family to America: Everyone Must Sacrifice, Everyone Must Have Some Skin in the Game... We'll Be In Hawaii  —  Back in January, before he signed his failed $787 billion stimulus bill into law, Barack Obama told America that everyone must sacrifice for the greater good.  Everyone must have “some skin in the game.”
Discussion: TBogg
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Allegedly Allergic — By: Mark Steyn  —  Jonah, your allegedly alleged reader's observation on “clinical legalism” is just right.  Putting aside the stuff that was just plain wrong (this guy's an “isolated extremist” - oh, yeah?), the President's remarks had a horrible desiccated complacency.
Discussion: The Rhetorican
Jeffrey Goldberg:
Andrew Sullivan, Hannah Rosenthal and Neocons  —  Andrew Sullivan writes, in reference my charge that Hannah Rosenthal, the State Department's anti-anti-Semitism czar, made as her “first target” of criticism Israel's ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, for refusing to speak at the J Street conference:
The FOX Nation:
Obama Calls Terror Suspect ‘Isolated Extremist,’ But Al Qaeda Claims Credit  —  Karl Rove points out that President Obama called the Flight 253 bomb plotter an “isolated extremist” but Al Qaeda has already claimed credit for the terrorist bombing attempt.  According to Rove …
New York Times:
Iran's War on Its People  —  We are inspired by the bravery of Iranians who continue to demand their rights, even in the face of their government's relentless and shameful brutality.  Iran's leaders are so desperate to repel a rising tide of popular unrest that even Ashura …
Discussion: Israpundit
 
 
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Chicago Tribune:
Titanic debt  —  Decades or centuries from now, scholars …
Megan McArdle:
TSA Fails to Intercept Terrorist; We Pay the Price
David Cho / Washington Post:
As college costs rise, loans become harder to get
Discussion: MyDD and Gawker
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Another Peril in War Zones: Sexual Abuse by Fellow G.I.'s
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Taylor Marsh
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
10 Questions About Terrorism, Obama and the Christmas Day Plot
Tony Romm / The Hill:
S.C. attorney general: Medicaid deal could ‘represent corruption’
Discussion: The Politico
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
What are the odds that the best chess player in the world has never played chess?
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Where Have They Taken Him?  —  There are two critical lines that were crossed yesterday.
Discussion: Hot Air, Enduring America and NPR Blogs
Avi Zenilman / The Plum Line:
Tea Partiers To Republicans: You Better Call For Full Repeal of Reform, Or Else