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8:05 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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The Daily NiteOwl:
Ashura Says: Iranians Aren't Punching Bags  —  The Ashura (December 27) protests across Iran are over.  Tens of thousands marched across the country as in the past to show their discontent with dictatorship and human rights violations.  They yet again proved that the Iranian struggle is far from over.
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.
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
New York Times:
Police Are Said to Have Killed 10 in Iran Protests
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
Discussion: sify.com, TalkLeft and RADAMISTO
Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
Ain't Nothin Wrong With Yemen An Invasion Can't Solve, Right?
Sean Rayment / Telegraph:
Analysis: Detroit terror attack is a major intelligence and security failure
Discussion: Dr. Melissa Clouthier and Wizbang
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 …
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.
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Poll: “The system worked”? Update: Rep. King votes ... no
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
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
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Big Zero  —  Maybe we knew, at some unconscious, instinctive level, that it would be an era best forgotten.  Whatever the reason, we got through the first decade of the new millennium without ever agreeing on what to call it.  The aughts?  The naughties?  Whatever.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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:
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
 
 
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