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New York Times:
Security System Failed, Napolitano Acknowledges  —  WASHINGTON — Backtracking from a widely criticized assertion over the weekend, the secretary of homeland security, Janet Napolitano, said in a televised interview on Monday that the thwarted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner …
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
Explosive on Flight 253 Is Among Most Powerful  —  Sewn into the underwear of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was a powerful plastic explosive, the authorities say.  —  Had Mr. Abdulmutallab, sitting in seat 19A of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Friday from Amsterdam to Detroit …
Lovegetspeace / CBS News:
U.S. Failed to Catch Suspect's Active Visa  —  Exclusive: 2 State Dept. Checks Before Alleged Terror Attack Didn't Discover Abdulmutallab had Active Visa Allowing Entry  —  (CBS) By CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian.  —  CBS News has learned the State Department system designed …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama pledges ‘thorough review’ in wake of attempted airline bombing
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
The Hill:   Obama pledges “thorough review” of anti-terrorism security measures
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.
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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 …
TMZ.com:
Kennedy Picture — A Fake  —  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.
Discussion: Gawker
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Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
MAX BAUCUS'S SPEECH UNDER CONSERVATIVE FIRE  —  “DRUNK WITH POWER?  TOP DEM SLURS ON SENATE FLOOR...” reads the Drudge Report headline.  —  Newsbusters.org writes: “How can one explain this incredibly bizarre performance by Max Baucus on the Senate floor?
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Democrat Max Baucus' really, uh, passionate Senate speech …
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.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
“Political Winners” Circle Filled by Figures Close to Obama  —  Americans divided in labeling Sarah Palin as a political winner or loser  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In Americans' estimation, the top three political winners of 2009 are all women closely linked with the Obama administration …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Now, Michelle Obama too is sliding in the polls
Discussion: Townhall.com
ABCNEWS:
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 …
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New York Times:
U.S. Widens Terror War to Yemen, a Qaeda Bastion
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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Peter J. Wallison / The Enterprise Blog:
Administration Won't Estimate Total Losses of Fannie and Freddie  —  It's a favorite government trick to announce bad news on a Friday afternoon, so it appears in Saturday's paper, the least likely edition to be read.  By Sunday and Monday, it's old news.  The Obama Treasury just went one better …
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Laura Northrup / The Consumerist:
AT&T Customer Service: “New York City Is Not Ready For The iPhone”  —  AT&T has apparently found a workable solution to the reported data congestion in New York City.  They've quietly stopped selling the iPhone from their web site to customers in the New York metropolitan area.
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The Huffington Post:
Andy Martin, GOP Senate Candidate, Accuses Opponent Mark Kirk Of Homosexuality  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  If there was any question whether or not the 2010 election season was heating up, it was dispelled on Monday morning when a Republican Senate candidate from Illinois released …
Discussion: WBBM-TV and Raw Story
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.
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Son of Obama's Friend Injured in Hawaii  —  Updated |  5:37 p.m. President Obama was rushed away unexpectedly from a Hawaii golf course on Monday and brought back to the beachfront compound where he has been staying because the son of one of his friends was hurt and needed stitches.
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
What are the odds that the best chess player in the world has never played chess?  —  The more general issues are how well the modern world allocates talent and how much exposure you need to something you eventually will be very good at.  —  My view is that people who are born into a reasonably …
 
 
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Reuters:
Nigeria bomber's home town blames foreign schooling
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Rasmussen Reports:
79% Say Another Terror Attack Likely Within Year
Tony Romm / The Hill:
S.C. attorney general: Medicaid deal could ‘represent corruption’
Discussion: The Politico
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
Ashcroft v. Napolitano — By: Jonah Goldberg
Discussion: Firedoglake and Pajamas Media
Haaretz:
Netanyahu, Livni trade barbs over Kadima coalition offer
Discussion: MyDD and Reuters
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Discussion: Gawker and The BLT
Adam Raff / New York Times:
Search, but You May Not Find  —  AS we become increasingly dependent …
Discussion: TPMCafe
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‘Cadillac’ tax isn't a tax — it's a plan to finance real health reform
Discussion: Open Congress and Pajamas Media