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2:55 PM ET, December 28, 2009

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Runnin' Scared:
Crotch-Bomber Fails to Blow Up Plane, in Yet Another Disaster for Obama  —  There are a few ways to look at the case of the thwarted holiday crotch-bomber.  On the one hand, we have a deluded fellow who, allegedly assured of eternal glory by jihadists who bade him sew explosive chemicals into his underwear …
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
The Terror This Time  —  Janet Napolitano says the system worked.  No, we were brave and lucky.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  A U.S. government that has barred the phrase “war on terror” has nonetheless acknowledged that a failed Christmas day bomb attack on an airliner was a terrorist attempt.
Washington Post:
Warning on Detroit suspect didn't rise above the ‘noise’  —  When Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's father in Nigeria reported concern over his son's “radicalization” to the U.S. Embassy there last month, intelligence officials in the United States deemed the information insufficient to pursue.
ABCNEWS:
Abdulmutallab: More Like Me In Yemen  —  Accused Northwest Bomber Says More Bombers On the Way; Al Qaeda Promises to Hit Americans  —  American officials have cause to worry there may be more al Qaeda-trained young men in Yemen planning to bring down American jets.
Lovegetspeace / CBS News:
U.S. Failed to Catch Suspect's Active Visa
John F. Burns / New York Times:   Britain Rejected Visa Renewal for Terrorism Suspect
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama addresses airline security in low-key fashion
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP accuses White House of ‘stonewalling’ terror attempt inquiries
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
USA Today:
New air scare brings renewed travel hassles
Discussion: NPR Blogs and Open Left
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Where Have They Taken Him?  —  There are two critical lines that were crossed yesterday.  The first was widespread savagery and violence by the junta on the day of Ashura.  This breaks a profound taboo, violates the integrity and core meaning of the religious festival, and places the regime symbolically as the enemy of Shia Islam.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and AMERICAblog News
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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.
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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Mark Whitaker / Washington Post:
Lessons from Obama's first year
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.
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?
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 …
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.
Akiva Eldar / Haaretz:
U.S.: Israel plan to build in East Jerusalem harms peace process  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to construct an additional 700 apartments in East Jerusalem is another blow to stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, the White House press secretary said on Monday.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House criticizes construction of new E. Jerusalem settlements
Jonathan Gruber / Washington Post:
‘Cadillac’ tax isn't a tax — it's a plan to finance real health reform  —  As we prepare for the final round of debate over health reform, perhaps the most contentious issue will be financing.  Both the Senate and House agree that most of the financing for reform should come from scaling …
Discussion: Open Congress and Pajamas Media
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
 
 
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