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3:25 AM ET, December 28, 2009

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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”  —  DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said that the thwarting of the attempt to blow up the Amsterdam-Detroit flight this week demonstrated that “the system worked.”  —  Asked by CNN's Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” how that could be possible …
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Napolitano Says No Evidence of Wider Terrorist Plot  —  WASHINGTON — Janet Napolitano, the Homeland Security secretary, said on Sunday that there was so far no evidence of a wider terrorist plot in what federal authorities said was an attempt by a 23-year-old Nigerian man to blow …
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 …
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
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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 …
Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
Ain't Nothin Wrong With Yemen An Invasion Can't Solve, Right?  —  That vein in your forehead that throbs when someone says something stupid?  I formally petition the American Medical Association to rename it the Lieberman: … So unless we make it today's war, it'll be tomorrow's war.
Discussion: Raw Story and Matthew Yglesias
The Huffington Post:
Lieberman: The United States Must Pre-Emptively Act In Yemen
Discussion: Philly.com, OpEdNews and The Plum Line
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.
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Iran News Now:
Live-blog: Ashura in Iran - December 27, 2009
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, The Page and Hot Air
Donald Sensing / Sense of Events:
Flight 253 hero Schuringa to be prosecuted  —  WASHINGTON, D.C.—The hero of Northwest Airlines Flight 253, lauded by passengers as the man who first reached would-be bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, will be arraigned this week under federal charges, the US Justice Department announced today.
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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.
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
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 …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:   Taking Work Home (Even When Home Means Hawaii)
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.
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
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
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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Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard:
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Mark Steyn / National Review:
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