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9:30 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 and Jules Crittenden
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FRONTLINE:
The start of an Iranian intifada  —  [ analysis ]  —  An Iranian-style intifada seems to be in the making.  —  At the beginning of the current period of opposition, which started soon after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's controversial reelection, quiet periods of seeming normalcy occurred between what were less frequent demonstrations.
Nile Gardiner / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Iranian protesters are dying for freedom - where is Barack Obama?
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Gateway Pundit
BBC:
Iran protesters in fresh clashes
Discussion: Informed Comment and Gawker
New York Times:
Police Are Said to Have Killed 10 in Iran Protests
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Marc Lynch:
Whether it's AQ or not, nobody in Arab media cares
Discussion: sify.com, TalkLeft and RADAMISTO
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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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.
Discussion: Commentary and Israel Matzav
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: Gateway Pundit and Times of London
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.
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.
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Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Mary Matalin claims President Bush ‘inherited’ the September 11th terror attacks.
Discussion: BlogHer
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
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.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Winners and Losers: Political toll of 2009  —  Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Sonia Sotomayor:  —  “Winners.”  —  So say a majority of Americans asked to assess the political  —  winners of 2009 - with the first lady leading the list.  —  Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed …
Discussion: Gallup and The Politico
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
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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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
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
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
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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Michelle Malkin:
Clown alert: Janet Napolitano says the “system worked”
 
 
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