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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  —  President Barack Obama said on Monday that he'd launched a full investigation into security lapses behind the attempted bombing of a Delta flight on Christmas.  —  The president said the government was doing everything …
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
New York Times:
U.S. Widens Terror War to Yemen, a Qaeda Bastion
Washington Post:
Obama orders review of nation's terror watch-list system
John F. Burns / New York Times:   Britain Rejected Visa Renewal for Terrorism Suspect
The Hill:   Obama pledges “thorough review” of anti-terrorism security measures
Mark Hosenball / Newsweek Blogs:
What U.S. Intelligence Knew About the Underpants Bomber
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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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 …
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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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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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.
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
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.
 
 
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
S.C. attorney general: Medicaid deal could ‘represent corruption’
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
Ashcroft v. Napolitano — By: Jonah Goldberg
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Haaretz:
Netanyahu, Livni trade barbs over Kadima coalition offer
Discussion: MyDD and Reuters
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
What are the odds that the best chess player in the world has never played chess?
Michelle Malkin:
Corruptocrat Chris Dodd gets his comeuppance
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Times of London:
Is this Iran's Berlin Wall moment?
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Right Wing Renews Calls For Profiling: 'There Should Be A Separate …
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