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10:55 PM ET, December 29, 2009


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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Cites ‘Systemic Failure’ in U.S. Security  —  HONOLULU - President Obama on Tuesday blamed a “systemic failure” in the nation's security apparatus for the attempted bombing of a passenger jet on Christmas Day and vowed to identify the problems and “deal with them immediately.”
Armen Keteyian / CBS News:
U.S. Intel Lapses Helped Abdulmutallab  —  CBS News Exclusive: CIA Had Info on Person of Interest Dubbed “The Nigerian” in August But Officials Failed to Connect Dots  —  (CBS) CBS News has learned that as early as August of 2009 the Central Intelligence Agency was picking up information …
Washington Times:
Awlaki personally blessed Detroit attack  —  The Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner had his suicide mission personally blessed in Yemen by Anwar al-Awlaki, the same Muslim imam suspected of radicalizing the Fort Hood shooting suspect, a U.S. intelligence source has told The Washington Times.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Slams Security Breach  —  ‘Catastrophic’ Lapse Enabled Bomb Try; Father Told CIA of Suspect's Radicalization  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said a “potential catastrophic breach” allowed the alleged Christmas Day bomber to set his attack into motion, as it emerged …
Discussion: Commentary
CNN:   Source: CIA failed to circulate report about bombing suspect
Barbara Starr / CNN:
U.S., Yemen review targets for possible strike
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Yemen warns West on terror threat
Discussion: Truthdig
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Rove granted divorce in Texas  —  Karl Rove, former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, has been granted a divorce in Texas after 24 years of marriage, a family spokesperson said.  —  Dana Perino, the spokesperson, said: “Karl Rove and his wife, Darby, were granted a divorce last week.
Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
Karl Rove and His Wife Have Divorced  —  Karl Rove, the political mastermind for former President George W. Bush, and his wife, Darby, have divorced after 24 years of marriage.  —  A family spokeswoman, the former White House press secretary Dana Perino, said in a statement: “Karl Rove and his wife …
Discussion: Truthdig
Alexander Mooney / CNN:   Karl Rove, wife divorce
David Sessions / Politics Daily:
Karl Rove Divorces Wife of 24 Years in Texas
Discussion: FishBowlDC
Avi Zenilman / The Plum Line:
Skittish Democrats Refuse To Defend Obama On National Security  —  Are Democrats so cowed by Republican attacks on Obama's foreign policy that they're unwilling to defend him?  —  It's now been five days since the attempted bombing of Flight 253 in Detroit, and Congressional Democrats …
Avi Zenilman / The Plum Line:
Beltway Dems: If We Let GOP Criticism On Terror Go Unanswered We Win
Deborah Solomon / New York Times:
Power of Attorney  —  Your new book, “Crisis and Command,” is an eloquent, fact-laden history of audacious power grabs by American presidents going back to George Washington.  Which president would you say most violated laws enacted by Congress?  —  I would say Lincoln. News in English:
Obama greater than Jesus  —  The U.S. president - the practical saviour of our times  —  He is provocative in insisting on an outstretched hand, where others only see animosity.  —  His tangible results in the short time that he has been active - are few and far between.
Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:   Danish Newspaper: ‘Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus.’ — By: Jim Geraghty
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Republican calls on Napolitano to resign  —  Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) on Tuesday became the first lawmaker to call on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to resign after the recent attempted airline bombing.  —  The veteran member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee called …
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Move Your Money: A New Year's Resolution  —  Last week, over a pre-Christmas dinner, the two of us, along with political strategist Alexis McGill, filmmaker/author Eugene Jarecki, and Nick Penniman of the HuffPost Investigative Fund, began talking about the huge, growing chasm between …
Ezra Klein:
Attacking the excise tax — and cost control  —  Bob Herbert's column today isn't so much a good argument against the excise tax as it is an example of why cost control will be virtually impossible, and thus national bankruptcy — a real decrease in wages — is a near-certainty.
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
A Less Than Honest Policy
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Medicare vs. Medicaid: A Stark Warning About Having States Execute Reform  —  Political map of the United States, ca.  2002 (source: Univ. of Texas at Austin)  —  The Social Security Act of 1965 created two public insurance programs, Medicare and Medicaid.  One proved to be a big success, and the other, not so much.
Discussion: American Power
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2012: Nebraska Senate  —  Health Care Vote Puts Nelson 30 Points Down in Reelection Bid  —  The good news for Senator Ben Nelson is that he doesn't have to face Nebraska voters until 2012.  —  If Governor Dave Heineman challenges Nelson for the Senate job, a new Rasmussen Reports …
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Terrorism Still Less Deadly in US Than Lack of Health Insurance, Salmonella  —  Since we still seem to be having a national freakout over some loser who got on a plane with a bomb in his underwear, which was apparently worthy of a presidential address, it might be a good idea to put …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Published Document States Khamenei Is Planning to Escape to Russia ...Update: Khamenei's Jet Put on Standby  —  A letter published on the Iranian websites claims that Ayatollah Khamenei is planning a possible escape to Russia.  —  There were rumors floating around yesterday that Ayatollah Khamenei was preparing to flee Iran.
U.S. plane bomber wanted to study sharia in Yemen  —  ABUJA (Reuters) - A Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a U.S. airliner told his parents he wanted to study Islamic sharia law in Yemen shortly before cutting off contact with them, the Nigerian government said on Tuesday.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Ten Things to Watch in the Health-Care Reform Conference  —  It's not just about abortion and the public option.  Every decision Congress faces while merging the Senate and House health bills will give it the opportunity to make reform better.  —  Schoolhouse Rock undersold the excruciating difficulty involved in making a bill a law.
Steve Rosenthal / The Politico:
Five steps to recovery for Dems  —  You wouldn't know it by listening to many Democrats, but the last time I checked, the party still controls the White House, the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives and 26 governor's offices across the country.  And while they could be heading …
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Brian_faughnan / The washington times Blogs:
Ethics Committee Launches Investigation of Pete Stark
Discussion: Wizbang and RedState
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Why hasn't the Fed been targeting two or three percent inflation?
Discussion: Free exchange
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Marriage In Malawi  —  These two heroes - one dressed as a bride …
Discussion: Reuters
Allison Hoffman / Tablet Magazine:
Rosenthal, former J Street advisor, tell us she's still packing for D.C.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Source: ‘False’ report led to Capitol lockdown
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US President Barack Obama dramatically dashes home during golf …
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Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Majority Of Tea Party Group's Spending Went To GOP Firm That Created It
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Robert Shibley / Pajamas Media:
Yale Wimps Out Again
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