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1:05 AM ET, December 31, 2009


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Sources: Limbaugh Rushed To Honolulu Hospital  —  Conservative Radio Show Host Suffering From Chest Pains  —  HONOLULU — Conservative radio talk host Rush Limbaugh was rushed to a Honolulu hospital on Wednesday afternoon with chest pains, sources told KITV.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Limbaugh hospitalized  —  Honolulu TV:  —  Conservative radio talk host Rush Limbaugh was rushed to a Honolulu hospital on Wednesday afternoon with chest pains, sources told KITV.  —  Paramedics responded to the call at 2:41 p.m. at the Kahala Hotel and Resort.  —  Limbaugh suffered from chest pains, sources said.
Discussion: Althouse
Dan Pfeiffer / White Blog Feed:
The Same Old Washington Blame Game  —  There has been a lot of discussion online and in the mainstream media about our response to various critics of the President, specifically former Vice President Cheney, who have been coming out of the woodwork since the incident on Christmas Day.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
As the Nation's Pulse Races, Obama Can't Seem to Find His  —  I was walking through a deserted downtown on Christmas Eve with a friend, past the lonely, gray Treasury Building, past the snowy White House with no president inside.  —  “I hope the terrorists don't think this is a good time to attack …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Dems Blame Bush Admin For Terror Attempt  —  As GOPers begin increasingly using the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner to score political points, 2 Dems are blaming the Bush admin for events that led directly to the failed attack.  —  While many Dems stay silent and let the WH lead the way …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Cheney: Obama ‘trying to pretend’
Tony Romm / The Hill:
DCCC: Obama ‘more aggressive in fighting al Qaeda’ than predecessor
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
White House To Lieberman And GOP: Sorry, We're Still Closing Gitmo
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Monthly
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
White House releases 25,000 more visitor names  —  The White House today released the names of an additionl 25,000 individuals who have visited the White House this year.  —  The new names include those who came to the White House between September 16th and September 30th.
Discussion: The Politico and TPMDC
Publius / Big Government:
White House Visitors Log: ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis In Obama Residence …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Binyamin Appelbaum / Washington Post:
U.S. taking majority ownership of GMAC  —  The federal government said Wednesday it will take a majority ownership stake in the troubled auto lender GMAC, providing another $3.8 billion in aid to the company, which has been unable to raise from private investors the money it needs to stanch its losses.
Steven Brill / New York Times:
What's a Bailed-Out Banker Really Worth?  —  Last August, as midnight approached on a Friday, two Treasury Department staff members sat in a cramped basement office in the Treasury Building next to the White House and watched as their e-mail in-boxes filled up.
Discussion: Felix Salmon
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
U.S. to take majority stake in GMAC
Newt Gingrich / Human Events:
On Terrorism it's Time to Know, to Profile, and to Discriminate  —  After the Christmas Day near disaster in Detroit, it is time for Americans to demand effective anti-terrorist actions.  —  Over eight years after 9/11 and 30 years after the Iranian illegal seizure of the United States embassy …
Jordan Fabian / Twitter Room:
Hoekstra: Obama 'concedes I'm right' on failed airplane bombing
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Suicide bomber attacks CIA base in Afghanistan, killing at least 8 Americans  —  A suicide bomber infiltrated a CIA base in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least eight Americans in what is believed to be the deadliest single attack on U.S. intelligence personnel in the eight-year-long war …
Shannyn Moore / The Huffington Post:
Palibanned Per Todd Palin  —  I wrote about this last week, but now we have documents!  —  Sarah Palin's Wasilla book signing had a few rules.  “Per Todd Palin”, three of us were banned.  “Public servants” in their police uniforms at a “public event” in a “public building” had a list of “public citizens” not allowed in.
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Raw Story
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: Controversial Obama U.N. nominee withdraws for “personal reasons,” official says  —  Jide Zeitlin, the Obama administration's nominee to be America's point man for financial reform at the United Nations, has withdrawn himself from consideration for the job, an administration official tells The Cable.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Democratic commission recommends elimination of superdelegates  —  Eighteen months removed from a protracted presidential primary fight, a Democratic group convened to examine the nominating process has recommended that so-called superdelegates be eliminated.
Tony Romm / The Hill:
DNC commission recommends end to superdelegate system
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Madden defends GOP's hypocritical attacks: Obama's in Hawaii, which ‘seems like a foreign place.’  —  On CNN this morning, host John Roberts asked former Romney spokesman Kevin Madden about the hypocritical “heat for this president from the Republicans” regarding the Obama administration's response …
Don Walton / Lincoln Journal Star:
Beleaguered Nelson to air TV ad tonight  —  As a fresh poll measured the political cost of Sen. Ben Nelson's health reform vote, he prepared Tuesday to take his case directly to Nebraskans during Wednesday night's Holiday Bowl game.  —  Nelson will air a new TV ad in which he attempts …
Booman Tribune:
Why We Blog  —  Blogging is an activity.  It's something you do either in your spare time or the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night.  If you are doing full-time political blogging, something is motivating you.  For most of us, that motivation was originally outrage …
John / Power Line:
Government-Caused Disaster  —  The Obama administration calls terrorism a “man-caused disaster,” but the biggest disasters are government-caused.  Only government has the ability to set us back a trillion dollars.  —  In today's Wall Street Journal, Peter Wallison has explosive …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
James Dao / New York Times:
Army History Finds Early Missteps in Afghanistan  —  In the fall of 2003, the new commander of American forces in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. David W. Barno, decided on a new strategy.  Known as counterinsurgency, the approach required coalition forces to work closely with Afghan leaders …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Shadow of 9/11 Is Cast Again  —  WASHINGTON — The finger-pointing began in earnest on Wednesday over who in the alphabet soup of American security agencies knew what and when about the Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up an airliner.  —  But the harshest spotlight fell …
Full text of my subpoena from the Department of Homeland Security  —  We had just put the kids in the bathtub when Special Agent Robert Flaherty knocked on my front door with a subpoena.  He was very polite, and used “sir” a lot, and he said he just wanted a name: Who sent me the security directive?
Dan O'Brien / The Business Journal Serving …:
Traficant Declares: 'I'm Going to Run'  —  YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Former U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. revved himself up in typical fashion (WATCH VIDEO), then eased off as he spoke for 30 minutes before quietly telling a new business networking group last night that he will indeed make a bid for Congress in 2010.
Los Angeles Times:
Federal court restricts Taser use by police  —  Ninth Circuit ruling — allowing an officer to be held liable for injuries a man suffered after being Tasered — sets a precedent that may force agencies to revisit their policies.  —  A federal appeals court this week ruled that a California police officer …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Sausage is Delicious, Mediocre Legislation is Problematic  —  Various analogies between the legislative process and sausage-making are always in the air.  A hardy perennial of the American political discourse.  But when considering the prospects for legislative reform, it's worth considering some serious differences between the two.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Newsweek Blogs
Ezra Klein:
Sen. Bernie Sanders: Health-care bill could spark “a revolution in primary health care”  —  Tell me a bit about the provisions to expand community health centers that you added into the Senate bill.  —  In most areas of Vermont right now, you can drive to a community health center near …
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Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Newcomer Stirs Up Connecticut Senate Race
Discussion: MyDD
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
NRSC Cites Detroit Incident In Fundraising Pitch
Discussion: Daily Kos
Conn Carroll / The Foundry:
Senate Health Care Timeline
Victorino Matus / Weekly Standard:
Germany to the Rescue?  —  For a few Bundestag members …
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
The Public Option is Not Symbolic; It is Foundational
DeMint: Senate could've voted on TSA chief ‘months ago’
Discussion: Weekly Standard
 Earlier Items: 
James Pethokoukis:
Why the Democrats will lose the House in 2010
Discussion: Hot Air
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Progressives pressure Sanders, Feingold on public option reform
Discussion: RedState
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
TurboTax, Geithner Edition
Natasha Chart / Open Left:
I Don't Know How Many More Progressive Victories I Can Take
Discussion: The Confluence