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12:40 PM ET, December 31, 2009

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KHVO:
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.
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Anill / Think Progress:
Limbaugh Rushed To Honolulu Hospital That Gave Rise To ‘Birther’ Conspiracy  —  Conservative radio shock jock Rush Limbaugh was rushed to a Honolulu hospital yesterday with chest pains.  After paramedics arrived and treated him at the Kahala Hotel and Resort, Limbaugh was transferred …
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
TSA subpoenas bloggers, demands names of sources  —  Buzz up!  —  WASHINGTON - As the government reviews how an alleged terrorist was able to bring a bomb onto a U.S.-bound plane and try to blow it up on Christmas Day, the Transportation Security Administration is going after bloggers …
Discussion: snooperreport.com and The Hill
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elliott.org:
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?
Discussion: Boing Boing, Boarding Area and TalkLeft
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Is This Really an Intelligence Failure?  Real Talk on Abdulmutallab  —  In an appearance on “Democracy Now!” yesterday morning to discuss Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, I made the point that Abdulmutallab's ability to board Northwest Airlines Flight 253 demonstrates a policy failure more than an intelligence failure.
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
Shadow of 9/11 Is Cast Again
Discussion: Reuters and TalkLeft
CNN:
Terror suspect attended 2008 Islamic ‘knowledge fest’ in Houston
Discussion: The Jawa Report
The Prowler / American Spectator:
The Politics of Incompetence  —  On December 26, two days after Nigerian Omar Abdulmutallab allegedly attempted to use underwear packed with plastic explosives to blow up the Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight he was on, and as it became clear internally that the Administration had suffered perhaps …
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Publius / Big Government:
White House Visitors Log: ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis In Obama Residence …
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Issa calls for hearing into Flight 253 intel lapses
Discussion: The Politico
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PFEIFFER MAKES IT PLAIN.... It's understandable that the White House, any White House, wants to stay “above the fray.”  A president and his/her team have broader responsibilities that preclude tit-for-tat squabbles with petty partisans.  —  That said, some criticisms deserve responses.
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Mark Hemingway / Washington Examiner:
White House takes four days to respond to terror attack …
Discussion: Commentary
Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
The Same Old Washington Blame Game
José M. Guardia / Barcepundit:
ANOTHER MASSACRE in gun-free Europe: … According to the AP, the suspect has been ID'ed: … The last name does sound Finnish; I wouldn't want to jump to conclusions, but the first name sounds like this may be more than just one of those random incidents in which one weirdo gets a gun and starts shooting people.
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Rasmussen Reports:
58% Favor Waterboarding of Plane Terrorist To Get Information  —  Fifty-eight percent (58%) of U.S. voters say waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques should be used to gain information from the terrorist who attempted to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day.
Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
Into Thine Hand I Commit My Spirit  —  Arghandab, Afghanistan  —  On this small base surrounded by a mixture of enemy and friendly territory, a memorial has been erected just next to the Chapel.  Inside the tepee are 21 photos of 21 soldiers killed during the first months of a year-long tour of duty.
New York Times:
Afghan Suicide Bomber Kills C.I.A. Operatives  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest and an Afghan National Army uniform killed at least eight American civilians, most of them C.I.A. officers, at a remote base in southeastern Afghanistan on Wednesday …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Swampland
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Jules Crittenden:
God Damn The Naughts  —  We watched the sun drop on the last day of the 1990s and the Second Millennium, myself, a Boston Herald photog and assorted others, looking west from among the old Jewish tombstones on the Mount of Olives.  A choir of Carmelite nuns emerged by the gates of Gethsemane …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LEAVE HAWAII ALONE.... This again? … I'd hoped we were past this by now.  —  You'll recall that, during last year's presidential campaign, Cokie Roberts complained on ABC, “I know his grandmother lives in Hawaii and I know Hawaii is a state, but it has the look of him going off to some sort of foreign, exotic place.”
Dean Baker / Beat the Press:
Washington Post Joins With Peter Peterson, Ends Pretense of Being a Serious Newspaper  —  To end the decade, the Washington Post acknowledged that it is no longer a serious newspaper.  It ran a piece written by the Peter Peterson Foundation financed Fiscal Times as a regular news article.
Discussion: Washington Post
Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
A Cold-Blooded Foreign Policy  —  No despot fears the president, and no demonstrator in Tehran expects him to ride to the rescue.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  With year one drawing to a close, the truth of the Obama presidency is laid bare: retrenchment abroad, and redistribution and the intrusive regulatory state at home.
Tim Carpenter / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Topeka Democrat says she prefers to work in state legislature  —  Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly withdrew Thursday from her congressional campaign against Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins.  —  Kelly was a lock to win the Democratic nomination in the 2nd District, which includes Topeka …
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog
 
 
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