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12:00 PM ET, December 30, 2009

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Cheney: Obama ‘trying to pretend’  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney accused President Barack Obama on Tuesday of “trying to pretend we are not at war” with terrorists, pointing to the White House response to the attempted sky bombing as reflecting a pattern that includes banishing the term …
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Feinstein: Halt transfers to Yemen  —  The senior Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee wants no more Guantanamo Bay detainees released to Yemen in the wake of a Christmas day terrorist attack hatched in that country.  —  “Guantanamo detainees should not be released to Yemen at this time …
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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 …
Times of London:
Al-Qaeda ‘groomed Abdulmutallab in London’  —  Sean O'Neill, Crime and Security Editor and Giles Whittell in Washington  —  The Christmas Day airline bomb plot suspect organised a conference under the banner “War on Terror Week” as he immersed himself in radical politics while a student in London, The Times has learnt.
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Cites ‘Systemic Failure’ in U.S. Security
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Obama Aide: Failed Underpants Bomber Won't Stop Us From Closing Gitmo
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Administration sees ‘some linkage’ between Detroit suspect, al-Qaeda
Discussion: Commentary and CNN
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Americans most admire Obama, Clinton, Palin  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is the man Americans admired most in 2009, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, while Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin are virtually tied as the most-admired woman.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Clinton Edges Out Palin as Most Admired Woman  —  Obama easily wins Most Admired Man title  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues her reign as the Most Admired Woman in the eyes of Americans, but barely edges out former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin this year, 16% to 15%.
Discussion: The Swamp and HotAirPundit
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Clinton edges Palin for most admired
Discussion: Mediaite
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
EVERYTHING IS ALWAYS GOOD NEWS FOR REPUBLICANS.... If facts, history, evidence, and reality have no meaning whatsoever — and they may not — then this makes sense. … By all appearances, it doesn't matter if the Republican attacks are baseless and ridiculous.  It doesn't matter if Republican national security policies failed.
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Republicans see political opportunity in Obama response to failed airplane bomb  —  Republicans are jumping on President Obama's response to the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a U.S. airliner as the latest evidence that Democrats do not aggressively fight terrorism to protect the country …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Associated Press:
Somali held last month with chemicals, syringe  —  ‘We caught him red-handed,’ official says after arrest in Mogadishu airport  —  MOGADISHU, Somalia - A man tried to board a commercial airliner in Mogadishu last month carrying powdered chemicals, liquid and a syringe that could have caused …
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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 …
Discussion: The Hill and American Power
Associated Press:
GMAC Expects $3B More in Federal Aid  —  Bailout Infusion by Government Slated to Help Troubled Automotive Lender Achieve Required $11.5B Financial Cushion  —  (AP) The U.S. government was moving ahead Wednesday on a fresh multibillion dollar cash infusion to stabilize auto financing company …
Discussion: The Page
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Dakin Campbell / Bloomberg:   GMAC Said to Discuss U.S. Aid Package of $3 Billion or More
Laura Saunders / Wall Street Journal:
Rich Cling to Life to Beat Tax Man  —  Nothing's certain except death and taxes — but a temporary lapse in the estate tax is causing a few wealthy Americans to try to bend those rules.  —  Starting Jan. 1, the estate tax — which can erase nearly half of a wealthy person's estate — goes away for a year.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Debate Over Full-Body Scans vs. Invasion of Privacy Flares Anew After Incident  —  The technology exists to reveal objects hidden under clothes at airport checkpoints, and many experts say it would have detected the explosive packet carried aboard the Detroit-bound flight last week.
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Bunker Mentality  —  Barack Obama's dangerous obsession with golf.  —  It's been a tough first year for President Obama, as critics throughout the body politic bemoan that Mr. Change-We-Can-Believe-In is looking more and more like Mr. Politics-As-Usual.  With the coming new year, however …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
CNN:
Dutch to use full body scans for U.S. flights  —  (CNN) — Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport will begin using body scanners on all passengers taking flights to the United States following the attempted terrorist attack on a U.S.-bound flight on Christmas Day, the Dutch interior minister said Wednesday.
Discussion: Politics Daily and Queerty
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 …
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 …
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Blue state govs. rip Senate health bill  —  The governors of the nation's two largest Democratic states are leveling sharp criticism at the Senate health care bill, claiming that it would leave their already financially strapped states even deeper in the hole.
 
 
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: Hit & Run
Houston Chronicle:
Houston school checking possible link to terror suspect
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and Our Post-Modern Race Problem
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
As standoff with Iran continues, U.S. prepares targeted sanctions
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The Hill:
Reid to try to break hold on TSA nominee
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Associated Press:
Obama Moves to Curb Federal Secrets