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10:10 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Reuters and TalkLeft
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Obama to get report on intelligence failures in Abdulmutallab case  —  President Obama will receive a report Thursday detailing how some government agencies failed to share or highlight potentially relevant information about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab before he allegedly tried to blow …
Somali tried to board plane with chemicals, syringe
Discussion: Politics Daily and TalkLeft
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Probes Cleric's Tie to Jetliner Bomb Plot
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 …
Publius / Big Government:
White House Visitors Log: ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis In Obama Residence Week Before Sting Videos Launched  —  This afternoon, on arguably one of the slower news day of the year, the Obama White House released another document dump of “visitor records.”  According to the White House …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
White House releases 25,000 more visitor names
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 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.
Los Angeles Times:
Afghanistan suicide bombing kills 8 CIA officers  —  The Taliban takes responsibility for the explosion at a U.S. base in Khowst province where the agency has a major presence.  No U.S. or NATO military personnel are hurt.  —  Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan, and Rochester, N.Y. …
Wall Street Journal:
Spitzer's AIG Emails  —  Why won't the former Attorney General release records of his communications?  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Tiger Woods sent some of the world's most famous text messages.  Eliot Spitzer, for his part, preferred to communicate via email.
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.
Discussion: Commentary and Israel Matzav
Greg Gordon / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Investors could only lose in Goldman's Caymans deals  —  NEW YORK — When financial titan Goldman Sachs joined some of its Wall Street rivals in late 2005 in secretly packaging a new breed of offshore securities, it gave prospective investors little hint that many of the deals were so risky …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Security ‘Breach’  —  Returning Gitmo's detainees to Yemen defies common sense.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  President Obama has belatedly declared that the near miss above Detroit constituted “a catastrophic breach of security” and ordered a review of America's intelligence efforts.
Discussion: Commentary and
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
White House To Lieberman And GOP: Sorry, We're Still Closing Gitmo
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Gunman kills 5 in Finnish mall shooting spree  —  (CNN) — A gunman opened fire inside a busy shopping center near the Finnish capital of Helsinki Thursday, leaving five people dead, police said.  —  Four of the victims — three men and one woman — were killed at the Sello shopping center in Espoo, just west of Helsinki, police said.
Discussion: Barcepundit and Confederate Yankee
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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