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10:40 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
New York Times:
Spy Agencies Failed to Collate Clues on Terror  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency four months ago intercepted conversations among leaders of Al Qaeda in Yemen discussing a plot to use a Nigerian man for a coming terrorist attack, but American spy agencies later failed to combine …
Somali tried to board plane with chemicals, syringe
Discussion: Politics Daily and TalkLeft
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Security ‘Breach’
Discussion: Commentary and
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Obama to get report on intelligence failures in Abdulmutallab case
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Probes Cleric's Tie to Jetliner Bomb Plot
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
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
TSA Threatens Blogger Who Posted New Screening Directive  —  TSA Special Agent John Enright, left, speaks to Steven Frischling outside the blogger's home in Niantic, Connecticut, after returning Frischling's laptop Wednesday.  —  Photo: Thomas Cain/
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: and The Hill
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
White House releases 25,000 more visitor names
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.
Mark Hemingway / Washington Examiner:
White House takes four days to respond to terror attack …
Discussion: Commentary
James Pethokoukis:
What Ben Nelson didn't tell Nebraskans  —  Suddenly down some 30 points to a hypothetical 2012 challenger, Ben “60th vote” Nelson — a guy who won his 2006 race with 64 percent — is taking to the airwaves to explain his decision to vote for ObamaCare.  —  But in a TV spot …
Discussion: Power Line
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.”
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. …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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