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11:55 AM 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 …
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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Mark Hemingway / Washington Examiner:
White House takes four days to respond to terror attack, but responds to Cheney criticism in matter of hours?  —  David's post below on the White House's decision to accuse of all people, Dick Cheney, of being insufficiently critical of al Qaeda beggars belief.
Discussion: Commentary
Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
The Same Old Washington Blame Game
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PFEIFFER MAKES IT PLAIN.... It's understandable that the White House …
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Issa calls for hearing into Flight 253 intel lapses
Discussion: The Politico
Publius / Big Government:
White House Visitors Log: ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis In Obama Residence …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
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
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CNN:
Somali tried to board plane with chemicals, syringe
Discussion: Politics Daily and TalkLeft
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Obama to get report on intelligence failures in Abdulmutallab case
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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CNN:
Gunman kills 5 in Finnish mall shooting spree
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.”
Discussion: Shakesville
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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. …
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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.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and American Power
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
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's slide: 2009 in review  —  What a year.  —  Nearly one year ago, George W. Bush concluded his presidency with an average public-approval rating of 49 percent in the Gallup Polls - 34 percent in the final temperature taken of the outgoing administration.
Discussion: D.C. Now
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.
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
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
 
 
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Associated Press:
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