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11:20 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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.”
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
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.
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
Colin McDonald / Politics Daily:
Matt Lewis on MSNBC: Potential Legal Issues With the Health Care Bill  —  Politics Daily contributor Matt Lewis appeared on MSNBC on Tuesday to discuss the legality of certain aspects of the Senate's health care reform bill and the backlash that the bill is seeing in key constituencies.
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Key positions vacant as nominees await Senate confirmation
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Into Thine Hand I Commit My Spirit
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Newcomer Stirs Up Connecticut Senate Race
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U.S. taking majority ownership of GMAC
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