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1:45 PM 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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“I hope he dies.”  —  I'm impressed that it took 12 comments before anyone at Politico said that (or anything like that) after a report that Rush Limbaugh has been hospitalized with chest pains and is in “serious” condition.  —  ADDED: Much re-tweeted at Twitter: “The people calling …
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
DIVERSE REACTIONS TO LIMBAUGH
Sarah Netter / ABCNEWS:
Rush Limbaugh ‘Resting Comfortably’ at Honolulu Hospital
Discussion: Gawker and Atlas Shrugs
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.
Publius / Big Government:
White House Visitors Log: ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis In Obama Residence …
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 …
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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Is This Really an Intelligence Failure?  Real Talk on Abdulmutallab  —  In an appearance on “Democracy Now!” yesterday morning to discuss Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, I made the point that Abdulmutallab's ability to board Northwest Airlines Flight 253 demonstrates a policy failure more than an intelligence failure.
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Rasmussen Reports:
58% Favor Waterboarding of Plane Terrorist To Get Information  —  Fifty-eight percent (58%) of U.S. voters say waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques should be used to gain information from the terrorist who attempted to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day.
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
58% of Americans Say Waterboard the Nigerian
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Dem recruits continue to head for exits  —  Democrats have lost yet another touted recruit, this time in Kansas.  —  State Sen. Laura Kelly (D) just announced her withdrawal from the race to face Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.).  She becomes the fifth formidable recruit to bow out in recent weeks.
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Tim Carpenter / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Topeka Democrat says she prefers to work in state legislature
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
Discussion: Gates of Vienna, BBC and Gateway Pundit
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.
Bill Roggio / Weekly Standard:
US Releases Iranian-backed Terrorist Behind murder of US Troops  —  The British are all smiles over the release of Peter Moore, a British citizen who was held hostage by an Iranian-backed Shia terror group in Iraq.  But there is little talk about the price paid to secure Moore's release.
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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
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.”
Justin Elliott / TPM LiveWire:
The End Of TheConservatives.Com: Wash Times Cancels Site  —  TheConservatives.com, the Washington Times Web project that was billed as an ambitious “multiplatform” venture to allow “the Joe the Plumbers of the world to speak up to major thinkers, like Newt Gingrich,” has gone silent.
 
 
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