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4:10 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 …
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
DIVERSE REACTIONS TO LIMBAUGH  —  As news broke Wednesday night of radio show host Rush Limbaugh's hospital visit due to chest pains, many of his political counterparts on the left put down their ideological swords and wished him well on Twitter.  —  “All best wishes to Mr. Limbaugh tonight …
Sarah Netter / ABCNEWS:
Rush Limbaugh Undergoing Tests at Hospital
Audrey McAvoy / Associated Press:
Rush Limbaugh felt pains similar to heart attack
Discussion: RedState and Philly.com
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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PFEIFFER MAKES IT PLAIN.... It's understandable that the White House …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Reaction
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 and Commentary
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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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
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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msnbc.com:
‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’ for Wednesday, December 30th, 2009  —  Guests: Matt Nesto, Gerald Posner, Michael Duffy, Steve Kornacki, Jonathan Martin,  —  CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: Troll man.  —  Let's play HARDBALL.  —  Good evening.  I'm Chris Matthews in New York.  Leading off tonight:
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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John Cole / Balloon Juice:   A Thing of Beauty  —  This Chris Matthews quote is a Palinesque work of art:
Click2Houston.com:
Rocket Launcher Found In Apartment  —  No Charges Filed  —  HOUSTON — Police went to a southwest Houston apartment to break up a disturbance but ended up finding something else, KPRC Local 2 reported Wednesday.  —  A woman called police on Monday and said a man was forcing his way into her apartment in the 5300 block of Elm Street.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Wizbang
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.
Micah L. Sifry / techPresident:
The Obama Disconnect: What Happens When Myth Meets Reality  —  “Collectively all of you, most of you whom are, I'm not sure, of drinking age, you've created the best political organization in America, and probably the best political organization that we've seen in the last 30, 40 years.
Barbarossa / The Jawa Report:
Houston-based group hawked Al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki's cds even after Ft. Hood massacre, Undie-bomber attended their “Ilmfest” Houston conference, two London seminars in 2008  —  (Welcome JihadWatch and HotAir readers!)  —  What a small world it is when it comes to domestic terror.
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CNN:   Terror suspect attended 2008 Islamic ‘knowledge fest’ in Houston
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Comic Book Adaptation of the Decade  —  We had a lot of comic book adaptions in the zeros, and the best of them, contrary to what you might have heard, is Iron Man.  I promise you that this is a better movie than The Dark Knight.  Go back and watch them again if you don't believe me.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Dave Weigel
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.
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 …
CNN:
'Sent from the candidate's BlackBerry.' Really?  —  (CNN) - A mass e-mail was sent on Tuesday from Carly Fiorina's senatorial campaign, appearing to not only come from the candidate herself, but from her personal BlackBerry.  —  While most campaigns send e-mails appearing to be written from the candidate …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
 
 
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