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3:25 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.
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.
Discussion: Althouse, Gawker and Whiskey Fire
Associated Press:
Report: Rush Limbaugh taken to Hawaii hospital
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.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
White House releases 25,000 more visitor names  —  The White House today released the names of an additionl 25,000 individuals who have visited the White House this year.  —  The new names include those who came to the White House between September 16th and September 30th.
Discussion: The Politico and TPMDC
Publius / Big Government:
White House Visitors Log: ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis In Obama Residence …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
White House To Lieberman And GOP: Sorry, We're Still Closing Gitmo
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Monthly
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. …
Don Walton / Lincoln Journal Star:
Beleaguered Nelson to air TV ad tonight  —  As a fresh poll measured the political cost of Sen. Ben Nelson's health reform vote, he prepared Tuesday to take his case directly to Nebraskans during Wednesday night's Holiday Bowl game.  —  Nelson will air a new TV ad in which he attempts …
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?
Ed Carson / Investor's Business Daily:
Terror Crackdown ... On Bloggers
Discussion: Charlie Foxtrot and Israel Matzav
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
As the Nation's Pulse Races, Obama Can't Seem to Find His  —  I was walking through a deserted downtown on Christmas Eve with a friend, past the lonely, gray Treasury Building, past the snowy White House with no president inside.  —  “I hope the terrorists don't think this is a good time to attack …
Jordan Fabian / Twitter Room:
Hoekstra: Obama 'concedes I'm right' on failed airplane bombing
Shannyn Moore / The Huffington Post:
Palibanned Per Todd Palin  —  I wrote about this last week, but now we have documents!  —  Sarah Palin's Wasilla book signing had a few rules.  “Per Todd Palin”, three of us were banned.  “Public servants” in their police uniforms at a “public event” in a “public building” had a list of “public citizens” not allowed in.
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Raw Story
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
NRSC Cites Detroit Incident In Fundraising Pitch  —  The NRSC is the latest GOP group to use the failed bombing attempt on a Detroit-bound plane to rake in money.  —  In an email to supporters Wednesday, NRSC exec. dir.  Rob Jesmer cites the attempted terrorism, along with health care legislation …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: Controversial Obama U.N. nominee withdraws for “personal reasons,” official says  —  Jide Zeitlin, the Obama administration's nominee to be America's point man for financial reform at the United Nations, has withdrawn himself from consideration for the job, an administration official tells The Cable.
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Madden defends GOP's hypocritical attacks: Obama's in Hawaii, which ‘seems like a foreign place.’  —  On CNN this morning, host John Roberts asked former Romney spokesman Kevin Madden about the hypocritical “heat for this president from the Republicans” regarding the Obama administration's response …
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 …
Binyamin Appelbaum / Washington Post:
U.S. taking majority ownership of GMAC  —  The federal government said Wednesday it will take a majority ownership stake in the troubled auto lender GMAC, providing another $3.8 billion in aid to the company, which has been unable to raise from private investors the money it needs to stanch its losses.
Booman Tribune:
Why We Blog  —  Blogging is an activity.  It's something you do either in your spare time or the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night.  If you are doing full-time political blogging, something is motivating you.  For most of us, that motivation was originally outrage …
John / Power Line:
Government-Caused Disaster  —  The Obama administration calls terrorism a “man-caused disaster,” but the biggest disasters are government-caused.  Only government has the ability to set us back a trillion dollars.  —  In today's Wall Street Journal, Peter Wallison has explosive …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
James Dao / New York Times:
Army History Finds Early Missteps in Afghanistan  —  In the fall of 2003, the new commander of American forces in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. David W. Barno, decided on a new strategy.  Known as counterinsurgency, the approach required coalition forces to work closely with Afghan leaders …
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 …
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Newcomer Stirs Up Connecticut Senate Race
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Federal court restricts Taser use by police
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What's a Bailed-Out Banker Really Worth?
Discussion: Felix Salmon
Conn Carroll / The Foundry:
Senate Health Care Timeline
Victorino Matus / Weekly Standard:
Germany to the Rescue?  —  For a few Bundestag members …
Ezra Klein:
Sen. Bernie Sanders: Health-care bill could spark “a revolution …
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
The Public Option is Not Symbolic; It is Foundational
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Democratic commission recommends elimination of superdelegates
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Discussion: Weekly Standard
James Pethokoukis:
Why the Democrats will lose the House in 2010
Discussion: Hot Air
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Sausage is Delicious, Mediocre Legislation is Problematic
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Newsweek Blogs
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
TurboTax, Geithner Edition
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Traficant Declares: 'I'm Going to Run'