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9:00 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, BizzyBlog, Gawker and Whiskey Fire
Associated Press:
Report: Rush Limbaugh taken to Hawaii hospital  —  HONOLULU (AP) - A Honolulu television station is reporting that conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was taken to a hospital with chest pains.  —  KITV reported Wednesday that paramedics responded to a call at 2:41 p.m …
Discussion: Think Progress and
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 …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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
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: The Caucus, Reuters and TalkLeft
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
Discussion: The Page
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.
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. …
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Commentary and Israel Matzav
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Probes Cleric's Tie to Jetliner Bomb Plot  —  WASHINGTON — Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical American-born Yemeni cleric who has surfaced in multiple terror probes, is emerging as a central part of the Christmas Day airline bomber investigation, as authorities focus attention on a network …
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NRSC Cites Detroit Incident In Fundraising Pitch
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What's a Bailed-Out Banker Really Worth?
Binyamin Appelbaum / Washington Post:
U.S. taking majority ownership of GMAC
Discussion: Commentary
Jordan Fabian / Twitter Room:
Hoekstra: Obama 'concedes I'm right' on failed airplane bombing
Discussion: The Politico, The Hill and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Conn Carroll / The Foundry:
Senate Health Care Timeline
Victorino Matus / Weekly Standard:
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Ezra Klein:
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Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
The Public Option is Not Symbolic; It is Foundational
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Democratic commission recommends elimination of superdelegates
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Sausage is Delicious, Mediocre Legislation is Problematic
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs and Ezra Klein