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11:20 PM ET, January 1, 2010

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Fox News:
Democrats Join Calls for Napolitano to Step Down Following Failed Attack  —  Democrats have joined the ranks of those calling for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to step down following the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight a week ago.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PAGE 7 VS PAGE 15.... The Washington Post reports today …
Michael Chertoff / Washington Post:   Former homeland security chief argues for whole-body imaging
BBC:
Danish cartoonist intruder shot  —  Danish police have shot and wounded a man at the home of Kurt Westergaard, whose cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad sparked a major row.  —  Danish media say Mr Westergaard was in his home in Aarhus with his wife and grandchild when a man broke in and threatened him with a hammer.
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Telegraph:
Danish police shoot man trying to enter Mohammed cartoonist's home  —  Danish police on Friday shot and wounded a man trying to enter the home of an artist who drew controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.  —  The man, a 27-year-old Somalian who was armed with an axe …
CNN:
Somali shot after allegedly attempting to attack Danish cartoonist  —  (CNN) — A Somali man was shot as he allegedly tried to enter the home of Danish political cartoonist Kurt Westergaard — known for his controversial depictions of the Muslim prophet Mohammad — on Saturday, police said.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Sally Jo Sorensen / Bluestem Prairie:
It takes a worried man: SD 26 GOP Endorsee Mike Parry scrubs potentially offensive twitter posts  —  According to today's Waseca County News, GOP-endorsed SD 26 candidate Mike Parry boasted at the recent GOP endorsing convention in Faribault: … However, when progressives on twitter began …
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Anill / Think Progress:
Minnesota State Senate candidate removes racist comments from his Twitter feed.  —  Local bloggers are reporting that Minnesota State Senate candidate Mike Parry removed more than 43 racist and homophobic tweets from his Twitter feed after progressives began researching and responding to him.
Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
Senate candidate scrubs racist comments from Twitter
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Rush: U.S. health system ‘just fine’  —  HONOLULU - Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Friday that he did not suffer a heart attack and that his physician did not know the reason for the symptoms that resulted in his hospitalization in Hawaii this week, despite a number of tests performed on him.
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CNN:   Tests reveal ‘nothing wrong’ with Limbaugh's heart
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
For Obama, no ordinary vacation
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
A terrorist war Obama has denied  —  Janet Napolitano — former Arizona governor, now overmatched secretary of homeland security — will forever be remembered for having said of the attempt to bring down an airliner over Detroit: “The system worked.”  The attacker's concerned father …
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Agence France Presse:
Obama: ‘We will not rest’ until air terror plotters caught  —  KANEOHE, Hawaii — US President Barack Obama on Monday vowed an all-out pursuit of plotters of a failed Christmas Day bombing of a US-bound airliner, vowing “we will not rest” until they are captured and tried.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Big Government
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Napolitano For President  —  Wapo editors might want to ask whether the system is working - their own David Broder tells us that Janet Napolitano has long been one of his favorite politicians and wonders whether she will run for President some day.  No, seriously:
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TheDenverChannel.com:
Doctored Obama Photo Has CDOT Supervisor In Hot Water  —  E-Mail Sent To Several Agency Employees Makes Its Way To Public  —  DENVER — A 73-year-old Colorado Department of Transportation supervisor is in hot water after forwarding a Photoshopped image of President Barack Obama shining the shoes of Sarah Palin.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Mark Hosenball / Newsweek Blogs:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama Got Pre-Christmas Intelligence Briefing About Terror Threats to “Homeland”  —  President Barack Obama received a high-level briefing only three days before Christmas about possible holiday-period terrorist threats against the US, Newsweek has learned.
Discussion: YID With LID
Don Loos / Big Government:
Obama Gives Big Labor Another Gift in Final Days of 2009  —  In November BigGovernment.com, sounded the warning - here's the update.  —  As 2009 fades away, President Obama has decided to let disclosure of hundreds of millions of dollars in forced-union-dues disclosure fade away too.
Discussion: The Rhetorican
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
How Cheney Made America A Torture Nation  —  The comparison with Richard Reid is, of course, instructive.  The Bush administration treated the shoe-bomber exactly as the Obama administration has treated the pantie-bomber - and convicted him the way no one has yet convicted anyone directly connected to 9/11.
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Takes On Bigger and Riskier Role on Front Lines  —  WASHINGTON — The deaths of seven Central Intelligence Agency operatives at a remote base in the mountains of Afghanistan are a pointed example of the civilian spy agency's transformation in recent years into a paramilitary organization …
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P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org:
Hardball: Joan Walsh Calls Republican Critics of Obama ‘Un-American’ and ‘Traitorous’  —  Remember when dissent was supposed to be patriotic?  Well, it seems that only applies when a Republican is president.  Now that Barack Obama is in the White House, criticism of him is “un-American” and “traitorous.”
Sarah Wheaton / New York Times:
Crowds in Times Square Celebrate 2010  —  Hundreds of thousands of revelers welcomed the new year in New York City's Times Square, despite the rain, slushy streets and heightened security, capping worldwide celebrations that often emphasized the hopes for a more peaceful tomorrow.
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Cynthia Kouril / Firedoglake:
New Yorkers Brave Cold Rain, Dick Cheney's Fears to Rock in the New Year
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 
 
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Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
U.S. Loan Effort Is Seen as Adding to Housing Woes
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
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Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
The Elusive Presidency of Barack Obama
CNN:
No U.S. combat deaths in Iraq in December
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:
Better Late Than Never: Merry Christmas From Afghanistan
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
GOP poised for comeback in midterm elections
Discussion: TPMCafe, PoliBlog and American Power
William Kristol / Washington Post:
In protesters' fight for justice in Iran, U.S. stands on the sidelines
Discussion: Enduring America
The Politico:
GOP banks on repeal push for 2010
Discussion: American Power
Peter Boettke / Coordination Problem:
New Thinking for a New Decade