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6:35 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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David Brooks / New York Times:
The God That Fails  —  During the middle third of the 20th century, Americans had impressive faith in their own institutions.  It was not because these institutions always worked well.  The Congress and the Federal Reserve exacerbated the Great Depression.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Napolitano For President  —  Wapo editors might want to ask whther 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:
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Napolitano's ‘no drama’ competence shows her potential  —  Most Americans got their first prolonged look at Janet Napolitano, the secretary of homeland security, last weekend.  After a passenger on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam ignited a concealed fuse as the plane approached Detroit …
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
Ex-Homeland Security chief head said to abuse public trust by touting body scanners  —  Since the attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day, former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff has given dozens of media interviews touting the need for the federal government to buy more full-body scanners for airports.
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
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
News & Information:   Parry endorsed by GOP
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 …
David Olmos / Bloomberg:
Mayo Clinic in Arizona to Stop Treating Some Medicare Patients  —  Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) — The Mayo Clinic, praised by President Barack Obama as a national model for efficient health care, will stop accepting Medicare patients as of tomorrow at one of its primary-care clinics in Arizona, saying the U.S. government pays too little.
The Politico:
GOP banks on repeal push for 2010  —  Republicans hope a push to repeal the Democrats' health care bill will inspire voters to turn out for them in the 2010 elections — even though some of them admit that it has no realistic chance of working.  —  “We have to repeal very substantial parts …
Discussion: American Power
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THEY NEVER LEARN.... In late October, the White House released extensive visitors logs, prompting some thorough reviews of who's stepped foot in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  —  Far-right activists thought they'd hit the mother lode when they started going through the list of names.
Robert O'Harrow Jr / Washington Post:
TSA nominee misled Congress about accessing confidential records  —  The White House nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration gave Congress misleading information about incidents in which he inappropriately accessed a federal database, possibly in violation of privacy laws …
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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Ben Macintyre / Times of London:
CIA caught in dirty and secretive war against al-Qaeda on Afghan border
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Power Line
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Judge Drops Charges From Blackwater Deaths in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD — Iraqis on Friday reacted with disbelief, anger and bitter resignation to news that criminal charges in the United States had been dismissed against Blackwater Worldwide security guards who opened fire on unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2007.
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Associated Press:
Obama Palin Shoe Shining Email Could Get Colorado State Worker In Trouble  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  DENVER (AP) — A Colorado state employee could be disciplined for sending an e-mail showing President Barack Obama shining the shoes of former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
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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Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Rush: U.S. health system ‘just fine’
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For Obama, no ordinary vacation
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Better Late Than Never: Merry Christmas From Afghanistan
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GOP poised for comeback in midterm elections
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William Kristol / Washington Post:
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Peter Boettke / Coordination Problem:
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