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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 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:
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
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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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
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
Discussion: Big Government
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.
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.”
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.
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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.
New York Post:
Wizards Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton pull pistols on each other  —  Teammates pull weapons on each other  —  Guess they're still the Bullets at heart.  —  NBA all-star Gilbert Arenas and his Washing ton Wizards teammate Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other in the team's locker room during …
Discussion: TMZ.com and Scared Monkeys
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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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.
 
 
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Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
The Elusive Presidency of Barack Obama
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CNN:
No U.S. combat deaths in Iraq in Dec.
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
For Obama, no ordinary vacation
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Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:
Better Late Than Never: Merry Christmas From Afghanistan
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
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Times of London:
First picture released of Peter Moore amid claims he was held in Iran
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