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11:25 AM ET, January 2, 2010

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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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Flashback: GOP blamed Clinton for 9/11 - Obama got regularly scheduled Dec. 22 briefing on holiday threats, but there was no warning of an attack — Tebow: ‘redemption instead of perfection’  —  Mayor Bloomberg yesterday, in his third inaugural address: “We have adopted bold education reforms …
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Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: The Fight Against Al Qaeda  —  The President discusses the recent attempted act of terrorism on the Christmas day flight to Detroit, and his broader strategy to fight Al Qaeda.  —  You are missing some Flash content that should appear here!
The White House:
Weekly Address: President Obama Outlines Steps Taken to Protect …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LIMBAUGH DIAGNOSES HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.... On Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh went to a Hawaii hospital with chest pains, and was released yesterday, with no apparent ailments.  The right-wing radio host said doctors found nothing wrong with his heart or arteries, and it's still unclear what caused his pains.
Discussion: New York Times and NY Daily News
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Telegraph:
Danish police shoot man trying to enter Mohammed cartoonist's home
CNN:
Somali shot after allegedly attempting to attack Danish cartoonist
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Nelson to McMaster: ‘Call off the dogs’  —  Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) reached out Thursday evening to South Carolina GOP Attorney General Henry McMaster, the leader of a group of 13 Republican state attorneys general who are threatening to file suit against the Senate health care bill …
Discussion: Redhot
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Scott / Power Line:
The Cornhusker Concussive  —  One of the disgusting features of the Senate's Obamacare bill is the payoffs extracted from taxpayers and directed to the states of senators wielding key votes.  The payoffs culminated in the “Cornhusker Kickback” procured by Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson for Nebraska …
Patterico's Pontifications:
Charles Johnson Denounces the “Right-Wing Racism” of a Picture Forwarded by . . . a Democrat  —  Charles Johnson denounces the “right-wing racism” of the photo.  —  Just one problem: the worker is a registered Democrat: … Reacting to the news of the woman's party affiliation, Johnson says in comments:
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
For Some in Japan, Home Is a Tiny Plastic Bunk  —  TOKYO — For Atsushi Nakanishi, jobless since Christmas, home is a cubicle barely bigger than a coffin — one of dozens of berths stacked two units high in one of central Tokyo's decrepit “capsule” hotels.  —  “It's just a place to crawl …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Bloomberg
Justin Berton / San Francisco Chronicle:
Biblical scholar's date for rapture: May 21, 2011  —  Harold Camping lets out a hearty chuckle when he considers the people who believe the world will end in 2012.  —  “That date has not one stitch of biblical authority,” Camping says from the Oakland office where he runs Family Radio …
Discussion: Pharyngula and Stinque
Detroit News:
Customs official confirms report of 2nd man held from Flight 253  —  Detroit — A federal customs and border protection official reversed himself today, admitting a passenger from Northwest Flight 253 was placed in handcuffs, searched and released after a canine alerted officers to his carry-on luggage.
Brendan Miniter / Wall Street Journal:
Back to GOP Basics  —  Virginia's governor-elect Bob McDonnell on his plans for spending cuts, offshore drilling and charter schools.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Richmond, Va.  —  'I'm sorry," Bob McDonnell says, shaking my hand.  It's a recent rainy morning in Virginia's capital …
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
U.S. Lawyers Knew About Legal Pitfalls in Blackwater Case  —  WASHINGTON — The sudden blow to the case against the former Blackwater security guards over a shooting that killed 17 Iraqis and wounded at least 20 may have come as a surprise to the public in Iraq and the United States …
Crispian Balmer / Reuters:
Hundreds of cars torched in France at New Year  —  PARIS (Reuters) - Youths burned 1,137 cars across France overnight as New Year's Eve celebrations once again turned violent, the French Interior Ministry said on Friday.  —  Car burnings are regular occurrences in poor suburbs that ring France's big cities …
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The Politico:
Dems' worst nightmare: Terrorism
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Aughts were a lost decade for U.S. economy, workers
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Calculated Risk
Henry McDonald / Guardian:
Irish atheists test blasphemy laws
Discussion: The Reaction, La Figa and blasphemy.ie
Michael Slackman / New York Times:
Standoff in Iran Deepens With New Show of Force
Discussion: Planet-Iran.com and Guardian
Don Loos / Big Government:
Obama Gives Big Labor Another Gift in Final Days of 2009
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Friday Night Trivia
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Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
The Elusive Presidency of Barack Obama
CNN:
No U.S. combat deaths in Iraq in December
P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org:
Hardball: Joan Walsh Calls Republican Critics of Obama 'Un-American …
Discussion: QandO and Pajamas Media
Anne Kornblut / Washington Post:
Politically charged atmosphere makes it harder for presidents on vacation
Discussion: Prairie Weather