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9:35 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.
BBC:
Somali shot in attack on cartoonist  —  Danish police have shot and wounded a man at the home of Kurt Westergaard, whose cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad sparked an international row.  —  Mr Westergaard scrambled into a panic room at his home in Aarhus after a man wielding an axe and a knife broke in.
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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
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
U.S. Loan Effort Is Seen as Adding to Housing Woes  —  The Obama administration's $75 billion program to protect homeowners from foreclosure has been widely pronounced a disappointment, and some economists and real estate experts now contend it has done more harm than good.
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CNN:
Tests reveal ‘nothing wrong’ with Limbaugh's heart  —  (CNN) - Tests that were performed on Rush Limbaugh after he was admitted to a Hawaii hospital for chest pains “found absolutely nothing wrong,” the conservative talk show host said Friday.  —  “It was a blessing,” Limbaugh told reporters …
Discussion: Breitbart.tv
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Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Rush: U.S. health system ‘just fine’  —  HONOLULU - Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Friday that he had not suffered 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.
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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Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
Senate candidate scrubs racist comments from Twitter
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 …
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
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
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Aughts were a lost decade for U.S. economy, workers  —  For most of the past 70 years, the U.S. economy has grown at a steady clip, generating perpetually higher incomes and wealth for American households.  But since 2000, the story is starkly different.  —  The past decade was the worst …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Calculated Risk
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.
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Instapundit
Dana Loesch / Big Government:
Its a Wrap: The Most Underreported Stories of 2009  —  This year saw the birth of the tea party movement, the rise of administrative radicalism, and a suppression of information unlike ever before seen.  Were it not for the new penny presses, blogs and the investigative citizens who author them …
 
 
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Henry McDonald / Guardian:
Irish atheists test blasphemy laws
Michael Slackman / New York Times:
Standoff in Iran Deepens With New Show of Force
Discussion: Planet-Iran.com and Guardian
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Friday Night Trivia
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
 Earlier Items: 
Anne Kornblut / Washington Post:
Politically charged atmosphere makes it harder for presidents on vacation
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:
Better Late Than Never: Merry Christmas From Afghanistan
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
GOP poised for comeback in midterm elections
Discussion: TPMCafe, PoliBlog and American Power
The Politico:
GOP banks on repeal push for 2010
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
War?  What War?  —  Janet Napolitano — former Arizona governor …
Discussion: Bookworm Room