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7:15 PM ET, January 2, 2010


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Newsweek Blogs:
White House Adviser Briefed in October on Underwear Bomb Technique  —  White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan was briefed in October on an assassination attempt by Al Qaeda that investigators now believe used the same underwear bombing technique as the Nigerian suspect who tried …
Mark Hosenball / Newsweek Blogs:
Exclusive: Obama Got Pre-Christmas Intelligence Briefing About …
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 …
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Yemen's Chaos Aids Evolution of Qaeda Cell  —  SANA, Yemen — Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has rapidly evolved into an expanding and ambitious regional terrorist network thanks in part to a weakened, impoverished and distracted Yemeni government.  —  While Yemen has chased two homegrown rebellions …
Chuck Bennett / New York Post:
Wacky jihad therapy failed to ‘cure’ plane-bomb plotter
Discussion: Jihad Watch and JammieWearingFool
Obama links al Qaeda to airline terror plot
Discussion: Gates of Vienna
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
A New Low... Charles Johnson Now Supporting Child Porn in Classrooms & Fisting Kits at School Functions  —  Sick.  Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs reached a new low yesterday.  —  Johnson attacked this blog for reporting again on Barack Obama's safe schools czar.
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:
Wall Street Journal:
Why the Health-Care Bills Are Unconstitutional  —  If the government can mandate the purchase of insurance, it can do anything.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  President Obama's health-care bill is now moving toward final passage.  The policy issues may be coming to an end …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Balkinization and neo-neocon
Tony Romm / The Hill:   Hatch: Healthcare bill ‘rich’ for challenges on constitutionality
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Why Didn't They See It?  —  It will take some time before all the facts about the Christmas Day terrorism plot are known and analyzed.  One thing is already clear: The government has to urgently improve its ability to use the reams of intelligence it receives every day on suspected terrorists and plots.
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Obama cites apparent al-Qaida link in bomb plot
Discussion: Forbes and Sense of Events
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Why the Budget Will Never Be Balanced  —  To review some recent political history, after Ronald Reagan's election in 1980, conservatives enacted budgetary measures that led to large and growing deficits.  These were scaled back to some extent on a bipartisan basis in the late 1980s and during …
Discussion: Washington Post
Innocent /
Massive Volcanic Eruption in the National Park this morning  —  At 03.45 this morning, we all woke to a massive eruption on Mt Nyamulagira, a volcano just across from our headquarters at Rumangabo station, about 15 kilometres to the west.  The eruption is from quite high up on the volcano, and it looks like it's a big one.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Associated Press:
Iran FM: West has 1 month, or we'll make our own nuclear fuel  —  Article's topics: Iran, Iranian Nuclear Threat, Manouchehr Mottaki, United Nations  —  Iran warned on Saturday the West has until the end of the month to accept Teheran's counterproposal to a UN-drafted plan on a nuclear exchange …
Charges for cartoonist ‘attacker’  —  The 28-year-old Somali was carried into court on a stretcher  —  A Somali man has been charged with trying to kill a Danish artist whose drawing of the Prophet Mohammed sparked riots around the world.  —  The suspect, who was shot …
Discussion: Harry's Place and Riehl World View
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: Hullabaloo, NO QUARTER and Redhot
Scott / Power Line:
The Cornhusker Concussive
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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Wall Street Journal:
Peak Oil Refuses to Rise to the Occasion
Discussion: Hit & Run
Joe Scarborough / The Huffington Post:
The Decade Ahead: From Radicalism to Restraint
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Brendan Miniter / Wall Street Journal:
Back to GOP Basics  —  Virginia's governor-elect Bob McDonnell …
Justin Berton / San Francisco Chronicle:
Biblical scholar's date for rapture: May 21, 2011
Discussion: Pharyngula and Stinque
Detroit News:
Customs official confirms report of 2nd man held from Flight 253
Henry McDonald / Guardian:
Irish atheists test blasphemy laws