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2:35 AM ET, January 2, 2010


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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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
Senate candidate scrubs racist comments from Twitter
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: MyDD and Raw Story
Don Loos / Big Government:
Obama Gives Big Labor Another Gift in Final Days of 2009  —  In November, 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.
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 …
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: and Scared Monkeys
Ben Macintyre / Times of London:
CIA caught in dirty and secretive war against al-Qaeda on Afghan border  —  The deaths of seven CIA agents in Khost province have brought into the limelight the secretive and dirty war being fought by America's intelligence agencies — and the Taleban and al-Qaeda — in the border regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Discussion: Neptunus Lex and The Jawa Report
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Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
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The Politico:
GOP banks on repeal push for 2010
Discussion: American Power
Peter Boettke / Coordination Problem:
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