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11:25 PM ET, January 2, 2010

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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 …
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David Leppard / Times of London:
MI5 knew of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's UK extremist links  —  The security services knew three years ago that the Detroit bomber had “multiple communications” with Islamic extremists in Britain, it emerged this weekend.  —  Counterterrorism officials said Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was …
Discussion: PrairiePundit and Hot Air
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 …
New York Times:
Why Didn't They See It?
Chuck Bennett / New York Post:
Wacky jihad therapy failed to ‘cure’ plane-bomb plotter
Discussion: Jihad Watch and JammieWearingFool
CNN:
Obama pledges justice for terror plot
Discussion: Gates of Vienna
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Obama cites apparent al-Qaida link in bomb plot
Discussion: Forbes and Sense of Events
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Low favorables: Dems rip Rasmussen  —  Democrats are turning their fire on Scott Rasmussen, the prolific independent pollster whose surveys on elections, President Obama's popularity and a host of other issues are surfacing in the media with increasing frequency.
New York Times:
U.S. Sees Window to Pressure Iran on Nuclear Fuel  —  WASHINGTON — As President Obama faces pressure to back up his year-end ultimatum for diplomatic progress with Iran, the administration says that domestic unrest and signs of unexpected trouble in Tehran's nuclear program …
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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 …
BBC:
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
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Agence France Presse:
Somali group hails attack on Danish cartoonist
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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Atheist Ireland / blog.atheist.ie:
25 Blasphemous Quotations  —  1. Jesus Christ, when asked if he was the son of God, in Matthew 26:64: “Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.”
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Telegraph:
Barack Obama is vulnerable on terror - and he knows it  —  Barack Obama is playing politics over the attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack and Republicans sense he is weak on the issue, writes Toby Harnden in Washington  —  In his weekly radio address yesterday, President Barack Obama patted himself …
Discussion: RedState
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
Justin Lahart / Wall Street Journal:
Secrets of the Economist's Trade: First, Purchase a Piggy Bank  —  Academic economists gather in Atlanta this weekend for their annual meetings, always held the first weekend after New Year's Day.  That's not only because it coincides with holidays at most universities.
Discussion: EconLog and Daniel W. Drezner
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 …
 
 
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Raw Story:
Chicago cop tasered unconscious diabetic 11 times
Innocent / gorilla.cd:
Massive Volcanic Eruption in the National Park this morning
Discussion: OpEdNews
Wall Street Journal:
Peak Oil Refuses to Rise to the Occasion
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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