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7:45 PM ET, January 2, 2010

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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 …
Chuck Bennett / New York Post:
Wacky jihad therapy failed to ‘cure’ plane-bomb plotter
Discussion: Jihad Watch and JammieWearingFool
Mark Hosenball / Newsweek Blogs:
Exclusive: Obama Got Pre-Christmas Intelligence Briefing About …
CNN:
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.
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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
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Tony Romm / The Hill:   Hatch: Healthcare bill ‘rich’ for challenges on constitutionality
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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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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 …
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
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 / gorilla.cd:
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
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.
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
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Scott / Power Line:
The Cornhusker Concussive
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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