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8:15 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 …
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Chuck Bennett / New York Post:
Wacky jihad therapy failed to ‘cure’ plane-bomb plotter
Discussion: Jihad Watch and JammieWearingFool
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: Balkinization, TalkLeft and neo-neocon
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Tony Romm / The Hill:   Hatch: Healthcare bill ‘rich’ for challenges on constitutionality
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
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.
Discussion: PrairiePundit
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
Discussion: JustOneMinute
 
 
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Raw Story:
Chicago cop tasered unconscious diabetic 11 times
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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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New York Times:
Why Didn't They See It?
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