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3:00 AM ET, January 3, 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 …
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
New York Times:
Why Didn't They See It?
Discussion: American Power and Prairie Weather
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Obama cites apparent al-Qaida link in bomb plot
Discussion: Forbes and Sense of Events
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.
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.
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
Peter Wallsten / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Seizes on Security as Issue
Discussion: Needlenose and PrairiePundit
Chuck Bennett / New York Post:
Wacky jihad therapy failed to ‘cure’ plane-bomb plotter  —  A cushy Saudi Arabian “rehab” center where terrorists are encouraged to express themselves through crayon drawings, water sports and video games is under scrutiny after one of its graduates re-emerged as a leader …
The White House:
Weekly Address: President Obama Outlines Steps Taken to Protect …
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 …
New York Times:
Living on Nothing but Food Stamps  —  CAPE CORAL, Fla. — After an improbable rise from the Bronx projects to a job selling Gulf Coast homes, Isabel Bermudez lost it all to an epic housing bust — the six-figure income, the house with the pool and the investment property.
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 …
Robin Sidel / Yahoo! Finance:
Banks Roll Out New Check, Card Fees … The nation's banks will be bombarding customers with new fees and products in 2010 as they try to replace more than $50 billion in revenue wiped out by new rules that clamp down on certain business practices.  —  So far, the changes are mostly concentrated in checking accounts and credit cards.
Discussion: Stinque
Nick Britten / Telegraph:
Britain facing one of the coldest winters in 100 years, experts predict  —  Britain is bracing itself for one of the coldest winters for a century with temperatures hitting minus 16 degrees Celsius, forecasters have warned.  —  They predicted no let up in the freezing snap until at least mid-January …
Exclusive: CIA Attacker Driven in From Pakistan  —  Suicide Bomber Was a Regular CIA Informant, Had Been to Chapman Base Multiple Times  —  The suicide bomber who killed at least six Central Intelligence Agency officers in a base along the Afghan-Pakistan border on Wednesday was a regular CIA informant …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and PrairiePundit
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 …
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Fruitful Decade for Many in the World  —  IT may not feel that way right now, but the last 10 years may go down in world history as a big success.  That idea may be hard to accept in the United States.  After all, it was the decade of 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the financial crisis, all dramatic and painful events.
Discussion: EconLog
Atheist Ireland /
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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