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9:45 AM ET, January 5, 2010


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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Tea Party Teens  —  The United States opens this decade in a sour mood.  First, Americans are anxious about the future.  Sixty-one percent of Americans believe the country is in decline, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey.  Only 27 percent feel confident …
Tea Party groups plan ‘strike’  —  Washington (CNN) - Some Tea Party activists from across the country are planning a ‘national strike’ on January 20, the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's inauguration.  —  The idea of holding an economic protest sprung up during the holidays …
Discussion: Politics Daily and TPMDC
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Democrats Considering Health Care-Immigration Deal To Overcome Key Sticking Point  —  Lawmakers who want to extend health coverage to illegal immigrants will not block the passage of the final health care reform bill so long as the White House offers a substantive promise to start pushing comprehensive immigration legislation this year.
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Swing states may be on the move
Discussion: PoliBlog
New York Post:
O ‘campaigns’ vs. Dave - even with Rudy out
Discussion: The Daily Politics
Michael Graham / The Natural Truth:
50-41!  —  Scott Rasmussen just told my pals at Fox 25 that the current margin in the US Senate race is Coakley 50, Brown 41.  This is wayyyyy to close for a Massachusetts Democrat.  —  A Republican win in Massachusetts is still a longshot, but these numbers are in the range of the possible.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Poll: Republican Scott Brown Trails by 11 in Mass. Senate Race
MI5 told US about Detroit bomber's terror links ‘a year ago’  —  Britain told American intelligence agents more than a year ago that the Detroit bomber had links to extremists, according to Downing Street.  —  The prime minister's spokesman indicated that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was named …
Hillary Rodham Clinton / US Department of State:
Remarks With Qatar Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin …
Discussion: Commentary
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Health debate resumes with WH meet  —  The health care debate resumes in earnest on Tuesday after more than a week of quiet following Senate passage of its landmark bill on Christmas Eve.  —  The four relevant House chairmen will meet with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Top House Liberal Rips Dem Plan To Skip Conference To Pass Health Care
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
How Visa, Using Card Fees, Dominates a Market  —  Every day, millions of Americans stand at store checkout counters and make a seemingly random decision: after swiping their debit card, they choose whether to punch in a code, or to sign their name.  —  It is a pointless distinction to most consumers …
Alan Travis / Guardian:
New scanners break child porn laws  —  The rapid introduction of full body scanners at British airports threatens to breach child protection laws which ban the creation of indecent images of children, the Guardian has learned.  —  Privacy campaigners claim the images created by the machines …
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
White House Spokeswoman Says Different Bertha Lewis on Visitor's Log  —  UPDATE: According to Politico's Ben Smith, the Bertha Lewis who went to the White House is not ACORN's CEO but another woman named “Bertha Lewis.”  I contacted Smith to tell him that Big Government would offer a correction if the …
Wall Street Journal:
Personal Bankruptcy Filings Rising Fast  —  The number of Americans filing for personal bankruptcy rose by nearly a third in 2009, a surge largely driven by foreclosures and job losses.  —  And more people are filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which liquidates assets to pay off some debts and absolves the filers of others.
Washington Post:
Secret Service confirms third crasher at White House state dinner  —  Another uninvited guest made it into the White House state dinner made famous by gate-crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the Secret Service announced Monday — exposing more holes in the security perimeter around President Obama.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Group Gives Up Death Penalty Work  —  Last fall, the American Law Institute, which created the intellectual framework for the modern capital justice system almost 50 years ago, pronounced its project a failure and walked away from it.  —  There were other important death penalty developments last year …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Grayson: Satan should write foreword to Cheney book  —  The Prince of Darkness himself might be best-suited to write the foreword to former Vice President Dick Cheney's forthcoming book, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) suggested Monday.  —  Grayson, during an appearance on MSNBC …
Tom Coghlan / Times of London:
Freed Guantánamo inmates are heading for Yemen to join al-Qaeda fight  —  At least a dozen former Guantánamo Bay inmates have rejoined al-Qaeda to fight in Yemen, The Times has learnt, amid growing concern over the ability of the country's Government to accept almost 100 more former inmates from the detention centre.
Discussion: Hot Air, RBO and PrairiePundit
Al-Qaida double-agent killed CIA officers
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:
Who Is the Enemy?  — By: Victor Davis Hanson  —  I don't think anyone knows quite what this administration's anti-terrorism policy is.  Last August, Obama's counterterrorism chief, John Brennan, lambasted the Bush administration, citing “the inflammatory rhetoric, hyperbole and intellectual narrowness …
BBC: axes holiday weight gain members  —  Dating and social network site has axed some 5,000 members following complaints that they had gained weight.  —  The members were singled out after posting pictures of themselves that reportedly showed they had put on pounds over the holiday period.
Mariah Blake / Washington Monthly:
Revisionaries  —  How a group of Texas conservatives is rewriting your kids' textbooks.  —  Don McLeroy is a balding, paunchy man with a thick broom-handle mustache who lives in a rambling two-story brick home in a suburb near Bryan, Texas.  When he greeted me at the door one evening last October …
Republican Governors Association:
RGA Smashes Fundraising Records  —  The Republican Governors Association announced today that it raised a record $30 million dollars in 2009 and carried forward more than $25 million into 2010.  —  “We raised more, saved more, and won more than DGA in 2009 and that's a good forecast of what's …
Discussion: TRAIL BLAZERS and Politics Daily
Wall Street Journal:
Dozens of Names Shifted to No-Fly List  —  The Obama administration has transferred dozens of names from a broad terrorism database to watch lists that are more closely monitored in an effort to plug security holes revealed by the Christmas Day airline-bombing attempt.
Andy Worthington:
Guantánamo: The Definitive Prisoner List (Updated for 2010)  —  Please support my work!  —  Back in March, I published a four-part list identifying all 779 prisoners held at Guantánamo since the prison opened on January 11, 2002, as “the culmination of a three-year project …
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
The man behind shakes up the Republican Party  —  Erick Erickson, 34, has emerged as one of the leading new voices for Republican activists through his blog,  —  Times]  —  MACON, Ga. — Between pecks at his laptop, Macon City Council member Erick Erickson ticked off some of his goals for the new year:
Discussion: TBogg, The Caucus and The Hill
Associated Press:
GOP Chief: Republicans ‘Screwed Up’ After Reagan  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele offers a simple explanation for why the GOP all too often lost touch with typical Americans since the Ronald Reagan era: “We screwed up,” he claims in a new book offering a blueprint for the party's resurgence.
Discussion: The Hill
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
What Spitzer, Sanford, Ensign and Edwards Could Learn From John Profumo  —  In politics, a new year inevitably brings tidings of hope and dreams of regeneration to those who have embarrassingly stumbled along the corridors of power.  If only the change in calendar also carried with it a dollop of self-awareness.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
William J. Broad / New York Times:
C.I.A. Is Sharing Data With Climate Scientists  —  The nation's top scientists and spies are collaborating on an effort to use the federal government's intelligence assets — including spy satellites and other classified sensors — to assess the hidden complexities of environmental change.
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Wherein Lies the Greatness of Janet Napolitano?
Discussion: Commentary and Verum Serum
Times of London:
Bankruptcy hanging like a cloud over Labour's election campaign
Jonathan Lis / Haaretz:
Are IDF dogs trained to pounce all who say ‘God is great’ in Arabic?
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Clive Crook / Financial Times:
Beware the crisis around the corner
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Even in G.O.P., Lazio's Bid for Governor Is Hard Sell
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's nuclear-free vision mired in debate
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Majority of Americans Optimistic About U.S. in the Future
Discussion: The Plum Line, The Swamp and D.C. Now
Umar Lee:
Thoughts on the Underwear Bomber and the Aftermath
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Jawa Report
Wayne Slater / TRAIL BLAZERS:
Hutchison will air TV ad during UT-Alabama championship game
Discussion: and The Hill