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1:25 AM ET, January 4, 2010


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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
OBAMA AND BIDEN: Analyze the body language.  From the White House Flickr page.  —  UPDATE: No, I don't think Obama's facial expression is just a fluke of when the shutter went off.  His eyes aren't closed, as some with poor displays seem to think.  Here's a detail from the frame:
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Photo-Smearing Obama  —  Glenn Reynolds finds a photo in the White House Flickr basket and publishes it to, er, point out how bad the White House's p.r. is, or how blind they are to perceptions of Obama or some such thing.  I tried to puzzle this one out and can just about see how an elusive photo …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Picture of the Day  —  Via Glenn Reynolds, the White House actually published this on their Flickr page:  —  A close-up of Barack Obama's face suggests that the stern body language of the President towards his VP isn't a fluke:  —  I'm sure that all is well between the two, and that this is just a fluke of photography.
QUOTOMATIC SELECTOR SAY: “There are some occupations that are stereotypically gay, but mechanical engineering isn't one of them.”  —  I MEAN, DID YOU EVER LOOK AT A DOLLAR BILL, MAN?  THERE'S SOME SPOOKY STUFF GOING ON IN A DOLLAR BILL, MAN.  Holy moley, they're still doing heavy photo analysis on Obama.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns and Money and TBogg
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“Damn, Obama looks like James Bond in this picture.”  —  Says a commenter at the White House Flickr site.  Is that what you see?  Keep in mind that this is a picture the WH selected and had to have thought flattered the President and furthered his interests:  —  People who like Obama are blinded to the way other people see him.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BRIT HUME SAID WHAT?.... As regular readers know, I've made no mention of Tiger Woods on this blog.  I don't care about golf; I don't care about golfers' private lives; I don't care about any aspect of this “story” at any level.  —  But I was taken aback when I saw that Fox News' Brit Hume …
Josh Gerstein / Politico Live's Blog:
Brennan: Deal ‘on the table’ for terror suspect  —  The U.S. Government is offering the suspect charged with attempting to bomb an aircraft on Christmas Day, Omar Abdulmutallab, some kind of incentives to share what he knows about Al Qaeda, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said Sunday.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
White House: No matter what, we're sending Gitmo prisoners back to Yemen
Discussion: YID With LID
Brennan: Some Guantanamo detainees will go to Yemen
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
White House: Justice Dept. made decision to hold Detroit bomber …
Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
Top Obama Aide Defends Use of Criminal Trial for Would-Be Plane Bomber
Mike Allen / The Politico:
U.S. tightens international air security  —  All travelers flying into the U.S. from foreign countries will receive tightened random screening, and 100 percent of passengers from 14 terrorism-prone countries will be patted down and have their carry-ons searched, the Obama administration was notifying airlines on Sunday.
Tony Romm / The Hill:   Schumer: Penalize foreign airports that have lax security
Mark Steyn / National Review:
The Joke's on Us
Discussion: theblogprof and GINA COBB
Effigy of Obama hanged in US town  —  The US Secret Service says it is investigating after an effigy of Barack Obama was found hanging in the home town of former President Jimmy Carter.  —  TV footage showed the doll hanging by a noose in front of a red, white and blue sign that reads “Plains, Georgia.
Ty Tagami / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Obama effigy hanged in Jimmy Carter's hometown
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Iran denies entry to Sen. Kerry  —  Iranian legislators on Sunday decided to not allow a visit from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.), according to Iranian media.  —  “Members of the Iranian parliament's Foreign Relations Committee (a subcommittee …
Fars News Agency:
Lawmakers Reject John Kerry's Request for Visiting Iran
Discussion: YID With LID
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Monetary Policy and the Housing Bubble  —  The financial crisis that began in August 2007 has been the most severe of the post-World War II era and, very possibly—once one takes into account the global scope of the crisis, its broad effects on a range of markets and institutions …
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:   Bernanke Blames Weak Regulation for Financial Crisis
TSA: Newark terminal locked down  —  (CNN) — Hours after a security breach forced the closure of a terminal at the Newark, New Jersey, airport Sunday, authorities were still searching for a man who went the wrong way through a checkpoint exit.  —  The incident happened at about 5:20 p.m. at Terminal C …
Rex Murphy / Globe and Mail:
Why Time passed Obama by  —  The magazine's choice for Person of the Year says it all  —  Time magazine picked Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, as its Person of the Year.  He gets the accolade for presiding over a “weak economy” that could have been “much, much weaker.”
Peru's mountain people face fight for survival in a bitter winter  —  For alpaca farmer Ignacio Beneto Huamani and his young family, life in the Peruvian Andes, at almost 4,700m above sea level, has always been a struggle against the elements.  His village of Pichccahuasi, in Peru's Huancavelica region …
Discussion: Don Surber and Gateway Pundit
Rasmussen Reports:
53% Favor Abortion Ban in Health Plan  —  Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters favor a ban on abortion coverage in any health insurance plan that receives federal subsidies.  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 40% are opposed to such a ban in the proposed health care legislation now before Congress.
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