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7:36 PM ET, January 5, 2010


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Justin Kitsch / Byron L. Dorgan:
STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BYRON DORGAN  —  “Representing North Dakota in the U.S. Congress for nearly 30 years has been one of the great privileges of my life.  —  “The work I have been able to do to expand our economy, create new opportunities in energy and water development …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Dorgan to retire  —  North Dakota Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan will not run for re-election later this year, creating a major pickup opportunity for Republicans.  —  “After a lot of thought I have made the very difficult decision that I will not be seeking reelection in 2010, ” …
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
In shocker, Dorgan announces retirement  —  Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) announced this evening that he's retiring at the end of his term, a shocking development that threatens Democratic control of his Senate seat next year.  —  Dorgan was up for re-election in 2010, but the third-term senator …
On Politics:
North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan to retire  —  Sen. Byron Dorgan, a 18-year veteran Democrat, dropped a late-day bombshell, announcing he will retire when his term ends this year.  Dorgan's announcement represents an opportunity for Republicans: North Dakota is a Republican-leaning state …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Dorgan announces retirement
Washington Wire:
Sen. Dorgan Won't Run Again, Giving GOP an Opening
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Moe Lane
Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
Time for accountability at the White House  —  Now it turns out that there was a third uninvited guest at the White House state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, this one a member of the Indian delegation.  It was enough of a shock that the would-be stars Tareq and Michaele Salahi had crashed.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama: No more ‘finger-pointing’  —  President Barack Obama told top security officials at the White House Tuesday that he wants immediate changes to prevent a recurrence of the attempted airplane bombing on Christmas Day — calling the incident “a screw-up that could have been disastrous,” according to a White House official.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
The FBI got ‘usable, actionable’ intel from terrorism suspect
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
White House ducks questions on C-SPAN letter
Discussion: The Swamp
Darlene Superville / The Huffington Post:
New Airline Safety Measures To Be Announced By Obama
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Open Left
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 …
Peter Daou / The Huffington Post:
Ethics and Believability in Politics: On Sifry's Theory of an ‘Obama Disconnect’
Discussion: The Next Right
Mark McKinnon / The Daily Beast:
The GOP's Tea Party Challenge
Discussion: The Next Right and GOP 12
Ezra Klein:
Does the future belong to the Tea Parties?
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
OH SNAP!  Pelosi On Obama: ‘There Were A Number Of Things He Was For On The Campaign Trail’  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi had little to say this afternoon at a press conference following a meeting between House leaders and health care principals.  She and other members acknowledged that a number …
The Hill:
Pelosi tells C-SPAN: ‘There has never been a more open process’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended Congress' work on a healthcare bill Tuesday saying the process has displayed historic transparency, just as C-SPAN mounts an effort to open the negotiations.
Brian Lamb / The Politico:
Boehner embraces C-SPAN's request
Michelle Malkin:
Airline security idiocy of the day: Milblogger Michael Yon handcuffed, Joan Rivers blocked  —  Milblogger/independent war correspondent extraordinaire Michael Yon reports that he was stopped at Sea-Tac airport and handcuffed by TSA agents: … I've met Michael and have blogged …
Nancy Dillon / NY Daily News:
Joan Rivers bumped off flight in Costa Rica when Continental gate agent finds passport suspicious  —  Above, Rivers celebrates the New Year with family and friends in Costa Rica last week.  On her return, though, she had a tough time leaving the country because of her ‘suspicious’ passport.
Anill / Think Progress:
Joan Rivers deemed a danger to national security, bumped off Costa Rica flight back to U.S.  —  The New York Daily News reports that comedian Joan Rivers was among the many travelers to get snared in the heightened-security frenzy that overtook airports after the December 25th failed terrorist attack.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and MyFox New York
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Massachusetts Special Senate Election  —  2010 Massachusetts Senate: Coakley 50%, Brown 41%  —  State Attorney General Martha Coakley holds a nine-point lead over her Republican rival, state Senator Scott Brown, in Massachusetts' special U.S. Senate election to fill the seat of the late Edward M. Kennedy.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Is the Massachusetts Senate race getting closer?
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Why Didn't He Just Blow Himself Up In The Toilet?  —  A reader asks a very interesting question about the undie-bomber - why did he get back into his seat to detonate a bomb that had a ramshackle detonator and where he could be overcome by fellow travelers?  Read the whole email:
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Florida GOP Chairman Resigns  —  The resignation of Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer today — a decision that came after weeks of calls for his head from conservatives — raises the question of whether Gov. Charlie Crist's already embattled Senate candidacy has sustained a blow from which it cannot recover.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Greer resigns: Foes were willing to ‘burn the house down’
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Florida party chairman to resign post
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and The Swamp
Michael Kinsley / The Atlantic Online:
Cut This Story!  —  ONE REASON SEEKERS of news are abandoning print newspapers for the Internet has nothing directly to do with technology.  It's that newspaper articles are too long.  On the Internet, news articles get to the point.  Newspaper writing, by contrast, is encrusted with conventions …
Sweatshirt Sparks School Controversy  —  Hoodie Contains Image Of World Trade Center Towers  —  DEARBORN, Mich. — About 15 Arab-American students at Edsel Ford High School are in trouble over a sweatshirt they had made over the holiday break.  —  On the back of the sweatshirt …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Peter Allen / Daily Mail:
France to introduce new law banning ‘psychological violence’ in marriages  —  France will become the first country in the world to ban ‘psychological violence’ within marriage later this year.  —  The new law, which would also apply to co-habiting couples, would see people getting criminal records …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Vox Popoli
The Sean Hannity Show:
Is Obama Protecting You?  —  A super charged Sean Hannity took to the airwaves this afternoon ready to roll after a restful holiday break.  He kicked off the show's first hour with a question: what is Obama's biggest responsibility?  Answer: to protect you, the American citizen.
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Dan Pfeiffer / White Blog Feed:
Putting It All in Perspective
Discussion: The Politico and The Plum Line
Ali Waked / Ynetnews:
Fayyad helps burn settlement products
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Israel Matzav
Associated Press:
Man jokes about terrorism at German airport
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
Barack Obama, You Remind Me of Herbert Hoover
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Hate radio host Neal Boortz: Health bill will kill more people …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Wall Street Journal:
Our Incompetent Civilization  —  Sometimes we have to choose between evils.
Discussion: Democracy in America
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