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1:25 PM ET, January 24, 2010


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Report: New bin Laden tape emerges  —  (CNN) — A new audio tape allegedly from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden claims responsibility for an attempt to blow up a plane en route to Michigan on Christmas Day and warns the United States of more attacks.  —  The tape, which aired on Al Jazeera on Sunday …
Howie / The Jawa Report:   Bin-Laden Claims Flight 253 Attack Warns US of More Attacks
Paul Schemm / Associated Press:
Bin Laden claims airline bomb attempt on Christmas
David Michael Green / Common Dreams:
How to Squander the Presidency in One Year  —  Hey, Conan Obama: How About Now?  Can You Hear Us Now?  —  There's only one political party in the entire world that is so inept, cowardly and bungling that it could manage to simultaneously lick the boots of Wall Street bankers and then get blamed …
P.J. Gladnick /
Leftwing Professor Writes Hilarious Essay About ‘Conan Obama’  —  It is no suprise that conservatives have been highly critical of Barack Obama.  However, a new development has set in recently: leftwing disgust with The One especially since it now appears that ObamaCare is DOA.
Discussion: Moe Lane and American Power
(3 of 3)  —  He didn't mention it, but Biden himself was a virtual unknown quantity when he won his first term against the popular J. Caleb Boggs in 1972 in perhaps as much of an upset.  —  It certainly seems as if the president's coattails are very short these days, since not only did Coakley lose …
Washington Post:
Political push-back stalls stock market rally on Wall Street  —  NEW YORK — Washington spent months nursing the financial system back to health after the 2008 economic crisis, stabilizing then reviving battered markets and ultimately restoring trillions of dollars in investor losses.
New York Post:
End of O's cowardly lyin'  —  We the people of the United States owe Scott Brown's sup porters a huge debt of gratitude.  They didn't merely elect a senator.  They ripped the façade off the Obama presidency.  —  Just as Dorothy and Toto exposed the ordinary man behind the curtain in …
Discussion: POWIP and Blue Crab Boulevard
Christopher Booker / Telegraph:
Pachauri: the real story behind the Glaciergate scandal  —  Dr Pachauri has rapidly distanced himself from the IPCC's baseless claim about vanishing glaciers.  But the scientist who made the claim now works for Pachauri, writes Christopher Booker  —  I can report a further dramatic twist …
Patrick / Now! Hampshire:
Shea-Porter: Send the men home and Congress could pass health care reform  —  In some of her most incendiary comments to date, Democratic Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) claimed on Saturday that female Republican members of Congress have confided in her, in the ladies room, no less …
Discussion: Moe Lane
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
White House adviser Plouffe fails to mention most of Obama's pre-existing conditions promise right after NYT & CBS report it may be dropped  —  Joe and I saw this coming two days ago.  And unfortunately it's looking increasingly like we were right.  —  A day after former Obama campaign …
Larisa Alexandrovna / At-Largely:
70-year gag on Kelly death evidence (Dr. David Kelly)  —  Well this latest news won't fuel any conspiracy theories (cough) or bring even more serious questions about the alleged murder (not suicide) of former UN weapons' inspector Dr. David Kelly (cough).  —  Before we get into the latest …
Discussion: This Is London and Emptywheel
Dave Johnson / Seeing the Forest:
Supreme Court Shifts Business Playing Field Away From Marketplace  —  The Supreme Court ruling allowing corporations to use their vast resources to directly influence the political process shifts the business playing field away from competing in the marketplace with products and services …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Ian Welsh
Nathaniel Cary / The State:
Bauer: Needy ‘owe something back’ for aid  —  GREENVILLE - Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has compared giving people government assistance to “feeding stray animals.”  —  Bauer, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, made his remarks during a town hall meeting in Fountain Inn …
Greenville News:   (2 of 2)  —  “We don't make you take a drug test.  We ought to.
Patterico's Pontifications:
Ellie Light: Obama Astroturfer?  Or Very, Very, Very Energetic But Independent Letter Writer?  With Houses All Over the Nation?  —  A woman has written the same letter defending Obama to dozens of publications across the country, getting them published in at least 42 newspapers in 18 states …
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UK students recruited for Somali jihad
Joanna Molloy / NY Daily News:
Source says Andrew Cuomo will announce plans to run for New York Governor in March
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Washington Post:
Dulles flight to Las Vegas diverted because of unruly passenger
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