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4:50 PM ET, November 27, 2010

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Bryan Denson / Oregonian:
FBI thwarts terrorist bombing attempt at Portland holiday tree lighting, authorities say  —  The FBI thwarted an attempted terrorist bombing in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square before the city's annual tree-lighting Friday night, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Oregon.
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William McCall / Associated Press:
Feds: Somali-born teen plotted car-bombing in Ore.  —  PORTLAND, Ore. - Federal agents in a sting operation arrested a Somali-born teenager just as he tried blowing up a van he believed was loaded with explosives at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, authorities said.
CNN:
Somali-American accused of plotting to bomb Oregon tree-lighting event  —  (CNN) — A 19-year-old has been arrested in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb at an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon, on Friday evening, the Justice Department announced.
Teddy Partridge / Teddy Partridge's myFDL diary:
FBI Thwarts “Bomb Plot” at Xmas Tree Ceremony in Portland, Oregon  —  Tonight in Portland, we had a small dose of the FBI's almost-operational terror sprees, as agents spent more than a year goading a young jihadi wannabe into almost killing thousands of Portlandians in our city's living room …
Liz Robbins / New York Times:
Oregon Teen Arrested in Plot to Bomb Holiday Event
Discussion: Mediaite and AmSpecBlog
portland.fbi.gov:
Oregon Resident Arrested in Plot to Bomb Christmas Tree Lighting …
Discussion: Gawker, TalkLeft and The Daily Beast
msnbc.com:
Somali-born teen arrested in car bomb plot
Discussion: Associated Press and Oliver Willis
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Charles Krauthammer Rips Liberal Media for Being Obsessed with Sarah Palin  —  Charles Krauthammer on Friday tore into the liberal media for being obsessed with former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.  —  After Krauthammer scolded the “editorial judgment” of the producers of PBS's “Inside Washington” …
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air and The Right Scoop
Ed Barnes / Fox News:
Mystery Surrounds Cyber Missile That Crippled Iran's Nuclear Weapons Ambitions  —  An aerial view of Iran's nuclear facility in Natanz.  —  In the 20th century, this would have been a job for James Bond.  —  The mission: Infiltrate the highly advanced, securely guarded enemy headquarters …
Discussion: FrumForum
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Scowcroft on START: ‘Partisan’ GOP Doesn't Want To Give Obama ‘A Foreign Policy Victory’  —  Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) has been the leading Senate Republican urging the upper chamber of Congress to ratify the New START arms control treaty with Russia.  However, the Republican obstructionism …
Eliot Kleinberg / Palm Beach Post:
Man arrested for packing gun at Boynton Beach Walmart  —  A customer expecting to see great deals waved down authorities after she saw something else: a man packing a gun while waiting in line at a Black Friday sale.  —  Police arrested Christopher D. Scott, 49, just after midnight Friday …
Discussion: Don Surber and Mediaite
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Obama: I pray every night, read the Bible  —  Praying and reading the Bible are part of his everyday life, President Obama said in a wide-ranging interview broadcast Friday.  —  Speaking with Barbara Walters, Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama also described how they involve their daughters in daily prayer.
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Amie Parnes / The Politico:
Barack Obama to Barbara Walters: ‘Extraordinarily proud’ of health care reform
Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Demonstrators in Ireland Protest Austerity Plan  —  DUBLIN — After a week that brought Ireland a pledge of an $114 billion international rescue package and the toughest austerity program of any country in Europe, thousands of demonstrators took to Dublin's streets on Saturday to protest wide cuts …
Discussion: Guardian
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Report: ‘Issues of Culture, Ethnicity and Identity’ Raised in U.K. Rape-Gang Case  —  A report on the sexual exploitation of British girls as young as 12 by a gang led by two 28-year-old Muslim men found that cultural issues were “a critical factor in making [the victims] easy targets for abusers.”
Discussion: theblogprof
Bill Gates / Wall Street Journal:
Africa Needs Aid, Not Flawed Theories  —  The science writer Matt Ridley made his reputation with books like “The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature” and “Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters.”  His latest book, “The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves” is much broader, as its title suggests.
Peter King / New York Post:
Qaeda the enemy - not TSA screeners  —  Tweet  —  The debate over security scanning and pat-downs has reached such a fever pitch, it seems that people are forgetting that the enemy isn't the Transportation Security Administration — it's al Qaeda.  —  I don't want my children …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and Associated Press
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Workers seek new skills at community colleges, but classes are full  —  LAS VEGAS - The gambling economy here has crapped out, but at the swelling community college, workers are in the grip of new aspirations.  —  In one small anatomy lab, there's a craps dealer training to become an anesthetist …
 
 
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