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2:55 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.
Associated Press:
Feds Arrest Somali-Born Teen in Car Bomb Plot  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — A Somali-born teenager plotted to carry out a car bomb attack at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in downtown Portland on Friday, but the bomb turned out to be a dud supplied by undercover agents as part of a sting, federal prosecutors said.
Teddy Partridge / Teddy Partridge's myFDL diary:
FBI Thwarts “Bomb Plot” at Xmas Tree Ceremony in Portland, Oregon
portland.fbi.gov:
Oregon Resident Arrested in Plot to Bomb Christmas Tree Lighting …
Discussion: TalkLeft, New York Times and Mediaite
msnbc.com:
Somali-born teen arrested in car bomb plot
Discussion: Associated Press and Oliver Willis
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 Don'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 …
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.”
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
Daily Mail:
‘Humiliated’: Female passenger subjected to patdown ‘because her sanitary towel showed up on body scanner’  —  A female passenger has claimed that she was assaulted by TSA agents when she was ordered to be patted down because her sanitary towel showed up on the body scanner.
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.
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Winning the Class War  —  The class war that no one wants to talk about continues unabated.  —  Even as millions of out-of-work and otherwise struggling Americans are tightening their belts for the holidays, the nation's elite are lacing up their dancing shoes and partying like royalty as the millions and billions keep rolling in.
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
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 …
Amie Parnes / The Politico:
Barack Obama to Barbara Walters: ‘Extraordinarily proud’ of health care reform  —  President Barack Obama, in a wide-ranging, reflective interview with Barbara Walters, staunchly defends his controversial policies - including sweeping health care reforms and the massive economic stimulus package …
Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
For President Obama, glass is half full
Associated Press:   Obama Needs Stitches After Being Hurt During Basketball Game
 
 
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