House Dems pessimistic about public option

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Dec. 27: Michael Bloomberg, Newt Gingrich, Deval Patrick and Andrea Mitchell discuss the state of health care reform with NBC’s David Gregory on “Meet the Press.” (Meet the Press)House Democrats aren’t optimistic that a government insurance plan, a central element of health care legislation passed in their chamber, will survive negotiations with the Senate.


Israeli building plan draws U.S. criticism

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Israel says it will build nearly 700 new apartments in East Jerusalem, drawing criticism from Palestinians and the United States, which denounce the plan as an obstacle to peacemaking.

NC Supreme Court to hear ‘life’ inmates case (AP)

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AP – North Carolina’s highest court plans to hear arguments in the case of two convicted murderers who contend their “life” sentences are now complete.

Obama says ‘systemic failure’ allowed airline plot (AP)

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President Barack Obama speaks at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)AP – President Barack Obama said Tuesday that “a systemic failure” allowed the attempted Christmas Day attack on a Detroit-bound flight from Amsterdam. He called it “totally unacceptable.”


Reid to force vote on airline security nominee (McClatchy Newspapers)

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McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will force a vote on President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration when the Senate reconvenes in three weeks.

‘System worked’ comment draws skepticism

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President Barack Obama speaks to the media about the recent air travel incident, Monday, Dec. 28.The Obama administration claim that “the system worked” after a failed aircraft bombing could raise disturbing questions about presidential response in a time of crisis.


Bow ties are the new pajamas

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Poor Tucker Carlson, still chasing away memories of Jon Stewart (WSJ, emphasis added):

Tucker Carlson announced plans to launch DailyCaller.com, a conservative-leaning news site that will aim to be an answer to the Huffington Post.

“We’re sincerely trying to think through what comes next in journalism,” said Mr. Carlson, a Fox News contributor and former host of CNN’s “Crossfire.” “I think we can answer the basic question, which is: How do you keep reporting? How do you make reporting a viable business?”

He said that he wants to emphasize original reporting. “We don’t simply want to be parasites of other news sites,” he said. “We want to be creators of news,” though he added, “We’re not in it to beat anybody.”

Mr. Carlson told reporters and bloggers at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., that the site would focus on coverage of President Barack Obama’s administration. “There just aren’t enough people covering this administration and telling the people what’s going on,” he said.

You notice where he made the announcement? From the Heritage Foundation. Good lord! Talk about wingnut welfare, Tucker Carlson haz it!

Certainly, there’s nothing wrong with conservative foundations helping launch new websites, but you’d think that a “libertarian” like Tucker Carlson would have a little more faith in that ol’ free market magic. You know, the free market that has supported progressive sites like TPM, Daily Kos, and Huffington Post.

But then again, to be fair to Tucker, those sites didn’t have to support a big ass bow tie. And apparently that bow tie needs all the help it can get.

Meanwhile, we’ll stick to our Cheetos, thank you very much. Yum, yum.


Analysis: Many question ‘system worked’ comment (AP)

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President Barack Obama speaks to the media about the recent air travel incident, Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)AP – The Obama administration claim that “the system worked” after a failed aircraft bombing wasn’t quite as jolting as President George W. Bush’s “Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job” when New Orleans was sinking under deadly Hurricane Katrina. But both raised disturbing questions about presidential response in a time of crisis.


Key security agencies lack permanent leaders (AP)

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U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement on health care and climate change at the White House in Washington December 19, 2009. Obama on Monday vowed to track down those behind an attempt to bring down a U.S. passenger airline on Christmas Day as he announced stepped-up measures to ensure U.S. flight safety. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/FilesAP – Two federal agencies charged with keeping potential terrorists off airplanes and out of the country have been without their top leaders for nearly a year.


Iowa lawmaker predicts Palin run for White House

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An Iowa Republican congressman says he thinks former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will seek the GOP presidential nomination in 2012 and that she’s among a few people who could win the state’s leadoff caucuses.