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December 27th, 2009, 12:12 am admin Leave a comment Go to comments
  • Airport security tightens and investigation continues a day after a Nigerian passenger attempted to ignite a device aboard a Detroit-bound plane. Immediately after the incident was announced, the race was on as to which Republican could make the most political hay out of the event. Via Think Progress, we have the unbriefed Pete Hoekstra leaping first out of the gate:

       ”It’s not surprising,” U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, a Holland Republican, said of the alleged terrorist attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight in Detroit. … “People have got to start connecting the dots here and maybe this is the thing that will connect the dots for the Obama administration,” Hoekstra said.

    A briefed Peter King did no better, hitting the press circuit ASAP with what he’d learned.

  • Prayers and ceremonies are being held today to mark the five-year anniversary of the deadly Asian tsunami that killed a quarter of a million people. The New York Times takes an in-depth look at efforts to rebuild Aceh.
  • Blizzards continue to slam the Midwest.
  • Now here’s something you don’t read every day:

    HYDERABAD, India—The 86-year-old governor of a southern Indian state resigned Saturday, a day after a television news channel broadcast a tape allegedly showing him in bed with three women, an official said.

  • Little noticed due to the focus on the health care bill, the Senate approved some Obama appointees in the closing hours of the session, but tabled a couple of others, most notably Office of Legal Counsel nominee Dawn Johnsen and Department of Labor Solicitor Patricia Smith, who ran into opposition, most likely for their progressive background, according to Think Progress.
  • Scientists discover that the moon’s gravitational pull may trigger small earth tremors in addition to its effect on tides, according to Wired.
  • James Warren at The Atlantic has long-ish piece on what went on behind the scenes as Stephen Colbert prepared and delivered his infamous remarks at the 2006 White House Correspondents’ dinner.
  • The times, they are a’changin’, if last month’s NYC mayoral race is any indication:

    Black, Hispanic and Asian residents made up a majority of voters in a citywide race for the first time.

    That turnout is a milestone in a city where minority groups make up both a majority of the population and a majority of those eligible to vote. The transformation of the electorate also signals the growing political importance of the city’s diverse tapestry and the challenges that citywide candidates will face as they strive to stitch together successful voting blocs.


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