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Federal agents went to the homes of two bloggers Tuesday to issue subpoenas in an effort to find out who leaked them a memo on the Transportation Security Administration's enhanced security procedures in the wake of the failed Christmas Day terror attack. The agents looked through the computer, Blackberry, and iPhone of one of the bloggers, and told him they'd sit outside his house until he gave them the information they wanted, he says.

On Sunday, Chris Elliott, a well-regarded travel journalist who writes for National Geographic, MSNBC, and the Washington Post, published on his blog a TSA security directive, issued in the hours after the failed bombing incident. The directive, which went to airline, airport, and government personnel, outlined enhanced screening procedures, including performing a "thorough pat-down of all passengers at boarding gate prior to boarding, concentrating on upper legs and torso."

Around the same time, Steven Frischling, who writes a blog for KLM Dutch Royal airlines, posted the same directive.

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Today the Obama administration released a monster document with more than 25,000 names of people who visited the White House - the first time any executive branch has given a full accounting of who is there and when.

It's the very first batch since the White House fully implemented its new transparency push, and covers from Sept. 16 through Sept. 30. There also was a limited release of people who came to the White House earlier in the year as requested by news organizations and open government groups.

(More details on that here.)

Some names pop out right away, while others are more obscure or were reported earlier this year when we wrote up the limited releases.

TPM could use your help scanning the visitors logs.

You can view the spreadsheet here at on the bottom of the page, but it is in a fairly unwieldy format. It's probably easiest to download as a CSV file and then import into a spreadsheet program for easy sorting.

If names jump out at you, please let us know. Pop the person's full name, date they visited and who they met with into the comments section below. You can also email us here, but please put Visitors Logs in the subject line.

Bloomberg has a good write up here and the Examiner details the lobbyists who were there.

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We've just gotten our hands on the so-called "banned list" that was responsible for two journalists getting booted from a Sarah Palin book event in Wasilla last week. Check it out right here.

And we've got new details that shed light on Todd Palin's role as his wife's chief enforcer.

The "coordinating instructions" document, whose authenticity was confirmed by James Hastings, the Wasilla official who runs the arena and who wrote the instructions, refers to a "DENIED ACCESS LIST PER TODD PALIN." And, after listing three names, continues:

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During a telephone interview on MSNBC today Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) failed to reconcile the hypocrisy inherent in Republican criticisms of President Obama's allegedly soft or slow reaction to the attempted attack on flight 253. As MSNBC's Milissa Rehberger pointed out, then-President George W. Bush took six days to issue a response to shoe bomber Richard Reid's failed attack in 2001 -- far longer than President Obama took to address flight 253.

Plus, Reid had a trial in civilian court -- though Republicans have jumped all over the Obama administration for not trying Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in a military tribunal.

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In an unusually direct and aggressive blog post, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer today criticizes former Vice President Dick Cheney for his constant critique of the administration's national security policies.

Pfeiffer wrote, "it is telling that Vice President Cheney and others seem to be more focused on criticizing the Administration than condemning the attackers."

Pfeiffer said that in his statement to Politico today Cheney makes a "clearly untrue" claim that Obama doesn't realize we're at war.

"I don't think anyone realizes this very hard reality more than President Obama," Pfeiffer wrote, detailing the times Obama and his top advisers have used the term.

"The difference is this: President Obama doesn't need to beat his chest to prove it, and - unlike the last Administration - we are not at war with a tactic ("terrorism"), we [are] at war with something that is tangible: al Qaeda and its violent extremist allies. And we will prosecute that war as long as the American people are endangered," he wrote.

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Fulfilling one of the transparency goals of President Obama's administration, the White House today released more than 25,000 records of visitors who came through the gates at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue this year.

Check out the names here, and TPMDC will update readers as we go through the names.

The spreadsheet posted at offers the visitor's full name, date of visit, who they met with and in what room. These records cover from Sept. 16 to Sept. 30, and the monthly visitors logs will be a regular release going forward.

There also are records of visitors who met with Vice President Joe Biden and his staff, but the system that collects the names is not in place yet for the vice president's residence at the Naval Observatory.

Vice President Joe Biden office released for the first time the names of visitors who have come to his residence at the Naval Observatory for official events. The office also is working with Secret Service to get the automated system that collects names of visitors in place at the residence.

Those records are marked with VPR on the data sheet.

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Washington Times Managing Editor for Digital Jeffrey Birnbaum has resigned effective Friday, and several other top editors are being let go as the dismantling of the conservative newspaper continues, according to newsroom sources.

An all-staff meeting has been called for 3:30 p.m. ET at the struggling Times, which announced earlier this month it is laying off at least 40 percent of its staff.

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