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Later today President Obama is scheduled to talk about the latest details from the security review of the failed Flight 253 attack.

National Security Adviser James Jones is [predicting](http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2010-01-06-terror_N.htm) that Americans will feel "a certain shock" by the results of the review.

But in the meantime, as Josh [noted](http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2010/01/piecing_it_together.php) on the Editors Blog, we thought it would be worthwhile to compile what has been publicly reported about what U.S. government agencies knew about Abdulmutallab, including the supposed "warning signs" that were missed.

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From the White House:

The Vice President is at home today in Wilmington, Delaware where he has gathered with family to spend time with his mother, who has taken seriously ill in recent days.

Who ever said there are no second acts in American life never met some of the Republicans who played roles in the U.S. attorney firings.

Three figures from the Bush Justice Department scandal of 2006 are back in the limelight, running for office under the GOP banner in 2010.

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The new Rasmussen poll of Connecticut, conducted last night in the wake of Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd's retirement announcement, confirms that Democratic state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is now the heavy favorite to keep the seat for the party.

Blumenthal leads former Rep. Rob Simmons by 56%-33%; Blumenthal leads former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon by 58%-34%; and Blumenthal leads financial analyst Peter Schiff by 60%-24%. These results are fairly similar to yesterday's numbers from Public Policy Polling (D), which was conducted just before the news of Dodd's retirement and Blumenthal's entry into the race.

Dodd had been performing badly in previous Rasmussen polls. From the pollster's analysis: "With a single announcement, Chris Dodd transformed the Senate race in Connecticut from one that leaned in the GOP direction to a fairly safe bet for the Democratic Party."

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will not run for Colorado governor, the Denver Post reports. Instead, he will endorse Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.

"John Hickenlooper is a uniter. He transcends political and geographic divides to bring people together to develop solutions. If he decides to run, he will make an excellent Governor for the State of Colorado," Salazar said in a statement.

Sources had told TPMDC that Salazar was "seriously considering" such a run, and the White House had reportedly told him they wouldn't oppose a run.

Today, sources confirmed that national Democrats were talking to Salazar about a run. A Democratic source with knowledge of the process said they "didn't know" what was behind Salazar's choice not to run. Asked if Hickenlooper was the best "Plan B" for national Democrats hoping to hold the governor's mansion in Colorado, the source said Democrats "love" Hickenlooper and called him "Plan A2."

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter announced earlier this week that he would retire rather than run for re-election.

Additional reporting by Evan McMorris-Santoro

It seems like the entire world has been on high alert since the attempted attack on Flight 253, with security personnel jumping anytime a potential breach is reported. Unfortunately, this has made for some embarrassing and would-be-funny-if-they-weren't-so-frightening bloopers in the name of security.

Here's a round-up...

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It may seem as if health care reform has become a matter of sensitive negotiations between Democrats on the Hill than a vast battle among stakeholder groups. But those groups continue to push for changes to--or, in some cases, to kill--the reform bill.

A new ad by Employers for a Healthy Economy--a coalition backed by the Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers--calls on Congress to scrap the current reform effort and start from scratch.

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Mike Parry, the Republican candidate in a January 26 special election for a GOP-held state Senate seat in Minnesota, has apologized for comments he made on his Twitter account last year -- including when he referred to President Obama as a "Power Hungry Arrogant Black Man."

"I sincerely apologize for past tweets which were written in haste and out of the frustration I felt for the out of control spending in Washington," said Parry.

The Tweets were discovered by local liberal blogs in Minnesota, especially the MN Progressive Project. In May 2009, Parry tweeted: "read the exclusive on Mr O in Newsweek. He is a Power Hungry Arrogant Black Man." He also said in May: "4th grade Graduation at Sacred Heart. Hope these kids aren't tainted by Mr. O." In another Tweet, Parry made an apparent false statement from a conspiracy theory e-mail: "OMG....they passed H.R. 1388!!!! $20M in tax payer dollars to immigrate Hamas Refugees to the USA...."

We asked MSNBC's Rachel Maddow for a response to the Tea Party Nation banning her from their site, and she suggests the idea is so ridiculous they made it up as a publicity stunt.

"I used to be an activist, too, so I understand the strategy of using the name of a well-known person to try to get publicity," Maddow told TPMDC in an email.

"Of course, this idea of me trying to join their listserv is completely made up, but still -- I'm flattered the Tea Party folks think I'm well known enough to help their cause," Maddow wrote. "I wish them all best luck with their conference."

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