MORNING READ

FROM THE BLOGS:
White House hits back at Cheney - Teddy Partridge, Firedoglake
The 15 biggest stories of 2009 - Karl, Hot Air
Which one doesn't belong? - digby, Hullabaloo
Government-caused disaster - John, Power Line
Buying a Senate seat in Connecticut - Charles Lemos, MyDD
Predicting Iran - Kathryn Jean Lopez, The Corner
Polling update from around the country - Steve Singiser, Daily Kos
AG's ask Pelosi, Reid to strip NE compromise - Reid Wilson, Hotline On Call
Do you feel safer? - Jennifer Rubin, Contentions
Senate race rankings - Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight
Prayers for Rush - Michelle Malkin
Pfeiffer makes it plain - Steve Benen, Political Animal
When Obama apologists attack - John McCormack, Weekly Standard

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
An 'extraordinary' year in politics - The Hill
Few results in Obama's drive for bipartisanship - The Hill
Spy agencies failed to collate terror clues - NYT
Unnoticed clues haunt Ft. Hood - WaPo