Lunchtime Links: February 23, 2010

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was hospitalized Monday with chest pains, according to his office. Cheney, 69, is resting comfortably at George Washington University Hospital, and his doctors are evaluating the situation, his staff said in a statement.

Najibullah Zazi, a former airport shuttle driver accused of buying beauty supplies to make bombs for an attack on New York City subways, pleaded guilty Monday. He admitted he agreed to conduct an al-Qaida-led “martyrdom operation” because of U.S. involvement in his native Afghanistan.

President Obama has largely internalized his spiritual life and expression of Christian faith since taking office. He has attended church in the capital only four times, and worshiped half a dozen times at a secluded Camp David chapel. He prays privately, reads a daily devotional that aides send to his BlackBerry, and talks to pastors by phone, but seldom frames policies in spiritual terms.

Melinda Doolittle has turned a third-place status on “American Idol” in 2007 into a growing career as a crossover Christian musician.

Lacey Brown may not be a household name yet, but she is working on it. Brown is the daughter of an Amarillo, Texas, pastor and has qualified as one of the Top 24 finalists on “American Idol.” Brown was on the verge of making the Top 24 last year but was sent home by the judges.

The U.S. and Canadian women’s hockey teams will play for Olympic gold after a series of blowout victories for both teams.

The San Diego Chargers released 2006 NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson on Monday. Tomlinson’s productivity has decreased following a string of injuries and was due a bonus of $2 million next week.

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