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2:00 AM ET, December 5, 2008

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James Janega / Chicago Tribune:
Suit contesting Barack Obama's citizenship heads to U.S. Supreme Court Friday  —  Justices will decide whether to consider the case  —  The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Friday whether to take up a lawsuit challenging President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship …
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David Weigel / Slate:
The fringe movement to keep Barack Obama from becoming president.  —  If you want to stop Barack Obama from becoming president, there's still time.  But you have to act right now.  Go to RallyCongress.com, and you can be the 126,000th-odd American to demand “proof of citizenship” from the president-elect.
Discussion: THE TOOT and Ben Smith's Blogs
James Wright / Afro American Newspaper:
Thomas Refers a Previously Rejected Case Challenging Obama Eligibility  —  In a highly unusual move, U.S. Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has asked his colleagues on the court to consider the request of an East Brunswick, N.J. attorney who has filed a lawsuit challenging …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Looking for the Ideal Spot to Make a Speech  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama's aides say he is considering making a major foreign policy speech from an Islamic capital during his first 100 days in office.  —  So where should he do it?  The list of Islamic world capitals is long …
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Abe Greenwald / Commentary:
Obama's Muslim Speech  —  Barack Obama is toying with the idea of making a speech from an Islamic capital within his first 100 days in office.  The scuttlebutt is all about finding the right one.  (The consensus is Cairo-which is a terrible idea.  An Obama speech there would be read …
Discussion: Macsmind and Riehl World View
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Donor: Obama suggested Jakarta visit
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
The Smoking Gun:
Dubya's New Digs  —  First couple drops $2.07 million on 1.13 acre Dallas spread  —  This is the Texas home that George W. Bush has purchased for his fast-approaching post-White House years.  The home, on a Dallas cul-de-sac, sits on 1.13 acres and offers 8501 square feet of living space, according to city appraisal records.
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Dallas Morning News:
Bushes confirm purchase of Dallas home in Preston Hollow  —  tgillman@dallasnews.com; rbush@dallasnews.com  —  The White House confirmed Thursday that the Bushes have purchased a house in Dallas' Preston Hollow neighborhood for the couple to live in after his presidency ends in January.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WARREN ENDORSES HANNITY'S WARMONGERING.... Pastor Rick Warren has a reputation for being far more stable and grounded than religious right leaders and TV preachers like Pat Robertson, but it's worth remembering that he's not exactly a moderate.  —  Last night, on Fox News …
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Alito jabs at Biden over long-ago plagiarism  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — His Supreme Court confirmation hearings three years old, Justice Samuel Alito apparently still harbors some hard feelings toward one Democratic questioner at the time.  —  Alito made several joking references …
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WHAT IS LIFE WORTH?  —  What is six months of your life worth?  And don't say priceless.  It's not priceless.  Not if you're not paying.  So let's sharpen the question: What should six months of your life be worth to your insurer, be that insurer the government or Aetna?
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Liberal Rationalism II
Discussion: The Corner
CBC News:
GG agrees to suspend Parliament until January  —  Decision gives Tories reprieve, prevents opposition from toppling government on Monday  —  Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean has granted a request from Stephen Harper to suspend Parliament until late next month, the prime minister announced on Thursday …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
DC Statehood  —  Many DC license plates are emblazoned with the slogan “taxation without representation” and it seems the DC Council wants president Obama to put those plates on his car.  —  I'd like to see that, too.  What I'd like even better is for congress to use its power to admit …
Victoria McGrane / The Crypt's Blogs:
Frank decries ‘No Girls Allowed’ on the bailout team  —  House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank Thursday urged President-elect Barack Obama to lend a stronger voice in urging Treasury officials to help distressed homeowners avoid disclosure.  —  Voicing his well-known frustration …
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Robert Schmidt / Bloomberg:
Geithner May Seek to Push Bair Out After Clashes During Crisis
Discussion: Wonk Room and Wall Street Journal
CNN:
Missing ballots stall Minnesota Senate recount  —  MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) — A missing envelope containing about 130 ballots has stalled the recount in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken.
Discussion: MyDD
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Coleman campaign to withdraw 650 ballot challenges
Discussion: The Raw Story
Julie Onufrak / Patriot Ledger:
Gulf Oil CEO says gas could hit $1 next year  —  Gulf Oil CEO Joe Petrowski said on Wednesday that the price of oil could sink to $20 per barrel, and there is a chance gasoline prices could drop as low as $1 per gallon by early next year.  —  Speaking at a South Shore Chamber of Commerce breakfast …
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org:
Matthews: It's ‘Really Hard’ to ‘Salute Sarah Palin’  —  On Thursday night's “Hardball,” Chris Matthews actually praised Sarah Palin for her ability to draw a crowd and even pegged her as the early frontrunner for the GOP nod in 2012, “Who's gonna beat her?”
Discussion: Don Surber
Mark Fitzgerald / Editor and Publisher:
‘Several Cities’ Could Have No Daily Paper As Soon As 2010, Credit Rater Says  —  CHICAGO Newspaper and newspaper groups are likely to default on their debt and go out of business next year — leaving “several cities” with no daily newspaper at all, Fitch Ratings says in a report on media released Wednesday.
Discussion: Balloon Juice, Gawker and Don Surber
The Politico:
Tangled Web: Rangel son got campaign cash  —  Between 2004 and 2007, Rep. Charles Rangel steered nearly $80,000 in campaign cash to an Internet company run by his son - paying lavishly for a pair of political Web sites so poorly designed an expert estimated one should have cost no more than $100 to create.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
New York Times:
Auto Executives Face a Hard Sell on Capitol Hill  —  WASHINGTON — The chief executives of America's foundering automobile manufacturers returned to Capitol Hill on Thursday and found themselves confronting years of pent-up anger, the harsh politics of a recession and the realization …
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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
The War on Zzzzzmas: Dobbs' schtick grows groaningly irrelevant  —  John Amato's virtual online magazine...OK, It's a blog!  — Home- Archives  — Tags Directory  — Contact Us- Donate- FAQ  — Advertising- Commenting- General Problems- Media Problems- Supported Browsers- User Registration
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
The Australian:
Warship rescues pirates, sinks their ship  —  Article from:  —  A DANISH anti-piracy warship has rescued seven suspected pirates whose boat had broken down in the Gulf of Aden and then sank their heavily-armed vessel.  —  Danish soldiers seized several anti-tank rockets and AK-47 assault rifles …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Gateway Pundit
Curtis Brainard / CJR:
CNN Cuts Entire Science, Tech Team  —  Despite network's intention to launch wire service, compete with the AP  —  CNN, the Cable News Network, announced yesterday that it will cut its entire science, technology, and environment news staff, including Miles O'Brien, its chief technology …
Joseph Romm / Salon:
What will make Obama a great president  —  He must make the U.S. a world leader in global warming solutions.  Then he must inspire China to follow suit.  —  The Chinese flag flutters outside a coking plant in Changzhi, Shanxi province, May 29.  —  Has any U.S. president come into office …
 
 
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama's Jobs Lowball
Lee Speigel / Political Punch:
Final Official Obama Fundraising Number — a Record-Setting $745 Million
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Truthdig
Economist:
The money talks  —  An economist descends into the trenches  —  Monday
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Bob Geiger:
GOP Senator Wants More God In Government Visitor Center
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NEO-HOOVERITE REPUBLICANS  —  I'm listening to one-time DC …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CAN'T SPEND FAST ENOUGH
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Paul Krugman
 Earlier Items: 
Nisha / CitizenJanePolitics:
The CJP Interview with Dee Dee Myers
Discussion: Washington Post
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Barack Obama and the Cult of Competency
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Joan Vennochi / Boston Globe:
A bitter brew for Kerry
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Don Surber