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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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James Wright / Afro American Newspaper:
AFRO News  —  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 President-elect Barack Obama's status as a United States citizen.
Discussion: Left in the West
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Alito ribs Biden for plagiarism
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama citizenship at SCOTUS tomorrow
Discussion: The Mahablog
The Politico:
Matthews advised to quit MSNBC  —  Chris Matthews is dead serious about running for the Senate in Pennsylvania - and shopping for a house in the state and privately discussing quitting MSNBC as proof of his intense interest, according to NBC colleagues, political operatives and friends.
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David Sirota / The Huffington Post:
Chris Matthews' Insult to Pennsylvania Voters  —  Having grown up outside of Philadelphia, I just want to say I really hope Chris Matthews runs for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, and is humiliatingly obliterated in a Democratic primary (preferably by a good progressive like, for instance, former Rep. Joe Hoeffel).
Michael Calderone / The Politico:   Breaking: Matthews in contract talks
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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Rob Gillies / Associated Press:
Canadian PM shuts Parliament in attempt to keep power
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
Bruce Campion-Smith / Toronto Star:
Parliament shut for 7 weeks
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Barack Obama and the Cult of Competency  —  Barack Obama won the White House last month in large part by running against George W. Bush and tapping into the public perception that his administration has been ineffectual in handling important policy questions.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
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Joan Vennochi / Boston Globe:
A bitter brew for Kerry  —  SENATOR John Kerry's fate illustrates the new political order under President-elect Barack Obama: Reward your enemies, not necessarily your friends.  —  Hillary Clinton, Obama's tough primary opponent, became Obama's choice for secretary of state; Kerry, an avid Obama ally, was passed over.
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Don Surber
Boston Globe:
Lawmakers urge Obama to keep diversity vow
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Liberal Rationalism II  —  Move over, Jon Cohn.  Ezra Klein points out the sublime rationality of socialism: … One reason I'm a conservative is the British National Health Service.  Until you have lived under socialism, it sounds like a great idea.  It isn't misery …
Discussion: The Corner
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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?
Paul Krugman:
Worries about next year  —  I've been ruminating over economic prospects for next year, and I'm getting scared.  —  Two points:  —  1. The economy is falling fast.  We'll see what tomorrow's employment report says, but we could well be losing jobs at a rate of 450,000 or 500,000 a month.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CAN'T SPEND FAST ENOUGH
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 …
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Chris / TVNewser:
NBCU To Cut 500 Jobs, Layoffs Begin at NBC News Bureaus
The Politico:
RNC chair discloses comeback plan  —  Sen. Saxby Chambliss' reelection this week was a tremendous victory for the people of Georgia.  Voters went to the polls on Tuesday and selected a strong leader prepared to deal with both the domestic and the foreign challenges our nation faces in the months and years to come.
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Can Romney Save the Republican Party?
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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M. Duss / Wonk Room:
Rick Warren: Stopping Evil ‘Is The Legitimate Role Of Government’
Discussion: Think Progress and ATTACKERMAN
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Why do Feinstein and Wyden sound much different on the torture issue now?  —  [updated below - Update II (w/ statement from Sen. Wyden's office) -  —  Update III]  —  Time constraints prevented me yesterday from writing about Dianne Feinstein's comments concerning torture in yesterday's New York Times …
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.
Discussion: Reliable Source, MSNBC and The Caucus
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary and the Constitution  —  Members of the Senate are not above the law.  —  What's a little matter like the Constitution among friends?  That's a question a few legal eagles are asking as they note that Hillary Clinton can't become Secretary of State thanks to something called the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.
BBC:
Security scare at Delhi's airport  —  The Indian authorities have strongly denied reports of a shooting incident at Delhi's main international airport.  —  Passengers are said to have panicked and mistakenly reported shots being fired after two loud noises were heard in the international flights section.
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
U.S. to Raise ‘Irregular War’ Capabilities  —  The Pentagon this week approved a major policy directive that elevates the military's mission of “irregular warfare” — the increasingly prevalent campaigns to battle insurgents and terrorists, often with foreign partners and sometimes clandestinely …
 
 
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