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9:20 AM ET, December 5, 2008

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Michael Luo / The Caucus:
McCain Campaign Spent $110,000 on Palin's Stylists  —  Gov. Sarah Palin's traveling makeup artist was paid $68,400 and her hair stylist received more than $42,000 for roughly two months of work, according to a new campaign finance report filed with the Federal Election Commission.
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Michael Luo / New York Times:
Obama Hauls in Record $750 Million for Campaign
Discussion: TIME.com
Lee Speigel / Political Punch:
Final Official Obama Fundraising Number — a Record-Setting $745 Million
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Truthdig
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Milestone in Baghdad  —  The barbarism in Mumbai and the economic crisis at home have largely overshadowed an otherwise singular event: the ratification of military and strategic cooperation agreements between Iraq and the United States.  —  They must not pass unnoted.
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Robert M. Gates / Foreign Affairs:
A Balanced Strategy  —  Reprogramming the Pentagon for a New Age  —  Summary: The Pentagon has to do more than modernize its conventional forces; it must also focus on today's unconventional conflicts — and tomorrow's.  —  Robert M. Gates is U.S. Secretary of Defense.
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Jobless Rate Rises to 6.7% as 533,000 Jobs Are Lost  —  With the economy deteriorating rapidly, the nation's employers shed 533,000 jobs in November, the 11th consecutive monthly decline, the government reported Friday morning, and the unemployment rate rose to 6.7 percent.
Discussion: TIME.com and Balloon Juice
Edward L. Glaeser / Boston Globe:
New lending deals won't bring back 2006  —  THE GREAT housing cycle of the aughts - the 73 percent increase in housing prices between 2001 and 2006 and the 22 percent decline since then - was built on three illusions.  Too many homebuyers thought housing prices would go up forever.
Discussion: ParaPundit
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Scott Lanman / Bloomberg:
Bernanke Says U.S. Must Step Up Foreclosure Efforts
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Next on Obama's Dance Card, Mother Nature  —  The Obama transition team, moving along smartly to fill Cabinet posts, is planning to trot out nominees as early as next week for three jobs much watched by enviros: the secretaries of energy and the interior and the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Discussion: TIME.com
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Democrats: Obama Needs Hands-On Economic Approach  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats are growing impatient with President-elect Barack Obama's refusal to inject himself in the major economic crises confronting the country.  Obama has sidestepped some policy questions by saying there is only one president at a time.
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Victoria McGrane / The Crypt's Blogs:
Frank decries ‘No Girls Allowed’ on the bailout team
Discussion: Firedoglake, Wonk Room and DMI Blog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Donor: Obama suggested Jakarta visit  —  Barack Obama told a group of donors in California early last year that his first international trip would be to Muslim Indonesia, a supporter who was present recalled today.  —  Obama promised during the campaign to convene a Muslim summit …
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Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Happiness Can Spread Among People Like a Contagion, Study Indicates  —  Happiness is contagious, spreading among friends, neighbors, siblings and spouses like the flu, according to a large study that for the first time shows how emotion can ripple through clusters of people who may not even know each other.
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Jules Crittenden
David Brooks / New York Times:
Who Will He Choose?  —  As in many other areas, the biggest education debates are happening within the Democratic Party.  On the one hand, there are the reformers like Joel Klein and Michelle Rhee, who support merit pay for good teachers, charter schools and tough accountability standards.
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof and TIME.com
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Cuba Tightens Restrictions on Bloggers  —  As Cuba approaches the 50th anniversary of its revolution this New Year's Day, the island's Communist government appears to be taking a harder line against a budding group of Cuban Internet bloggers pushing for greater freedoms.
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
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
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
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.
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 …
 
 
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Dan Milmo / Guardian:
US retail sales figures confirm bleak outlook for consumers
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Kevin Drum
BBC:
Kenya PM calls for Mugabe removal
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Truthdig
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama's Jobs Lowball
The Australian:
Warship rescues pirates, sinks their ship
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
The War on Zzzzzmas: Dobbs' schtick grows groaningly irrelevant
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Julie Onufrak / Patriot Ledger:
Gulf Oil CEO says gas could hit $1 next year
Economist:
The money talks  —  An economist descends into the trenches  —  Monday
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 Earlier Items: 
Bob Geiger:
GOP Senator Wants More God In Government Visitor Center
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Nisha / CitizenJanePolitics:
The CJP Interview with Dee Dee Myers
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Back on Capitol Hill, Auto Executives Still Find Skeptics