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6:50 AM ET, December 5, 2008

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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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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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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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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.
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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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
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 …
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
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: Jules Crittenden
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
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Boston Globe
Scott Lanman / Bloomberg:
Bernanke Says U.S. Must Step Up Foreclosure Efforts  —  A A A  —  Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke urged using more taxpayer funds for new efforts to prevent home foreclosures, saying the private sector is incapable of coping with the crisis on its own.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
Discussion: New York Times and Hotline On Call
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: Gateway Pundit
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
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
 
 
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BBC:
Kenya PM calls for Mugabe removal
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama's Jobs Lowball
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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
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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
Nisha / CitizenJanePolitics:
The CJP Interview with Dee Dee Myers
Discussion: Washington Post