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11:10 AM ET, December 5, 2008

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Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Jobless Rate Soars to 6.7% in November  —  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.
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Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:   Employers cut 533K jobs in Nov., most in 34 years
Rex Nutting / MarketWatch:
Payrolls plunge by stunning 533,000 in November
Discussion: Angry Bear
Washington Post:
U.S. Unemployment Rate Rises to 15-Year High
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
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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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
RNC spends $180K on Palin and family  —  Salons and spas, including $350 at Escape Skin Care and Day Spa in New York, were the latest unusual expenses to appear in the Republican National Committee's coordinated expenses account with the McCain-Palin campaign, according to November reports released late Thursday.
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Obama Hauls in Record $750 Million for Campaign  —  President-elect Barack Obama brought in nearly $750 million for his presidential campaign, a record amount that exceeds what all of the candidates combined collected in private donations in the previous race for the White House …
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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Hope Ditto / The Note:
The Note, 12/05/08: Another Senator Kennedy?  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl, filling in for Rick Klein today Reports: The Big Three can't win for losing and it seems Barney Frank is already fed up with Barack Obama.  But first, an exclusive from The Note.  —  Another Senator Kennedy?
Robert M. Gates / Foreign Affairs:
A Balanced Strategy  —  Reprogramming the Pentagon for a New Age
Michelle Malkin:
Truthers to the left of me, truthers to the right  —  Creators Syndicate  —  Did you know that Sarah Palin-haters are still trying to prove she didn't give birth to her youngest son, Trig?  These tinfoil hat-wearers are as obnoxious and unhinged as the 9/11 Truth cultists who insist …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Fourth Picture  —  As Dish readers know, there are only three public photographs that I could find of Sarah Palin pregnant with Trig (the McCain campaign insisted there were “loads” and then was forced to retract).  But we now have another.  The date of this photograph …
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org:
Matthews: It's ‘Really Hard’ to ‘Salute Sarah Palin’
Discussion: Don Surber
Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
SCOTUS considers Obama citizenship  —  The U.S. Supreme Court will decide Friday whether to take up a case over president-elect Barack Obama's citizenship — one of a few around the country seeking to nullify his election, but this one has an interesting lineage.
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Wall Street Journal:
‘At Least Bush Kept Us Safe’  —  The two words Democrats don't want tacked onto that sentence.  —  Washington  —  To drive through the suburbs of Northern Virginia is to marvel still at the widespread wealth, the mansions and mini-mansions that did not exist a quarter-century ago and that now thicken the woods and hills.
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.
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.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
MSNBC ‘Hardball’ Host Chris Matthews Mulls Run for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania  —  Host's Political Hopes Put MSNBC on the Spot  —  Chris Matthews has always admitted that his life dream was to be a senator.  But now that the MSNBC host is actively exploring a run in his native Pennsylvania …
Discussion: TIME.com
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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: MSNBC, TIME.com and TRAIL BLAZERS
Henry A. Kissinger / Washington Post:
Team of Heavyweights  —  President-elect Barack Obama has appointed an extraordinary team for national security policy.  On its face, it violates certain maxims of conventional wisdom: that appointing to the Cabinet individuals with an autonomous constituency, and who therefore are difficult to fire …
Discussion: The Heretik and Swampland
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
Fox News:
Report: Line-Cutting Dispute Led to Wal-Mart Trampling Death  —  A line-cutting dispute among shoppers who waited for hours outside a New York Wal-Mart and those who stayed inside their cars led to the stampede that killed a store worker, Newsday reports.  —  Nassau police said Wednesday …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Overlawyered
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Dan Milmo / Guardian:
US retail sales figures confirm bleak outlook for consumers
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Kevin Drum
Los Angeles Times:
Obama's choice of Xavier Becerra revives 2001 clemency case  —  Becerra, offered the post of U.S. trade representative, was involved in the 2001 commutation of a prison sentence for cocaine dealer Carlos Vignali.  So was attorney general nominee Eric Holder.
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Political Punch
 
 
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Mark Warren / Esquire:
What Obama's 27-Year-Old Speechwriter Learned from George W. Bush
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David Hinckley / NY Daily News:
Bill O'Reilly to give up radio show, one of the nation's most listened to
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Chris Isidore / CNN:
Big Three plead for $34B from Congress
Chicago Tribune:
Feds taped Blagojevich
Frank Bass / Associated Press:
AP IMPACT: Some bailout holdings down $9 billion
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CNN:
Missing ballots stall Minnesota Senate recount
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