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2:35 PM ET, December 4, 2008

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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).
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Senate Election  —  Pennsylvania Senate: Specter 46% Matthews 43%  —  Republican Senator Arlen Specter is potentially vulnerable in his 2010 bid for re-election.  A Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Pennsylvania voters finds Specter leading MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews …
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Breaking: Matthews in contract talks  —  As Politico reported today, Chris Matthews is moving closer to making a run for the Senate, and according to multiple sources, he is now in contract negotiations with NBC.  —  The “Hardball” host's contract up in June 2009, but I've heard that the two sides are negotiating this week.
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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Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama citizenship at SCOTUS tomorrow  —  The U.S. Supreme Court's justices will discuss at their Friday conference tomorrow the Obama's-not-a-natural-born-citizen lawsuit known as Donofrio v. Wells.  —  As Chicago Tribune reporter James Janega writes:  —  The suit originally sought to stay …
Discussion: The Politico and The Mahablog
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
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 …
Chris / TVNewser:
NBCU To Cut 500 Jobs, Layoffs Begin at NBC News Bureaus  —  Breaking: TVNewser has learned NBC Universal will be cutting up to 500 jobs in a round of layoffs which are now underway at all levels of the company — television, film and parks.  That amounts to about 3% of the workforce.
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Curtis Brainard / CJR:
CNN Cuts Entire Science, Tech Team
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.
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
IDF preparing options for Iran strike  —  The IDF is drawing up options for a strike on Iranian nuclear facilities that do not include coordination with the United States, The Jerusalem Post has learned.  —  While its preference is to coordinate with the US, defense officials have said Israel …
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Mike Atherton / Times of London:
Israel ‘prepared to attack’ Iran nuclear plants
Discussion: Blogs of War
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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Bill Vlasic / New York Times:
U.A.W. Makes Concessions to Help Automakers  —  WASHINGTON — The United Automobile Workers union said Wednesday that it would make major concessions in its contracts with the three Detroit auto companies to help them lobby Congress for $34 billion in federal aid.
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Becerra in Chicago to Meet with Obama About USTR Job  —  Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), who's a top candidate to be U.S. Trade Representative in the incoming administration, is in Chicago today to meet with President-elect Barack Obama to discuss the job.  Becerra, an eight-term congressman …
Discussion: TIME.com
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Joan Vennochi / Boston Globe:
A bitter brew for Kerry
Discussion: Don Surber
Eliot Spitzer / Slate:
We need to stop using the bailouts to rebuild gigantic financial institutions.  —  Last month, as the financial crisis and the government rescue plan dominated headlines, almost everyone overlooked a news item that could have enormous long-term impact: GE Capital announced the acquisition …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SPITZER'S REHABILITATION CONTINUES.... A few weeks ago …
Discussion: Hold Fast
Hotline On Call:
Say it Ain't So, Sarah, Another 30K?  —  The Republican National Committee is scheduled to file a campaign report with the Federal Election Commission Thursday disclosing that the committee spent additional funds to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
McCain Couldn't Compete With Obama's Money  —  America affirms Chicago's Golden Rule.  —  If money talks, we'll likely soon hear the real reason why Barack Obama beat John McCain.  Both men and the national parties will report to the Federal Election Commission today how much money they raised in October and November.
W. Gardner Selby / Postcards:
UPDATED: Hutchison launches gubernatorial committee  —  Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison today launched a committee to explore a run for governor in 2010.  —  Hutchison's paperwork, filed at the Texas Ethics Commission, names Allan “Bud” Shivers Jr. of Austin as her campaign treasurer.  Fetch the one-pager here.
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Silver Line To Dulles Wins Crucial Federal Okay  —  With Key Agency's Reversal, Final Approval Is Expected  —  Federal regulators have approved a long-awaited extension of Metrorail to Tysons Corner and Dulles International Airport, virtually assuring construction of a $5.2 billion project …
Discussion: The Bellows
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.
Discussion: Boston Globe and Don Surber
Kelly Kennedy / Army Times:
Suit claims Halliburton, KBR sickened base  —  A Georgia man has filed a class-action lawsuit against KBR and Halliburton, saying the contractors exposed everyone at Joint Base Balad in Iraq to unsafe water, food and hazardous fumes from the burn pit there.  —  Joshua Eller, who worked …
Discussion: Think Progress and Daily Kos
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Can Romney Save the Republican Party?  —  The next chairman, or any chairman, of the Republican National Committee must possess three skills: management ability, fundraising prowess, and press savvy.  Given the current disarray of the party, it would seem obvious that management ability …
Inside Higher Ed:
Women Abroad and Men at Home  —  Truett Cates was scanning a wall of study abroad brochures across from his desk.  “Let me put on my bifocals here — just a quick impression — I see one brochure for Australia and New Zealand, which has one guy on the cover of it,” said Cates …
Michael Barone / US News:
Chambliss's Win in Georgia Shows Obama's Diminishing Coattails  —  Saxby Chambliss has won the Georgia runoff by a 57.4 percent-to-42.6 percent margin with 97 percent of precincts reporting.  That's a margin of 14.8 percentage points, far greater than the 49.8 percent-to-46.8 percent margin …
 
 
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The Politico:
RNC chair discloses comeback plan
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Eric M. Weiss / Washington Post:
Inaugural Nudge: Leave The Little Guys at Home
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Paul Krugman:
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Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
New jobless claims drop unexpectedly
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Lisa Leff / Associated Press:
Poll: Calif. gay marriage ban driven by religion