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9:40 PM ET, December 4, 2008

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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:
Thomas Refers a Previously Rejected Case Challenging Obama Eligibility  —  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 …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Alito ribs Biden for plagiarism  —  At a gala dinner hosted by the American Spectator Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. cracked wise at Vice President-elect Joe Biden's expense, raising the Delaware senator's past brushes with academic dishonesty to the delight of his conservative audience.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The sadly obligatory SCOTUS birth-certificate post  —  The Chicago Tribune briefly revives the Obama-birth-certificate kerfuffle in an update today, if only to throw more cold water on it.  Tomorrow, the Supreme Court confabs over whether to grant a review to Leo Donofrio's lawsuit after having …
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 …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Donor: Obama suggested Jakarta visit
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Abe Greenwald / Commentary:
Obama's Muslim Speech
Discussion: Riehl World View
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.
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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.
Discussion: Political Machine
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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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  —  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
Victoria McGrane / The Crypt's Blogs:
Frank decries ‘No Girls Allowed’ on the bailout team  —  House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank Thursday urged President-elect Barack Obama to lend a stronger voice in urging Treasury officials to help distressed homeowners avoid disclosure.  —  Voicing his well-known frustration …
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Robert Schmidt / Bloomberg:
Geithner May Seek to Push Bair Out After Clashes During Crisis
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Wonk Room
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:
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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CAN'T SPEND FAST ENOUGH  —  Let me follow up on what I just wrote below about Krugman's and Atrios's views on our difficulty in finding ways to spend on stimulus quickly enough to pull the economy out of its nosedive.  We're not just looking for ways to spend — capital projects …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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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 …
Discussion: Althouse
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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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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 …
Discussion: myfoxdc.com, Daily Kos and Unfogged
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
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Joseph Romm / Salon:
What will make Obama a great president  —  He must make the U.S. a world leader in global warming solutions.  Then he must inspire China to follow suit.  —  The Chinese flag flutters outside a coking plant in Changzhi, Shanxi province, May 29.  —  Has any U.S. president come into office …
Jim Manzi / The American Scene:
GM'S MAGICAL THINKING  —  I've been working my way through GM's much-heralded restructuring plan that is being submitted to Congress tomorrow.  It's a lot less work than I thought it might be (though I'm blogging late at night as I'm reading it, so all of my comments are subject to revision).
Bob Geiger:
GOP Senator Wants More God In Government Visitor Center  —  Showing once again that whenever a transformational leader like Barack Obama comes along to lead the nation into the future, the Republican party is always there to drag us backwards, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) tried to delay …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
David Roberts / Gristmill:
The fierce urgency of now  —  Marc Ambinder considers something environmentalists have been discussing for months now: the possibility that Obama will create a carbon trading system via the EPA, using the Clean Air Act instead of (or before) going through Congress to get legislation.
 
 
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Economist:
The money talks  —  An economist descends into the trenches  —  Monday
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NEO-HOOVERITE REPUBLICANS  —  I'm listening to one-time DC …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Coleman campaign to withdraw 650 ballot challenges
Discussion: The Raw Story
Nisha / CitizenJanePolitics:
The CJP Interview with Dee Dee Myers
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Barack Obama and the Cult of Competency
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Joan Vennochi / Boston Globe:
A bitter brew for Kerry
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Michelle Malkin:
“We want to advise you that you have transgressed the limits of tolerance...”
Discussion: Babalu Blog and Jules Crittenden