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4:10 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).
Michael Calderone / The Politico:   Breaking: Matthews in contract talks
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:
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
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama citizenship at SCOTUS tomorrow
Discussion: The Politico and The Mahablog
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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Rob Gillies / Associated Press:
Canadian PM shuts Parliament in attempt to keep power
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
Michael J.W. Stickings / The Reaction:
Bare Naked Politics: The ongoing situation in Canada
Discussion: Guardian and Hot Air
Globe and Mail:
Parliament shut down till Jan. 26
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 …
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
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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The Politico:
RNC chair discloses comeback plan  —  Sen. Saxby Chambliss' reelection this week was a tremendous victory for the people of Georgia.  Voters went to the polls on Tuesday and selected a strong leader prepared to deal with both the domestic and the foreign challenges our nation faces in the months and years to come.
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Can Romney Save the Republican Party?
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.
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.
Discussion: Reliable Source, MSNBC and The Caucus
David Stout / New York Times:
Back on Capitol Hill, Auto Executives Still Find Skeptics  —  WASHINGTON — The head of the Senate Banking Committee said on Thursday that the Big Three automakers had convinced him that they deserved federal aid, but another prominent member of the panel remained steadfast in his opposition.
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Bill Vlasic / New York Times:
U.A.W. Makes Concessions to Help Automakers
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Barack Obama and the Cult of Competency  —  Barack Obama won the White House last month in large part by running against George W. Bush and tapping into the public perception that his administration has been ineffectual in handling important policy questions.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SPITZER'S REHABILITATION CONTINUES.... A few weeks ago, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) had a very smart op-ed in the Washington Post on capitalism and the ongoing financial crisis.  I suggested at the time that Spitzer has spent enough time in the penalty box, and given his background …
Discussion: Hold Fast
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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.
Joan Vennochi / Boston Globe:
A bitter brew for Kerry  —  SENATOR John Kerry's fate illustrates the new political order under President-elect Barack Obama: Reward your enemies, not necessarily your friends.  —  Hillary Clinton, Obama's tough primary opponent, became Obama's choice for secretary of state; Kerry, an avid Obama ally, was passed over.
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Don Surber
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 …
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
U.S. to Raise ‘Irregular War’ Capabilities  —  The Pentagon this week approved a major policy directive that elevates the military's mission of “irregular warfare” — the increasingly prevalent campaigns to battle insurgents and terrorists, often with foreign partners and sometimes clandestinely …
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.
 
 
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Maggie Fox / Reuters:
Abortion not seen linked with depression
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Michael E. Ruane / Washington Post:
The Benefactor of the Ball  —  Va. Man Spends $1 Million …
Michelle Malkin:
“We want to advise you that you have transgressed the limits of tolerance...”
Discussion: Babalu Blog and Jules Crittenden
W. Gardner Selby / Postcards:
UPDATED: Hutchison launches gubernatorial committee
Eric M. Weiss / Washington Post:
Inaugural Nudge: Leave The Little Guys at Home
Discussion: Gawker and Below The Beltway
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Barone / US News:
Chambliss's Win in Georgia Shows Obama's Diminishing Coattails
Paul Krugman:
Real balance effects (wonkish)
Discussion: Open Left
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Silver Line To Dulles Wins Crucial Federal Okay
Discussion: The Bellows
New York Post:
LEAKS PEEVE NBC
Discussion: Gawker