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12:55 PM ET, December 8, 2008

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The Politico:
Liberals voice concerns about Obama  —  Liberals are growing increasingly nervous - and some just flat-out angry - that President-elect Barack Obama seems to be stiffing them on Cabinet jobs and policy choices.  —  Obama has reversed pledges to immediately repeal tax cuts for the wealthy and take on Big Oil.
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Associated Press:
Court won't review Obama's eligibility to serve  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has turned down an emergency appeal from a New Jersey man who says President-elect Barack Obama is ineligible to be president because he was a British subject at birth.
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Times Co. to Borrow Against Building  —  The New York Times Company plans to borrow up to $225 million against its mid-Manhattan headquarters building, to ease a potential cash flow squeeze as the company grapples with tighter credit and shrinking profits.  —  The company has retained Cushman …
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William Kristol / New York Times:
Small Isn't Beautiful  —  President-elect Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress are about to serve up a supersized helping of big-government liberalism.  Conservatives will be inclined to oppose much of what Obama and his party cook up.  And, I believe, rightly so.
Michelle Malkin:
Report: 9/11 suspects will confess guilt at Gitmo  —  Rosie O'Donnell is still convinced George Bush and Dick Cheney did it.  —  These five jihadists, however, are apparently ready to trade the Troof for the truth:
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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Reuters:
September 11 defendants ask to plead guilty
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Andrew O. Selsky / Associated Press:
9/11 suspects ask to make ‘confessions’ at Gitmo
Discussion: TalkLeft
Lisa Miller / Newsweek:
Our Mutual Joy  —  Opponents of gay marriage often cite Scripture.  But what the Bible teaches about love argues for the other side.  —  From the magazine issue dated Dec 15, 2008  —  Let's try for a minute to take the religious conservatives at their word and define marriage as the Bible does.
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Romney paves way for possible '12 run  —  Bulk of PAC fund goes for political ambitions  —  “It is more essential than ever that conservative candidates and organizations have the resources they need to get their message out to voters.”  - Republican Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts.
Andrew Breitbart / Washington Times:
I believe Hillary's cardboard cutout  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  At the exact moment Jon Favreau is receiving high praise in pre-inaugural media puff pieces, the 27-year-old chief speechwriter for President-elect Barack Obama (not Jon Favreau, the Hollywood actor/ director) …
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Ideological Warfare Rages on Federal Appeals Courts Dominated by Republican Appointees  —  GOP-Appointed Majorities Winning Ideological Battles at Appellate Level  —  Seven of the 16 full-time judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, based in Cincinnati, were appointed by President Bush.
Times of London:
‘Mumbai mastermind’ arrested in Pakistan  —  Pakistani security forces have raided a suspected training camp used by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the militant group blamed for last month's attack on Mumbai, and arrested several of the group's activists, government officials said today.
Paul Krugman:
Me, misreported  —  Urk.  I gather that there's a report on the wires quoting me as saying that the US auto industry would disappear.  What I actually said was that the concentration of the industry around Detroit would disappear.  —  And did I really say “me and my colleagues”?
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The CIA and its reporter friends: Anatomy of a backlash  —  The backlash from the “intelligence community” over John Brennan's withdrawal — which pro-Brennan sources are now claiming was actually forced on Brennan by the Obama team — continues to intensify.
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
History and Amazement in House Race Outcome  —  NEW ORLEANS — Soft-spoken, retiring and diminutive, Anh Cao does not appear to fit the role of dragon-slayer.  —  Yet a day after he defeated Representative William J. Jefferson, the once-untouchable incumbent here, Mr. Cao was being approached …
Maureen O'Donnell / Chicago Sun Times:
Wright: Obama made ‘bad’ choice to distance self, but it's ok  —  President-elect Barack Obama made a “bad decision” by distancing himself from the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his church, Wright said Sunday — but that's OK.  —  “He's still my child,” Wright said in a sermon in which he expressed pride …
Lena H. / Washington Post:
New Ridership Record Shows U.S. Still Lured to Mass Transit  —  Americans rode subways, buses and commuter railroads in record numbers in the third quarter of this year, even as gas prices dropped and unemployment rose.  The 6.5 percent jump in transit ridership over the same period …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Nick Bryant / BBC:
Fake Simpsons cartoon ‘is porn’  —  An appeal judge in Australia has ruled that an animation depicting well-known cartoon characters engaging in sexual acts is child pornography.  —  The internet cartoon featured characters from the Simpsons TV series.  —  The central issue in the case …
Discussion: Hot Air
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Private Contractors Sought As Guards in Afghanistan  —  The U.S. Army is looking to private contractors to provide armed security guards to protect Forward Operating Bases in seven provinces in southern Afghanistan.  In a recent study, Anthony H. Cordesman, an intelligence expert at the Center …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ralph Vartabedian / Los Angeles Times:
Paul Volcker is back, and he warns of tough times ahead  —  Volcker has been chosen by President-elect Barack Obama as a special economic advisor.  His ‘no pain, no gain’ fiscal strategy worked in the '80s and there's no sign he's softened that philosophy.  —  A generation ago …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Swamp
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Amid Talk of Kennedy, Paterson Turns to Humor  —  Gov. David A. Paterson said on Sunday night that Caroline Kennedy has not yet explicitly indicated to him that she wants to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as senator.  He added that he was still considering a number of candidates to fill the seat.
 
 
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