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11:00 PM ET, December 15, 2008

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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Caroline Kennedy to Seek Clinton's Senate Seat  —  ALBANY — Caroline Kennedy, the deeply private daughter of America's most storied political dynasty, will seek the United States Senate seat in New York being vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton.  —  Ms. Kennedy ended weeks of silence …
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Roads to Iraq:
Urgent, just reported: Al-Zaidi in U.S. run Camp Cropper prison  —  Iraqi TV al-Sharqiya just reported on the news that AL-Zaidi is transferred to Camp Cropper prison [the Airport prison, managed by the American forces].  —  The TV Channel announced that Al-Zaidi is in a difficult condition …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Huma Khan / Political Radar:
Secret Service Shows Unusual Restraint in ‘Bizarre’ Shoe Incident  —  ABC News' Ann Compton Reports: U.S. Secret Service officials in Washington say they are satisfied their agents responded with “the appropriate level of reaction” when an Iraqi journalist hurled two shoes directly at President Bush during a Baghdad news conference.
Eric Owles / Baghdad Bureau:
‘Shoedenfreude’ and Shame: Reaction From Around Iraq  —  Hitting someone with a shoe is a strong insult in Iraq.  It means the person is as low as the dirt underneath the sole of a shoe, and the actions of Muntader al-Zaidi, a correspondent for an independent Iraqi television station …
Denver Post:
Salazar poised to head Interior  —  Colorado's senior senator is said to be a leading contender for a Cabinet post that is vital to Western issues.  —  U.S. Senator Ken Salazar answers questions during a press conference in March.  (Special to the Post |  William Woody)
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The Politico:
Obama to pick Duncan, Salazar  —  One is a genuine FOB - Friend of Barack - who shared basketball and bull sessions with the president-elect on reforming schools.  The other is one of the Democratic party's rising Hispanic stars from a key Western state.  —  Both are set to join Barack Obama's Cabinet …
Denver Post:
Sources: Salazar accepts Interior spot  —  Sen. Ken Salazar has agreed to become secretary of the Interior pending the outcome of a background check, The Denver Post has learned.  —  Democratic sources, who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak on Salazar's behalf …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Salazar: Interior Secretary
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Patrick / FishBowlDC:
Jay Carney Leaves Time
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: Blagojevich's nerve?  —  Sarah Palin, Republican governor of Alaska, says she has wondered how long Rod Blagojevich, Democratic governor of Illinois, thought he might “get away with” an alleged scheme to sell the Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama of Illinois.
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Rasmussen Reports:
45% Suspect Obama Team Involved in Blagojevich Scandal  —  Forty five percent (45%) of U.S. voters say it is likely President-elect Obama or one of his top campaign aides was involved in the unfolding Blagojevich scandal in Illinois, including 23% who say it is Very Likely.
Washington Post:
Democrats' Dilemma in Illinois: To Appoint or to Elect?
Sam Dillon / The Caucus:
Obama Picks Arne Duncan for Education Post  —  President-elect Barack Obama will name Arne Duncan, the superintendent of schools in Chicago, to be his Secretary of Education, a senior Democratic official and a second person close to the decision said.  —  Mr. Duncan is a Harvard graduate whose friendship …
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama picks Duncan for Education
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
The Politico:
Review shows no contact with Blago  —  Below is a statement from Obama Transition Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer:  —  “At the direction of the president-elect, a review of Transition staff contacts with Governor Blagojevich and his office has been conducted and completed and is ready for release.
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Obama Transition: We Can't Release Info Until Christmas Week
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Redhot
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
On Making Mitch McConnell Wet His Pants  —  User B.R. writes in: … B.R. raises several interesting points, but they ultimately point back to one thing: Harry Reid has been exceptionally ineffective as the Democrats' majority leader.  —  The number of cloture votes skyrocketed …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Cheney: Obama ‘not likely to cede authority’  —  Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that President-elect Barack Obama will “appreciate” the expansions of executive power achieved during the Bush administration and is unlikely to cede authority back to Congress.
Discussion: Think Progress
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Marc Ambinder:
The Most Important White House Office  —  Barack Obama has launched the era of the political economy, where, to an unprecedented degree, the White House will determine the course, structure and function of the American economy; where, if reports of $2 trillion worth of stimuli are to be believed …
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David K. L I / New York Post:
PATERSON IN A BLIND RAGE OVER ‘SNL’ SKIT  —  Gov. Paterson didn't see the humor in a “Saturday Night Live” bit that mocked his blindness.  —  During the “Weekend Update” segment of NBC's irreverent comedy show, actor Fred Armisen played Paterson, imitating his wandering eye, gravelly voice and blunt, self-effacing demeanor.
S. J. Komarnitsky / Anchorage Daily News:
Accelerant poured around Palin's church  —  WASILLA - Whoever torched Gov. Sarah Palin's home church tried to start fires in several places around the building, the federal agency assisting in the investigation said Monday.  —  Accelerants were found in multiple locations on the outside …
City Room:
Officer Is Indicted in Toppling of Cyclist  —  A police officer who was caught knocking a man off his bicycle in Times Square over the summer in a video that was distributed widely on YouTube has been indicted by a grand jury, according to lawyers involved in the case.
The Huffington Post:
Senate Democrats May Return Thousands In Madoff Contributions  —  Bernard Madoff built a major investment shop largely on smoke and mirrors — convincing investors that his fund was a safe and consistent return when it was mostly a house of cards.  —  And yet the relationship between Bernard …
Helen Smith / Pajamas Media:
Ask Dr. Helen: How Can I Keep My Students From Becoming Little Marxists?  —  It's not easy to keep young minds open to a variety of political views.  —  Scott from North Carolina is concerned with the radical views of his students: … Dear Scott:  —  You are correct to be concerned.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Balloon Juice
 
 
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Rick Perlstein / OurFuture.org:
Against Shoe Bombing
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: MyDD
Victoria Kim / Los Angeles Times:
Pellicano gets 15 years in wiretapping case
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Book: Minimum wage lowers earnings, produces unemployment
Discussion: Ross Douthat
StrategyPage:
Iraq Is Safer  —  This month, about 26 people a day are dying …
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Hot air from Obama
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15 questions 9/11 ‘truthers’ now need to answer
CNN:
Supreme Court rejects appeal questioning Obama's citizenship
Discussion: New York Times
Chicago Breaking News:
Lake Co. sheriff switches parties