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11:40 AM ET, December 17, 2008

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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Time opts for the obvious
Discussion: Snapped Shot
Callie Shell / Time:
Person of the Year 2008  —  INSIDE:  —  Why History Can't Wait
Henry Paulson / Time:
Person of the Year 2008
Discussion: Political Machine
Chicago Sun Times:
Blago drama for Obama  —  President-elect Barack Obama's incoming chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, was pushing for Obama's successor just days after the Nov. 4 election, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.  —  Emanuel privately urged Gov. Blagojevich's administration to appoint Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett …
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CNN:
Jackson, Jr. an informant to Blago investigations  —  SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (CNN) — Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. — who was cited in a criminal complaint against Rod Blagojevich — has been an informant for at least a decade with the U.S. Attorney's office, and has informed on the embattled governor of Illinois …
Charles Mahtesian / The Politico:
Nepotism Nation: Dems embrace dynasty politics  —  Barack Obama's path to the presidency included beating what had been one of the nation's most powerful families.  But, in an unusual twist, his election last month is helping accelerate the trend toward dynasty politics.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama's Pressers: No Comment — and NoDoz  —  A month from now, the nation will say farewell to its sports-obsessed president who doesn't like tough questions.  And it will replace him with, well, another sports-obsessed president who doesn't like tough questions.
Washington Post:
SEC Ignored Credible Tips About Madoff, Chief Says  —  The nation's chief securities regulator said yesterday it was “deeply troubling” that his agency had failed to catch perhaps the largest Ponzi scheme in history despite “credible and specific allegations . . . repeatedly brought …
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New York Post:
RUDY TO RADIO?  —  EVERYONE knows Bill O'Reilly is quitting his radio show to concentrate on his Fox News TV program.  Now, Page Six has learned the leading candidate to succeed him is Rudy Giuliani (above).  Westwood One, which syndicates the O'Reilly show, is negotiating with the former mayor.
Jeffrey Goldberg:
George Tenet, Drunk in Bandar's Pool, Screaming about Jews  —  I just picked up Patrick Tyler's forthcoming book, A World of Trouble, about America's tortured relations with the Middle East, and the prologue contains this whopper of a scene, one that is quite devastating, if true …
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Bush Abortion Rules Face Possible Reversal  —  Obama Team Looks at Regulation Set to Be Finalized This Week Letting Medical Staff Refuse to Take Part in Practices They Oppose  —  WASHINGTON — The outgoing Bush administration this week will finalize a regulation establishing a “right of conscience” …
Discussion: Liberty Street and RedState
Eric Konigsberg / New York Times:
In Fraud Case, Middlemen in Spotlight  —  As a go-between who shepherded clients and their money to Bernard L. Madoff, Walter M. Noel became so prosperous that he was only too happy to show off his good fortune to the world.  —  In 2002, Vanity Fair dispatched the photographer Bruce Weber …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
MEDIAN WAGES....So let's assume that we manage to stabilize the economy sometime soon via whatever combination of stimulus spending, tax cuts, and bailouts you think is best.  What's next?  Where will demand come from to get the economy moving normally again?  Paul Krugman comments:
CNN:
Blagojevich talks: ‘Hang loose’  —  CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) — Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Wednesday that he “can't wait to begin to tell his side of the story.”  —  In the week since Blagojevich was arrested on federal corruption charges, there have been repeated calls for his resignation.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Fox News:
Scientists Call AP Report on Global Warming ‘Hysteria’  —  Scientists skeptical of the assertion that climate change is the result of man's activites are criticizing a recent Associated Press report on global warming, calling it “irrational hysteria,” “horrifically bad” and “incredibly biased.”
Discussion: QandO and Don Surber
www.dcexaminer.com:
Who Will Bail Out Uncle Sam?  —  By EXAMINER EDITORIAL HOT ZONE  —  The United States of America is bankrupt.  Don't believe it?  Consider this: Federal obligations now exceed the collective net worth of all Americans, according to the New York-based Peter G. Peterson Foundation.
Discussion: TigerHawk
San Francisco Peninsula / San Francisco Peninsula …:
Rep. Eshoo to push for Fairness Doctrine  —  Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (pictured), D-Palo Alto, said Monday she will work to restore the Fairness Doctrine and have it apply to cable and satellite programming as well as radio and TV.  —  “I'll work on bringing it back.
Chris Fusco / Chicago Sun Times:
Holder omitted Blagojevich link from questionnaire  —  Announced as a ‘special investigator to the Illinois Gaming Board’ in 2004  —  Before Eric Holder was President-elect Barack Obama's choice to be attorney general, he was Gov. Blagojevich's pick to sort out a mess involving Illinois' long-dormant casino license.
Mary Flood / Houston Chronicle:
Insurer: Victims of Houston office fire died from ‘pollution’  —  Company says smoke that killed 3 was ‘pollution’  —  An insurance company with a potential $25 million liability from a 2007 Houston office fire is claiming smoke that killed three people was “pollution” …
Discussion: Liberty Street
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Trips to Caribbean appear to have broken House rules  —  For at least five of the last six years, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and several other members of the Congressional Black Caucus have spent a few days each fall at a different luxurious Caribbean island resort.
Discussion: A Blog For All
Agence France Presse:
Bush says sacrificed free-market principles to save economy  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President George W. Bush said in an interview Tuesday he was forced to sacrifice free market principles to save the economy from “collapse.”  —  “I've abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PARTY LIKE IT'S 1999.... Last week, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), the #3 person in the House Republican leadership, argued that “welfare reform” should be near the top of the GOP list of policy priorities.  A few days earlier, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, considered something of a “rising star” …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Balloon Juice
Mike Madden / Salon:
Dude, where's my $700 billion?  —  Congress handed Wall Street a huge wad of cash to jump-start the economy.  It didn't work — so where did all that money go?  —  WASHINGTON — Giving $700 billion to a bunch of Wall Street bankers was never overwhelmingly popular.
 
 
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PENN'S TWO-FACED WITH GAYS
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Telegraph:
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino gets black eye as ‘shoevenir’ in Baghdad
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Welfare Rolls See First Increase in Years
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Obama Pledge Stirs Hope in Early Education
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Callie Shell / Time:
Why History Can't Wait  —  Yes, Obama could talk …
BBC:
Watching romantic comedies ‘can spoil your love life’
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Obama charm offensive sways Republicans
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