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10:30 AM ET, December 22, 2008

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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
A Special Note Re: Third Way  —  This is Jennifer Palmieri, acting CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.  —  Most readers know that the views expressed on Matt's blog are his own and don't always reflect the views of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
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Teddy Partridge / Firedoglake:
Lieberman Campaign Manager to be DHS Spokesbot
Mike Allen / The Politico:   Exclusive: Wolfson, other top Dems in mix for spokesperson roles
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Bush, Cheney comforted troops privately  —  Met with thousands of war injured, kin out of spotlight  —  For much of the past seven years, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have waged a clandestine operation inside the White House.  It has involved thousands of military personnel …
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Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Nothing to See Here, Move Along  —  Barack Obama and his team haven't reached the White House yet, but they already seem to have mastered the art of the slow-motion leak.  We learned yesterday, via George Stephanopoulos, that Rahm Emanuel has been cleared in the incoming administration's …
Discussion: The Note and Political Machine
William Kristol / New York Times:
Popularity Isn't Everything  —  O.K., O.K. ...  you don't have to.  But consider this exchange with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday”:  —  WALLACE: Did you really tell Senator Leahy, bleep yourself?  —  CHENEY: I did.  —  WALLACE: Any qualms, or second thoughts, or embarrassment?
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Life Without Bubbles  —  Whatever the new administration does, we're in for months, perhaps even a year, of economic hell.  After that, things should get better, as President Obama's stimulus plan — O.K., I'm told that the politically correct term is now “economic recovery plan” — begins to gain traction.
hollywood farm girl:
the big rick's yamaka  —  OMG. when was the last time i had so many minutes to play with my blog? awesome.  —  so honey met rick warren last night.  well, she spoke to him on the phone beforehand, giving us insight into the man the media has made our latest “HE HATES YOU!” …
Discussion: Wilshire & Washington
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Bob Ostertag / The Huffington Post:
Why Gay Marriage is the Wrong Issue
Discussion: American Power and L.A. Now
Associated Press:   Lawmaker says ‘no’ to Rev. Warren at inauguration
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
For Conservative Radio, It's a New Dawn, Too  —  Amid all the pressures on the radio industry, news-talk stations see an opportunity — and his name is Barack Obama.  —  After eight years of playing defense for President Bush, the conservatives who dominate talk radio are back on offense.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Surprise!  Banks won't tell where bailout money goes  —  When the Bush administration first proposed the TARP bailout plan, it gave Henry Paulson absolute authority to spend the money without any oversight.  Congress eventually balked and forced the White House to accept transparency and accountability …
Discussion: Riehl World View and Fausta's Blog
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Mika Brzezinski, Letting Her Opinions Percolate on ‘Morning Joe’ and the Radio  —  Mika Brzezinski doesn't mince words about what happened when CBS dropped her as a correspondent two years ago.  —  “Nobody wanted me,” she says.  “I spent a year looking for a job.
Discussion: Townhall.com and NewsBusters.org
Chicago Tribune:
Fundraiser seeks immunity in Blagojevich probe  —  Blagojevich allegedly pressured ‘Individual D’ for cash to pick Jackson  —  A key figure in Gov. Rod Blagojevich's alleged scheme to sell a U.S. Senate seat has sought immunity from federal authorities in return for his cooperation in their ongoing probe, the Tribune has learned.
Discussion: Don Surber
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Toyota Expects Its First Loss in 70 Years  —  TOKYO — Toyota Motor, the Japanese auto giant, announced Monday that it expected the first loss in 70 years in its core vehicle-making business, underscoring how the economic crisis is spreading across the global auto industry.
Discussion: Emptywheel
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Bloomberg:
Toyota Forecasts Its First Operating Loss in 71 Years
Discussion: Daimnation!
Jill Dougherty / CNN:
Baghdad celebrates first public Christmas amid hope, memories  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — From a distance, it looks like an apparition: a huge multi-colored hot-air balloon floating in the Baghdad sky, bearing a large poster of Jesus Christ.  Below it, an Iraqi flag.
Wall Street Journal:
Developers Ask U.S. for Bailout  —  With a record amount of commercial real-estate debt coming due, some of the country's biggest property developers have become the latest to go hat-in-hand to the government for assistance.  —  They're warning policymakers that thousands of office complexes …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Blago records may stay under wraps  —  Barack Obama is promising that next week he'll disclose contacts between his staff and disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's office, but he's stopped short of pledging to release e-mails or other records that could be key to understanding those contacts.
 
 
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Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
Inauguration Day Crowd Estimate Reduced by Half
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
CNN:
Clinton campaign debt now at $6.4 million
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Try to Lower Expectations
Discussion: Argghhh!
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Stampede for ‘Bush shoe’ creates 100 new jobs
MSNBC:
Dec. 21: Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
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Wesley K. Clark / Washington Post:
Taking Command  —  Actually, Democrats and the military can get along.
Discussion: The RBC
Shannen Coffin / The Corner:
Biden Reinforces the Point
Discussion: Mere Rhetoric, RedState and Fox News
 

 
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