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1:30 PM ET, December 22, 2008

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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Cheney says top congressional Democrats complicit in spying  —  (updated below)  —  Dick Cheney's interview yesterday with Fox's Chris Wallace was filled with significant claims, but certainly among the most significant was his detailed narration of how the administration, and Cheney personally …
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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?
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Nothing to See Here, Move Along
Discussion: Commentary and The Caucus
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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   WHEN WATER CARRIERS PUT DOWN THEIR BUCKETS.... Conservative talk …
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.
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.
Geoffrey Dunn / The Huffington Post:
‘Watermelon Roll’: More Racism from ‘Team Sarah’  —  There is something very ugly happening out there in the hinterlands these days—a brewing cauldron of racist anger being directed at President-elect Barack Obama as he and his family get ready to move into the White House.
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Ann Coulter / Human Events:
Sarah Palin: Conservative of the Year  —  Sarah Palin wins HUMAN EVENTS' prestigious “Conservative of the Year” Award for 2008 for her genius at annoying all the right people.  The last woman to get liberals this hot under the collar would have been ... let's see now ... oh, yeah: Me!
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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.
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Washington Post:
Secret Tapes Helped Build Graft Cases In Illinois
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Commentary
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama to absolve Emanuel in gov. scandal
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Where'd the bailout money go?  Shhhh, it's a secret  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - It's something any bank would demand to know before handing out a loan: Where's the money going?  —  But after receiving billions in aid from U.S. taxpayers …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Surprise! Banks won't tell where bailout money goes
Discussion: Riehl World View and Fausta's Blog
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
LI REP GETS FACE TIME IN SEN. BID  —  GOV. Paterson will hold direct talks with Long Island Rep. Steve Israel about picking him, and not Caroline Kennedy, to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton in the US Senate during their surprise trip to Iraq, The Post has learned.  Israel has made no...
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Ackerman compares Caroline Kennedy to Palin
Discussion: Right Wing News
CBS News:
N.Y. Republicans Slam Caroline Kennedy
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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.
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.
David Carr / New York Times:
Newspaper Shuns Web, and Thrives  —  With 2008 drawing to a brutal close on the media beat — bankruptcies, daily newspapers that are no longer daily, magazines that are downsizing into brochures — a little ray of light appeared in my e-mail inbox.  It was from a newspaper owner, of all people.
Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
Inauguration Day Crowd Estimate Reduced by Half  —  Officials are casting doubt on an early projection that 4 million to 5 million people could jam downtown Washington on Inauguration Day, saying it is more likely that the crowd will be about half that size.
Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blogs:
Krugman in contact with the Obama team?  —  Yes.  —  When master economist, columnist, and plain ole intellectual (so few left these days) Paul Krugman was asked this morning* about whether or not he was “in communications” with the Obama administration regarding the economy, he declared …
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Calculated Risk
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!” …
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 …
Teddy Partridge / Firedoglake:
Lieberman Campaign Manager to be DHS Spokesbot  —  Joe Lieberman's 2006 primary campaign manager, Sean Smith, who accused Ned Lamont of hacking their website the day of the Connecticut primary in 2006, has been selected to be the new Administration's spokesperson at the Department of Homeland Security.
 
 
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Washington Post:
Trade Barriers Toughen With Global Slump
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
With Stevens's Fall, a Lobbyist Pipeline Shuts Off
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Obama Kicks Off His Vacation With a Round of Golf
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Washington Post:
Howard Dean, a Victim of His Own Success?
CNN:
Bush assailant kick-starts sales for shoemaker
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Reason
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
300,000 apply for 8,000 jobs in Obama administration
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Ted Gup / New York Times:
Hard Times, a Helping Hand
Discussion: The Corner
Wesley J. Smith / Weekly Standard:
Euthanasia Comes to Montana
Discussion: RIGHTWINGSPARKLE
Wall Street Journal:
Quantum of Solis  —  Big labor wants Obama to dilute union disclosure rules.
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Try to Lower Expectations
Discussion: Commentary and Argghhh!