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Pat / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Court rejects Coleman bid to consider rejected absentee ballots  —  The ruling clears the way for election officials to certify results showing Democrat Al Franken in the lead.  —  The Minnesota Supreme Court today rejected a bid by Norm Coleman in the disputed U.S. Senate election …
Discussion: Scorecard's Blogs and TIME.com
Amy Forliti / Associated Press:
Minnesota canvassing board expected to say that Democrat Al Franken …
Michelle Malkin:
A real clown takes a Senate seat
William Kristol / New York Times:
Why Israel Fights  —  The Israeli assault on Hamas in Gaza is going to be a replay, we're told, of the attempt to subdue Hezbollah in southern Lebanon in the summer of 2006.  And the outcome, it's asserted, will be the same: lots of death and destruction, no strategic victory for Israel …
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John R. Bolton / Washington Post:
The Three-State Option  —  War in the Gaza Strip demonstrates yet again that the current governance paradigm for the Palestinian people has failed.  Terrorists financed and supplied by Iran control Gaza; the Palestinian Authority is broken, probably irretrievably; and economic development is stalled in Gaza and the West Bank.
Fares Akram / The Independent:
Gaza: The death and life of my father
Discussion: Mondoweiss
Max Boot / Wall Street Journal:
Israel's Tragic Gaza Dilemma
Discussion: Commentary
Change.gov:
President-elect Obama announces key Department of Justice posts  —  WASHINGTON—Today, President-elect Barack Obama announced that he intends to nominate the following individuals for key posts at the United States Department of Justice: David Ogden, Deputy Attorney General; Elena Kagan …
Discussion: Think Progress and ACSBlog
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's impressive new OLC chief  —  (updated below)  —  The Office of Legal Counsel, inside the Justice Department, is probably the most consequential federal government office that remains relatively obscure.  The legal opinions which it issues become, more or less automatically, the official legal position of the Executive Branch.
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Kagan nominated for solicitor general  —  Elena Kagan, Harvard law school's dean, will be the new solicitor general, President-elect Barack Obama's transition office announced.  —  She will be Obama's voice at the US Supreme Court, and she has been considered a potential Democratic appointee to the Court itself.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
TRANSITION TO JUSTICE.  —  The latest news from the Transition Office …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fighting Off Depression  —  “If we don't act swiftly and boldly,” declared President-elect Barack Obama in his latest weekly address, “we could see a much deeper economic downturn that could lead to double-digit unemployment.”  If you ask me, he was understating the case.
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Paul Krugman:
Is Obama relying too much on tax cuts?  —  I don't know yet.  But news reports this morning certainly raise questions.  —  Let's lay out the basics here.  Other things equal, public investment is a much better way to provide economic stimulus than tax cuts, for two reasons.
New York Times:
Restore the Senate's Treaty Power  —  THE Constitution's Treaty Clause has long been seen, rightly, as a bulwark against presidential inclinations to lock the United States into unwise foreign commitments.  The clause will likely be tested by Barack Obama's administration …
Marc Ambinder:
Top Of The Morning  —  Countercyclical spending: Obama plans payroll tax relief for those receiving the earned income tax credit — that's a direct stimulus jolt for lower middle class Americans.  A second part would give cash to struggling businesses by allowing them to write off …
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Associated Press:
Chronology of key events in Richardson withdrawal
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Team pressed Richardson, got nothing
Chicago Sun Times:
Secretary of the Senate rejects Burris' appointment  —  Judge also grants prosecutors 90-day extension to indict Blagojevich, former chief of staff  —  Firing the first shot in Washington in the fight over the appointment of Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate, Gov. Blagojevich's acting chief …
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Chicago Breaking News:
U.S. granted more time to indict Blagojevich
Discussion: TIME.com
Right Wing News:
The 7th Annual “20 Most Annoying Liberals Of 2008”  —  Honorable Mentions: Bill Ayers, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Juan Cole, Kent Conrad, The Daily Kos, Bill Delahunt, Glenn Greenwald, Alcee Hastings, Christopher Hitchens, The Huffington Post, Jesse Jackson, Jesse Jackson Jr. Caroline Kennedy …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
CNN:
Republican party showdown today  —  WASHINGTON DC (CNN) - Call it a first step in the Republican Party's push to return from the political wilderness.  —  The six candidates running to lead the GOP's national committee face off today at a debate in Washington.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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Agence France Presse:
US ex-envoy says Mideast two-state solution unworkable  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON, (AFP) - Former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said Monday settling the Arab-Israeli conflict on the basis of a two-state solution …
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Michael Lerner / Times of London:
It breaks my heart to see Israel's stupidity
Connie Hair / Human Events:
Pelosi Erases Gingrich's Long-Standing Fairness Rules  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to re-write House rules today to ensure that the Republican minority is unable to have any influence on legislation.  Pelosi's proposals are so draconian, and will so polarize the Capitol …
Maria Recio / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Bush first ex-prez to face limit on Secret Service protection  —  WASHINGTON — President George W. Bush's “after-life,” as Laura Bush calls the post-presidency, is shaping up to be pretty comfortable, with a Dallas office, staffers, Secret Service protection, a travel budget …
Kara Scannell / Wall Street Journal:
Madoff Chasers Dug for Years, to No Avail  —  Regulators Probed at Least 8 Times Over 16 Years; Congress Starts Review of SEC Today  —  Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC was examined at least eight times in 16 years by the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulators, who often came armed with suspicions.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
‘Like Son Jeb as President’  —  Former President Bush (there's currently only one of those!) has endorsed his other governor-son for president.  As we await David Paterson's Caroline Kennedy Senate appointment, I have to think that Jeb for President is not the craziest idea.
David Stout / New York Times:
U.S. Sending Emergency Aid to Darfur  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush has authorized an immediate airlift of vehicles and equipment to bolster the international peace-keeping mission in the conflict-torn Darfur region of western Sudan, the White House announced on Monday.
George Selgin / Wall Street Journal:
Argentina Is Short of Cash - Literally  —  Spare some change?  —  Suppose you want to ride the bus or feed a parking meter without exact change.  Or suppose you just want to drop a few cents in a street musician's hat.  Nothing easier, right?  Not if you live in Argentina.
Discussion: Reason and LewRockwell.com Blog
 
 
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