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5:15 PM ET, December 2, 2008

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Paterson talks Senate  —  New York Gov. David Paterson joked with Barack Obama about the open Senate seat at the National Governors Association meeting that just ended in Philadelphia, Paterson told Politico.  —  “What he said to me was, 'I'm sure I made your life easier,'” …
Discussion: TIME.com
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CNN:
Bill Clinton not interested in wife's Senate seat  —  WASHINGTON (CNN — Former President Bill Clinton has no interest in replacing his wife in the U.S. Senate, his spokesman said, adding any speculation that he would be interested is “completely false.”  —  As Hillary Clinton prepares …
Jonathan P. Hicks / City Room:
Robert F. Kennedy's Son Not Interested in Senate Seat
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama National Security Picks Get High Marks  —  Sixty-nine percent approve of Obama choosing Hillary Clinton as secretary of state  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans widely approve of Barack Obama's decisions, announced on Monday, to name Hillary Clinton secretary of state and to ask Robert Gates to stay on as secretary of defense.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Continuity We Can Believe In  —  The 2008 election results did not fundamentally change American foreign policy.  The real change began a few years ago in Afghanistan and Iraq.  —  It began with colonels and captains fighting terror on the ground.  They found that they could clear a town of the bad guys …
Reliable Source:
Christmas Colors for the White House: Red, White and Impeach  —  ** 3:20 p.m. This story updated here: White House Won't Hang Christmas Impeachment Ornament.  When Deborah Lawrence got the invitation from the White House, the Seattle-based artist decided to make a lefty political statement.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Mel Martinez To Retire  —  Fla. Sen. Mel Martinez figured to be a top target for Democrats in 2010.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)  —  Florida Sen. Mel Martinez (R) has decided against seeking a second term, a decision he will formalize shortly in the Sunshine State, according to an informed party source.
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Steve Bousquet / St. Petersburg Times:
Martinez won't seek re-election; Sink will
Discussion: 24Ahead
Yeas and Nays:
Reid: We won't smell the tourists anymore  —  The Capitol Visitors Center, which opened this morning, may have tripled its original budget and fallen years behind schedule, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid found a silver lining for members of Congress: tourists won't offend them with their B.O. anymore.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Murkowski to Palin: Leave my seat alone  —  Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has some Republican-to-Republican advice for Gov. Sarah Palin: If you want to make a run at the White House, keep your hands off my Senate seat.  —  Murkowski, up for reelection in 2010, is nervously awaiting word …
Curt Brown / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
171 uncounted ballots turn up in Ramsey County; Franken nets gain  —  The final day of recounting in Ramsey County in the U.S. Senate race kicked up controversy today when 171 uncounted ballots from Maplewood turned up.  The ballots apparently had been uncounted because of a ballot-counting-machine malfunction on Election Day.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gregory to host ‘Meet the Press’  —  NBC News plans to name David Gregory as moderator of “Meet the Press,” infusing one of television's most prized franchises with a sharp edge leavened by a youthful style and versatility, according to network executives.  —  Gregory, 38, celebrated …
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Gates's Top Deputies May Leave  —  Major Shifts at Pentagon Anticipated in Obama Administration  —  Although President-elect Barack Obama's decision to keep Robert M. Gates at the helm of the Pentagon will provide a measure of continuity for a military fighting two wars …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Pentagon Subordinates  —  A lot of people have been wondering …
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Georgia battle: Palin vs. Ludacris  —  It's down to the wire in Georgia.  Today is the Senate runoff election between Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss and Democratic challenger Jim Martin.  —  That meant that Monday was the opportunity for both sides to make their final case.
Discussion: The Fix, Guardian and The Caucus
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Robbie Brown / New York Times:
Short Lines at Polls in Georgia Senate Runoff
Discussion: Boston Globe and Gawker
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
‘Political Archaeologists’ Find Surprises During the Transition  —  WASHINGTON — For the first time since they threw their old, boxy pagers over the White House fence on Jan. 20, 2001 — the BlackBerry as we know it wasn't on the market yet — the alumni of the Clinton Administration have returned to their old haunts.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Louis Caldera to Oversee White House Military Operations
Discussion: 24Ahead
James P. Pinkerton / FOX Forum:
Bush = Nixon?  Not So Fast, Says FNC's Chris Wallace  —  Last night's special screening of new movie “Frost/Nixon” in Washington, D.C. was an early holiday gift to Beltway liberals, delivering glad tidings of anti-Nixonian feelgood vibes to the permanent Washington establishment …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Don Surber
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MSNBC:
GM: We need $12 billion to survive  —  Automaker offers plan to slash workers, brands and plants by 2012  —  WASHINGTON - General Motors said Tuesday it needs $4 billion in government loans this month and a total of $12 billion by late March to keep operating.
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Nick Bunkley / New York Times:   Ford Says It Can Survive but Urges a Rescue for the Industry
George W. Bush / White House:
Executive Order: Exclusions from the Federal Labor-Management Relations Program  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 7103(b)(1) of title 5, United States Code, and in order to reflect the effects …
Discussion: Think Progress
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Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
The Sovereignty Dodge  —  What Pakistan Won't Do, the World Should  —  “We don't think the world's great nations and countries can be held hostage by non-state actors,” Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said yesterday.  Fair enough.  But what is the world to do when those non-state actors operate …
Wall Street Journal:
More Immigration Losers  —  GOP hardliners need to face reality.  —  Virginia Republican Congressman Virgil Goode's narrow loss to Democrat Tom Perriello became official last week, and it caps another bad showing for immigration restrictionists.  For the second straight election …
Discussion: The Corner and Facing South
Jane J. Kim / Wall Street Journal:
Delinquent Mortgages Set to Nearly Double in 2009  —  The number of consumers with delinquent mortgages is poised to almost double by the end of next year, hitting its highest level in at least 16 years, according to a leading credit bureau.  —  TransUnion LLC, which analyzed …
Discussion: Wonk Room
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
INSULTS.  —  One of the clever things about the Catholic church has been it's ablity to maintain its status as a political force and a tiny state, and have some effect as a kind of diplomatic go-between and agenda setter.Think of the Vatican as the internationl equivalent of D.C. “Congresswoman” Eleanor Holmes Norton, say.
Veronique de Rugy / Reason:
Are You Better off Than You Were 40 Years Ago?  —  Government has grown, but freedom has grown faster.  —  In the November 1968 Mechanix Illustrated, James Berry gave an eerily prescient glimpse of life in the typical American household today: “The single most important item in 2008 households is the computer.
 
 
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama picks Richardson for Commerce
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Todd Gitlin / The Atlantic Online:
The Hope for Audacity  —  With the country thrashing around …
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CNN:
Limbaugh calls Obama's selection of Clinton ‘a brilliant stroke’
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Obama, the billion-dollar man
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