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3:45 AM ET, December 2, 2008


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The Huffington Post:
David Gregory To Moderate “Meet The Press”  —  David Gregory will take the reins as moderator of NBC's “Meet the Press,” the Huffington Post has learned.  Gregory has been a leading contender for the permanent spot since Tom Brokaw stepped in as interim moderator following Tim Russert's death in June.
Michael Calderone / The Politico:   Report: Gregory is next MTP host
Toronto Star:
Liberals: Dion would be PM  —  VIDEO: Tories toss policy, release secret tapes  —  Liberal Leader Stephane Dion shakes hands with caucus members following a caucus meeting on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa Monday Dec. 1, 2008.  The Liberals have said they have agreed to form a coalition government …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Franken May Ask Senate to Intervene in Minn. Recount  —  Democrat Al Franken's campaign said Monday that as many as 1,000 absentee ballots were improperly disqualified in Minnesota's Senate race, and that it may appeal to courts or the U.S. Senate to order that those ballots be counted.
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama rebukes Bush years with Clinton  —  What message should we take away from President-elect Barack Obama's choices for his national-security team?  —  One is that his presidency will be far different than the past eight years.  By his choices, he's rebuking the presidential management style …
Keith Johnson / Environmental Capital:
Team Obama: New National Security Adviser, Jim Jones, Puts Energy First
The Politico:
Jones gives hope to energy companies
Discussion: Majikthise
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Bill Clinton mentioned for wife's Senate seat  —  CNN Deputy Political Director  —  (CNN) — After eight years as senator from New York, Hillary Clinton is trading places, moving from Congress to the incoming administration.  —  On Monday, President-elect Barack Obama announced that he asked …
Rich Noyes /
MSNBC Anchor Frets: Why Hasn't Obama's Election Ended Terrorism?  —  File this one under “Deluded Expectations.”  During MSNBC's coverage of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, daytime anchor Alex Witt seemed frustrated that the election of Barack Obama 23 days earlier …
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Report Sounds Alarm on Threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction
Discussion: FP Passport
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Better Questions, Please  —  Watching the Obama rollout of his national security team from overseas—I'm in Europe, on my way to Afghanistan—I was struck by the inanity of most of the questions from my colleagues.  Granted, these are political reporters, not national security or foreign policy specialists …
Discussion: and Kevin Drum
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
The Curious Retention of Robert Gates  —  Barack Obama's national security team—at this early stage—presents more questions than answers.  His selection of Hillary Clinton to be secretary of state has been a much-chewed-over topic of pundit puzzlement.  And with the Monday morning unveiling …
Times of India:
India has right to protect itself: Obama
Discussion: FP Passport, Firedoglake and TigerHawk
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Cheer Fades as Stocks Plunge 9%  —  December blew in with a mighty chill on Wall Street.  —  In six and a half hours on Monday, the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index declined nearly 9 percent — the type of collapse that, historically, has taken years to occur.
Bush says some voters backed Obama ‘because of me’  —  President Bush says he wants to be remembered as a president who stuck to his values.  (GETTY IMAGES)  —  (CNN) - President Bush told an interviewer that his presidency may have helped Barack Obama win the White House.
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Fox News shut out again at Obama press conference.  —  Fishbowl DC has been keeping tabs of which media outlets have been allowed to ask a question at President-elect Barack Obama's five press conferences so far.  They report Fox News is 0-5.  “Questions instead went to such outlets as ABC …
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Nominee Would Lead ID Program She Opposed  —  WASHINGTON — As governor of Arizona, Janet Napolitano, President-elect Barack Obama's choice for homeland security secretary, pledged that her state would not cooperate with a major domestic security initiative, the Real ID drivers' license program.
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Sink not running against Martinez  —  One of the Democrats' leading candidates to challenge Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) in 2010 has decided to pass up the opportunity, according to a source familiar with her decision.  —  Florida's chief financial officer, Alex Sink, has decided to run …
Discussion: MyDD and Swing State Project
IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Statement by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates  —  “I am deeply honored that the President-Elect has asked me to continue as Secretary of Defense.  —  Mindful that we are engaged in two wars and face other serious challenges at home and around the world …
Discussion: SWJ Blog
Joshua Zumbrun / Forbes:
Congratulations, It's A Recession  —  Economists give birth to a 1-year- old downturn.  So when do things get better?  —  Good news.  The keeper of the business cycle books, the National Bureau of Economic Research, announced Monday what economists have been saying for a long time—this is a recession.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and LT Nixon Rants
Diana B. Henriques / New York Times:
Bailout Monitor Sees Lack of a Coherent Plan  —  The head of a new Congressional panel set up to monitor the gigantic federal bailout says the government still does not seem to have a coherent strategy for easing the financial crisis, despite the billions it has already spent in that effort.
Discussion: naked capitalism and RADAMISTO
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
We must stand by our most important ally.  —  It's in human nature to mention any personal connection when offering solidarity, so I shall just briefly say that on my first visit to India, in 1980, I stayed at the Taj Mahal in Bombay, visited the “Gateway of India” and took a boat to Elephanta Island …
Marc Ambinder:
Obama To Vacation In Hawaii For Christmas  —  President-elect Barack Obama will spend the Christmas and New Year's holidays on an extended vacation with his family in Hawaii, Democratic sources confirmed today.  The length of the vacation is not yet clear, and transition officials would not comment.
Chicago Sun Times:
Rep. Jackson is our choice to be senator  —  U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is our choice to be the next U.S. senator from Illinois.  —  Though Gov. Blagojevich, who must pick a replacement in the Senate for President-elect Barack Obama, finds himself with no shortage of qualified candidates …
CBS News:
How Pvt. Monica Brown Won A Silver Star  —  Lara Logan Interviews A Young Woman Who Won A Silver Star For Exceptional Valor At Age 18  —  (CBS) Private Monica Brown is only the second woman to be awarded the Silver Star since World War II.  She's an Army medic who risked her own life to save …
Brad DeLong / Los Angeles Times:
‘The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008,’ by Paul Krugman  —  Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman presents a strong argument — financial bailout and all.  —  A decade ago, Paul Krugman wrote a little book warning us that economists' triumphalism was misplaced …
Discussion: EconLog
U.S. Warned India in October of Potential Terror Attack  —  NSA Now Tracking Captured Phones, U.S. Connections  —  U.S. intelligence agencies warned their Indian counterparts in mid-October of a potential attack “from the sea against hotels and business centers in Mumbai,” a U.S. intelligence official tells
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The Politico:
Will Bush pardon Stevens?
Rod Dreher / USA Today:
GOP's path to victory still goes through God
Discussion: Donklephant and Booman Tribune
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Treasury's Lead Role in China in Flux
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Georgia Runoff Results: Chambliss still leads
Discussion: Swing State Project
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Toomey: Specter faces tougher road in 2010
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
New York Post:
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Heather Knight / San Francisco Chronicle:
Newsom expounds on State of the City on YouTube
Louis V. Gerstner Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Lessons From 40 Years of Education ‘Reform’
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs and EconLog
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Not resigning  —  “Senator Clinton intends to remain …
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs, and MyDD