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9:25 AM ET, December 2, 2008

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Rich Noyes / NewsBusters.org:
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 …
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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Report Sounds Alarm on Threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction  —  The odds that terrorists will soon strike a major city with weapons of mass destruction are now better than even, a bipartisan congressionally mandated task force concludes in a draft study that warns of growing threats from rogue states …
New York Times:
Pardon Is Back in Focus for the Justice Nominee  —  WASHINGTON — In the much praised career of Eric H. Holder Jr., President-elect Barack Obama's choice to be attorney general, there is one notable blemish: Mr. Holder's complicated role in the 2001 pardon of Marc Rich, a billionaire financier …
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The Politico:   Will Bush pardon Stevens?
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 …
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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.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Franken may seek Senate's help to win race
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: LT Nixon Rants and CANNONFIRE
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Neil Irwin / Washington Post:   Economic Signs Point to Longer, Deeper Recession
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Broader medical refusal rule may go far beyond abortion  —  The Bush administration plans a new ‘right of conscience’ rule that would allow more workers to refuse more procedures.  Critics say it could apply to artificial insemination and birth control.  —  Reporting from Washington …
Discussion: TIME.com and Donklephant
Conservative Party of Canada:
NO MANDATE FOR LIBERAL-NDP-SEPARATIST BACKROOM COALITION  —  On October 14, 2008 Canadians rendered a clear judgment in the Federal Election.  —  Stephen Harper and the Conservatives promised strong, certain leadership to protect Canada's future in a time of unprecedented turmoil.
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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Afghan Strategy Poses Stiff Challenge for Obama  —  WASHINGTON — One of the most difficult challenges President-elect Barack Obama's national security team faces is Mr. Obama's vow to send thousands of American troops to help defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Palin Does Georgia: What Does It Mean?  —  PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — As the Fix prepared to head back east to the frigid and snowy east (booo!) yesterday, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was barnstorming the state of Georgia on behalf of Sen. Saxby Chambliss, whose political fate hangs in the balance of today's runoff.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Georgia Runoff Results: Chambliss still leads
Discussion: Swing State Project
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Fiscal Policy Puzzles  —  As a student of Alan Blinder, Larry Summers, and Stanley Fischer, I was trained to view the short-run effects of fiscal policy through the lens of Keynesian macroeconomic theory.  I am sure that many of the economists in the new Obama administration share that intellectual framework.
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and Cafe Hayek
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
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 …
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.
Chairman Ben S. Bernanke / Board of Governors …:
Federal Reserve Policies in the Financial Crisis  —  It is a privilege for me to be here in Texas, and I would like to thank the Austin Chamber for hosting this luncheon.  The Texas economy is strong and diversified, accounting for more than a trillion dollars of output last year.
Discussion: The Agonist and Economist's View
The Politico:
Jones gives hope to energy companies  —  President-elect Barack Obama's choice for national security adviser, retired Marine Gen. Jim Jones, is giving hope to energy companies that backed Republican John McCain that their concerns may still get an airing in the new administration.
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Keith Johnson / Environmental Capital:
Team Obama: New National Security Adviser, Jim Jones, Puts Energy First
Arthur Herman / National Review:
Lost Illusions  —  It's been fascinating, but also disheartening, to watch the mainstream media completely miss the real story about the 60-hour terrorist rampage in Mumbai, India — which may have killed as many as 300 people, and has certainly injured hundreds more.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Treasury's Lead Role in China in Flux  —  WASHINGTON — When Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. leaves office next month, Washington will lose its No. 1 China hand.  Mr. Paulson, who spent years cultivating Chinese leaders as a Wall Street banker, has spearheaded American policy toward Beijing since 2006.
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Elizabeth Economy / Washington Post:   Leadership Gap in China
 
 
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Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Gates's Top Deputies May Leave
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Britney Spears more popular than Barack Obama on Yahoo searches
Brad DeLong / Los Angeles Times:
‘The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008,’ by Paul Krugman
Discussion: EconLog
Rod Dreher / USA Today:
GOP's path to victory still goes through God
DefenseLINK:
Statement by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
Discussion: SWJ Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Diana B. Henriques / New York Times:
Bailout Monitor Sees Lack of a Coherent Plan
Discussion: naked capitalism and RADAMISTO
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Nominee Would Lead ID Program She Opposed
Marc Ambinder:
Obama To Vacation In Hawaii For Christmas
CBS News:
How Pvt. Monica Brown Won A Silver Star
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Better Questions, Please
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Kevin Drum
CNN:
Bush says some voters backed Obama ‘because of me’