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7:15 AM ET, December 2, 2008


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Keith Johnson / Environmental Capital:
Team Obama: New National Security Adviser, Jim Jones, Puts Energy First  —  U.S. presidents have been talking about energy security and searching for an energy policy since Nixon was popular.  By tapping General James Jones as his national security adviser, President-elect Barack Obama …
Times of India:
India has right to protect itself: Obama
Discussion: FP Passport, Firedoglake and TigerHawk
The Politico:
Jones gives hope to energy companies
Discussion: Majikthise
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama rebukes Bush years with Clinton
Lynn Sweet:
President-elect Obama fifth press conference. Transcript.
Discussion: Group News Blog and Flopping Aces
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.
Toronto Star:
Liberals: Dion would be PM
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  —  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 …
Discussion: FP Passport
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Report: Gregory is next MTP host
Discussion: MyDD
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.
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 …
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
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
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
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
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.
Statement by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates  —  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
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.
Neil Gaiman's Journal:
Why defend freedom of icky speech?  —  This is a bit long.  Apologies.  I'd meant to talk about other things, but I started writing this reply this morning and got a bit carried away.  —  I have questions about the Handley case.  What makes lolicon something worth defending?
Discussion: Boing Boing, The Sideshow and Reason
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 …
The Politico:
Will Bush pardon Stevens?  —  Manu Raju, Ryan Grim - 2 hrs 26 mins ago  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) hasn't yet joined the gallery of notorious felons, small-time crooks and aggrieved innocents seeking pardons from President Bush …
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.
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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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
Discussion: Donklephant and Booman Tribune
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Georgia Runoff Results: Chambliss still leads
Discussion: Swing State Project
CBS News:
How Pvt. Monica Brown Won A Silver Star
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Toomey: Specter faces tougher road in 2010
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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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