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12:30 PM ET, December 2, 2008

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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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard, TIME.com and Salon
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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 …
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
A Rush for Clinton's Senate Seat
Discussion: MSNBC and NewsBusters.org
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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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Sen. Martinez won't run for re-election in 2010  —  Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection in 2010, passing on what looked to be one of the most difficult reelection battles in the country.  —  Martinez, 62, has been saying for weeks that he intended …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Steve Bousquet / St. Petersburg Times:
Martinez won't seek re-election; Sink will  —  U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez plans a major announcement in Orlando shortly and a highly-placed Republican source says Martinez will announce that he's not seeking re-election and that he may leave his seat in advance of the end of his term in 2010.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
GOP official: Mel Martinez won't seek re-election
Discussion: Wizbang
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.  —  This probably won't be a popular post, but I basically agree with Richard Cohen on Eric Holder.  The Marc Rich episode continues to unsettle, in part because it has deeper implications: … This stuff was no great secret.
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Tom Curry / MSNBC:
Bush faces historic pardon choice
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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 …
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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MSNBC:
Ford CEO offers to work for $1 a year  —  Part of plan to persuade Congress to lend automakers $25 billion in aid  —  (L-R) United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger, General Motors (GM) CEO Richard Wagoner, Jr., Chrysler CEO Robert Nardelli and Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally wait …
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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 …
Reliable Source:
Christmas Colors for the White House: Red, White and Impeach  —  When Deborah Lawrence got the invitation from the White House, the Seattle-based artist decided to make a lefty political statement.  —  But she never expected it would hang on the official Christmas tree.
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Obama, the billion-dollar man  —  CHICAGO — Nearly two years ago, Barack Obama muscled his way into the top tier of presidential contenders by breaking fundraising records.  —  When the 2008 campaign books are closed, the Democratic president-elect will shatter another record by coming close to …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
49 days to Inauguration …
Discussion: marbury
CNN:
Limbaugh calls Obama's selection of Clinton ‘a brilliant stroke’  —  (CNN) — Rush Limbaugh seems to have given Hillary Clinton his stamp of approval for the second time this year.  —  The conservative talk show host — who urged supporters during the primary season to back Clinton in an effort …
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.
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 …
Robert Horn / Yahoo! News:
Thai Government Dissolved: Airports to Reopen?  —  Thailand's already turbulent political landscape was thrown into further turmoil Tuesday when the Constitutional Court dissolved the ruling People Power Party (PPP) and two of its coalition partners for electoral fraud.
Discussion: Wizbang
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Biden Makes the Case for Rail  —  Joe Biden is best known for his experience in foreign policy issues, but I've long been most excited by the possibility that his strong pro-rail views may have influence in an administration certain to be dominated (like all administrations) by people who don't care about transportation policy.
Discussion: The Bellows
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.
 
 
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Associated Press:
More Nixon tapes, records being made public
BBC:
Zimbabwe cholera deaths near 500
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court rules on jury instructions
Discussion: ABA Journal Daily News and ACSBlog
Wall Street Journal:
Governors Against State Bailouts
Discussion: The Foundry and The Corner
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Lieberman now praising Obama
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Economic Signs Point to Longer, Deeper Recession
Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Times
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Palin Does Georgia: What Does It Mean?