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3:15 PM ET, December 2, 2008

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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 …
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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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE OBAMA/GATES PENTAGON.... From a progressive perspective …
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  —  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
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 …
New York Times:
Mr. Obama's Team  —  After years of watching American leadership crumble under the weight of bad decisions made in a White House shuttered to all debate, President-elect Barack Obama's national security team is a relief.  —  Starting with the selection of Hillary Rodham Clinton, his former rival …
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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 …
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.
Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Fox's Wallace defends Bush at screening  —  Takes on Hollywood filmmaker  —  Fox News journalist Chris Wallace on Monday evening defended President Bush against criticism by Hollywood filmmaker Ron Howard that the president has abused his office in a way similar to President Richard Nixon.
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MSNBC:
Ford CEO: We may not need bailout billions  —  Automakers offer Congress turnaround plans to win $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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Nick Bunkley / New York Times:   Ford Says It Can Survive but Urges a Rescue for the Industry
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Pardon My Exception  —  Soon after Bill Clinton pardoned Marc Rich, the former president and I had a brief telephone conversation.  I had been downright heated about the pardon, a lot angrier than I had ever been about Monica Lewinsky.  Clinton implied that I had things historically backward.
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.
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 …
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.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Hardball  —  I am pretty shy, and as such I have turned down every television interview request I have received since February of 2005.  However, I sucked it up today in order to appear on Hardball.  You can view it here.  Right now, I can't seem to get the html embed code to work with soapblox.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Cuts Radio Ad for Carmouche  —  President-elect Barack Obama has recorded a radio ad that will hit the airwaves today in support of the Democratic House candidate in a Louisiana runoff, a sign, his advisers argue, that he is using his political power to help expand the party's majority in Congress.
Discussion: TIME.com and Hotline On Call
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Happy Holidays!  Here's a gift certificate for an abortion  —  Here's an original holiday gift idea to help the person who may have everything, including a little something they don't really want.  A new way to mark the festive yearend celebration of life — a gift certificate for an abortion.
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Governors Against State Bailouts  —  Hard to believe, but not everyone in politics wants a free lunch.  —  As governors and citizens, we've grown increasingly concerned over the past weeks as Washington has thrown bailout after bailout at the national economy with little to show for it.
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 …
 
 
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