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4:15 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
Jonathan P. Hicks / City Room:
Robert F. Kennedy's Son Not Interested in Senate Seat
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Reliable Source:
Christmas Colors for the White House: Red, White and Impeach  —  ** 3:20 p.m. This story updated here: White House Won't Hang Christmas Impeachment Ornament.  When Deborah Lawrence got the invitation from the White House, the Seattle-based artist decided to make a lefty political statement.
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
Discussion: 24Ahead and 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 …
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 …
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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 …
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.
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.
The Trail / Washington Post:
Louis Caldera to Oversee White House Military Operations
Discussion: 24Ahead
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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Nick Bunkley / New York Times:
Ford Says It Can Survive but Urges a Rescue for the Industry  —  DETROIT — The Ford Motor Company told Congress on Tuesday that it wanted access to $9 billion in loans but that it could survive and become profitable in three years without the money unless the current recession “is longer and deeper than we now anticipate.”
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George W. Bush / White House:
Executive Order: Exclusions from the Federal Labor-Management Relations Program  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 7103(b)(1) of title 5, United States Code, and in order to reflect the effects …
Discussion: Think Progress
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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.
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.
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 …
Todd Gitlin / The Atlantic Online:
The Hope for Audacity  —  With the country thrashing around and an incoming president as yet largely untested, hopes hearken backwards, converging on memories—and fantasies—of a time in the previous century when, in the wake of a catastrophic and self-destroying presidency …
Discussion: The Heretik
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.
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.
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.
 
 
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