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7:40 PM ET, December 3, 2008

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Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Franken Camp's Claim: We're Now Ahead!  —  In a briefing going on right now with reporters, Al Franken's lead recount lawyer Marc Elias made a stunning announcement: According to the campaign's methodology of tracking the recount results, they believe Al Franken now leads Norm Coleman by a margin of 22 votes.
Discussion: Senate Guru, MyDD, Wonkette and Daily Kos
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Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Franken camp: 'We're winning'  —  Al Franken's campaign attorney Marc Elias said today that, based on its latest internal tally, Franken has taken the lead over Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) for the first time in the recount process.  —  In a conference call, Elias said Franken leads Coleman by 22 votes at the end of last night's count.
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Franken claims he is in the lead  —  Minnesota Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken's campaign said Wednesday that the comedian has taken the lead in his race against Sen. Norm Coleman (R).  —  Franken's lawyer, Marc Elias, has been pressing for the media to focus on the campaign's internal vote totals …
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Senate recount: Pendulum swings to Franken
Cal Fussman / Esquire:
Bill Richardson: What I've Learned  —  The just-tapped Secretary of Commerce shares intimate new stories on how Barack Obama saved his ass before he became his boss, Saddam Hussein's guile, Bush's charm, racial politics and more.  —  After the campaign, I grew a beard as a rebellion …
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama calls on Fox News, mourns beard  —  At the recently completely press conference at which President-elect Barack Obama officially named Gov. Bill Richardson his choice for Commerce Secretary, Obama called on Fox News's White House reporter.  —  The interchange was interesting for a few reasons.
Discussion: The Politico and Don Surber
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Chambliss: Palin ‘allowed us to peak’  —  Fresh off his runoff victory Tuesday night, Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss credited Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with firing up his base.  —  “I can't overstate the impact she had down here,” Chambliss said during an interview Wednesday morning on Fox News.
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Marc Ambinder:
The RNC Chairman's Race: Updated Handicapping
Discussion: Hot Air
Erick Erickson / www.redstate.com:
Congratulations Sarah Palin (and Saxby)
Discussion: Firedoglake and ATTACKERMAN
Campbell Brown / CNN:
Campbell Brown: Sexism sneaks in over open mic  —  Editor's note: Campbell Brown anchors CNN's “Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull” at 8 p.m. ET Mondays through Fridays.  She delivered this commentary during the “Cutting through the Bull” segment of Tuesday night's broadcast.
Discussion: Don Surber and www.redstate.com
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
RENDELL APOLOGIZES FOR AZ GOV COMMENT
Peter Mucha / Philly.com:
Rendell called sexist for ‘no life’ remark
Discussion: Wonkette
Cspanjunkie / Crooks and Liars:
The Buck Stops There: Bush Blames Iraq Mess on Bad Intelligence  —  The Preznit, out working on that Legacy Thing, was on ABC with Charles Gibson last night, and had this revealing exchange: … David N: As always with Bush, the Buck Stops Over There, Or There — Anywhere But Here.
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
LYING HIS WAY INTO THE SUNSET.  —  George W. Bush's interview …
Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Rove: Bush hardly worst president
Gstasiewicz / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Announces Hillary Clinton Constitutionally Ineligible to Serve as Secretary of State  —  Ineligibility Clause of Constitution Prohibits Clinton Appointment  —  Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bill Clinton eyes role, too
Access Hollywood:
Access Exclusive: ‘Oprah’ Going To Washington For Inauguration  —  Ms. Winfrey is going to Washington.  —  The media mogul (and staunch Barack Obama supporter) will be hosting “The Oprah Winfrey Show” from Washington, D.C. during the week of the presidential inauguration …
David Sirota / Blog entry:
Mandate Watch: Obama Backs Off Promise to Pass Windfall Profits Tax on Big Oil  —  Good news and bad news in the last day.  The good news: Barack Obama has appointed a NAFTA critic, Rep. Xavier Becerra, as the next U.S. Trade Representative (more on that here).  The bad news is this just off the Reuters wire:
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Marc Ambinder:
Discourse Watch: Obama's Citizenship A Legit Topic?  —  Townhall.com is a mainstream, legitimate, comprehensive, informative, and entertaining conservative news and opinion magazine and website.  Disclosure: they've written nice things about me.  To liberals and non-conservatives, their content can sometimes be edgy.
The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Gives Political Ambassadors Their Pink Slips  —  The incoming Obama administration has notified all politically-appointed ambassadors that they must vacate their posts as of Jan. 20, the day President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office, a State Department official said.
The New Republic:
Newt Gingrich Hasn't Gotten The Memo  —  Michelle Goldberg is the author of Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism.  Her new book, The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World, will be published in April by Penguin Press.  —  As I was walking out the door yesterday evening, the phone rang.
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Meet Slate's New Columnist: Eliot Spitzer  —  Media Mob has learned that former New York governor Eliot Spitzer will write a new column for Slate beginning tomorrow.  The column will appear every other week and it'll be about government, regulation and finance.
Ben Rooney / CNNMoney.com:
Poll: 61% oppose auto bailout  —  Survey shows that Americans think federal aid for the Big Three is unfair and won't help the economy.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — A majority of Americans oppose a bailout of the troubled U.S. auto industry, according to a poll released Wednesday.
Discussion: Truthdig
Associated Press:
Ala. county sets ‘Barack Obama Day’ as new holiday … MARION, Ala. (AP) - A small central Alabama county whose mainly black residents gave Barack Obama more than 70 percent of the vote on Election Day has created an annual holiday in honor of the president-elect.
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Novak: 'I Don't Think I Hurt Valerie Plame' And I Would Out Her Again Because The Left ‘Tried To Ruin Me’  —  During a recent interview with the National Ledger, conservative columnist Robert Novak was asked if he would reveal Valerie Plame Wilson's secret CIA identity if he could go back and do it all over again.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Against Soft Power  —  Via Michael Crowley, Michael Chertoff is making sense: … I might note that draconian security rules and visa policies are not helpful in this regard, something Chertoff might want to consider.  Foreigners don't like being treated as if there's a presumption …
The Huffington Post:
Obama Team Restates Strong Support For Union Bill  —  An aide to Barack Obama reaffirmed the President-elect's support for the labor movement's chief legislative priority in a one-word statement issued to the Huffington Post on late Tuesday.  —  Asked if Obama's support …
FOX Forum:
Why Is the Left So Threated By My Poll?  —  Writer/Director/Producer, “Blocking the Path to 9/11″  —  It has been quite a strange couple of weeks since I decided to commission a Zogby poll of Obama voters.  I chose to do this at great personal expense to determine whether interviews …
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Why Nationalizing GM and Citi Makes Sense  —  The government needs to stop giving money without getting either control or a reasonable chance of repayment of the money.  If it doesn't do so, it won't be able to fix the economy.  —  When Citigroup got its bailout, the market capitalization of Citi was about 20 billion dollars.
 
 
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Kimberly S. Johnson / Associated Press:
UAW to renegotiate labor terms, suspend jobs bank
Discussion: Donklephant
Looseheadprop / Firedoglake:
FISA lawsuit update-good news for a change
Ben Adler / American Prospect:
Are Cows Worse Than Cars?
BBC:
British doctor performs amputation in DR Congo by text
Discussion: UN Dispatch
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The NYT And The T-Word  —  The front-page piece in the NYT today …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Prairie Weather
 Earlier Items: 
Gregory Lewis / Sun-Sentinel:
Most Americans favor gay adoptions, survey says
Wall Street Journal:
We Need a Global Carbon Tax
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Media Blog
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Was Summers Right?  —  Was Larry Summers right about women and science, after all?
Discussion: Political Machine and The Corner
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Same-Sex Setback  —  Don't blame Mormons or black voters …
Discussion: Open Left and Reason
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
College May Become Unaffordable for Most in U.S.
 

 
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