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9:55 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.
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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.
Jason Hoppin / TwinCities.com:
Minneapolis discovery costs Franken 46 votes
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Braublog
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Franken claims he is in the lead
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.
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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The Huffington Post:
Chambliss: Palin Key To My Win (VIDEO)
Discussion: News Hounds
Marc Ambinder:
The RNC Chairman's Race: Updated Handicapping
Discussion: Hot Air
The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama or an Obama-Impersonator?  Ros-Lehtinen Flubs the Call  —  Twice on Wednesday, President-elect Barack Obama tried to reach across the partisan divide with a phone call to Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican from Florida.  —  And twice, according to her office, she hung up on him.
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
RENDELL APOLOGIZES FOR AZ GOV COMMENT  —  From NBC's Lauren Appelbaum  —  During a news conference on budget reductions today, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) apologized for a hot mic statement he made yesterday, saying Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) is perfect for the position …
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In Transition:
Last Call for a Bipartisan Cabinet  —  Now that President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet is, by his count, half picked, the odds are fading that he'll have more than one Republican on his team — suggesting that his campaign promise to include Republicans may have meant nothing more than the usual token appointment from the other side.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NO TRANSITION FROM NONESENSE  —  Congressional Quarterly bemoans …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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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.
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.
Justin / glaadBLOG.org:
The ‘Pulse of Equality’  —  Today, GLAAD released a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive in the wake of the passage of and protests against California's Proposition 8.  —  The survey reveals that majorities of Americans favor a broad range of policies and legal protections for lesbian …
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Gregory Lewis / Sun-Sentinel:
Most Americans favor gay adoptions, survey says
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
 
 
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Bill Gates presses for stimulus package, foreign aid
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Telecoms and advocacy groups unite over broadband “stimulus”
Discussion: GigaOM and Matthew Yglesias
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Why Nationalizing GM and Citi Makes Sense
Ben Adler / American Prospect:
Are Cows Worse Than Cars?
BBC:
British doctor performs amputation in DR Congo by text
Discussion: UN Dispatch
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Was Summers Right?  —  Was Larry Summers right about women and science, after all?
Discussion: Political Machine and The Corner