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4:30 PM ET, December 3, 2008

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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
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Obama grants Fox News its first question at his press conference.»  —  During today's press conference, President-elect Barack Obama called on Fox News to ask a question for the first time since the election.  Fox News had not been called on in Obama's five prior press conferences.
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.
Discussion: Moonbattery and www.redstate.com
Michelle Malkin:
Obama finally lets Fox News ask a question
Discussion: TVNewser
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 …
Discussion: Townhall.com and TIME.com
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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.
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Franken camp: 'We're winning'
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Senate recount: Pendulum swings to Franken
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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Erick Erickson / www.redstate.com:
Congratulations Sarah Palin (and Saxby)
Discussion: Firedoglake and ATTACKERMAN
Huma Khan / Political Radar:
Bushes Planning a Move to Dallas  —  ABC News Ann Compton Reports: President and Laura Bush are moving to Dallas once they leave the White House, the First Lady said on Wednesday.  —  Laura Bush confirmed that she and the President are buying a house in Dallas, about two hours from his beloved Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas.
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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 …
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Against Soft Power  —  Via 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 that citizens …
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.
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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bill Clinton eyes role, too  —  Former President Bill Clinton says he is open to the possibility of a role in the Obama administration but said he otherwise plans to be deferential to both the president and Clinton's wife, the soon-to-be secretary of state.  —  Clinton could be named as a sort …
Discussion: Associated Press
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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: www.redstate.com
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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Daniel J. Weiss / Center for American Progress:
A Bridge Loan to the 21st Century  —  Auto industry executives, from left, General Motors CEO Richard Wagoner; Chrysler CEO Robert Nardelli; and Ford CEO Alan Mulally, take their seats on Capitol Hill on November 19, 2008.  Congress could create a federal bridge loan of $38 billion that would help …
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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 …
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
College May Become Unaffordable for Most in U.S.  —  The rising cost of college — even before the recession — threatens to put higher education out of reach for most Americans, according to the annual report from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.
 
 
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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
Marc Ambinder:
Discourse Watch: Obama's Citizenship A Legit Topic?
Discussion: Townhall.com and Liberal Values
Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
Greening The Suburbs  —  What with the coming tidal wave …
Discussion: The Bellows
Shamus Toomey / Chicago Sun Times:
Fore more years
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Same-Sex Setback  —  Don't blame Mormons or black voters …
Discussion: Reason and Open Left
Bradlaugh / Secular Right:
Do We Exist?  —  Mr. Hume: Concerning your correspondent:
Discussion: Liberal Values and Eunomia
The Cajun Boy / Cajun Boy in the City:
What would Charlton Heston do?  —  You know how hard core conservatives …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Spin Cycle
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Naomi Klein and the new new left.
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The Politico:
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