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3:55 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
Discussion: Moonbattery and www.redstate.com
Michelle Malkin:
Obama finally lets Fox News ask a question
Discussion: TVNewser
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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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Chambliss win proves sizeable Obama effect  —  If Georgia is any indication, the Obama effect was huge.  —  In a runoff election with no presidential candidates on the ballot Tuesday, Peach State voters sent Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) back to the Senate by what looks to be a resounding margin …
Erick Erickson / www.redstate.com:
Congratulations Sarah Palin (and Saxby)
Discussion: Firedoglake and ATTACKERMAN
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.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Senate recount: Pendulum swings to Franken
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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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
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
Reuters:
Obama shelves oil company tax after price fall: aide  —  CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Barack Obama is not planning to implement a windfall profit tax on oil companies because prices have dropped below $80 a barrel, an aide said on Tuesday.  —  “President-elect Obama announced …
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Townhall.com
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Federal Prosecutor Is Making Inquiries in the Investigation of the Dismissal of 9 U.S. Attorneys in 2006  —  A prosecutor who is investigating the dismissals of nine U.S. attorneys has been meeting with defense lawyers, dispatching subpoenas and seeking information about the events, according to legal sources familiar with the case.
The Politico:
Jeb: I am considering Senate run  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush - the younger brother of the president - is weighing a run for the Senate seat currently held by Republican Mel Martinez.  —  Martinez announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection in 2010.
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.
New York Times:
U.S. Presses Pakistan to Help India in Attack Inquiry  —  MUMBAI, India — As the United States tried to calm tensions between India and Pakistan on Wednesday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pressured Pakistan to cooperate fully in the effort to track down those responsible for the bloody attacks in Mumbai last week.
Discussion: Spot-On and Commentary
 
 
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Six in 10 oppose auto bailout, poll shows
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Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
Greening The Suburbs  —  What with the coming tidal wave …
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Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Same-Sex Setback  —  Don't blame Mormons or black voters …
Discussion: Open Left and Reason
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What would Charlton Heston do?  —  You know how hard core conservatives …
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Bill Gross / PIMCO:
Investment Outlook
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