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9:45 AM ET, December 4, 2008

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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
MN-Senate: Counting Chaos!  —  The Minnesota Senate race could end up being decided by a few dozen votes.  (Photo — Reuters/Eric Miller)  —  As the manual recount in the Minnesota Senate race between Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken nears its conclusion, the identity of the winner is growing increasingly unclear.
Discussion: Power Line, The Corner and Senate Guru
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Charles Seife / New York Times:
Not Every Vote Counts  —  THE lizard people have eaten a vote in Beltrami County.  That's not so strange in a recount like the one underway in Minnesota — voters do all kinds of inexplicable things like inscribing “lizard people” in the write-in slot, as one did, invalidating his ballot.
Jason Hoppin / TwinCities.com:
Minneapolis discovery costs Franken 46 votes  —  What Maplewood giveth, Minneapolis taketh away.  —  Elections officials in Minnesota's largest city today discovered that one precinct came up 133 ballots short of election day totals, resulting in a net loss for Democratic challenger Al Franken of 46 votes.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Franken's campaign protests 133 mystery ballots from Minneapolis  —  By Franken's count, he leads by 22 votes.  By another count, Coleman leads by 316.  —  An uproar Wednesday over 133 mystery ballots that may or may not have disappeared in Minneapolis became the newest controversy to roil the U.S. Senate recount.
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Amie Parnes / The Crypt's Blogs:
Ros-Lehtinen hangs up on Obama.  Twice.  —  Is Ileana Ros-Lehtinen a little paranoid?  —  Maybe.  —  On Wednesday, the Republican congresswoman got a call from President-elect Barack Obama, didn't believe it was him, and hung up on him.  Twice.  —  According to Ros-Lehtinen's flack Alex Cruz …
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CNN:
GOP congresswoman hangs up on Obama — twice
Discussion: Discourse.net
The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama or an Obama-Impersonator? Ros-Lehtinen Flubs the Call
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
Eliot Spitzer / Slate:
We need to stop using the bailouts to rebuild gigantic financial institutions.  —  Last month, as the financial crisis and the government rescue plan dominated headlines, almost everyone overlooked a news item that could have enormous long-term impact: GE Capital announced the acquisition …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Eyes Plan to Lift Home Sales  —  Treasury Considers Encouraging Banks to Offer Mortgages at Rates as Low as 4.5%  —  WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department is considering a plan to revitalize the U.S. home market that would push down interest rates for loans to purchase a home, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Washington Post:
Treasury Weighs Action on Mortgage Rates
Discussion: Below The Beltway and The RBC
The Politico:
Matthews advised to quit MSNBC  —  Chris Matthews is dead serious about running for the Senate in Pennsylvania - and shopping for a house in the state and privately discussing quitting MSNBC as proof of his intense interest, according to NBC colleagues, political operatives and friends.
Jonathan Gruber / New York Times:
Medicine for the Job Market  —  A CENTRAL feature of Barack Obama's presidential campaign was an aggressive plan to expand health insurance coverage by subsidizing low-income Americans and preventing discrimination against the ill. In recent weeks, Senators Max Baucus and Ted Kennedy …
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Obama campaign manager to write book  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Barack Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe, is writing a book about the historic election victory and has retained Washington attorney Robert Barnett, Obama's literary representative, to shop the proposal to publishers.
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
IDF preparing options for Iran strike  —  The IDF is drawing up options for a strike on Iranian nuclear facilities that do not include coordination with the United States, The Jerusalem Post has learned.  —  While its preference is to coordinate with the US, defense officials have said Israel …
Discussion: Hot Air and Israel Matzav
Lisa Leff / Associated Press:
Poll: Calif. gay marriage ban driven by religion  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Voters' economic status and religious convictions played a greater role than race and age in determining whether they supported the Nov. 4 ballot measure outlawing same-sex marriage in California, a new poll shows.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NO TRANSITION FROM NONESENSE  —  Congressional Quarterly bemoans Obama's broken promise of a bipartisan cabinet since he's only appointed one Republican to one of the top three positions in government — State, Defense and Treasury ...  I guess maybe it's a slow news period and there's not much to write about.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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In Transition:
Last Call for a Bipartisan Cabinet
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
As More Eat Meat, a Bid to Cut Emissions  —  STERKSEL, the Netherlands — The cows and pigs dotting these flat green plains in the southern Netherlands create a bucolic landscape.  But looked at through the lens of greenhouse gas accounting, they are living smokestacks, spewing methane emissions into the air.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Holder pardon makes Dems squirm  —  Eric Holder's role in the pardon of Marc Rich is unlikely to derail his nomination as attorney general, but it will give Senate Republicans a chance to make their Democratic colleagues squirm.  —  With a confirmation hearing at least a month away …
Discussion: The Corner
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
Russian warship to cross Panama Canal … MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian warship will sail through the Panama Canal this week for the first time since World War II, the navy announced Wednesday, pushing ahead with a symbolic projection of Moscow's power in a traditional U.S. zone of influence.
Chicago Tribune:
Tax activist's ad challenges Obama's eligibility for office  —  The Tribune examines allegations about president-elect's ‘natural born citizen’ status  —  The Obama campaign provided this birth certificate, showing Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.  —  An anti-tax activist from upstate …
 
 
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Telecoms and advocacy groups unite over broadband “stimulus”
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Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Why Nationalizing GM and Citi Makes Sense
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