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10:50 AM ET, December 4, 2008

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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.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Senate Election  —  Pennsylvania Senate: Specter 46% Matthews 43%  —  Republican Senator Arlen Specter is potentially vulnerable in his 2010 bid for re-election.  A Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Pennsylvania voters finds Specter leading MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews …
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
Eric Holder's Politics  —  His years at Clinton Justice don't inspire confidence.  —  One of the media narratives about the Bush Administration has been its “politicization” of the Justice Department.  We've always thought most of that was woven out of whole cloth.
Discussion: Commentary
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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: Spin Cycle and The Corner
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:   Mukasey Sees No Necessity for Pardons in Terror War
Bill Vlasic / New York Times:
U.A.W. Makes Concessions to Help Automakers  —  WASHINGTON — The United Automobile Workers union said Wednesday that it would make major concessions in its contracts with the three Detroit auto companies to help them lobby Congress for $34 billion in federal aid.
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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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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 …
Washington Post:
Treasury Weighs Action on Mortgage Rates  —  Intervention Would Aim to Buoy the Housing Market by Forcing Down the Cost of Loans  —  The Treasury Department is strongly considering a plan to intervene directly in the mortgage industry to dramatically force down rates and stimulate …
Discussion: The RBC and Below The Beltway
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James Janega / Chicago Tribune:
Suit contesting Barack Obama's citizenship heads to U.S. Supreme Court Friday  —  Justices will decide whether to consider the case  —  The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Friday whether to take up a lawsuit challenging President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship …
Discussion: Hot Air
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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 …
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.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
McCain Couldn't Compete With Obama's Money  —  America affirms Chicago's Golden Rule.  —  If money talks, we'll likely soon hear the real reason why Barack Obama beat John McCain.  Both men and the national parties will report to the Federal Election Commission today how much money they raised in October and November.
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Al Gore leads new ‘Reality’ Coalition to debunk ‘clean coal’ myth.»  —  Today, Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection, the League of Conservation Voters, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Sierra Club launched the “Reality” Coalition …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Gail Collins / New York Times:
One Singular Sensation  —  Ed Rendell can't believe that he's being asked about the fact that he said that Barack Obama's nominee for head of homeland security, Janet Napolitano, has “no life.”  —  “We're facing the greatest crisis since the Depression, and you want to talk about this?” he complained.
Discussion: Commentary and Political Punch
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.
 
 
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