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6:25 AM ET, December 4, 2008

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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.
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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:
Franken's campaign protests 133 mystery ballots from Minneapolis
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
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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 …
Discussion: TIME.com
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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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.
Martin Samuel / Times of London:
Mumbai police to use truth serum on ‘baby-faced’ terrorist Azam Amir Kasab  —  Indian police interrogators are preparing to administer a “truth serum” on the sole Islamic militant captured during last week's terror attacks on Mumbai to settle once and for all the question of where he is from.
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New York Times:
U.A.W. Makes Concessions in Bid 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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Kimberly S. Johnson / Associated Press:
UAW to renegotiate labor terms, suspend jobs bank
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
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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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Peter Mucha / Philly.com:
Rendell called sexist for ‘no life’ remark
Discussion: Wonkette
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.
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.
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.
The Huffington Post:
Chambliss: Palin Key To My Win (VIDEO)  —  Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss, fresh off his victory in a runoff election against Democrat Jim Martin, says Sarah Palin gave him the boost he needed.  “I can't overstate the impact she had down here,” the Republican Senator said in an interview on Fox News Wednesday morning.
Discussion: News Hounds
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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
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Mukasey Sees No Necessity for Pardons in Terror War  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey said Wednesday that he saw no need for President Bush to issue blanket pardons of officials involved in some of the administration's most controversial counterterrorism policies.
Nick Britten / Telegraph:
School cancels Christmas nativity in favour of Muslim Eid celebrations  —  A primary school has cancelled its Christmas nativity in favour of Muslim festival of Eid celebrations because it would be too much for the children to do both.  —  Greenwood Junior School sent out a letter …
Discussion: Moonbattery and Don Surber
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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Michael Luo / New York Times:
In Banking, Top Obama Aide Made Money and Connections
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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
Skippy / Firedoglake:
Actors Likely To Strike
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Why Nationalizing GM and Citi Makes Sense
Discussion: The Seminal
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Ben Adler / American Prospect:
Are Cows Worse Than Cars?
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BBC:
British doctor performs amputation in DR Congo by text
Discussion: UN Dispatch