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3:45 PM 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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David Sirota / The Huffington Post:
Chris Matthews' Insult to Pennsylvania Voters  —  Having grown up outside of Philadelphia, I just want to say I really hope Chris Matthews runs for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, and is humiliatingly obliterated in a Democratic primary (preferably by a good progressive like, for instance, former Rep. Joe Hoeffel).
Michael Calderone / The Politico:   Breaking: Matthews in contract talks
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 …
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama citizenship at SCOTUS tomorrow  —  The U.S. Supreme Court's justices will discuss at their Friday conference tomorrow the Obama's-not-a-natural-born-citizen lawsuit known as Donofrio v. Wells.  —  As Chicago Tribune reporter James Janega writes:  —  The suit originally sought to stay …
Discussion: The Politico and The Mahablog
James Wright / Afro American Newspaper:
AFRO News  —  In a highly unusual move, U.S. Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has asked his colleagues on the court to consider the request of an East Brunswick, N.J. attorney who has filed a lawsuit challenging President-elect Barack Obama's status as a United States citizen.
Discussion: Left in the West
CBC News:
GG agrees to suspend Parliament until January  —  Decision gives Tories reprieve, prevents opposition from toppling government on Monday  —  Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean has granted a request from Stephen Harper to suspend Parliament until late next month, the prime minister announced on Thursday …
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Michael J.W. Stickings / The Reaction:
Bare Naked Politics: The ongoing situation in Canada
Discussion: Guardian, Hot Air and Kevin Drum
Rob Gillies / Associated Press:
Canadian PM shuts Parliament in attempt to keep power
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
Globe and Mail:
Parliament shut down till Jan. 26
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Looking for the Ideal Spot to Make a Speech  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama's aides say he is considering making a major foreign policy speech from an Islamic capital during his first 100 days in office.  —  So where should he do it?  The list of Islamic world capitals is long …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WHAT IS LIFE WORTH?  —  What is six months of your life worth?  And don't say priceless.  It's not priceless.  Not if you're not paying.  So let's sharpen the question: What should six months of your life be worth to your insurer, be that insurer the government or Aetna?
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Liberal Rationalism II
Discussion: The Corner
Chris / TVNewser:
NBCU To Cut 500 Jobs, Layoffs Begin at NBC News Bureaus  —  Breaking: TVNewser has learned NBC Universal will be cutting up to 500 jobs in a round of layoffs which are now underway at all levels of the company — television, film and parks.  That amounts to about 3% of the workforce.
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Curtis Brainard / CJR:
CNN Cuts Entire Science, Tech Team
The Politico:
RNC chair discloses comeback plan  —  Sen. Saxby Chambliss' reelection this week was a tremendous victory for the people of Georgia.  Voters went to the polls on Tuesday and selected a strong leader prepared to deal with both the domestic and the foreign challenges our nation faces in the months and years to come.
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Can Romney Save the Republican Party?
Paul Krugman:
Worries about next year  —  I've been ruminating over economic prospects for next year, and I'm getting scared.  —  Two points:  —  1. The economy is falling fast.  We'll see what tomorrow's employment report says, but we could well be losing jobs at a rate of 450,000 or 500,000 a month.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SPITZER'S REHABILITATION CONTINUES.... A few weeks ago, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) had a very smart op-ed in the Washington Post on capitalism and the ongoing financial crisis.  I suggested at the time that Spitzer has spent enough time in the penalty box, and given his background …
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Eliot Spitzer / Slate:   We need to stop using the bailouts to rebuild gigantic financial institutions.
Hotline On Call:
Say it Ain't So, Sarah, Another 30K?  —  The Republican National Committee is scheduled to file a campaign report with the Federal Election Commission Thursday disclosing that the committee spent additional funds to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
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 …
Dallas Morning News:
Bushes confirm purchase of Dallas home in Preston Hollow  —  tgillman@dallasnews.com; rbush@dallasnews.com  —  The White House confirmed Thursday that the Bushes have purchased a house in Dallas' Preston Hollow neighborhood for the couple to live in after his presidency ends in January.
Discussion: Reliable Source, MSNBC and The Caucus
Joan Vennochi / Boston Globe:
A bitter brew for Kerry  —  SENATOR John Kerry's fate illustrates the new political order under President-elect Barack Obama: Reward your enemies, not necessarily your friends.  —  Hillary Clinton, Obama's tough primary opponent, became Obama's choice for secretary of state; Kerry, an avid Obama ally, was passed over.
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Don Surber
Michael Barone / US News:
Chambliss's Win in Georgia Shows Obama's Diminishing Coattails  —  Saxby Chambliss has won the Georgia runoff by a 57.4 percent-to-42.6 percent margin with 97 percent of precincts reporting.  That's a margin of 14.8 percentage points, far greater than the 49.8 percent-to-46.8 percent margin …
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
U.S. to Raise ‘Irregular War’ Capabilities  —  The Pentagon this week approved a major policy directive that elevates the military's mission of “irregular warfare” — the increasingly prevalent campaigns to battle insurgents and terrorists, often with foreign partners and sometimes clandestinely …
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.
Michelle Malkin:
“We want to advise you that you have transgressed the limits of tolerance...”  —  A group of dissident Cuban bloggers has been planning a gathering for December 6.  Fidel Castro and his thugs are not happy.  —  Over the past few weeks, Michael Moore's dream paradise has been slowly tightening its vice grip to silence the bloggers.
 
 
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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Michael E. Ruane / Washington Post:
The Benefactor of the Ball  —  Va. Man Spends $1 Million …
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Eric M. Weiss / Washington Post:
Inaugural Nudge: Leave The Little Guys at Home
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