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9:15 AM ET, December 6, 2008

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New York Times:
Democrats Set to Offer Loans for Carmakers  —  WASHINGTON — Faced with staggering new unemployment figures, Democratic Congressional leaders said on Friday that they were ready to provide a short-term rescue plan for American automakers, and that they expected to hold a vote on the legislation in a special session next week.
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Washington Post:
White House, Democrats Near Compromise on Aid for Automakers
New York Times:
Kennedy Is Said to Cast Her Eye on Senate Seat  —  Caroline Kennedy, a daughter of America's most storied political family who for many years fiercely guarded her privacy, is considering whether to pursue the Senate seat expected to be vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton early next year, a family member said Friday.
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Associated Press:   Caroline Kennedy interested in NY Senate seat
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly yell at each other over atheism; Update: Atheist sign stolen from Capitol; Update: Sign found  —  Surprise fireworks as FNC's most combative anchor tries to explain the First Amendment to its most combative commentator.  Good luck, Megyn!
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Mallory Simon / CNN:
Missing atheist sign found in Washington state
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Pledges Massive Public Works Project  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama committed Saturday to the largest public works building program since the creation of the interstate highway system a half century ago as he seeks to put together a plan to resuscitate the reeling economy.
Discussion: TIME.com
William Ayers / New York Times:
The Real Bill Ayers  —  IN the recently concluded presidential race, I was unwillingly thrust upon the stage and asked to play a role in a profoundly dishonest drama.  I refused, and here's why.  —  Unable to challenge the content of Barack Obama's campaign, his opponents invented a narrative …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Don Surber
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Contractors Indicted After Probe Into Shooting That Killed 17 Iraqi Civilians  —  5 Face Trial Over Incident That Killed 17 Civilians, Sources Say  —  Five Blackwater Worldwide Security guards have been charged in a September 2007 shooting that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead and raised questions …
Discussion: Tickle The Wire
Arian Campo-Flores / Newsweek:
Public support grows, according to the new NEWSWEEK Poll.  —  When voters in California, Florida and Arizona approved measures banning same-sex marriage last month, opponents lamented that the country appeared to be turning increasingly intolerant toward gay and lesbian rights.
Discussion: Don Surber
Avi Issacharoff / Haaretz:
ANALYSIS / Hebron settler riots were out and out pogroms  —  An innocent Palestinian family, numbering close to 20 people.  All of  —  them women and children, save for three men.  Surrounding them are a few dozen masked Jews seeking to lynch them.  A pogrom.  This isn't a play on words or a double meaning.
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Richard Boudreaux / Los Angeles Times:   Israeli soldiers evict Jewish settlers in West Bank
CNN:
Huckabee and Palin top early 2012 list  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Barack Obama is still more than six weeks from White House, and the next Iowa caucuses are more than three years away — so naturally, it's time to start talking 2012, as a new national poll suggests that Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee top …
Discussion: Below The Beltway and Hot Air
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Interior Dept. overturns regulation, clearing the way for concealed, loaded firearms into national parks.»  —  Today, the Department of Interior overturned a Reagan-era regulation, permitting loaded firearms at 388 of 391 national park sites.  The decision allows guns in parks in …
Discussion: U.S. Department …
Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
Supreme Court case: Can terror suspect in US be held indefinitely?  —  Justices agreed Friday to hear the appeal of terror suspect al-Marri, held without charge for more than five years.  —  WASHINGTON -  —  The US Supreme Court has agreed to take up the case of Ali Saleh al-Marri …
Discussion: American Street
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Eric Ferreri / The Charlotte Observer:
UNC libraries to forgo Christmas trees  —  CHAPEL HILL For as long as anyone can remember, Christmas trees adorned with lights and ornaments have greeted holiday season visitors to UNC Chapel Hill's two main libraries.  —  Not this year.  —  The trees, which have stood in the lobby areas …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Don Surber
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Cheney Personally Thanked Chris Wallace For Defending Bush; Promises Him ‘Special Exit Interview’ As Reward  —  Last Monday, at a screening of Ron Howard's new film “Frost/Nixon,” Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace vociferously defended President Bush against criticism by Howard that Bush …
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Jonathan Favreau  —  As he prepares to take office, President-elect Barack Obama is relying on a small team of advisers who will lead his transition operation and help choose the members of his administration.  Following is part of a series of profiles of potential members of the administration.
 
 
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Bush: Laura and I gave up entertaining because of the Iraq war.»
Jane Macartney / Times of London:
Wei Jingsheng's cry for democracy in China echoes down 30 years
Discussion: The Huffington Post
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Ted Kennedy gives up his seat on Senate Judiciary Committee
Discussion: Salon
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Blackwell throws hat in RNC ring
Paula Reed Ward / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Buchanan doesn't plan to step down as U.S. attorney
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Reuters:
U.S. says latest missile defense test a success
Discussion: The Talent Show
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
House will return to five-day work week in 2009
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
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Jack Healy / New York Times:
Shares Surge Despite Heavy Job Losses
Discussion: On Deadline and TIME.com
Associated Press:
Obama goes upscale in Hawaii for holiday
Discussion: VOTE
James Randerson / Guardian:
Climate scientists say 2008 will be coolest year of the decade
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Don Surber
Ethan A. Nadelmann / Wall Street Journal:
Let's End Drug Prohibition
Discussion: Reason and The Volokh Conspiracy
Los Angeles Times:
Becerra's a bad choice for trade post
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
Minnesota Senate: Gregoire Offers Recount Advice to Franken
Discussion: Hot Air and myfoxtwincities.com