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4:10 PM ET, December 5, 2008

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Curt Brown / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
The recounting is done (with one exception)  —  The last of the ballots were stored away in Wright County late this morning.  So, except for 133 missing ballots from Minneapolis, the recounting from the U.S. Senate race is over.  —  By Curt Brown cbrown@startribune.com Except for 133 missing ballots …
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Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Franken Camp's Claim: The Hand Count Is Over — And We're Up By Four Votes!  —  Four votes.  —  That's how many votes the Franken campaign just said they're leading Norm Coleman by, with the hand recount now officially finished.  In other words, with every single precinct in Minnesota now done counting …
Discussion: Daily Kos and MyDD
Leif Knutson / myfoxtwincities.com:   Poll: 67 Percent of Minn. Voters Expect Coleman to Win Recount
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Official: Lost Ballots Could Be Restored In Final Count, Giving Boost To Franken
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Raw Story and CNN
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
Minnesota Senate: Gregoire Offers Recount Advice to Franken
Discussion: Hot Air and MSNBC
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Fourth Picture  —  As Dish readers know, there are only three public photographs that I could find of Sarah Palin pregnant with Trig (the McCain campaign insisted there were “loads” and then was forced to retract).  But we now have another.  The date of this photograph …
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Hope Ditto / The Note:
The Note, 12/05/08: Another Senator Kennedy?  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl, filling in for Rick Klein today Reports: The Big Three can't win for losing and it seems Barney Frank is already fed up with Barack Obama.  But first, an exclusive from The Note.  —  Another Senator Kennedy?
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: Sen. Caroline Kennedy?  —  From NBC's Andrea Mitchell  —  New York State Democratic Party sources tell NBC News that Caroline Kennedy has expressed interest in the New York Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton.  —  She is known to have discussed the upcoming vacancy …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Take Case on President's Power to Detain  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide the most fundamental question yet concerning executive power in the age of terror: Can the president order the indefinite military detention of people living in the United States?
Discussion: Firedoglake, ACLU and SCOTUSblog
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James Vicini / Reuters:
Court to rule on terrorism suspect's detention
Discussion: Hot Air
Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
Shall We Call it a Depression Now?  —  Today's employment report, showing that employers cut 533,000 jobs in November, 320,000 in October, and 403,000 in September — for a total of over 1.2 million over the last three months — begs the question of whether the meltdown we're experiencing should be called a Depression.
Discussion: Grasping Reality … and Open Left
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Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Jobless Rate Soars to 6.7% in November  —  With the economy deteriorating rapidly, the nation's employers shed 533,000 jobs in November, the 11th consecutive monthly decline, the government reported Friday morning, and the unemployment rate rose to 6.7 percent.
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
A New Attorney Scandal?  Bush-Appointed U.S. Attorney Won't Vacate Office Under Obama  —  Mary Beth Buchanan was appointed by President Bush to serve as U.S. attorney in Pittsburgh in Sept. 2001.  Buchanan has held several significant posts within the Bush/Ashcroft/Gonzales Justice Department …
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
McCain Campaign Spent $110,000 on Palin's Stylists  —  Gov. Sarah Palin's traveling makeup artist was paid $68,400 and her hair stylist received more than $42,000 for roughly two months of work, according to a new campaign finance report filed with the Federal Election Commission.
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Wall Street Journal:
‘At Least Bush Kept Us Safe’  —  The two words Democrats don't want tacked onto that sentence.  —  Washington  —  To drive through the suburbs of Northern Virginia is to marvel still at the widespread wealth, the mansions and mini-mansions that did not exist a quarter-century ago and that now thicken the woods and hills.
CNN:
O.J. Simpson: 'I was stupid.  I'm sorry'  —  LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) — His voice shaking, O.J. Simpson apologized in court for his role in an armed confrontation over sports memorabilia and insisted he was merely trying to recover property that had been stolen from his family.
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Ken Ritter / Associated Press:
O.J. Simpson sentenced to at least 15 years
Discussion: Dean's World
The Trail / Washington Post:
One More Question...  Incoming Obama administration director of speechwriting Jon Favreau (L) and a friend pose with a cardboard cutout of incoming Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at a party.  (Obtained by The Washington Post)  —  Updated 9:22 p.m.  —  By Al Kamen
Megan McArdle:
Give me an S!  Give me an M!  Give me two O's . . . !!!  —  Dani Rodrik writes: … Prompting Tyler Cowen to add: … If I read him correctly, Dani Rodrik is suggesting that Smoot-Hawley made the New Deal more effective.  But of course, Smoot-Hawley was part of an ongoing round …
Discussion: Dani Rodrik's weblog
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Dani Rodrik / Dani Rodrik's weblog:
Some unpleasant Keynesian arithmetic
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and EconoSpeak
Henry A. Kissinger / Washington Post:
Team of Heavyweights  —  President-elect Barack Obama has appointed an extraordinary team for national security policy.  On its face, it violates certain maxims of conventional wisdom: that appointing to the Cabinet individuals with an autonomous constituency, and who therefore are difficult to fire …
Mallory Simon / CNN:
Missing atheist sign found in Washington state  —  (CNN) — An atheist sign criticizing Christianity that was erected alongside a Nativity scene was taken from the Legislative Building in Olympia, Washington, on Friday and later found in a ditch.  —  An employee from country radio station KMPS-FM …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
If It's Not Your Fault, Then How Come You're So Rich?  —  One notion gaining in popularity among writers for publications likely to be read by members of the financial elite is that maybe this whole “finding out who's responsible for this giant catastrophe” business is a mistake.
Discussion: Ross Douthat and Kevin Drum
NPR:
Gore Group, Industry Butt Heads Over ‘Clean Coal’  —  Listen Now  —  · An organization headed by former Vice President Al Gore released a television ad Thursday that takes on so-called clean coal technology — a subject that came up in this year's presidential debates.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Stuart Taylor: Obama Should Conduct Illegal Surveillance  —  A pretty stunning Stuart Taylor column in the National Journal: … Kicking the term “Bush critics” around is a huge red herring in this context.  Bush is going to be out of office on January 20th.
The New Republic:
Wake Up America  —  Will you pardon an occasional rant?  Isn't that partly what blogs are good for?  My subject today is the failure of Congress and the Bush administration to bail out the American auto industry.  If today's news stories are accurate, any bailout will have to await …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
On The Left Hand  —  Jared Bernstein, a first-rate guy with what I'd say is a clearly more left-wing orientation than the members of the Obama economic team that have been announced thus far, was just announced for the new position of Chief Economist and Economic Policy Advisor to the Vice President.
 
 
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Asked About New House, Bush Plays Coy
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Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
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Diller to profitable companies: Lay off the layoffs
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