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12:00 PM ET, December 5, 2008

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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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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
RNC spends $180K on Palin and family  —  Salons and spas, including $350 at Escape Skin Care and Day Spa in New York, were the latest unusual expenses to appear in the Republican National Committee's coordinated expenses account with the McCain-Palin campaign, according to November reports released late Thursday.
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Obama Hauls in Record $750 Million for Campaign
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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Michelle Malkin:
Truthers to the left of me, truthers to the right  —  Creators Syndicate  —  Did you know that Sarah Palin-haters are still trying to prove she didn't give birth to her youngest son, Trig?  These tinfoil hat-wearers are as obnoxious and unhinged as the 9/11 Truth cultists who insist …
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.
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Rex Nutting / MarketWatch:
Payrolls plunge by stunning 533,000 in November
Discussion: Angry Bear
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?
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.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Milestone in Baghdad  —  The barbarism in Mumbai and the economic crisis at home have largely overshadowed an otherwise singular event: the ratification of military and strategic cooperation agreements between Iraq and the United States.  —  They must not pass unnoted.
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Robert M. Gates / Foreign Affairs:
A Balanced Strategy  —  Reprogramming the Pentagon for a New Age
Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
SCOTUS considers Obama citizenship  —  The U.S. Supreme Court will decide Friday whether to take up a case over president-elect Barack Obama's citizenship — one of a few around the country seeking to nullify his election, but this one has an interesting lineage.
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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: Kevin Drum
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Ross Douthat:
Great Power, Great Responsibility
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Critics rap MSNBC, Matthews  —  MSNBC and its talk show host Chris Matthews are coming under increasing criticism as more and more details have emerged to reveal the extent of the pundit's preparations to challenge Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
MSNBC ‘Hardball’ Host Chris Matthews Mulls Run for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and TIME.com
David Brooks / New York Times:
Who Will He Choose?  —  As in many other areas, the biggest education debates are happening within the Democratic Party.  On the one hand, there are the reformers like Joel Klein and Michelle Rhee, who support merit pay for good teachers, charter schools and tough accountability standards.
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 …
Discussion: The Heretik and Swampland
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Democrats: Obama Needs Hands-On Economic Approach  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats are growing impatient with President-elect Barack Obama's refusal to inject himself in the major economic crises confronting the country.  Obama has sidestepped some policy questions by saying there is only one president at a time.
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Next on Obama's Dance Card, Mother Nature  —  The Obama transition team, moving along smartly to fill Cabinet posts, is planning to trot out nominees as early as next week for three jobs much watched by enviros: the secretaries of energy and the interior and the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Discussion: TIME.com and TRAIL BLAZERS
David Hinckley / NY Daily News:
Bill O'Reilly to give up radio show, one of the nation's most listened to  —  Bill O'Reilly has formally confirmed he's giving up one of the most successful syndicated radio shows in the country, saying he has just run out of hours in the week.  —  O'Reilly said the radio show …
Discussion: News Hounds
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.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
School buds: 20 Harvard classmates advising Obama  —  As Barack Obama puts together his administration, more than 20 Harvard Law School classmates dot the ranks of his transition team — solidifying the Crimson connection as his most enduring, yet least-known, personal network.
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush: Iraq war longer, more costly than expected  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush said Friday that the fight in Iraq has been longer and more costly than expected, but he defended the U.S.-led invasion, saying the world …
 
 
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Mark Warren / Esquire:
What Obama's 27-Year-Old Speechwriter Learned from George W. Bush
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Los Angeles Times:
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Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
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Edward L. Glaeser / Boston Globe:
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Cuba Tightens Restrictions on Bloggers
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