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6:50 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: Salon, Daily Kos and MyDD
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
Minnesota Senate: Gregoire Offers Recount Advice to Franken
Discussion: Hot Air
Leif Knutson / myfoxtwincities.com:   Poll: 67 Percent of Minn. Voters Expect Coleman to Win Recount
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
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Ashley Parker / New York Times:   Jonathan Favreau
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?
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 …
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 …
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.
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Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
U.S. Loses 533,000 Jobs in November
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?
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 …
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Karen Tumulty / Swampland:   Kissinger-ing Up  —  Henry Kissinger has written a real valentine …
Amanda Mattos / DCist:
Obama Birth Certificate Protest at SCOTUS  —  Four days ago, Roger Bredow uploaded a video to YouTube beseeching like-minded people to come to Washington, D.C. and stand with him outside the Supreme Court.  “[Barack] Obama was born a dual citizen,” Bredow said, “British, and a citizen of the United States, at birth.”
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.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
House will return to five-day work week in 2009  —  House Democratic leaders have decided to lengthen the congressional workweek next year as they try to implement President-elect Obama's agenda and clear a backlog of priorities no longer subject to the veto of President Bush.
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
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 …
Associated Press:
Obama goes upscale in Hawaii for holiday  —  President-elect will return to home state with family and friends  —  President-elect Barack Obama, returning to his home state of Hawaii for the holidays, plans a beachside vacation at one of Oahu's most exclusive properties, according to an islander involved in the planning.
Adam Chandler / Slate:
Liberal groups are ceding a key way to influence the Supreme Court.  —  In its last term, the U.S. Supreme Court heard fewer cases than it has in any single term in more than 50 years.  This means that getting your case heard at the high court is about 10 times harder than getting into Harvard.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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 …
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 …
Pauline Jelinek / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Pentagon to recruit aliens on visas  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Struggling to find enough doctors, nurses and linguists for the war effort, the Pentagon will temporarily recruit foreigners who have been living in the United States …
Discussion: Commentary
James Randerson / Guardian:
Climate scientists say 2008 will be coolest year of the decade  —  This year is set to be the coolest since 2000, according to a preliminary estimate of global average temperature that is due to be released next week by the Met Office.  The global average for 2008 should come in close to 14.3C …
Discussion: Don Surber and Flopping Aces
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Parallel Lives  —  The Roman moralist Plutarch wrote a number of parallel lives of illustrious Greek and Roman notables to offer his Greek-reading audience ethical lessons about character, virtue, and culture.  He was trying to teach his fellow Roman citizens the importance of ethics …
Discussion: HazZzMat and Power Line
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Why Neo-Hooverism Now?  —  As I documented, the right initially tended toward a neo-Hooverite line on the economic crisis.  Then came a seeming shift and the emergence of a broad consensus in favor of strong action.  Recently, though, there's been a tilt back in the neo-Hooverite direction …
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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 …
 
 
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U.S. says latest missile defense test a success
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Jack Healy / New York Times:
Stocks Rally Sharply Despite Heavy Losses of Jobs
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John McCormick / The Swamp:
Chicagoan Tina Tchen going to Obama WH
The Trail / Washington Post:
Asked About New House, Bush Plays Coy
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Ken Ritter / Associated Press:
O.J. Simpson sentenced to at least 15 years
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Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Feds taped Blagojevich
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ben Klayman / Summit Notebook:
Diller to profitable companies: Lay off the layoffs
Discussion: Gawker and Swampland
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Deploying the List for Hillary
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Salon
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
He's Black, Get Over It
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
If It's Not Your Fault, Then How Come You're So Rich?