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10:15 PM ET, December 5, 2008

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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  —  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.
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
Leif Knutson / myfoxtwincities.com:
Poll: 67 Percent of Minn. Voters Expect Coleman to Win Recount
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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 …
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Paula Reed Ward / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Buchanan doesn't plan to step down as U.S. attorney
Discussion: The Agitator and Hullabaloo
Associated Press:
Caroline Kennedy interested in NY Senate seat  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Caroline Kennedy has spoken to New York's governor about the Senate seat that will come open when Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes secretary of state …
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Hope Ditto / The Note:
The Note, 12/05/08: Another Senator Kennedy?
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 …
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.”
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.
New York Times:
Interim Rescue of Automakers Moves Forward in Congress  —  WASHINGTON — After being assailed on Capitol Hill a day earlier, the Detroit automakers' bid for billions of dollars in federal aid was received more favorably on Friday by some lawmakers following the news that another 533,000 Americans lost their jobs during November.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Jed Report
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Washington Post:
Automakers Take Plea for Bailout to House Committee
Discussion: The Fix and Below The Beltway
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 …
Karen Tumulty / Swampland:
Kissinger-ing Up  —  Henry Kissinger has written a real valentine to Barack Obama in today's Washington Post.: … That Kissinger—who prides himself on being a source of indispensable counsel to American Presidents—might want to butter up the new guy is understandable.
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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 …
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Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Wanna Save the US Auto Industry? Pay Congresspeople $1 per Year
Discussion: The Impolitic
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.
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 …
David Goldman / CNN:
Lost: 1.9 million jobs  —  The 2008 tally soars after payrolls shrink by 533,000 in November, biggest one-month decline in nearly 34 years.  Unemployment soars to 6.7%  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The economy shed 533,000 jobs in November, according to a government report Friday …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
U.S. Loses 533,000 Jobs in November
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
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Ted Kennedy gives up his seat on Senate Judiciary Committee  —  Sen. Ted Kennedy announced that he is stepping down from his position on the Judiciary Committee, according to a statement released from his office, reports Sarah Abruzzese.  —  “As Chairman of the Senate Health, Education …
Discussion: Salon
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.
 
 
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Blackwell throws hat in RNC ring
Jack Healy / New York Times:
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NPR:
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