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2:15 PM ET, December 5, 2008

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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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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.
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 / The Caucus:
G.O.P. Paid Almost $55,000 for Palin Fashion Stylist
Discussion: New York Times
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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Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
Shall We Call it a Depression Now?
Discussion: Grasping Reality … and Open Left
Real Time Economics:
Broader Unemployment Rate Hits 12.5%
Discussion: American Street
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?
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
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.
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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Mark Warren / Esquire:
What Obama's 27-Year-Old Speechwriter Learned from George W. Bush
Discussion: Political Machine
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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BBC:
OJ Simpson sentenced to 15 years
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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 …
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Feds taped Blagojevich  —  The circle appears to be closing in on ethically embattled Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  The Chicago Tribune reports today that the governor's former congressional chief of staff, John Wyma, wore a wiretap to help federal investigators secure an indictment against him.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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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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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Flotsam and Jetsam  —  From the “Ya think?” file on Chris Matthews …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Ben Klayman / Summit Notebook:
Diller to profitable companies: Lay off the layoffs
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Deploying the List for Hillary
Discussion: Salon
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
He's Black, Get Over It
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Chasing Stiglitz  —  Obama's economic team is missing …
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Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Los Angeles Times:
Obama's choice of Xavier Becerra revives 2001 clemency case
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Next on Obama's Dance Card, Mother Nature
Discussion: TIME.com and TRAIL BLAZERS