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1:00 AM ET, December 6, 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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Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
Supreme Court case: Can terror suspect in US be held indefinitely?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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
New York Times:
Democrats Set to Offer Loans for Carmakers  —  WASHINGTON — Faced with staggering new unemployment figures, Democratic Congressional leaders said on Friday that they were ready to provide a short-term rescue plan for American automakers, and that they expected to hold a vote on the legislation in a special session next week.
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 …
Discussion: Boing Boing, Pharyngula and Shakesville
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly yell at each other over atheism …
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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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: Sen. Caroline Kennedy?
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.
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.”
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
Change.gov:
Vice President-elect Biden announces Chief Economist and Economic Policy Advisor  —  WASHINGTON, DC — Given the critical nature of the economic challenges facing America, Vice President-elect Joe Biden announced today the creation of a new position in the Office of the Vice President …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   On The Left Hand  —  Jared Bernstein, a first-rate guy …
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 …
Eric Ferreri / The Charlotte Observer:
UNC libraries to forgo Christmas trees  —  CHAPEL HILL For as long as anyone can remember, Christmas trees adorned with lights and ornaments have greeted holiday season visitors to UNC Chapel Hill's two main libraries.  —  Not this year.  —  The trees, which have stood in the lobby areas …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Don Surber
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.
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
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: Flopping Aces and Don Surber
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Interior Dept. overturns regulation, clearing the way for concealed, loaded firearms into national parks.»  —  Today, the Department of Interior overturned a Reagan-era regulation, permitting loaded firearms at 388 of 391 national park sites.  The decision allows guns in parks in …
Discussion: U.S. Department …
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
 
 
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
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Jane Macartney / Times of London:
Wei Jingsheng's cry for democracy in China echoes down 30 years
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Blackwell throws hat in RNC ring
Pauline Jelinek / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Pentagon to recruit aliens on visas
Discussion: Commentary
 Earlier Items: 
Bruce Bartlett / Forbes:
What Would Keynes Do?  —  The government should spend on stuff, not on bad assets.
The Trail / Washington Post:
Asked About New House, Bush Plays Coy
Discussion: TIME.com
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Chasing Stiglitz  —  Obama's economic team is missing …
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