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3:10 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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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:   Caroline Kennedy interested in Clinton seat
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?  —  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.
Discussion: Grasping Reality … and Open Left
Real Time Economics:
Broader Unemployment Rate Hits 12.5%
Discussion: American Street
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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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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Ken Ritter / Associated Press:
O.J. Simpson sentenced to at least 15 years
MSNBC:
O.J. Simpson sentenced to long term
Discussion: Below The Beltway
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TIME.com
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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!
Discussion: Daily Kos and MyDD
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Official: Lost Ballots Could Be Restored In Final Count, Giving Boost To Franken
Discussion: The Raw Story, Daily Kos and CNN
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Grasping Reality …
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Stuart Taylor Jr / National Journal Online:
Balancing Security and Liberty
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
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: Ross Douthat and Kevin Drum
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 …
The Trail / Washington Post:
Asked About New House, Bush Plays Coy  —  President Bush just bought a house in Dallas, but apparently he doesn't want to talk about it.  —  During a ceremony today in which Bush signed proclamations honoring service in World War II, a pool reporter assigned to cover the event …
Discussion: TIME.com
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 …
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 …
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Chicagoan Tina Tchen going to Obama WH  —  A prominent Chicago lawyer who was one of Barack Obama's top fundraisers will be appointed to run the Office of Public Liaison for the White House, the Tribune has learned.  —  The formal appointment of Tina Tchen, a law partner at Skadden, Arps …
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, Power Line and Don Surber
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.
 
 
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Bruce Bartlett / Forbes:
What Would Keynes Do?  —  The government should spend on stuff, not on bad assets.
Claudia Rosett / Forbes:
The U.N.'s Racist Conference On Racism
Discussion: UN Dispatch and Commentary
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Feds taped Blagojevich
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Deploying the List for Hillary
Discussion: Salon
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
He's Black, Get Over It
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