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10:25 AM ET, December 6, 2008

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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.
William Ayers / New York Times:
The Real Bill Ayers  —  IN the recently concluded presidential race, I was unwillingly thrust upon the stage and asked to play a role in a profoundly dishonest drama.  I refused, and here's why.  —  Unable to challenge the content of Barack Obama's campaign, his opponents invented a narrative …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly yell at each other over atheism; Update: Atheist sign stolen from Capitol; Update: Sign found  —  Surprise fireworks as FNC's most combative anchor tries to explain the First Amendment to its most combative commentator.  Good luck, Megyn!
New York Times:
Kennedy Is Said to Cast Her Eye on Senate Seat  —  Caroline Kennedy, a daughter of America's most storied political family who for many years fiercely guarded her privacy, is considering whether to pursue the Senate seat expected to be vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton early next year, a family member said Friday.
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John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Ted Kennedy gives up his seat on Senate Judiciary Committee
Discussion: Salon
Associated Press:   Caroline Kennedy Interested in NY Senate Seat
CNN:
Huckabee and Palin top early 2012 list  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Barack Obama is still more than six weeks from White House, and the next Iowa caucuses are more than three years away — so naturally, it's time to start talking 2012, as a new national poll suggests that Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee top …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Pledges Massive Public Works Project  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama committed Saturday to the largest public works building program since the creation of the interstate highway system a half century ago as he seeks to put together a plan to resuscitate the reeling economy.
Discussion: TIME.com
Arian Campo-Flores / Newsweek:
Public support grows, according to the new NEWSWEEK Poll.  —  When voters in California, Florida and Arizona approved measures banning same-sex marriage last month, opponents lamented that the country appeared to be turning increasingly intolerant toward gay and lesbian rights.
Discussion: Don Surber
Peter Robinson / Forbes:
Run, Jeb, Run  —  The GOP needs that Bush in the Senate.  —  In January 2007, when Jeb Bush stepped down after two terms as governor of Florida, he had cut taxes, enacted the most extensive public school reform in any state, restructured health care and, after dealing with some three dozen hurricanes …
Discussion: Commentary
Munir Ahmed / Associated Press:
Hoax call fuels Pakistan-Indian tensions  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — A man pretending to be India's foreign minister called Pakistan's president and talked in a “threatening” manner during the Mumbai terror attacks, prompting Pakistan to put its air force on high alert, a security official and a news report said Saturday.
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Contractors Indicted After Probe Into Shooting That Killed 17 Iraqi Civilians  —  5 Face Trial Over Incident That Killed 17 Civilians, Sources Say  —  Five Blackwater Worldwide Security guards have been charged in a September 2007 shooting that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead and raised questions …
Discussion: Tickle The Wire
Avi Issacharoff / Haaretz:
ANALYSIS / Hebron settler riots were out and out pogroms  —  An innocent Palestinian family, numbering close to 20 people.  All of  —  them women and children, save for three men.  Surrounding them are a few dozen masked Jews seeking to lynch them.  A pogrom.  This isn't a play on words or a double meaning.
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Richard Boudreaux / Los Angeles Times:   Israeli soldiers evict Jewish settlers in West Bank
Leon Wieseltier / The New Republic:
Washington Diarist: Out There  —  Counterfactuals are the inventions of logic or misery.  The interest in an altered world is not born of contentment.  But when the imagined improvement turns out also to be real-well, here is the most unlikely true story about Jews in modernity that I ever heard.
 
 
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Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Interior Dept. overturns regulation, clearing the way for concealed …
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Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
Supreme Court case: Can terror suspect in US be held indefinitely?
Discussion: American Street
Eric Ferreri / The Charlotte Observer:
UNC libraries to forgo Christmas trees
Discussion: protein wisdom and Don Surber
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Bush: Laura and I gave up entertaining because of the Iraq war.»
Jane Macartney / Times of London:
Wei Jingsheng's cry for democracy in China echoes down 30 years
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Blackwell throws hat in RNC ring
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Wanna Save the US Auto Industry? Pay Congresspeople $1 per Year
Discussion: The Impolitic
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
House will return to five-day work week in 2009
Associated Press:
Obama goes upscale in Hawaii for holiday
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