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12:20 PM ET, December 6, 2008

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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 …
The Politico:
Breaking: Obama unveils 21st Century New Deal  —  President-elect Barack Obama added sweep and meat to his economic agenda on Saturday, pledging the largest new investment in roads and bridges since President Dwight D. Eisenhower built the Interstate system in the late 1950s …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hot Air
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Pledges Massive Public Works Program  —  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.
Dave Rochelson / Change.gov:
President-elect Barack Obama lays out key parts of Economic Recovery Plan
Discussion: Agence France Presse
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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James F. Smith / Boston Globe:
Kennedy stepping down from Senate panel
Discussion: Booman Tribune, The Caucus and The BLT
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Ted Kennedy gives up his seat on Senate Judiciary Committee
Discussion: Salon
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: Washington Monthly and Don Surber
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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
With only 46 days left, Americans start re-liking George W. Bush  —  It makes sense if you think about it.  But who's investing a lot of thought nowadays in President George W. Bush?  —  Not many.  But the folks over at the Gallup Poll have found historically that American voters tend …
Discussion: The Swamp
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Agence France Presse:   Bush acknowledges for first time that US economy is ‘in a recession’
Wall Street Journal:
Bridge Loan to Nowhere  —  Congress and business ‘viability’ rarely mix.  —  Once upon a time — about two weeks ago — GM, Ford and Chrysler came to Washington to seek emergency financing.  Congress sent them home empty-handed but gave them some homework: Give us a plan to restore …
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 …
White House:
President Bush Attends Saban Forum 2008  —  Washington, D.C.  —  Fact Sheet: Progress in the Middle East: Freedom, Prosperity, and Hope  —  In Focus: Middle East  —  THE PRESIDENT: John, thank you very much.  I thought for a minute you were going to say I was your favorite rabbi, but — (laughter.)
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 …
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Leon Wieseltier / The New Republic:
Washington Diarist: Out There  —  Counterfactuals are the inventions of logic or misery.
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
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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.»