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8:25 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.
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Washington Post:
White House, Democrats Near Compromise on Aid for Automakers
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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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!
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Mallory Simon / CNN:
Missing atheist sign found in Washington state
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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The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
Minnesota Senate: Gregoire Offers Recount Advice to Franken
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
Supreme Court case: Can terror suspect in US be held indefinitely?  —  Justices agreed Friday to hear the appeal of terror suspect al-Marri, held without charge for more than five years.  —  WASHINGTON -  —  The US Supreme Court has agreed to take up the case of Ali Saleh al-Marri …
Discussion: American Street
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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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Bush: Laura and I gave up entertaining because of the Iraq war.»  —  During an interview yesterday with NBC News's John Yang, President Bush offered his reason as to why he and his wife Laura haven't been “big entertainers” at the White House over the years: … Watch it:
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.
 
 
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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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John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Ted Kennedy gives up his seat on Senate Judiciary Committee
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Blackwell throws hat in RNC ring
Paula Reed Ward / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Buchanan doesn't plan to step down as U.S. attorney
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Reuters:
U.S. says latest missile defense test a success
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Jack Healy / New York Times:
Shares Surge Despite Heavy Job Losses
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Climate scientists say 2008 will be coolest year of the decade
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Ethan A. Nadelmann / Wall Street Journal:
Let's End Drug Prohibition
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Los Angeles Times:
Becerra's a bad choice for trade post
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