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10:05 PM ET, December 6, 2008

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Washington Post:
Shinseki Slated to Head VA, Obama Confirms  —  Retired Army Gen. Eric K. Shinseki will be introduced tomorrow as President-elect Barack Obama's nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, a Democratic official familiar with the announcement said today.
Discussion: Booman Tribune, TIME.com and MSNBC
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
General Critical of Iraq War Is Pick for V.A. Chief  —  CHICAGO — President-elect Barack Obama has chosen retired Gen. Eric K. Shinseki to be secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, elevating the former Army chief of staff, who was vilified by the Bush administration on the eve …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's veterans pick: Pearl Harbor Day  —  So the big news this weekend is President-elect Barack Obama's intentions of spending hundreds of billions of dollars to put more Americans to work, in the biggest public-works undertaking, perhaps, since the construction of the Interstate Highways.
Washington Post:
Choice to Head VA Coming Sunday in Chicago
Discussion: TRAIL BLAZERS
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Deepak Chopra / The Huffington Post:
Letter to Sean Hannity of Fox News  —  I sent the following letter to Sean Hannity recently in response to his misrepresentation of what I said on his show regarding the Mumbai terrorist attacks.  I have not received any response back from him.  Today I read it aloud on my Sirius-XM radio program …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and RADAMISTO
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Biden to limit role of vice president  —  Dialing back his predecessor's expansive view of the office, Vice President-elect Joe Biden plans on “restoring the Office of the Vice President to its historical role” as adviser to the president and tie-breaker in the Senate, an aide to Biden said Saturday.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The GOP's “Yes We Can”  —  NYU prof. Clay Shirky discusses the underappreciated impact of “Dear Mr. Obama,” which he calls “the single most affecting video of the election”:
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 …
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 …
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
In New Strategy, U.S. Will Defend Kabul Environs  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Most of the additional American troops arriving in Afghanistan early next year will be deployed near the capital, Kabul, American military commanders here say, in a measure of how precarious the war effort has become.
Discussion: The Agonist
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Keeping Us Safe  —  Can someone explain to me how it is that Peggy Noonan can claim that Bush kept us safe?  Didn't we have the worst terrorist attack in US history while he was president?  Didn't his team brush off warnings ahead of time and didn't the president himself tell tell the CIA briefer …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
When a Job Disappears, So Does the Health Care  —  ASHLAND, Ohio — As jobless numbers reach levels not seen in 25 years, another crisis is unfolding for millions of people who lost their health insurance along with their jobs, joining the ranks of the uninsured.  —  The crisis is on display here.
Paul Krugman:
Terrible employment numbers  —  A slump, a weak recovery, a worse slump  —  Most commentary on the terrible employment report has focused on the establishment numbers, because the number from the household survey that usually makes headlines, the unemployment rate, didn't rise all that much.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Jonathan Cutler / Los Angeles Times:
The Big Three's real union problem  —  If there is hope for the Big Three and for the UAW, it rests in unionizing the foreign automakers' U.S. plants.  —  The Big Three are a mess, and there is plenty of blame to go around.  Washington lawmakers pondering the bailout for Detroit …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Bush could face treacherous post-presidency  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — It's a position that John Quincy Adams once called downright pathetic: that of a former president.  —  After all, the process of relinquishing the most powerful job in the world isn't an easy one, especially given …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Lean Left
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
DO AMERICANS RECEIVE BETTER HEALTH CARE?  —  Noah Pollack starts this post by saying “I am far from knowledgeable about health care,” and then gets right down to the busy of proving it, using the oft-discredited prostate cancer stats to argue that “survival rates for many diseases are higher …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
CBS News:
Dems, White House Agree To Auto Bailout  —  Pelosi Bows To Bush Condition On Deal Granting $15 Billion In Loans To Big Three  —  (CBS/AP) After weeks of tense discussions with the heads of the U.S. auto industry, Democratic Congressional leaders have reached an agreement that may just clear …
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Deal reached on auto bailout
Discussion: RedState
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.
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Weekly Standard:
Pakistan's Jihad  —  In the war on terror, Islamabad is both with us and against us.
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Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
Blue America Welcomes Kenneth Quinnell
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Roger Cohen / New York Times:
The End of the End of the Revolution
Discussion: Babalu Blog and Barcepundit
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Senate, Snowe and Dinkytown
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Don Surber
BBC:
Intelligent men ‘produce better sperm’
Discussion: The Daily Dish
The Politico:
10 questions for Obama on ‘Meet the Press’
Discussion: On Deadline
White House:
President Bush Attends Saban Forum 2008
James F. Smith / Boston Globe:
Kennedy stepping down from Senate panel
Discussion: The Caucus, The BLT and Booman Tribune
 

 
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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
McClatchy's Charlotte Observer is scaling back print editions to three days a week starting September 16, down from six days, and will rely on USPS for delivery

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

 
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