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5:00 PM ET, December 6, 2008

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New York Times:
Obama Pledges Public Works on a Vast Scale  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama committed Saturday to the largest public works construction 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
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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
45 days to Inauguration - BULLETIN: Obama unveils 21st century New Deal, adding sweep and meat to his jobs plan and moving much of his domestic agenda under “economic recovery”  —  EXCLUSIVE: More than 18 publishers have expressed interest in David Plouffe's book.
Discussion: TIME.com and Political Punch
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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 …
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Deal reached on auto bailout
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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
Weekly Standard:
Pakistan's Jihad  —  In the war on terror, Islamabad is both with us and against us.  —  Just two days after the gunmen's siege in Mumbai ended, Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari went on CNN's Larry King Live to plead his case.  Even before the Indian authorities had brought the rampage to an end …
Discussion: Power Line
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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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The Politico:
10 questions for Obama on ‘Meet the Press’  —  We wouldn't presume to tell NBC's Tom Brokaw what he should ask of Barack Obama when the president-elect appears on Meet the Press for (almost) the full hour on Sunday.  —  But there are 10 questions that we'd like to pose to President-elect Obama …
Discussion: On Deadline
Aijaz Hussain / Associated Press:
Indian police arrest 2 men in Mumbai investigation  —  SRINAGAR, India - One of the two Indian men arrested for illegally buying mobile phone cards used by the gunmen in the Mumbai attacks was a counterinsurgency police officer who may have been on an undercover mission, security officials said Saturday, demanding his release.
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 …
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 …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Senate, Snowe and Dinkytown  —  This week Senator Saxby Chambliss won a runoff vote in Georgia.  It's possible you missed this.  Perhaps you were busy — oh, I don't know, maybe contemplating the unemployment rate or learning to darn holes in old socks or embarking on a promising …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Don Surber
 
 
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Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Head of nuclear watchdog calls efforts against Iran ‘a failure’
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Paul Krugman:
Terrible employment numbers
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Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
Blue America Welcomes Kenneth Quinnell
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Reihan Salam / The American Scene:
Strong on Defense  —  A “strong national defense” …
Discussion: Eunomia
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
The End of the End of the Revolution
Discussion: Babalu Blog and Barcepundit
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Intelligent men ‘produce better sperm’
White House:
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Agence France Presse:
Bush acknowledges for first time that US economy is ‘in a recession’
James F. Smith / Boston Globe:
Kennedy stepping down from Senate panel
Discussion: The Caucus, The BLT and Booman Tribune
Leon Wieseltier / The New Republic:
Washington Diarist: Out There  —  Counterfactuals are the inventions of logic or misery.