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12:25 AM ET, December 7, 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.
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.
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
General Critical of Iraq War Is V.A. Chief Pick  —  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 of the Iraq war …
Washington Post:
Choice to Head VA Coming Sunday in Chicago
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 …
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Bill Ayers: Please Go Away  —  For reasons best known to themselves, the NYT has published an op-ed by William Ayers: … Oh, for heavens' sake.  The Weather Underground might have gotten its new name in 1970, but Weatherman, from which it morphed, was founded in 1969.
Discussion: The RBC and Don Surber
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 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”:
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.
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
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 …
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.
Caroline Kennedy in Senate would extend legacy  —  (CNN) — Caroline Kennedy, who spent most of her life looking to steer clear of the spotlight, is capping off a year of unusually public — and political — activity with interest in the Senate seat that would vacated by Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton.
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Washington Post Changes Already Written Article on Obama Helping Paulson Get Bailout Money  —  The Washington Post appears to have changed an already published article without noting the change.  The original article started out: … This can be confirmed via Huffington Post …
Discussion: Washington Post and Fox News
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 …
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
New York Times Baffled How a Conservative, Oil-Drilling State Isn't in Recession  —  A real head-scratcher.  Let's see: They drill for oil, are a relatively conservative farming state and actually have jobs they can't fill.  —  So the Times considers this odd. … They obviously have good leadership.
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
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