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5:40 PM ET, December 7, 2008

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MSNBC:
Obama warns economy to get worse  —  U.S. ‘fragility’ tied to worldwide financial crisis, president-elect says  —  CHICAGO - The economic recession will get significantly worse before it starts to improve, President-elect Barack Obama said, seeking in an interview broadcast Sunday to tamp …
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Obama Picks Shinseki to Lead Veterans Affairs  —  President-elect Barack Obama today will introduce retired Army Gen. Eric K. Shinseki as his nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, bringing to his Cabinet a career military officer best known for running afoul of the Bush administration …
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Obama Warns of Further Economic Pain  —  WASHINGTON — Saying that the United States economy was likely to worsen before it improves, President-elect Barack Obama on Sunday pledged to pursue a recovery plan “equal to the task ahead,” including the creation of a vast public works program built …
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama unveils Veterans pick in Chicago
Discussion: The Politico
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Caroline Kennedy?  Thanks But No Thanks  —  Everyone seems to be salivating because Caroline Kennedy called David Patterson and is apparently interested in the Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton.  —  It's a truly terrible idea.  —  Her leadership could have been really helpful …
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New York Post:
TED WANTS CAROLINE
Discussion: Scared Monkeys, TIME.com and CNN
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Rove planning to ‘name names’ of Bush haters in his new book.»  —  Karl Rove is reportedly one of the key architects overseeing the “Bush legacy project,” predicting that the President will be remembered as a “far-sighted leader.”  In a new interview with Cox News …
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Ken Herman / Austin American-Statesman:
Bush insiders reflect on president's legacy
Discussion: The Other McCain and TRAIL BLAZERS
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
EVEN GEORGE WILL.... We've past the point at which this can reasonably be described as foolish.  Now, conservative apoplexy about the non-existent drive to reinstate the “Fairness Doctrine,” is just annoying.  George Will, who one might expect to know better, devoted 740 words …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Broadcast ‘Fairness’ Fouls Out  —  Reactionary liberalism, the ideology of many Democrats, holds that inconvenient rights, such as secret ballots in unionization elections, should be repealed; that existing failures, such as GM, should be preserved; and, with special perversity …
Discussion: Commentary
Randy Barnett / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Remembering Pearl Harbor 2008 I write this as I look out my 29th floor hotel room in the direction of Pearl Harbor.  My wife and I came to Oahu, Hawaii to celebrate our 29th anniversary on December 2nd.  Although it is a coincidence that we are still here on December 7th, it still feels eerie.
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Andrew McLemore / The Raw Story:
Neighborhood worried about resident Bush - Bush ratings climb?  —  As President Bush prepares to move into his new Dallas home at the end of his term, neighborhood residents worry about having him close by.  —  One woman shared her fears as she walked past Bush's house carrying her King Charles cocker spaniel on Friday.
Richard A. Clarke / Washington Post:
Plans of Attack  —  Ten young men land a small boat at a quay in a city of 18 million people.  Within minutes of setting ashore, they are throwing grenades and raking crowds with automatic weapons fire.  Days later, almost 200 people are dead, more are wounded, the financial capital of a nation …
Laura King / Los Angeles Times:
Supply trucks hit in brazen attack in Pakistan  —  Suspected Taliban insurgents attacked two truck stops, destroying more than 150 vehicles carrying supplies bound for U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan.  —  In one of the biggest and most brazen attacks of its kind to date …
Lisa Mascaro / Las Vegas Sun:
Biden unwelcome in Senate huddles, where Cheney wielded power  —  WASHINGTON — In a move to reassert Congressional independence at the start of the new presidential administration, the vice president will be barred from joining weekly internal Senate deliberations, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
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Mike Allen / Associated Press:
44 days to Inauguration …
Discussion: Swing State Project
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
Typing Without a Clue  —  The unlicensed pipe fitter known as Joe the Plumber is out with a book this month, just as the last seconds on his 15 minutes are slipping away.  I have a question for Joe: Do you want me to fix your leaky toilet?  —  I didn't think so.  And I don't want you writing books.
Stephen Mihm / Boston Globe:
So, you want to save the economy?  —  All you need is a keyboard and a few good ideas.  Inside the influential new world of econobloggers.  —  DURING THE PANIC of 1907, the nation's most powerful banker, J. P. Morgan, brokered a solution to the crisis behind the closed doors of his personal library in New York City.
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Shelby warns of filibuster of auto bailout  —  With job losses mounting and Detroit's Big Three automakers facing a battle on Capitol Hill over emergency federal aid, President-elect Barack Obama on Sunday predicted more hard times for the U.S. economy before it starts to turn around …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Abortion Politics Didn't Doom the G.O.P.  —  AN iron law of recent American politics dictates that any Republican setback at the polls will be quickly pinned on the pro-life movement.  You might think that the Republican Party's 2008 debacle would be an exception to this rule.
KSLA-TV:
Recount expected in 4th Congressional District Race  —  Updated:  —  SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Minden Physician and Businessman John Fleming got just 356 votes more than Caddo District Attorney Paul Carmouche during Saturday night's election to determine who will be the next representative for Louisiana's 4th Congressional District.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and MyDD
MSNBC:
President-elect Barack Obama  —  MR. TOM BROKAW: Our issues this Sunday: In 44 days, Barack Obama will become the 44th president of the United States.  His new team is almost complete.  But since Election Day 2008, the list of challenges facing the incoming president has only grown …
Julie Henry / Telegraph:
Words associated with Christianity and British history taken out of children's dictionary  —  Words associated with Christianity, the monarchy and British history have been dropped from a leading dictionary for children.  —  Westminster Abbey may be one of Britain's most famous landmarks …
Discussion: Media Blog
 
 
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Guardian:
Revealed: home of Mumbai's gunman in Pakistan village
Lawrence Kudlow / Real Clear Politics:
Where to Draw the Bailout Line?
Discussion: Commentary and The Heretik
Paul Bass / New Haven Independent:
Adolfo Carrion Gets The Call
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Brightest Are Not Always the Best
Discussion: Commentary and Calculated Risk
Scott Rothschild / The Lawrence Journal-World:
Sebelius drops out of Cabinet consideration; cites state's fiscal crisis
BBC:
Opposition damns Chavez vote bid
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
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Bill Carter / New York Times:
David Gregory to Host ‘Meet the Press’
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In Praise of Bureacrats
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Ten Things David Gregory Needs to Know
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Rice: “There is evidence of involvement somehow on Pakistani soil” in Mumbai attacks
Discussion: Hot Air
Pejman Yousefzadeh / Pejman_Yousefzadeh's blog:
Poseurs  —  Continuing on the issue of the efficacy of Keynesianism …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
A. Siegel / The Huffington Post:
Christmas Lights — Scrooge or Savior?
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Legal Organization May Become Influential Beyond Its Dreams
Discussion: The Seminal and cab drollery