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12:05 PM ET, December 7, 2008

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CNN:
Indicted Louisiana congressman loses re-election bid  —  (CNN) — Nine-term Democratic Rep. William Jefferson, who has been battling scandals and a federal indictment for the past three years, appears to have lost his bid for re-election.  —  Republican challenger Anh “Joseph” Cao …
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Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Voters Oust Indicted Congressman in Louisiana  —  NEW ORLEANS — Representative William J. Jefferson was defeated by a little-known Republican lawyer here Saturday in a late-running Congressional election, underscoring the sharp demographic shifts in this city since Hurricane Katrina …
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blogs:
Holy Cao: Republican defeats Jefferson
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Bill Jefferson Loses
Discussion: Don Surber and PoliPundit.com
Ken Herman / Austin American-Statesman:
Bush insiders reflect on president's legacy  —  WASHINGTON — On a sofa on the second floor of the comfortable Washington home that George W. Bush's career helped put him in, Karl Rove reflects on an administration that didn't turn out as anticipated.  —  “No. It all turns out different,” he said.
Discussion: TRAIL BLAZERS
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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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and News Hounds
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 …
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Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Legal Organization May Become Influential Beyond Its Dreams  —  The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy was founded seven years ago to counter a growing right-leaning legal philosophy that has reshaped the American legal landscape on issues from the reach of federal regulation to the separation of church and state.
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 …
A. Siegel / The Huffington Post:
Christmas Lights ... scrooge or savior?  —  Do you love those displays of Christmas (or Hannukah or Kwanza or ...) lights?  Are you awed by those so impassioned that they string up 1000s of lights in awesome displays worthy of a city center?  I once did, pausing on cold winter nights …
New York Post:
TED WANTS CAROLINE  —  KENNEDYS LOBBY FOR HILL SEAT  —  Powerful senator and family patriarch Ted Kennedy has been working back channels to promote niece Caroline as the replacement for Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Senate, family sources told The Post.  —  The elder Kennedy (D-Mass.) …
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CNN:   Caroline Kennedy in Senate would extend legacy
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 …
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.
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Rice: “There is evidence of involvement somehow on Pakistani soil” in Mumbai attacks  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, just back from a visit to Indian and Pakistan, said, “There is evidence of involvement somehow on Pakistani soil,” in the recent Mumbai terrorist attacks …
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Poseurs  —  Continuing on the issue of the efficacy of Keynesianism …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Randy Barnett / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Remembering Pearl Harbor 2008 I write this as I look …
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The Pentagon's Shopping List
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Limbaugh: “I love Sarah Palin”
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New York Times Baffled How a Conservative, Oil-Drilling State Isn't in Recession
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Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Washington Post Changes Already Written Article on Obama Helping …
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan Cutler / Los Angeles Times:
The Big Three's real union problem
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The GOP's “Yes We Can”  —  NYU prof. Clay Shirky discusses …
Discussion: Althouse
 

 
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[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

 
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