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2:55 PM ET, December 7, 2008

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Michelle Malkin:
Republican beats corruptocrat Bill “Cold Cash” Jefferson  —  Well, this helps take the sting out of the re-election of corruptocrat Jack Murtha.  Republican upstart Joseph Cao defeated Bill “Cold Cash Jefferson” in the runoff for Louisiana's 2nd Congressional district race.
Discussion: Townhall.com and JammieWearingFool
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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 …
Cain Burdeau / Associated Press:   Louisiana voters oust indicted Rep. Jefferson
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Caroline Kennedy?  Thanks But No Thanks  —  digg it  —  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: TIME.com
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
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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
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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Bill Carter / New York Times:
David Gregory to Host ‘Meet the Press’
Discussion: Gawker
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 …
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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Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Ten Things David Gregory Needs to Know  —  10.)  Monday night is the new Saturday  —  9.)  Saturday Night Live is a pretty cool wake-up call  —  8.)  Dennis Kucinich is a biter  —  7.)  You'll never have to anchor another car chase — ever  —  6.)  No more OJ stories either  —  5.)
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: cab drollery
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
In Praise of Bureacrats  —  One underappreciated aspect of the American system of government is that we have way more political appointees in the executive branch than is common in most democracies.  Political appointees will go three or four levels deep into the org charts of agencies …
 
 
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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
Washington Post:
White House, Democrats Haggle Over Automaker Aid
Discussion: The Heretik and The Seminal
BBC:
Opposition damns Chavez vote bid
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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?
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Pentagon's Shopping List