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5:05 AM ET, December 8, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Tribune Prepares for Bankruptcy Filing  —  Tribune Co. is preparing for a possible bankruptcy-protection filing as soon as this week, according to people familiar with the matter, opening a new front of trouble for the newspaper industry.  —  As Tribune continues discussions with its lenders …
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New York Times:
Tribune Co., in Debt, Could Be Flirting With Bankruptcy  —  The Tribune Company, the newspaper chain that owns The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times, is trying to negotiate new terms with its creditors and has hired advisers for a possible bankruptcy filing, according to people briefed on the matter.
Discussion: Eschaton and The Moderate Voice
James Nash / The Columbus Dispatch:
Kilroy is headed to Congress  —  Democrat defeats Stivers in 15th Congressional District  —  Now it's official: Mary Jo Kilroy will be going to Washington as the first Democrat to represent any part of Franklin County in Congress in a generation.  —  Final vote tallies released this evening …
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Malin Rising / Associated Press:
Krugman: US auto industry will probably disappear  —  STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Nobel economics prize winner Paul Krugman said Sunday that the beleaguered U.S. auto industry will likely disappear.  —  “It will do so because of the geographical forces that me and my colleagues have discussed …
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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 …
Steve Hildebrand / The Huffington Post:
A Message to Obama's Progressive Critics  —  Five short weeks ago, Barack Obama won a decisive victory against John McCain - winning 365 electoral votes to McCain's 162 and winning the popular vote by 9 million - the largest popular vote margin since....  After a strategy of expanding the electoral map …
Discussion: The Reaction and Open Left
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Obama Deputy Steve Hildebrand: Liberals Need To STFU
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
CNN:
Obama: Days of ‘pork ... as a strategy’ are over  —  (CNN) — President-elect Barack Obama issued a warning Sunday to officials around the country who want to fund projects with federal dollars: no more business as usual.  —  In an interview on NBC's “Meet the Press,” Obama said …
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R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Ideological Warfare Rages on Federal Appeals Courts Dominated by Republican Appointees  —  GOP-Appointed Majorities Winning Ideological Battles at Appellate Level  —  Seven of the 16 full-time judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, based in Cincinnati, were appointed by President Bush.
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Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
The Politics of the Federal Bench  —  Obama's Appointments Are Expected To Reshape the U.S. Legal Landscape  —  The federal judiciary is on the verge of a major shift when President-elect Barack Obama's nominees take control of several of the nation's most important appellate courts, legal scholars and political activists say.
Discussion: TIME.com
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
History and Amazement in House Race Outcome  —  NEW ORLEANS — Soft-spoken, retiring and diminutive, Anh Cao does not appear to fit the role of dragon-slayer.  —  Yet a day after he defeated Representative William J. Jefferson, the once-untouchable incumbent here, Mr. Cao was being approached …
Discussion: Roger Ailes
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CNN:
First Vietnamese-American elected to House
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
New York Times:
Pakistan's Spies Aided Group Tied to Mumbai Siege  —  WASHINGTON — Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistan-based militant group suspected of conducting the Mumbai attacks, has quietly gained strength in recent years with the help of Pakistan's main spy service, assistance that has allowed the group …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The RBC
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The Independent:
Mark Penn: The man who blew the presidency  —  Hillary had a huge lead in the polls, and a genius running her team.  So how did ‘The Master of the Message’ get it so wrong?  And will he ever admit his mistakes?  Cole Moreton meets... Mark Penn  —  Hillary Clinton was going to be president.
Chicago Breaking News:
Wright visits Trinity pulpit, lashes media  —  For the first time since his retirement last spring, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. returned to the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ this morning with two goals: glorifying God and vilifying the media.  —  In honor of Trinity's 47th anniversary …
Discussion: Don Surber, BLACKFIVE and CANNONFIRE
New York Times:
Panel to Call for Probe Into Wiretapping of Scholar  —  WASHINGTON — A Congressional oversight panel plans to ask the National Security Agency to start an investigation into new evidence that the agency illegally wiretapped a Muslim scholar in Northern Virginia and concealed the eavesdropping during …
Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
In Hard Times, Russia Moves In to Reclaim Private Industries  —  BEREZNIKI, Russia — In late October, one of Vladimir V. Putin's top lieutenants abruptly summoned a billionaire mining oligarch to a private meeting.  The official, Igor I. Sechin, had taken a sudden interest in a two-year-old accident …
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Abdon Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama defends Republic Windows and Doors workers  —  President-elect Barack Obama put himself on the side of the workers at the Republic Windows and Doors factory Sunday:  —  “When it comes to the situation here in Chicago with the workers who are asking for their benefits and payments they have earned …
Discussion: Democrats.com and The Raw Story
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: Balloon Juice and Matthew Yglesias
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George F. Will / Washington Post:   Broadcast ‘Fairness’ Fouls Out
 
 
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Detroit Bailout Is to Bring On U.S. Oversight
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Discussion: RedState
Reuters:
SUVs at altar, Detroit church prays for a bailout
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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A Combat Vet's Reading List
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