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3:15 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: The Moderate Voice and Eschaton
DealBook:
Tribune Hires Advisers to Help Stave Off Bankruptcy  —  Tribune has hired bankruptcy advisers as the ailing newspaper company faces a potential bankruptcy filing, people briefed on the matter said.  —  The newspaper, which was taken private last year by billionaire investor Samuel Zell …
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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James Nash / The Daily Briefing:
Kilroy wins  —  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 by the Franklin County Board of Elections show that Kilroy defeated Republican state …
Associated Press:   Democrats Pick Up House Seat
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 …
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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MSNBC:
‘Meet the Press’ transcript for Dec. 7, 2008  —  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 …
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  —  Steve Hildebrand writes a hectoring, finger wagging post aimed at Obama's liberal critics: … People on the left are not looking at Obama's appointments with a jaundiced eye because they think he needs to apply some liberal orthodoxy litmus test.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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.
CNN:
First Vietnamese-American elected to House  —  (CNN) — The Louisiana man who Saturday became the first Vietnamese-American elected to the House says he hopes his win will push more young people to become politically active.  —  “I am very honored and at this point, somewhat speechless …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
History and Amazement in House Race Outcome
Discussion: Roger Ailes
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, CANNONFIRE and BLACKFIVE
Eri Hotta / Guardian:
The Pearl Harbor attack illustrates the importance of diplomacy  —  The anniversary of Pearl Harbor reminds us that while diplomacy has its limits, a sympathetic approach can avert catastrophe  —  December 7 marks the 67th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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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
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
Discussion: Commentary
 
 
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
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Reuters:
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The Independent:
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Obama defends Republic Windows and Doors workers
Discussion: Democrats.com and The Raw Story
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