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2:30 AM ET, December 9, 2008

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Katie Escherich / ABCNEWS:
Excerpts: Cynthia McFadden Interviews President George W. Bush  —  President Talks to McFadden About Bailout for Auto Companies; Understanding the Bible  —  The following are excerpts from ABC News' Cynthia McFadden's interview with President George W. Bush on Monday, Dec. 8 at the White House to air on “Nightline.”
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Philly.com:
An Eroding Mission at EPA  —  The Bush administration has weakened the agency charged with safeguarding health and the environment.  —  WASHINGTON - On Dec. 5, 2007, EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson prepared to send the White House an extraordinary document.
Discussion: Wonk Room
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson: There's ‘not a clean-cut division’ between religion and science.»  —  A Philadelphia Inquirer profile of EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson this weekend reveals that the chief steward of our environmental protection is unwilling — or unable — to separate religion from science.
Discussion: Pharyngula
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Where Is Leno Going?  To Prime Time, on NBC  —  NBC will keep Jay Leno five nights a week, but in prime time, competing not with David Letterman, but with shows like “CSI: Miami.”  —  The network will announce Tuesday that Mr. Leno's new show will appear at 10 o'clock each weeknight in a format similar to …
Discussion: TVNewser and JammieWearingFool
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Tribune Company Seeks Bankruptcy Protection
Discussion: Power Line
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama: Don't stock up on guns  —  As gun sales shoot up around the country, President-elect Barack Obama said Sunday that gun-owning Americans do not need to rush out and stock up before he is sworn in next month.  —  “I believe in common-sense gun safety laws, and I believe in the second amendment,” Obama said at a news conference.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Card McCain Didn't Play  —  By Patrick Appel  —  The unaired Wright ad:
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
RICE TO HOST HRC TONIGHT  —  From NBC's Libby Leist  —  Two of the most powerful women in the world will meet for dinner tonight when Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hosts Hillary Clinton for dinner at Rice's Watergate apartment, State Department transition sources tell NBC News.
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Helene Cooper / The Caucus:
Clinton to Dine With Condoleezza Rice
MPACUK.ORG:
Understanding The Philosophy Of Muslim Violence  —  MPACUK, unlike the many other Muslim groups out there, have not just pioneered the best solution against any terrorist attack in mainland Britain (i.e. get the mosques and ISOCs to teach democracy) but has now embarked in cutting through …
David Carr / New York Times:
Stoking Fear Everywhere You Look  —  With unemployment figures beginning to resemble a mushroom cloud and the Fed running out of card tricks, I told a friend we were going to spend the weekend at my house making hard choices — scrutinizing every expense, eliminating spending where we could and downsizing at every turn.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Virginia Governor Election  —  Governor's Race Is Wide Open In Virginia  —  The election is 11 months away, but the four leading candidates for the next governor of Virginia are neck-and-neck at this point, with one-third of voters in the state not aware of any of them enough to even an opinion about them.
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
Sen. Weingarten?!  (Updated)  —  While media attention has been focused since last week on speculation that Caroline Kennedy is interested in replacing Hillary Clinton in the US Senate, a new name that is sure to raise some eyebrows popped up today: Teachers union honcho Randi Weingarten.
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Diana Scholl / New York Magazine:
Senator Nanny?  Fran Wants It!  —  Appoint her, or she'll run.  —  Fran Drescher wants to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate.  She says she's qualified.  “I've just been given the appointment of U.S. diplomat,” she said at a party for Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven at that restaurant on December 3.
Jonathan Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Is Arnold Evidence of “Ideological Warfare”?  The WaPo article I noted below on ideological divisions on the U.S. Courts of Appeals highlights the case of United States v. Arnold as an example of [how] President Bush's nominees have altered the ideological balance of the Sixth Circuit.In June 2005 …
Discussion: Power Line, Bench Memos and Law Blog
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Search for missing ballots called off  —  The missing 133 ballots in a Minneapolis precinct are going to stay missing - at least for now.  —  City spokesman Matt Laible said today that officials had suspended the search for the ballots that began after they turned up missing in the waning hours of last week's U.S. Senate recount.
CBS News:
Poll: Americans Split On Automaker Bailout  —  CBS News Poll: Most Believe That If Taxpayers Do Help Big Three, Government Should Have Say In Companies' Management  —  (CBS) While a majority of Americans believe that bankruptcy for U.S. automakers would have a major impact on the economy …
Discussion: TIME.com
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
In Defense Of Sarah Palin  —  Will, a loyal Dish reader, writes: … I agree.  While signing off, Andrew mentioned the months long argument he and I have had with regard to Sarah Palin's fifth child.  I am the only other person who has read all the obstetrician interviews …
Ryan Grim / The Crypt's Blogs:
Snowe: Make SBA cabinet level  —  Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) called on President-elect Obama Monday to raise the Small Business Administration to a cabinet-level position, as it was under the Clinton administration.  —  Snowe's request raises an interesting scenario …
Discussion: MyDD, Firedoglake and Balloon Juice
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
In a New Tux, Obama Seeks the Proper Tone  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama has ordered his first new tuxedo in 15 years for his inaugural celebration.  And he has invited the marching band from Punahou School, his high school in Hawaii, to join the parade.
Susanne Craig / Wall Street Journal:
Thain Spars With Board Over Bonus at Merrill  —  Merrill Lynch & Co. chief John Thain has suggested to directors that he get a 2008 bonus of as much as $10 million, but the battered securities firm's compensation committee is resisting his request, according to people familiar with the situation.
Lost in Transition:
Please Resign, Bush Tells Political Appointees  —  President Bush is helping clear the decks for President-elect Barack Obama by asking his political appointees to submit their resignations effective Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, according to a memo [PDF] dated Dec. 1 and obtained by National Journal.
Discussion: 2008 Presidential …
Jonathan Stein / MotherJones.com:
What Obama Has to Look Forward To  —  WASHINGTON DISPATCH: A new GAO report says he inherits a federal government rife with waste, fraud, and mismanagement.  —  The Department of Homeland Security and Department of Agriculture have no plan to work together in the event of a food-borne disease outbreak or terrorist attack.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Taking Risks With Bailout  —  WASHINGTON — When President-elect Barack Obama talked on Sunday about realigning the American automobile industry he was quick to offer a caution, lest he sound more like the incoming leader of France, or perhaps Japan.  —  “We don't want government to run companies …
Discussion: naked capitalism
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Illinois Threatens Bank Over Sit-In  —  CHICAGO — Illinois will no longer do business with Bank of America until the bank restores credit to the shuttered factory here where workers are continuing their sit-in, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich announced Monday.  —  Executives at the plant …
 
 
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Richard Munday / Times of London:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Frank predicts second auto bailout in March
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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The Smoking Gun:
Iraqi Carnage Detailed
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Andrew O. Selsky / Associated Press:
Confessions throw Gitmo 9/11 trials into confusion
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and TalkLeft
Associated Press:
Court: No review of Obama's eligibility to serve