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8:55 PM ET, December 8, 2008

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Los Angeles Times:
Tribune Co. files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection  —  The Chicago company, which owns the L.A. Times and KTLA Channel 5, will stop making interest payments on $12 billion in debt as it attempts to restructure its loans, chairman Sam Zell says.  —  Tribune Co., the owner of the Los Angeles Times …
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Editor and Publisher:
UPDATED: Black Monday — Tribune Co. Files for Bankruptcy
Discussion: Open Left
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Breaking News:
Tribune files for bankruptcy
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
Court: No review of Obama's eligibility to serve  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has turned down an emergency appeal from a New Jersey man who says President-elect Barack Obama is ineligible to be president because he was a British subject at birth.
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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.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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Helene Cooper / The Caucus:
Clinton to Dine With Condoleezza Rice
Discussion: TIME.com
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Rice: ‘The American people are wise in wanting change’ from Bush.»
Discussion: The Heretik
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.
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.”
Discussion: TIME.com
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson: There's 'not a clean-cut …
Discussion: Philly.com and Wonk Room
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 …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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.
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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Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
PATERSON COOL ON CAROLINE
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.
Discussion: TPM Election Central and MyDD
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.
ABCNEWS:
Watch: Rev. Wright TV Ad That McCain Would Not Run  —  30-second Spot on Obama's Pastor Was Ready to Air, Would It Have Made a Difference?  —  Even as his campaign fell far behind in the polls, Sen. John McCain refused to authorize the use of a fully-produced 30-second television commercial …
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Maureen O'Donnell / Chicago Sun Times:
Wright: Obama made ‘bad’ choice to distance self, but it's ok
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
J. Bradford DeLong / Cato Unbound:
Liquidity, Default, Risk  —  Our fourth and final anatomist, J. Bradford DeLong, notes that “in the past two years the wealth that is the global capital stock has fallen in value from $80 trillion to $60 trillion,” and lays out five reasons why this value might fluctuate.  “Savings has not fallen through the floor.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Frank predicts second auto bailout in March  —  Rep. Barney Frank said Monday that the incoming Obama administration will likely explore a second, long-term bailout of automakers next March while saying an agreement on the first is nearly complete.  —  The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee …
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: Firedoglake, MyDD and Balloon Juice
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Out of the Cabinet — Where Do They Land?  —  What's next for (clockwise from top) Chuck Hagel, Kathleen Sebelius, Tim Kaine and John Kerry now that a spot in the Obama Cabinet seems unlikely?  —  The clamor among Democratic office-holders to be a part of President-elect Barack Obama's Administration …
Lisa Miller / Newsweek:
Our Mutual Joy  —  Opponents of gay marriage often cite Scripture.  But what the Bible teaches about love argues for the other side.  —  From the magazine issue dated Dec 15, 2008  —  Let's try for a minute to take the religious conservatives at their word and define marriage as the Bible does.
Andrew O. Selsky / Associated Press:
Confessions throw Gitmo 9/11 trials into confusion  —  GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - Khalid Sheikh Mohammed said Monday he will confess to masterminding the Sept. 11 attacks, throwing his death-penalty trial into disarray and shocking victims' relatives who watched from behind a glass partition.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and TalkLeft
Bill Carter / New York Times:
NBC Expected to Give 10 P.M. Show to Leno  —  NBC is expected to announce Tuesday that it has signed its late-night star Jay Leno to a new contract that will keep him at the network in a new format that will give him the 10 p.m. time period each weeknight for a show similar to the one he has done on NBC's “Tonight Show” show since 1993.
William Kristol / New York Times:
Small Isn't Beautiful  —  President-elect Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress are about to serve up a supersized helping of big-government liberalism.  Conservatives will be inclined to oppose much of what Obama and his party cook up.  And, I believe, rightly so.
 
 
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NEW FACES  —  I talked to a reporter today who's writing …
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Auto Bailout Deal Advances as Democrats Offer Draft Bill
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