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9:45 AM ET, December 8, 2008

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The Politico:
Liberals voice concerns about Obama  —  Liberals are growing increasingly nervous - and some just flat-out angry - that President-elect Barack Obama seems to be stiffing them on Cabinet jobs and policy choices.  —  Obama has reversed pledges to immediately repeal tax cuts for the wealthy and take on Big Oil.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Obama little help to Dems post-election  —  In the three Congressional races decided since Barack Obama defeated John McCain on November 4, the president-elect has kept his distance from the Democratic candidates.  —  While Obama did lend Georgia senate candidate Jim Martin some of his campaign staff …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Obama Deputy Steve Hildebrand: Liberals Need To STFU
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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.
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
Discussion: TIME.com
New York Times:
Detroit Bailout Is Set to Bring on More U.S. Oversight  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats were drafting legislation Sunday for tight government control of the crippled American auto industry, including the possible creation of an oversight board made up of five cabinet secretaries …
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Democrats Call for Federal Oversight of Automakers
Malin Rising / Associated Press:
Krugman: US auto industry will probably disappear
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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: MSNBC, marbury and Roger Ailes
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CNN:
First Vietnamese-American elected to House
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Andrew Breitbart / Washington Times:
I believe Hillary's cardboard cutout  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  At the exact moment Jon Favreau is receiving high praise in pre-inaugural media puff pieces, the 27-year-old chief speechwriter for President-elect Barack Obama (not Jon Favreau, the Hollywood actor/ director) …
Discussion: Power Line
Times of London:
‘Mumbai mastermind’ arrested in Pakistan  —  Pakistani security forces have raided a suspected training camp used by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the militant group blamed for last month's attack on Mumbai, and arrested several of the group's activists, government officials said today.
Discussion: BBC, Reuters and Gateway Pundit
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Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Georgia win dims Franken prospects  —  Republicans are increasingly optimistic that Senate Democrats will shy away from deciding the fate of the still too close-to-call Minnesota Senate race, now that the prospect of a 60-seat, filibuster-resistant majority has been eliminated.
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Romney paves way for possible '12 run  —  Bulk of PAC fund goes for political ambitions  —  “It is more essential than ever that conservative candidates and organizations have the resources they need to get their message out to voters.”  - Republican Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TIME.com
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.
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Telegraph:
Two million Muslim pilgrims gather outside Mecca for haj  —  More than two million Muslim pilgrims gathered around a mountain east of Mecca on Sunday at the peak of the haj to beg God's forgiveness, chanting “O God, I am answering your call!”.  —  At noon, pilgrims were still trickling …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Atlas Shrugs
Mark I. Pinsky / The New Republic:
Write Now  —  Why Barack Obama should resurrect the Federal Writers Project and bail out laid-off journalists.  —  Barack Obama sounds like he wants to reach back to the New Deal's Works Progress Administration to jump start the economy with an economic stimulus proposal featuring infrastructure repair.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Betsy's Page
New York Times:
Panel to Call for Review of 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 …
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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Associated Press:   Democrats Pick Up House Seat
 
 
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Reuters:
SUVs at altar, Detroit church prays for a bailout
Discussion: VOTE
Abdon Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
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Jules Crittenden:
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Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Mudville Gazette
CNN:
Obama: Days of ‘pork ... as a strategy’ are over
Discussion: MSNBC and New York Times
The Independent:
Mark Penn: The man who blew the presidency
Discussion: marbury
 

 
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