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10:35 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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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 …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Obama Deputy Steve Hildebrand: Liberals Need To STFU
Discussion: The Mahablog and 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: TPM Election Central and TIME.com
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 and RedState
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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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Times Co. to Borrow Against Building  —  The New York Times Company plans to borrow up to $225 million against its mid-Manhattan headquarters building, to ease a potential cash flow squeeze as the company grapples with tighter credit and shrinking profits.  —  The company has retained Cushman …
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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.
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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
Maureen O'Donnell / Chicago Sun Times:
Wright: Obama made ‘bad’ choice to distance self, but it's ok  —  President-elect Barack Obama made a “bad decision” by distancing himself from the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his church, Wright said Sunday — but that's OK.  —  “He's still my child,” Wright said in a sermon in which he expressed pride …
Discussion: The Sleuth and ABCNEWS
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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
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.
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: Atlas Shrugs
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.
Paul Krugman:
Me, misreported  —  Urk.  I gather that there's a report on the wires quoting me as saying that the US auto industry would disappear.  What I actually said was that the concentration of the industry around Detroit would disappear.  —  And did I really say “me and my colleagues”?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Open Left
Mike Allen / The Politico:
43 days to Inauguration — Tensions rising: The left starts to chafe, with some liberals unnerved by Obama moves — Steve Hildebrand blogs that progressives should be patient  —  Switching chambers: KBH's Marc Short will be staff director of the House Republican Conference — Rev. Wright on Obama …
 
 
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The Independent:
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