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12:20 PM 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
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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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Richard Perez-Pena / SH | http://www.heraldtribune.com:
McClatchy puts Miami Herald up for sale
Discussion: Don Surber and Babalu Blog
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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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.
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) …
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.
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.
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”?
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 …
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 …
Lena H. / Washington Post:
New Ridership Record Shows U.S. Still Lured to Mass Transit  —  Americans rode subways, buses and commuter railroads in record numbers in the third quarter of this year, even as gas prices dropped and unemployment rose.  The 6.5 percent jump in transit ridership over the same period …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Michelle Malkin:
Report: 9/11 suspects will confess guilt at Gitmo  —  Rosie O'Donnell is still convinced George Bush and Dick Cheney did it.  —  These five jihadists, however, are apparently ready to trade the Troof for the truth:
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Private Contractors Sought As Guards in Afghanistan  —  The U.S. Army is looking to private contractors to provide armed security guards to protect Forward Operating Bases in seven provinces in southern Afghanistan.  In a recent study, Anthony H. Cordesman, an intelligence expert at the Center …
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Amid Talk of Kennedy, Paterson Turns to Humor  —  Gov. David A. Paterson said on Sunday night that Caroline Kennedy has not yet explicitly indicated to him that she wants to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as senator.  He added that he was still considering a number of candidates to fill the seat.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Terror, recession, oh, workout fiend Obama's still a smoker  —  While you were watching football this morning and afternoon President-elect Barack Obama had a busy day, though part of it was pre-recorded on Saturday.  —  We have three news videos below, plus the transcript of Obama's Sunday morning interview on NBC.
Discussion: Reason and Commentary
 
 
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