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1:40 PM ET, December 8, 2008

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Associated Press:
Court won't review 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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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.
Richard Pérez-Peña / International Herald Tribune:
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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Michelle Malkin:
Hey, conservative billionaires, wanna buy a newspaper? …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
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:
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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Reuters:
September 11 defendants ask to plead guilty
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Andrew O. Selsky / Associated Press:
9/11 suspects ask to make ‘confessions’ at Gitmo
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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.
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) …
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 …
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.
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The CIA and its reporter friends: Anatomy of a backlash  —  The backlash from the “intelligence community” over John Brennan's withdrawal — which pro-Brennan sources are now claiming was actually forced on Brennan by the Obama team — continues to intensify.
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”?
Ralph Vartabedian / Los Angeles Times:
Paul Volcker is back, and he warns of tough times ahead  —  Volcker has been chosen by President-elect Barack Obama as a special economic advisor.  His ‘no pain, no gain’ fiscal strategy worked in the '80s and there's no sign he's softened that philosophy.  —  A generation ago …
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 …
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Rice: ‘The American people are wise in wanting change’ from Bush.»  —  Yesterday during an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reiterated her joyous sentiment about Barack Obama's election as America's 44th president.
Discussion: Brian Beutler and CNN
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 …
 
 
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
In Washington, Some Optimism About a Big Three Bankruptcy
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Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Report Gives Obama Advice on Handling Genocide Threats
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Malcolm Gladwell Backlash
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Transition's Timing Hits Climate Talks
Discussion: UN Dispatch and TIME.com
Nick Bryant / BBC:
Fake Simpsons cartoon ‘is porn’
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Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Private Contractors Sought As Guards in Afghanistan
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New York Times:
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Terror, recession, oh, workout fiend Obama's still a smoker
Discussion: Reason and Commentary
Mark I. Pinsky / The New Republic:
Write Now  —  Why Barack Obama should resurrect the Federal …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and NewsBusters.org
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Georgia win dims Franken prospects
Discussion: Townhall.com and TIME.com