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11:55 AM ET, December 8, 2008

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Steve Hildebrand / The Huffington Post:
A Message to Obama's Progressive Critics
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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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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Michelle Malkin:
Hey, conservative billionaires, wanna buy a newspaper?  ; Update: Cash-strapped NYT borrows against building  —  Extra!  Extra!  Read all about it!  —  Newspaper companies are in crisis.  Layoffs.  Possible closures.  Some are calling for a newspaper bailout.  —  Investors have noticed.
Discussion: SH, New York Times 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.
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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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) …
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.
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.
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”?
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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New York Times:
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New York Times:
Tortured Justice  —  The nation's courts continue to grapple …
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Mark I. Pinsky / The New Republic:
Write Now  —  Why Barack Obama should resurrect the Federal …
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