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3:00 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 Trail / Washington Post:
Supreme Court Declines to Hear Obama Nationality Case  —  The Supreme Court this morning unceremoniously declined to hear an emergency appeal from a man who claimed President-elect Barack Obama is not qualified for the presidency because he is not a “natural-born” citizen.
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.
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:
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Andrew O. Selsky / Associated Press:
9/11 suspects ask to make ‘confessions’ at Gitmo
Discussion: TalkLeft
Reuters:
September 11 defendants ask to plead guilty
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
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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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.
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.
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 …
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.
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
PATERSON COOL ON CAROLINE  —  THE odds of Gov. Pat erson choosing Caro line Kennedy to re place soon-to-be Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the US Senate are no better than 20-1, a source close to the governor said yesterday.  The source was responding to news...
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Malcolm Gladwell Backlash  —  I've really been taken aback by a lot of the hostile response to Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers that I've read.  This isn't a book without flaws.  But the flaws in the book are flaws that have long been present in Gladwell's writing.
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Are Republicans on the March?  —  In the wake of an election cycle dominated by bad news for Republicans, the last five days have been a welcome relief.  —  Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss cruised to a runoff victory last Tuesday, and House Republicans held Louisiana's 4th district and pulled off …
DealBook:
Tribune Files for Bankruptcy  —  The Tribune Company filed for bankruptcy protection in a federal court in Delaware on Monday, as the publisher of newspapers like The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune struggled to cope with rising debt and falling ad revenue.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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.
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 …
Andrew Leonard / Salon:
Paul Krugman's depression economics  —  Paul Krugman at a news conference Oct. 13 at Princeton University, during his introduction as the 2008 Nobel Prize winner in economics.  —  The revised and expanded edition of Paul Krugman's “The Return of Depression Economics,” originally published …
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 …
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) …
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”?
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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Washington Wire:
Mayors Ask Congress for Money — But Please Don't Call It a ‘Bailout’
Discussion: TIME.com
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Alleged 9/11 Plotters Offer to Confess at Guantánamo
Discussion: Gawker
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At Last: Pulitzer Prizes Expand to Include Web-Only News Outlets
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Stoking Fear Everywhere You Look
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In Washington, Some Optimism About a Big Three Bankruptcy
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