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3:25 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.
Chicago Breaking News:
Tribune files for bankruptcy  —  Media conglomerate Tribune Co., pressured by high debts, has filed for bankruptcy protection.  —  The Chicago Tribune's parent company was working with bankruptcy advisers at investment bank Lazard and law firm Sidley Austin to weigh financial options …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and On Deadline
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DealBook:
Tribune Files for Bankruptcy  —  Updated: The Tribune Company filed for bankruptcy protection in a federal court in Delaware on Monday, as the owner of The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Cubs baseball team struggled to cope with rising debt and falling ad revenue.
Andrew O. Selsky / Associated Press:
9/11 suspects ask to make ‘confessions’ at Gitmo  —  GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - The alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and four co-defendants told a military judge Monday they want to immediately confess at their war-crimes tribunal, setting up likely guilty pleas and their possible executions.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Michelle Malkin:   Report: 9/11 suspects will confess guilt at Gitmo
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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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.
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.
Jackie Calmes / The Caucus:
Gore and Obama to Discuss Climate Change  —  Former Vice President Al Gore at the Democratic National Convention in August.  (Photo: Damon Winter/The New York Times)  —  CHICAGO — Former Vice President Al Gore will visit President-elect Barack Obama here on Tuesday ­­to discuss energy …
Discussion: TIME.com
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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 …
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Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
History and Amazement in House Race Outcome
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 …
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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.
David Carr / New York Times:
Stoking Fear Everywhere You Look  —  With unemployment figures beginning to resemble a mushroom cloud and the Fed running out of card tricks, I told a friend we were going to spend the weekend at my house making hard choices — scrutinizing every expense, eliminating spending where we could and downsizing at every turn.
New York Times:
Auto Bailout Deal Appears to Be Likely by End of the Day  —  WASHINGTON — An agreement between the White House and Congressional Democrats over the shape of a rescue plan for the American auto industry appears to be imminent, President Bush's chief spokeswoman and a Congressional leader said Monday.
Discussion: The RBC
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.
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
Washington Wire:
Mayors Ask Congress for Money — But Please Don't Call It a ‘Bailout’  —  T.W. Farnam reports on politics.  —  A delegation of American mayors is meeting with Democratic congressional leaders today to ask for a piece of the economic stimulus package taking shape — and they met …
Discussion: TIME.com and Donklephant
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.
 
 
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William Glaberson / New York Times:
Alleged 9/11 Plotters Offer to Confess at Guantánamo
Discussion: Gawker
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Southern focus big issue in RNC race
Discussion: Hot Air and MSNBC
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
At Last: Pulitzer Prizes Expand to Include Web-Only News Outlets
Andrew Leonard / Salon:
Paul Krugman's depression economics
Ralph Vartabedian / Los Angeles Times:
Paul Volcker is back, and he warns of tough times ahead
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Bryant / BBC:
Fake Simpsons cartoon ‘is porn’
Discussion: Hot Air
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
U.S. views sought on misspent federal funds law
Discussion: DCist, The Moderate Voice and Law Blog
Andrew Breitbart / Washington Times:
I believe Hillary's cardboard cutout