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5:20 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.
Chicago Breaking News:
Tribune files for bankruptcy  —  Chicago Tribune parent Tribune Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today in Delaware so it can restructure its debt.  —  The Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field, which Tribune Co. has on the auction block, are not part of the filing.
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Los Angeles Times:
Tribune Co. files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection  —  The Chicago-based company, which owns the L.A. Times and KTLA Channel 5, will stop making interest payments on $12 billion in debt as it attempts to restructure its loans, chairman Sam Zell says.  —  The company that owns the Los Angeles Times …
Discussion: Gawker and New York Magazine
Editor and Publisher:   UPDATED: Black Monday — Tribune Co. Files for Bankruptcy
DealBook:
Tribune Files for Bankruptcy
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
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 …
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.
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.
Diana Scholl / New York Magazine:
Senator Nanny?  Fran Wants It!  —  Appoint her, or she'll run.  —  Fran Drescher wants to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate.  She says she's qualified.  “I've just been given the appointment of U.S. diplomat,” she said at a party for Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven at that restaurant on December 3.
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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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.
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 …
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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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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Fareed Zakaria / Newsweek:   End of the Line for Islamabad
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NEW FACES  —  I talked to a reporter today who's writing about the turnover on the Sunday shows, particularly David Gregory getting the nod to take over for the late Tim Russert as the host of Meet the Press and John King taking over the CNN show.  One thing that struck me though …
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
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 …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
RICE TO HOST HRC TONIGHT  —  From NBC's Libby Leist  —  Two of the most powerful women in the world will meet for dinner tonight when Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hosts Hillary Clinton for dinner at Rice's Watergate apartment, State Department transition sources tell NBC News.
 
 
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
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Washington Wire:
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