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6:20 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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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Whisper campaign persists despite election  —  Even with the election decided, the widely debunked whisper campaign claiming that Barack Obama is secretly not an American, and thus not qualified to be president, is going strong.  —  The Supreme Court is expected to announce on Monday whether …
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.
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
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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.  —  See the bankruptcy filing documents here.  —  The Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field, which Tribune Co. has on the auction block, are not part of the filing.
Editor and Publisher:
UPDATED: Black Monday — Tribune Co. Files for Bankruptcy
Discussion: Open Left
Andrew O. Selsky / Associated Press:
Confessions throw Gitmo 9/11 trials into confusion  —  GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - Khalid Sheikh Mohammed said Monday he will confess to masterminding the Sept. 11 attacks, throwing his death-penalty trial into disarray and shocking victims' relatives who watched from behind a glass partition.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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BBC:
Top 9/11 suspects to plead guilty
Discussion: AlterNet.org and Jihad Watch
Michelle Malkin:   Report: 9/11 suspects will confess guilt at Gitmo
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
Sen. Weingarten?!  (Updated)  —  While media attention has been focused since last week on speculation that Caroline Kennedy is interested in replacing Hillary Clinton in the US Senate, a new name that is sure to raise some eyebrows popped up today: Teachers union honcho Randi Weingarten.
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Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
PATERSON COOL ON CAROLINE
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.
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.
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.
The Smoking Gun:
Iraqi Carnage Detailed  —  Blackwater guard describes 2007 fusillade that killed 14 civilians  —  A military contractor has provided federal investigators with a first-person account of a shooting in Baghdad last year that resulted in the death of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians, according to a court filing just unsealed.
Discussion: Firedoglake and BLACKFIVE
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Ginger Thompson / New York Times:
5 Guards Charged With Manslaughter in Iraq Deaths
Discussion: The Swamp and Facing South
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Frank predicts second auto bailout in March  —  Rep. Barney Frank said Monday that the incoming Obama administration will likely explore a second, long-term bailout of automakers next March while saying an agreement on the first is nearly complete.  —  The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee …
Discussion: Democracy in America and RedState
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 …
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
Grant Schulte / USA Today:
Iowa high court to hear gay-marriage case  —  DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in a pivotal same-sex marriage case that could echo throughout the nation and be far more difficult to challenge at the ballot box than a high-profile ruling in California, legal experts say.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and ACSBlog
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 …
 
 
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Washington Wire:
Mayors Ask Congress for Money — But Please Don't Call It a ‘Bailout’
Discussion: TIME.com and Donklephant
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
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Discussion: Townhall.com, Hot Air and MSNBC
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
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Discussion: The Huffington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Rice: ‘The American people are wise in wanting change’ from Bush.»
Discussion: Brian Beutler