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7:25 AM ET, December 9, 2008

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Katie Escherich / ABCNEWS:
Excerpts: Cynthia McFadden Interviews President George W. Bush  —  President Talks to McFadden About Bailout for Auto Companies; Understanding the Bible  —  The following are excerpts from ABC News' Cynthia McFadden's interview with President George W. Bush on Monday, Dec. 8 at the White House to air on “Nightline.”
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Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
For Bush's staff, upbeat talking points on his tenure  —  Administration officials get a memo from the White House suggesting what to say about the last eight years: President Bush upheld ‘the honor and the dignity of his office,’ for one.  —  Reporting from Washington …
Discussion: Truthdig
Philly.com:
An Eroding Mission at EPA  —  The Bush administration has weakened the agency charged with safeguarding health and the environment.  —  WASHINGTON - On Dec. 5, 2007, EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson prepared to send the White House an extraordinary document.
Discussion: Wonk Room
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson: There's 'not a clean-cut …
Discussion: Pharyngula
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Tribune Company Seeks Bankruptcy Protection  —  The Tribune Company, the newspaper and television chain that publishes The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune, filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday.  —  The move came less than a year after Samuel Zell, a Chicago real estate tycoon …
Discussion: editorsweblog and Power Line
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Kari Lydersen / Washington Post:
Illinois Governor Supports Workers Occupying Closed Chicago Factory  —  Workers occupying a Chicago factory that closed abruptly last week gained a significant political ally Monday in their fight to receive back benefits, when Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) ordered state agencies …
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Washington Takes Risks With Its Auto Bailout Plans  —  WASHINGTON — When President-elect Barack Obama talked on Sunday about realigning the American automobile industry he was quick to offer a caution, lest he sound more like the incoming leader of France, or perhaps Japan.
Discussion: Kausfiles, Wizbang and naked capitalism
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Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama: Don't stock up on guns  —  As gun sales shoot up around the country, President-elect Barack Obama said Sunday that gun-owning Americans do not need to rush out and stock up before he is sworn in next month.  —  “I believe in common-sense gun safety laws, and I believe in the second amendment,” Obama said at a news conference.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Card McCain Didn't Play  —  By Patrick Appel  —  The unaired Wright ad:
Bill Carter / New York Times:
WHERE IS LENO GOING?  TO PRIME TIME, ON NBC  —  NBC will keep Jay Leno five nights a week, but in prime time, competing not with David Letterman, but with shows like “CSI: Miami.”  —  The network will announce Tuesday that Mr. Leno's new show will appear at 10 o'clock each weeknight in a format similar to …
MPACUK.ORG:
Understanding The Philosophy Of Muslim Violence  —  MPACUK, unlike the many other Muslim groups out there, have not just pioneered the best solution against any terrorist attack in mainland Britain (i.e. get the mosques and ISOCs to teach democracy) but has now embarked in cutting through …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Virginia Governor Election  —  Governor's Race Is Wide Open In Virginia  —  The election is 11 months away, but the four leading candidates for the next governor of Virginia are neck-and-neck at this point, with one-third of voters in the state not aware of any of them enough to even an opinion about them.
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Kennedy Is Said to Be Politicking for His Niece  —  While Caroline Kennedy is maintaining her public silence about whether she wishes to succeed Senator Hillary Clinton, her uncle, Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, has been working behind the scenes on her behalf, according to Democratic aides.
Discussion: TIME.com
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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Helene Cooper / The Caucus:
Clinton to Dine With Condoleezza Rice
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Did Democrats peak too early?  —  Did the Democrats' exile end too soon?  —  That may be a question that nags at more than a few party activists once all the partying is done.  —  Democrats have clearly come a long way in rebuilding their party infrastructure since falling from power in the late 1990s.
Discussion: The Swamp
Jonathan Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Is Arnold Evidence of “Ideological Warfare”?  The WaPo article I noted below on ideological divisions on the U.S. Courts of Appeals highlights the case of United States v. Arnold as an example of [how] President Bush's nominees have altered the ideological balance of the Sixth Circuit.In June 2005 …
Discussion: Bench Memos, Power Line and ACSBlog
Guardian:
Oil giants could soon face lawsuits over climate, says Oxford University scientist  —  People affected by worsening storms, heatwaves and floods could soon be able to sue the oil and power companies they blame for global warming, a leading climate expert has said.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Search for missing ballots called off  —  The missing 133 ballots in a Minneapolis precinct are going to stay missing - at least for now.  —  City spokesman Matt Laible said today that officials had suspended the search for the ballots that began after they turned up missing in the waning hours of last week's U.S. Senate recount.
Lost in Transition:
Please Resign, Bush Tells Political Appointees  —  President Bush is helping clear the decks for President-elect Barack Obama by asking his political appointees to submit their resignations effective Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, according to a memo [PDF] dated Dec. 1 and obtained by National Journal.
Discussion: 2008 Presidential …
CBS News:
Poll: Americans Split On Automaker Bailout  —  CBS News Poll: Most Believe That If Taxpayers Do Help Big Three, Government Should Have Say In Companies' Management  —  (CBS) While a majority of Americans believe that bankruptcy for U.S. automakers would have a major impact on the economy …
Discussion: TIME.com
 
 
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Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The media's disingenuous failure to state the obvious.
Discussion: The New Republic and Betsy's Page
Jonathan Stein / MotherJones.com:
What Obama Has to Look Forward To
Richard Munday / Times of London:
Think tank: If each of us carried a gun . . .
Discussion: Instapundit
Michael Yon / Pajamas Media:
On the Front Lines in Afghanistan
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
In a New Tux, Obama Seeks the Proper Tone
Discussion: The Caucus
J. Bradford DeLong / Cato Unbound:
Liquidity, Default, Risk
Patterico's Pontifications:
L.A. Times Publishes Article About Kozinski's Joke E-Mail List
Discussion: Althouse, Los Angeles Times and Reason
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Grim / The Crypt's Blogs:
Snowe: Make SBA cabinet level
Discussion: MyDD, Firedoglake and Balloon Juice
In Transition:
Obama Tries to Be the Un-Cheney
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Frank predicts second auto bailout in March
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Out of the Cabinet — Where Do They Land?
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
Sen. Weingarten?! (Updated)