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9:40 AM ET, December 9, 2008

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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 …
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Philly.com:
An Eroding Mission at EPA
Discussion: Wonk Room
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson: There's 'not a clean-cut …
Discussion: Pharyngula and Balloon Juice
Kris Kitto / The Hill:
Breitbart's big, red Hollywood  —  After playing supporting roles to big names in media and politics, Andrew Breitbart is poised to become the protagonist in his own story.  —  The publisher of the online news aggregator Breitbart.com helped launch and run two of today's most influential media …
Discussion: Power Line and Don Surber
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
The Bill Clinton loopholes  —  Bill Clinton pledged to dial back his international charity work and personal earning power so Hillary Clinton can go to State.  But in reality, a set of Obama-backed restrictions leaves a lot more that the ex-president can do than cannot.
Discussion: TIME.com
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Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Cracks appear in Obama foreign policy team … WASHINGTON (AP) - The first sign of cracks in President-elect Barack Obama's foreign policy team of rivals emerged on Monday as his choices for secretary of state and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations visited the State Department.
Discussion: RedState and Babalu Blog
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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James P. Pinkerton / Fox News:
Management to Meet With Ousted Window Factory Workers
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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.
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: 79% approve of way Obama is handling transition  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — With six weeks before taking office, President-elect Barack Obama is having one heck of a honeymoon, a new national poll suggests.  —  Nearly eight in 10 Americans questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey …
Discussion: TIME.com
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
Heritage Foundation:
UAW Workers Actually Cost the Big Three Automakers $70 an Hour  —  The United Auto Workers (UAW) wants Congress to bail out General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler to prevent their undergoing restructuring in bankruptcy proceedings.  In bankruptcy, a judge could order union contracts to be renegotiated to reflect competitive realities.
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.
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.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The media's disingenuous failure to state the obvious.  —  The obvious is sometimes the most difficult thing to discern, and few things are more amusing than the efforts of our journals of record to keep “open” minds about the self-evident, and thus to create mysteries when the real task of reportage is to dispel them.
Discussion: The New Republic and Betsy's Page
The New Republic:
Invasion of privacy  —  Am I the only person who is really irritated by these unctuous reports from the Politico that President-Elect Barack Obama is not attending church on Sunday?  Here is an excerpt from reporter Ben Smith's dumb story:  —  As my colleagues Jonathan Martin and Carol Lee noted last week …
Nick Taylor / New York Times:
F.D.R. Knew How to Spend Carefully  —  THE plan by Barack Obama to attack unemployment by putting people to work on roads, bridges, schools and new energy projects sounds like a version of the New Deal's Works Progress Administration.  If Franklin D. Roosevelt is Mr. Obama's model …
Discussion: TalkLeft and LewRockwell.com Blog
Megan McArdle:
Schadenfreude  —  Publius accuses me of schadenfreude about liberal discomfiture with Obama's appointments.  Schadenfreude?  I supported the guy for president.  I would personally be pleased to see Ingrid Newkirk appointed to head the USDA.  —  I belong to another small movement …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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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Linda Hirshman / New York Times:
Where Are the New Jobs for Women?  —  BARACK OBAMA has announced a plan to stimulate the economy by creating 2.5 million jobs over the next two years.  He intends to use the opportunity to make good on two campaign promises — to invest in road and bridge maintenance and school repair …
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
 
 
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Katherine Mangu-Ward / Reason:
Is Deregulation to Blame?  —  The new Washington consensus says “yes.”
Discussion: RedState and The Corner
Associated Press:
Zucker says NBC may scale down programming hours
Discussion: Hot Air
Associated Press:
Tense talks continue on auto industry bailout
Discussion: Classical Values
Brandon Friedman / VetVoice:
Pakistani Militants Torch 160 U.S. and NATO Vehicles
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Taylor Marsh
Lost in Transition:
Please Resign, Bush Tells Political Appointees
Discussion: 2008 Presidential …
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 . . .
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
In a New Tux, Obama Seeks the Proper Tone
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CBS News:
Poll: Americans Split On Automaker Bailout
Discussion: TIME.com
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Search for missing ballots called off