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4:00 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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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
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 …
Discussion: TVNewser and JammieWearingFool
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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: Power Line
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:
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
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Illinois Threatens Bank Over Sit-In  —  CHICAGO — Illinois will no longer do business with Bank of America until the bank restores credit to the shuttered factory here where workers are continuing their sit-in, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich announced Monday.  —  Executives at the plant …
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James P. Pinkerton / Fox News:
Management to Meet With Ousted Window Factory Workers
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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 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.
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 Law Blog
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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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.
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.
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
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
In a New Tux, Obama Seeks the Proper Tone  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama has ordered his first new tuxedo in 15 years for his inaugural celebration.  And he has invited the marching band from Punahou School, his high school in Hawaii, to join the parade.
Discussion: The Caucus
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 …
Ryan Grim / The Crypt's Blogs:
Snowe: Make SBA cabinet level  —  Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) called on President-elect Obama Monday to raise the Small Business Administration to a cabinet-level position, as it was under the Clinton administration.  —  Snowe's request raises an interesting scenario …
Discussion: MyDD, Firedoglake and Balloon Juice
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
News Analysis: Taking Risks With Bailout  —  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: naked capitalism
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.
 
 
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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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Michael Yon / Pajamas Media:
On the Front Lines in Afghanistan
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
In Transition:
Obama Tries to Be the Un-Cheney
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Frank predicts second auto bailout in March
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Out of the Cabinet — Where Do They Land?
The Smoking Gun:
Iraqi Carnage Detailed
Discussion: Firedoglake and BLACKFIVE
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Alleged 9/11 Plotters Offer to Confess at Guantánamo