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8:35 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 …
Discussion: The Heretik and Truthdig
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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.”
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
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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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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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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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.
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.
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
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Card McCain Didn't Play  —  By Patrick Appel  —  The unaired Wright ad:
Greg Hitt / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Could Take Stakes in Big 3  —  Bailout Plan Gives Government Warrants in Exchange for Loans; Passage Uncertain  —  WASHINGTON — Congress and the White House inched toward a financial rescue of the Big Three auto makers, negotiating legislation that would give the U.S. government …
Discussion: The Big Picture and New York Times
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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
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 …
Discussion: Harry's Place
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: The Note, TIME.com and New York Post
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
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.
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.
 
 
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Megan McArdle:
Schadenfreude  —  Publius accuses me of schadenfreude …
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Brandon Friedman / VetVoice:
Pakistani Militants Torch 160 U.S. and NATO Vehicles
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The media's disingenuous failure to state the obvious.
Discussion: The New Republic and Betsy's Page
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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 Earlier Items: 
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
In a New Tux, Obama Seeks the Proper Tone
Discussion: The Caucus
CBS News:
Poll: Americans Split On Automaker Bailout
Discussion: TIME.com
J. Bradford DeLong / Cato Unbound:
Liquidity, Default, Risk
Patterico's Pontifications:
L.A. Times Publishes Article About Kozinski's Joke E-Mail List
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, Althouse and Reason
Ryan Grim / The Crypt's Blogs:
Snowe: Make SBA cabinet level
Discussion: MyDD, Firedoglake and Balloon Juice
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Search for missing ballots called off
In Transition:
Obama Tries to Be the Un-Cheney