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8:15 PM ET, December 10, 2008

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Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Sources Say Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is ‘Senate Candidate #5’  —  Feds Plan to Interview Chicago Congressman as Part of Blagojevich Probe  —  Chicago Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) is the anonymous “Senate Candidate #5” whose emissaries Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich reportedly claimed offered …
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Chicago Sun Times:
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is ‘Senate Candidate 5’ in Blagojevich criminal complaint  —  Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is “Senate Candidate 5,” who — through an emissary — allegedly offered to raise money for Gov. Blagojevich in return for being appointed as Barack Obama's replacement in the U.S. Senate, sources tell the Chicago Sun-Times.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Jackson gets pulled deeper into scandal  —  President-elect Barack Obama tried to further distance himself from the burgeoning scandal in Illinois Wednesday, joining a near-unanimous chorus of public officials calling on Gov. Rod Blagojevich to step down.  —  At the same, another prominent …
David Johnston / New York Times:
Officials Say Jackson Was ‘Candidate 5’ in Case  —  WASHINGTON — Federal authorities on Wednesday identified Democratic Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois as the potential United States Senate candidate who was portrayed in court papers made public Tuesday as being the most deeply enmeshed …
Discussion: CNN, The Strata-Sphere and Wonkette
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: NBC — ‘Candidate 5’ is Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Discussion: Think Progress
Chicago Breaking News:
Rep. Jackson: No pay-to-play deal
Discussion: The Swamp and On Deadline
Matthew Bigg / Reuters:
Conservatives gleeful over governor's arrest  —  ATLANTA (Reuters) - U.S. conservatives rubbed their hands with glee on Wednesday over news that the Democratic governor of Illinois has been accused of attempting to sell the U.S. Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama.
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Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Breaking: Senate Dems ask Blago to quit  —  The office of Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, is circulating a letter Wednesday to the Senate Democratic Caucus for signatures that recommends Gov. Rod Blagojevich resign and under no circumstances make an appointment to fill Illinois' vacant Senate seat.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Reid Prefers Senate Appointment to Special Election
Discussion: Hot Air
Scott Turow / New York Times:
State of Shame
Discussion: The Caucus and Donklephant
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
CHU TO BE ENERGY SECRETARY  —  From NBC's Savannah Guthrie  —  Obama will name Steven Chu his choice for Energy secretary, Lisa Jackson for EPA administrator and Carol Browner as energy “czar” reporting to the president.  —  It is unclear whether the Browner position is cabinet level.
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama Picks Team to Guide Energy Agenda  —  President-elect Barack Obama has picked a Nobel laureate, a former Environmental Protection Agency administrator, and officials from New Jersey and Los Angeles to run his energy and environmental initiatives, putting heft into roles likely …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's Energy, EPA picks: Names here
Discussion: The Politico and Top of the Ticket
Brian Beutler / Guardian:
To tackle climate change, Obama must revitalise the US department of energy
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Jindal says no  —  Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, seen by many Republicans as the most promising standard-bearer for a remade party, said at a Richmond, Va press conference that he isn't running for president in 2012.  —  At a news conference Wednesday with Bob McDonnell …
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:   Jindal says not interested in being president
The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama: Blagojevich Should Resign  —  Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2005.  (James A. Finley/Associated Press)  —  By Anne E. Kornblut  —  President-elect Barack Obama believes that Gov. Rod Blagojevich should resign, his advisers said on Wednesday.
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The Politico:
In scandal, risks for Obama
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Specter calls for delay in Holder hearings  —  Sen. Arlen Specter, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, has just thrown a wrench into the Eric Holder hearings planned for early January, saying Holder's involvement in the Marc Rich pardon is a “red flag” and a “very serious matter.”
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New York Times:
White House Struggles to Find G.O.P. Support for Auto Bailout  —  WASHINGTON — Even as House Democrats pressed for a vote Wednesday afternoon on a government rescue of the automobile industry, the Bush administration failed to generate enough support for the measure among Senate Republicans …
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Chris Strohm / GovExec.com:
House Democrat urges Obama to keep Bush's intelligence chiefs  —  The House Intelligence Committee's top Democrat said Tuesday he has recommended that President-elect Barack Obama keep the country's current national intelligence director and CIA chief in place for some time to ensure continuity …
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Marc Ambinder:
Obama Still Mulling Over CIA/DNI
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
The Sun:
Fem-bot's my love machine  —  Inventor Le Trung, 33, created Aiko, said to be “in her 20s” with a stunning 32, 23, 33 figure, shiny hair and delicate features.  —  She even remembers his favourite drink and does simple cleaning and household tasks.  —  “Fem-bot” Aiko, who has cost £14,000 …
Foreign Policy:
The 10 Worst Predictions for 2008  —  Prognostication is by far the riskiest form of punditry.  The 10 commentators and leaders on this list learned that the hard way when their confident predictions about politics, war, the economy, and even the end of humanity itself completely missed the mark.
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Fire Sale on All McCain-Palin Campaign Equipment  —  Run, don't walk, to John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign headquarters in Arlington, Va., for an amazing Blowout Sale!  Computers, blackberries, televisions, desks, you name it - everything must go.  Hurry while the offer lasts!
Discussion: DCist
Jerry Remmers / The Moderate Voice:
Our Dirty Little Secret: The Mexican Drug Wars  —  It was less than two years ago outrage spread through U.S. cities on the pretext illegal immigrants from Mexico were taking jobs from Americans.  —  Today, the Mexican drug cartels are killing more people on an average day than in the Iraq …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
Jon Stewart slays the homophobic Huckabeast without breaking a sweat  —  UPDATE: Louise did a complete transcript of the segment in this diary - many thanks!  —  And entertains while doing so.  Jon Stewart asked serious questions any hard-hitting progressive journalist or political commentator …
 
 
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
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